Today, May 3, 2011, is World Asthma Day. Organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), World Asthma Day was created to raise awareness about asthma, asthma-related issues, and asthma care around the world. The theme for 2011 is “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
One of the best places to start is by cleaning the surfaces in your home with a HEPA vacuum cleaner, such as the Nilfisk GM80 Residential Vacuum. Great for allergy- and asthma-sufferers, the Nilfisk GM80 was designed specifically for use in homes and effectively removes 99.97% of particles from the environment that are 0.3 microns and larger thanks to HEPA filtration. This includes the elimination of asthma-inducing particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust, dust mites, and more. Plus, the Nilfisk GM80 vacuum cleaner features a bagged design, which means that once airborne contaminants are captured, they are permanently locked away from the air that you breathe. This Nilfisk vacuum also comes with 6.5-foot tapered plastic hose, a curved steel tube, a six-inch cone attachment, a 3-inch dust brush, a 5-inch upholstery nozzle, two straight steel wands, and a 3-in-1 floor nozzle to make sure that all of your surfaces are sparkling clean.
Hard surfaces like countertops, kitchen floors, and bathroom fixtures often require chemical cleaners to stay in top shape. For those with asthma, a steam cleaner is a great choice since these devices use chemical-free steam vapor to keep your surfaces free of dirt, grime, bacteria, germs, dust, pollen, pet dander, and more.
This is ideal for asthma-sufferers, whose symptoms can be easily irritated by chemical fumes. Plus, cleaning with steam is more effective and efficient than cleaning with chemicals, which typically need to sit on the affected area for ten minutes to adequately disinfect the surface. In contrast, steam cleaners, such as the Ladybug XLT 2300 with TANCS, can eliminate dirt, bacteria, germs, and even viruses in a matter of seconds without leaving behind any sticky residues or noxious odors.
Don’t stop at the surface level when it comes to irritant elimination, keep your indoor air clean as well with an air purifier. When choosing an air purifier, look for models that feature HEPA filtration, such as the Oransi v-hepa Plus Air Purifier. Like the Nilfisk GM80, a HEPA air purifier is capable of more advanced air filtration to remove a variety of airborne irritants such as pollen, pet dander, dust, dust mites, and more.
To view a list of our top recommendations for air purifiers that target asthma symptoms, visit our Asthma Air Purifiers page.