Vacuums + Air Purifiers: A Match Made in Homecare Heaven

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There are a few things we strongly believe every home should have, a lot of love, a lot of laughter, a lot of memories, and a good clean. A big part of a good clean is having the right tools at your fingertips. This fall, those essential tools include a vacuum and an air purifier because simply put, they’re just better together. For more than 140 years, you’ve trusted us to help keep your home’s floors and surfaces clean, now you can let us clean the air in your home, too!

BISSELL Air Care 1200

It’s safe to say you’re familiar with how a vacuum works. However, we know not everyone is as familiar with how air purifiers work. All four of our air purifiers have filtration systems that include an activated carbon filter and, with the exception of our MyAir air purifier, all have a HEPA filter, too. These HEPA filters capture 99.97% of particles at 0.3 microns and smaller, like common odors and allergens like pollen, dander, dust, odors, smoke, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Our full lineup of air purifiers includes options for different room sizes: air400, air320, air220, and MyAir™. Because we recognize every home is different, we generally recommend air400, air320 and air220 for the larger rooms in your home and suggest using MyAir in smaller areas, like on a nightstand or a home office desk. While their filtration capacities differ (see chart below), one thing is true for all four – they help purify your home’s air while being designed to fit in with your home’s décor. From air320’s fabric cover and modern legs to MyAir’s small and sleek circular design, it’s hard for us to pick a favorite.

Name Filtration Rate
air400 Exchanges the air 1.5 times per hour in a 1200 ft² room.
air320 Exchanges the air 1.5 times per hour in a 1000 ft² room.
air220 Exchanges the air 1.3 times per hour in an 800 ft² room.
MyAir™ Exchanges the air 1.5 times per hour in a 300 ft² room.

So, what does purifying the air in your home have to do with vacuuming? Quite a lot actually. Vacuuming removes allergens from surfaces. If you have a vacuum like our MultiClean™ Allergen Pet upright vacuum or our MultiClean™ Allergen Lift-Off® Pet with a HEPA Sealed Allergen System, it will capture 99.97% of allergens and irritants down to 0.3 microns, like pet dander and pollen. But allergens will still get into your home. They can find a way in when you open the windows, take your dog outside for a walk or even when you play with your pet. This is where an air purifier shines. Air purifiers are engineered to filter out and purify those allergens in the air of your home, making it the perfect complement to regular vacuuming; air purifiers clean the air and vacuums clean your floors and other above floor surfaces.

MultiClean™ Allergen Lift-Off® Pet

Even though the two work together so well, there is a big difference between air purifiers and vacuums. Vacuuming is an active task, while purifying the air in your home is more of a set it and forget it. If you ask us, air purifiers are relatively low maintenance, besides changing the filters every six months. It does require the occasional cleaning of the front of the purifier too, but other than that they don’t require a whole lot of work from you. In fact, with their quiet operation and modern designs, we think they’re a pretty welcome addition to any home!

Air Care Pet


Hopefully this fall, you’ll consider adding an air purifier to your homecare routine. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how well these machines, vacuums and air purifiers, work together to help you and your family breathe a little easier all year long.