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Before You Buy A Central Vacuum, Find Out
Where The Dirt Goes...

Clean & Easy
Clean & Easy

Bag?  Bagless?  Cyclonic?

It All Depends On Just How Close
You Want To Get To Your Dirt..

We've done the research for you...

Just unclip and empty!
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When vacuuming up the dirt from your floors, you would like to know where it's going. Most household vacuums let the dirt you just cleaned up back in the room you were just cleaning. Many central vacuum systems blow the dust right outside where the wind can carry it away to a clean car or through an open window, thus letting all the dirt back into your house. The best place to put a central vacuum is in the garage where the waste can be easily disposed of later, away from the general living area. Having it in the garage makes the home more quiet while vacuuming and disposing of the dirt is easy with the trash cans being so close. The dirt isn't just re-circulated back in to the house, but is actually taken out of the house completely. Currently there are four methods of filtration currently used for central vacuums. 1) Paper Bag System 2) Bagless With Self Cleaning Filter 3) Filtered Cyclonic Action With Fixed Filter 4) True-Cyclonic® Action With Outside Exhaust
 
Important information about different types of central vacuums

Do You Know What's In Your Canister???
Many things can be collected in your dirt canister such as household dirt, hair, sand, skin flakes,
dust mites , pollen, bacteria, carpet fibers, smells, as well as, other lung damaging particles such as
mildew, rotting food particles & pet dander. You may also have such things as dead bugs, dead
spiders, dead ants, dead lizards, dead flies... You get the idea.

 

Watch the following video to see what's lurking in your house.

 


 

Protect your family's healthConsider This
Are you considering the purchase of a bagless central vacuum cleaner?
If so, please allow us to share some thoughts on this topic as you ponder the issue. On this page you will read on several places that our quality technicians are firm in their position that a bagged unit is the most hygienic and scientifically substantiated method to dispose of household dirt and lung-damaging particles. A dust cloud around the wastebasket and washing dirty containers does not paint a clean picture of hygienic dust removal, especially if you have even the mildest case of allergies or asthma.

Try asking yourself
; Would you use a kitchen garbage can without a
garbage bag? THAT WOULD JUST BE NASTY, SMELLY AND DISGUSTING!

* Did you know bagless central vacuums give off a horrible dirt smell? It's not advised to be breathing in these germs which is a health risk to anyone with a set of lungs, especially for asthma and allergy sufferers.

Many people contemplate bagless central vacuums in order to avoid the cost of disposable replacement bags. We believe the cost of a bag is a small price to pay for securing your health and the protection of your vacuum motor. Exposure to tiny, lung damaging particles has been linked to many health issues. Also, the smell of dirt, dust, dead bugs, decaying food particles, bacteria, dust mites, mold spores and microbes is very disgusting.

We will be the first to admit that a dump-out system will have some performance loss as the dust collecting canister fills up. The fact is that all systems will have a slight loss of performance over a period of time. It is our opinion that semi-annual replacement of a paper bag is, by far, more efficient with less hassle and the benefits far outweighs the health risk of using a dump-out system.

 

Dust Mite


Paper Bag System

Paper Bag System
Overall Rating - Excellent

Don't want to see everything you've vacuumed over the past months? With a
bagged system, the incoming suction carries dirt and debris from your floors. It is then separated from the air with a paper or cloth style bag. By filtering the air at the same time, it increases the life of your motor and releases relatively clean air so there's no need to vent outside. This method is the most clean and hygienic way. Paper bags eliminate mold spores, bacteria and fungi from growing. No cleaning of the canister is required & there will be no dust in your face upon dumping. A bagged unit is rated as the best form of protection for allergy sufferers and foul odors. A bag is also recognized as the first line of defense in motor protection. Takes 20 seconds to change a bag, with no mess no hassle. Just that easy. Bags need to be changed once or twice a year. This type of filtration keeps you free from contact of dust mites and nasty bed bugs and other harmful allergy laden waste.


These systems include..
Drainvac
®, Powerstar®, PurVac®, Nutone®, AirVac®, Dust Care®, Valet®, Hoover®, Brute®, Pullman-Holt®, Black & Decker®, Honeywell®, CycloVac®, Filtex®, Riccar®, Simplicity®, DuoVac®, WalVac®, Eureka®, AstroVac®, Aggresor®, Cana-Vac®, Dynavac®, etc.

Bagless with inverted filter

Bagless With Inverted Filter
Overall Rating - OK

With a bagless type unit, the dirt enters into the vacuum canister with a tornado effect. It's this effect that prevents the dirt from clinging to the filter. One advantage is that the filter will protect your motor from dirt and debris. When the vacuum unit is shut off all the dirt will then drop to the bottom of the waste basket. Emptying the bucket every 3 to 6 months into the trash to insure a clean home is all you need to do. This type of system should be exhausted outside of the home. You will begin to lose suction and performance as the canister fills up. Just unclip & empty. Some steps such as shaking or washing off the loose dirt from the filter, wiping down the inside of the bucket etc. may be necessary when emptying. Unfortunately, with this filtration type you cannot prevent the build-up of mold, bacteria, dust mites, fungi and other harmful pollutants, and foul odors. Every bagless central vacuum smells horribly from all the dust, dirt, and allergens. Remember what you smell is what you breathe in.


These systems include..
Eureka®, Nutone®, Beam®, Electrolux®, Hoover®, AirVac®, Honeywell®, Dust Care®, etc.

Filtered Cyclonic Action with Fixed Filter

Filtered Cyclonic Action With Cartridge Filter
Overall Rating - Poor

In a filtered cyclonic unit, the heavier dirt falls down the bottom of the canister, but instead of the lighter debris going through the motor and outside, it is filtered out and only the exhaust air is pushed out. Most systems of this design have a fixed foam filter to sort out the fine dirt and debris. This filter needs to be removed and cleaned often in order to maintain the same performance as if it was brand new. As the canister fills up, you will begin to lose suction and performance. With this type of unit you must always vent to the outside. Unfortunately, with this filtration type you cannot prevent the build-up of mold, bacteria, fungi and other harmful pollutants, and foul odors. Every bagless central vacuum smells horribly from all the dust, dirt, and allergens. Remember what you smell is what you breathe in.

Dump canister at least 6 times a year. This filtration type requires changing more often to prevent clogging and loss of suction. You will also have to clean off your filter each and every time.

These systems include..
Hayden
®, Electrolux® AB (Aerus)®, Dirt Devil®, Royal® & Vacuflo®

True cyclonic vacuums with outside exhaust

Bagless is
a dirty word!

Bagless truly is a 'dirty' word


Avoid exhausting straight cyclonic
systems toward
car ports or patio
eating areas.

True-Cyclonic® Action with Outside Exhaust
Overall Rating - Very Poor

In a cyclonic unit, the dirty air is forced through the vacuum chamber in a tornado style of movement. The heavier dirt falls down the bottom of the canister and the lighter dust is carried off through the motor and then exhausted outside.


However..

Because of dirt build up in the fan blades, armature and around the bearings the life of the motor is shortened due to the all the finer dust particles passing through the motor. This is the same as opening the hood of the car and throwing dirt on your engine. This makes for a messy clean up. This is why virtually all manufacturers choose to use a filter. In most cyclonic systems there is a screen or mesh to protect the motor from hair and other debris. This protection needs to be cleaned frequently in order to properly maintenance peak performance. Care must be taken to exhaust properly as you'll be pushing a lot of harmful air pollutants, dust mite particles and as well as motor carbon outside. Unfortunately, with this filtration type you cannot prevent the build-up of mold, bacteria, fungi and other harmful pollutants, and foul odors. Every bagless central vacuum smells horribly from all the dust, dirt, and allergens. Remember what you smell is what you breathe in. Many built-in systems such as Vacu-Maid
®, Vacuflo® and Imperium® blow dust outside where a breeze can carry it onto a clean car or through an open window back into the home. The two leading causes of premature motor failure are dust and heat. This is also regarded as the worst form of filtration for allergy sufferers. Dump canister at least 8 times a year. This vacuum type requires changing much more often to prevent clogging and loss of suction. You will also have to clean off your metal screen each and every time you dump your canister to prevent damaging the motor's fan blades. You will also need to clean the upper inside of your canister with a damp rag or cloth. All as per instructed in the owners manual.

These systems include...
Vacu-Maid®, Vacuflo®, and Imperium®
 

We highly recommend masks and gloves when emptying cyclonic vacuum canisters. Not recommended for asthma sufferers
 


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Important Things you Should Know
Common Allergens Hiding in Every Central Vacuum
It's important to understand when dumping out the canister of a central vacuum, using a paper bag is certainly a healthier and more hygienic way of disposing of your dirt, germs, bacteria, mold, and other harmful substances.

Mold and Pollen
Mold & Pollen

Mold & Pollen:
Mold thrives in wet or moist areas of your home like the kitchen and bathrooms, especially in shower stalls. These mold spores can trigger allergies. Food particles picked up by the vacuum can lead to the growth of bacteria and mold inside of the canister.
Dust Mites
Dust Mites
Dust Mites:
Dust mites live buried deep in your carpets,  upholstery, and mattresses. Their skin and fecal matter break down into a fine powder that, when disturbed, floats easily into the air you breathe causing allergies to react.

Household Roach
Hosehold Cockroach

 

Roaches:
Roaches can be a powerful source of indoor allergens. The most common are found in their digestive enzymes, saliva and body parts. These allergens are easily stirred up by movement in a room and combine with the rest of the dust in the air, becoming potentially harmful especially to those who suffer from asthma and allergies.

Common Pet Dander
Pet Dander

Pet Dander:
Pet dander, a common allergen in homes with pets, is the shedding skin of the animal. The pet dander is more likely to be the cause of allergic reactions rather than the hair or fur. saliva, fur, and dander of pets trigger allergic reactions. These allergens are believed to affect up to 20% of North Americans.

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