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What Does It Mean for a Vacuum to Be CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®?

All vacuums have the same basic purpose: to remove debris like dust, dirt and pet dander from your floors and furniture. But not all vacuums are the same. Some vacuums actually fill your air with the particles and allergens you are trying to remove. If you have asthma and allergies, you need a vacuum that will contain allergens as it removes them to help you keep a healthier indoor environment.

So, what should you look for in a vacuum?


A CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® vacuum is scientifically tested to be suitable for people with asthma and allergies. To become CERTIFIED, we test vacuums for:

  • Their ability to remove allergen-containing dust from carpets
  • Their effect on allergen levels in the air during vacuuming
  • The integrity of the air filtration system
  • How well the vacuum works right before it signals a full canister or bag
  • Allergens released when changing the bag or emptying the canister

If a vacuum has a water-based dust collection system, it shouldn't add water to the carpet or raise the humidity of the air.

If a vacuum meets our standards by passing all of our tests, it earns our certification. When you shop for a vacuum, look for the CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® mark on the packaging to know if your vacuum meets these standards.

About the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program is a unique, groundbreaking collaboration between the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Allergy Standards Limited. The program tests and certifies products to prove their suitability for people with asthma and allergies. The program works with retailers and manufacturers to offer consumers products for a #healthierhome. CERTIFIED products include air cleaners, dehumidifiers, paints, bedding, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, stuffed toys, cleaning services and more. Visit for more information.

Join our community and follow our blog to hear more about CERTIFIED products. These products are tested to verify they are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. You will also receive news about research and treatments. Our community also provides an opportunity to connect with others who manage these conditions for support.



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