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Buying Tips for Vacuum Cleaners

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If you are like most people, when you start looking for a new vacuum, you need it promptly to replace a dead or dying machine. Researching for hours or days is not what you have in mind but often what we hear our customers have faced, thanks to the wide range of options available from modern appliances today. While the many features and styles available each offer to enhance your household cleaning, the sheer volume of options can complicate the search making it into a daunting chore. Follow these quick and easy steps to drastically narrow the focus of your search for your new vacuum cleaner and turn "daunting" into "exciting:"

Choose the right vacuum cleaner style for your home environment:

Step #1: Narrow down the selection choice by first choosing your major category:

Robotic Vacuums

Technological advancements in the world of home appliances continue to take huge steps forward in making your life easier. This is especially true in the floor care industry. For example, robotic vacuums are capable of carrying out the chore of vacuuming by themselves, making them especially beneficial to those who suffer from limited mobility or just limited availability. These robotic vacuum cleaners are so self sufficient that in most cases, after the initial set up, all you will need to do is empty out the dust bin. They avoid obstacles, don't fall down stairs and traverse between low-pile carpeting and bare floor with ease.

Broom / Stick Vacuums

Taking into account the frequency with which you vacuum your home is also important in choosing the vacuum style best suited to your needs. A lightweight broom/stick vacuum cleaner is ideal for those who tend to vacuum multiple times per week. They are best suited for quick floor cleaning tasks and are easiest to maneuver and to store.

Upright Vacuums

An upright model may be more appropriate for those who vacuum weekly or have thick carpeting in their home. Most full-sized upright vacuums are capable of vacuuming carpeting of varying heights as well as bare floors and include some on-board tools for above the floor cleaning. Upright vacuums are generally considered better suited for vacuuming carpets than bare floors.

Canister Vacuums

Canister vacuums are generally considered better than uprights at vacuuming bare floors and are particularly well designed for above the floor cleaning. If carpeting is an equal or large part of your floor cleaning, and you want a canister vacuum, you'll want to choose a model that includes a motorized power head.

Lightweight Vacuums

If the phrase "lugging around a vacuum cleaner" fits into your mental image of cleaning your floors, a Lightweight vacuum might be best for your needs. Don't sell lightweight vacuums short either because they can pack a powerful punch and even include many of the features you find on full-sized vacuums. Many people find they prefer the portability of these vacuums and don't have to sacrifice performance or adaptability for the convenience. Lightweight vacuums come in a variety of styles as well: upright, canister, hand held, shoulder and stick / broom vacuums and some are even cordless vacuums.

Step #2: Negotiating Allergies

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, approximately 54 percent of Americans suffer from some form of allergy – with one of the most common being dust-related. Sufferers can experience asthma-like symptoms such as a tightness in the chest or wheezing, whilst in the case of dust mites reactions are similar to those who are allergic to pollen. So while all vacuum cleaners, by their nature, help to reduce allergens in your home, the next step in narrowing down your vacuum selection is simply how important allergen removal is to you.

If you or someone in your home suffers from asthma or severe allergies, you'll probably want to select a HEPA vacuum. HEPA vacuums provide the highest exhaust filtration, thereby trapping the most allergens. You may also want to select HEPA vacuum bags when available for an added layer of protection.

The general consensus is that bagless vacuums are preferred by severe allergy sufferers over bagged vacuums although there are more allergy sensitive bagged vacuums and bags on the market today as well. For example, the Panasonic Type U-6 disposable paper vacuum bags while not HEPA, do have high efficiency filtration and a special tab constructed to lock in the dirt during disposal.

Did you know?

If you choose a bagged vacuum, it is important to remember to empty the bag on a regular basis, whenever 1/2 full or at least once per month. If you continue to vacuum with a bag that is over half full, you cut the cleaning efficiency of your vacuum by 50 percent or more and increase the strain on the motor.

Choose the right vacuum cleaner style for your business:

It is not just the home which relies upon a vacuum cleaner to keep things spick and span. As customers entering your place of work tend to pick up their first impression of your company by the condition in which your business environment is kept, it is especially important to maintain a high level of cleanliness at all times.

Commercial vacuums are designed to be used in a commercial setting, more frequently and for longer durations than non-commercial vacuums. They are also warranted for commercial use so do yourself a favor and only use commercially approved vacuums in your commercial setting to minimize unexpected repair costs.

Selecting a vacuum which has a wide cleaning path will save a lot of time during the end of the day cleanup if you have a particularly large or minimalist design office, but attempting to negotiate through tight spaces or maneuvering around pieces of furniture could in fact make this chore much more time-consuming than it should be. A strong promotional campaign will do its part in attracting the attention of potential customers but, at the end of the day, a clean and organized office will always be a key part of sealing any deal.

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