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9 great qualities of a handheld vacuum cleaner: Part 2

HEPA vacuum cleaners can ensure dust--seen here--doesn't escape back into the air.

When purchasing a handheld vacuum cleaner,  don't just buy the cheapest one on the market. By researching models, you can find one that works best in the areas you need it the most. Here are three characteristics of a great handheld vacuum cleaner that will help you eliminate those pesky allergens. 

1. Great filters/low emissions

High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters entrap more than 99 percent of small dust particles and should be high on your priority list when buying a vacuum cleaner. While some experts question the HEPA filters, others believe they are  effective. When cleaning, you have one objective: Ensure all potential allergens are eliminated. A handheld vacuum cleaner with a high quality filter ensures dust particles stay in the cleaner and don't end up irritating your respiratory system.

2. High suction power

Many people view cleaning as a chore, but it doesn't have to be. Take the stress out of the process by purchasing a vacuum that  sucks up dust and dirt in one sweep from both hardwood floors and carpets. Just remember there is a trade off. With high suction power comes noise.  If you find it difficult to find a high-quality cleaner that gives you the works, purchase two. Use a quieter cleaner on hard wood floors and a more powerful cleaner on tougher surfaces.

3. Light and not bulky

Unless you want to get a heavy workout in while cleaning, it's best to find a lightweight handheld vacuum cleaner. A lightweight cleaner will also help you clean faster and for a longer period of time. There's nothing worse than not wanting to clean because the vacuum tires you out. Also, find one that is not too bulky, especially if your home has a lot of small crevices.

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