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Important New Facts About Vacuum Cleaners Today

Aug 17, 2007
A vacuum cleaner is one of the most expensive pieces of home cleaning equipment we have. A good quality vacuum cleaner is an excellent investment in your home and in your home cleaning equipment. You can save a lot of money by doing your research.

If you have lots of flooring to vacuum you'll want a model with floor attachments that use brushes and/or an upright vacuum with metal bottom plates. Metal components in a vacuum cleaner are better than plastic but will make the unit much heavier. A vacuum cleaner should expel or exhaust only fresh, clean air.

Vacuums with replaceable bags can add up each year adding significant cost to your initial purchase. Check out features vs. the weight to choose the right model for you. Look into the lightweight options to find vacuum cleaners that'll be easier to push, carry, and store.

A self-propelled vacuum cleaner may sound great, but they're actually very heavy to lift. Read the warranty fine print so you know exactly what's covered in the event it's defective or you need it repaired. Canister vacuum cleaners that have onboard tool storage make tools handy to reach.

Consider where the vacuum cleaner will be stored to make sure it will fit the space. Do you want an upright or canister? Find out the air watts to get a good indication of its suction power.

A bagless vacuum may leak dust, dust mites, mold spores, fungus, bacteria and allergen particles into the air, so small you may not be able to see all of them but will be cheaper though in the long run, because you're not buying and using up bags. Though they may not be more powerful, higher priced uprights have a lot of gadgets that may be handy for your home, providing you use them. Make sure the machine feels comfortable.

A low-end upright model will usually have only a suction hose with a crevice tool, stair brush, and extended wand piece. Higher priced uprights have a wider cleaning path, possibly dirt sensors, and some will be self-propelled; they may have pre-motor filters to protect the motor from damage too. Many people find they don't like to bend over to move the vacuum around so prefer an upright over a canister.

Find out how often belts, filters, and other items will need to be cleaned and/or replaced. You may want to find a canister vacuum cleaner with wheels that won't scuff or damage your floors. It's important to find out exactly what kind of maintenance your new vacuum cleaner will need.

True or absolute HEPA filters must pass a strict test to be considered HEPA worthy. You want to get rid of as much dirt, dust, mold spores, fungus, bacteria, dust mites and allergens as possible. HEPA is a type of filter that can trap a large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners recirculate back into the air of your home. Look for the serial number and test results that are printed on true or absolute HEPA filters; make sure that the test results at .3 microns are 99.97 percent or above.

Make sure you get a good feel for the vacuum, its handle and accessories so you know if you can handle it if you have any disabilities or physical problems. True or absolute HEPA filters are usually more expensive than other HEPA filters. It's up to you to decide if a true HEPA is essential for your family, or if capturing a smaller amount of particles is worth the price break on filter costs; however your family's health is worth paying a little higher price.

Take time to do your research, the same way you would for any major purchase and buying a vacuum cleaner won't be difficult. Choosing the best vacuum cleaner for you is easier than ever. Know that you're getting the best vacuum cleaner for your money.
About the Author
For more information on saving money on vacuum cleaners and best buy shopping for vacuum cleaners online and offline go to http://www.SaveMoneyOnVacuumCleaners.com Helen Hecker R.N.'s website specializing in vacuum cleaner tips, advice and resources, including information on vacuum cleaner ratings and vacuum cleaner reviews
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