Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.
There are many vacuum cleaners that you can buy, but whichever one you choose depends on your needs as well as a number of factors. Some of these include the number of people in the home, the person going to use the cleaner regularly, presence of pets in the home and the type of floors that you have. Bearing these in mind, you can weigh your choices based on the following three characteristics:
1. Bagged versus bagless
In choosing between bagged and bagless vacuums, there is not correct answer; each has its upsides and downsides. Bagless vacuums do not need replacement bags unlike their counterpart, which means you save money on purchasing bags. You have clear plastic canisters so that you'll know when to empty. If you're likely to forget to check the bags, you may want to go bagless. A major disadvantage however is that dumping out can expose you to inhaling dust, and must be done very carefully.
Bagged cleaners are advantageous in that they offer additional filtration layers and hence can capture more dirt – important if you need an extra-clean house. Since you simply throw out the bag, you don't risk exposure to its content during disposal.
2. Filtration ability
This is especially important if someone in the family has respiratory problems. For such homes, it is imperative to choose sealed system vacuum cleaners (explained below) with quality filtration. Majority of vacuum cleaners today have HEPA (High-efficiency particulate air) filters, which can capture very small particles like mould, dust and pollen.
Look for true HEPA filters, which can pull up to 99.97% of up to 0.3 micron-sized particles. This will give the cleanest environment post-vacuuming, which is vital for a family member with respiratory issues. True HEPA filters MUST have their particle size and efficiency listed, otherwise you have no way to verify the claims. Ask your supplier to show you the write-up if you can't find it yourself.
3. Suction ability
Vacuum cleaners have different motors which determine their suctioning capability, described using the straight air or cyclonic air suctions. As the name suggests, straight suction lifts dirt straight up and into the dirt container, while the latter generates centrifugal forces which pick up dirt in much the same way as a cyclone carries objects. You should pick a machine with fewer travel bends between the suction point and dirt container. Since air loses power as it travels, more turns will reduce chances of getting dirt-filled air into the final destination.
While motor sizes may be similar, suction power may be different for motors of different models. Sealed system vacuum cleaners are best because they are equipped with airtight seals to stop air from escaping through seams. You wouldn't want to suck up dirt from your carpet only to have some of it escaping back, would you?Share