All About Vacuum Cleaners

By: Jim Corkern

There are two basic types of consumer vacuums on the market, and both have advantages and disadvantages. But there are some misleading ads on the commercials and advertisements that they run. We are going to attempt to break them down and expose the tricks that lead you to believe that their machine is a superior product. Some of these machines cost thousands of dollars and are no better than a 70 dollar machine from your local store.

I am probably going to hurt some pride and feelings by the time you finish reading this, but the truth needs to come forward.

The first thing we need to do is cover the two basic designs. We will start with the upright cleaner.

The upright is the most popular designs and the biggest seller. It is generally lighter and much easier to maneuver around because you only have an electric cord to drag around the home and furniture and only takes up a small amount of space to store.

That was the advantages of an upright. This machine has a history of having much less suction by design. The motor is usually in the head or area close to the suction port.

The dirt and debris is basically sucked right through the impeller or suction fan. As time goes on the debris wears the impeller out and you get a loss of suction from this. Plus the debris is being pushed into the storage area, as the bag or storage area gets full or clogged up you lose even more power.

There should always be notches or vents on the intake of a carpet cleaning machine to vent air in. The reason is that if there is a complete seal, the motor strains and causes a complete vacuum. Is this complete vacuum nothing gets sucked up. Try this little trick. With the want or hose of your vacuum place a penny on the floor or carpet, place the end of the hose directly over it with the entire surface flush against the floor over the penny and turn the power on. It will not lift the penny. Now cant the wand or hose to allow a small amount of air in and it will suck the penny right up. Understand?

The next basic design is the canister. With equal horse power this is the more powerful machine. It does however have some issues also. It is bulky, not as easy to store and you have electric cords and hoses to drag around. They are generally heavier than uprights.
The motor placement is in the canister and is usually on the back of the bag or debris bin so you do not have to worry about the impeller being destroyed. It should last a long time.

The main pitfall as far as performance goes is that it sucks the debris into the bag or bin and once it starts getting full your power starts to decrease. I recommend bags and replacing them once 1 quarter full. This will keep it at optimum power. This also applies to uprights with bags.

Carpet machines that use water to trap dirt and debris is a waste of money in my opinion. They claim that the debris and dirt hits the water and is trapped. So this brings me to a question. Have you ever seen a dust cloud blow over the top of a small body of water?

The heavy debris will get trapped in the water but the lighter dust will go right out the exhaust port and right back into the room.

I would suggest a quality filtration system on any carpet cleaning machine you may decide to buy to keep the dust out of the air in your home.

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