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Bagless v. Bagged Vacuum Cleaners
Bagless vacuum cleaners are often advertised as a great way to save money on vacuum bags. However, when you or someone in your household suffers with allergies or asthma, you should be aware of the difference between bagless and bagged vacuums and how they can effect your allergy and asthma symptoms.
Bagless Vacuum Cleaners:Pros
- No replacement bags needed
- Smaller capacity than bagged vacuum cleaners and thus more maintenance
- Emptying the container can be messy and severely effect indoor air quality
- Tend to leak dirt into the air
Bagless v. Bagged
The way a bagless vacuum cleaner works is that dust and dirt are trapped inside a canister that you empty in to a bin. Not needing to buy replacement bags for your vacuum can be a great advantage when it comes to the on-going costs. However, bagless vacuums tend to have smaller capacities for dust, with bagless upright vacuum cleaners holding an average of 2.6 litres, compared to a bagged upright vacuum cleaner that on average can hold 4.2 litres.
The process of emptying a bagless vacuum cleaner is also messy - you need to be careful not to spill any of the contents as you tip them in to the bin, especially if you care about controlling your indoor air pollution. But even if you empty the contents of the bagless vacuum cleaner carefully, ultra-fine particle pollution will be released into your indoor air environment. If you have a bagless vacuum cleaner and you are concerned about the quality of the air you breathe, we would suggest that someone else empties the vacuum cleaner outdoors, and thoroughly cleans it afterwards.
The main concern for people with allergies and asthma should be how much of the dust particles and allergens are actually retained by their allergy vacuum cleaner. If you suffer with allergies or asthma, your vacuum cleaner is either your best friend or worst enemy... On average, bagged vacuum cleaners tend to be better at retaining their contents than the bagless vacuum cleaners are. The reason for this is that they have less moving parts and it is thus easier to develop them in a way so that they are leakage free.
A vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter will retain dust and allergens, but only if the unit is close to 100% leakage free.