What you need to Know about Vacuum Cleaner Filtration Systems


For as long as humankind has existed, so has the need to keep things clean. Whether it was cleaning out a pre-historic cave dwelling, shoveling out a medieval stable, raking out a Native American longhouse, beating out a colonist’s rugs, or vacuuming a 21st Century home, there has always been something to clean.

Brooms made from straw and dusters created from feathers were some of the earliest methods we know of. Cleaning tools have quickly evolved over the years from brooms made of straw bristles to fiberglass and plastic-handle brooms made with plastic bristles. This is a cleaner and more sanitary method as mites and other insects dwell in straw and feathers. The major health hazard associated with these older cleaning methods was breathing the dust and allergens they stirred up.

Cleaning has also gotten much easier over the years with many tools that help you keep your house more sanitary. The invention of vacuum cleaners with their filtration systems have revolutionized house cleaning. Now you can clean the floors and keep the dust and dirt from entering back into your rooms’ air.

The first powered vacuum cleaner was invented in 1901 by a British engineer named Hubert Cecil Booth and an American inventor named David T. Kenney. The vacuum was the first to ever use suction power and it was called the “Puffing Billy.” However, there is evidence that the first patent for an electric vacuum cleaner was granted to Corinne Defour who resided in the U. S. in Savannah, Georgia.

Central Vacuum Power Units central vacuum system
Central Vacuum Power Units Mount on the Wall Cleaning with a Central Vacuum Is a Breeze

It was not until 7 years later in 1908 that Hoover purchased John Murray Spangler’s patent for the upright vacuum. It then became known as the Hoover vacuum cleaner, many of which are still being made today. Through the years the home vacuuming concept has evolved into central vacuum systems that clean a house more efficiently than any other type. You might like to know more about how vacuum cleaners work by reading this informative article.

Central Vacuums Save the Day

Central vacuums can be installed inside your home where piping runs inside your walls and/or in the attic and sends the dust, dirt, and debris into a large holding tank located in the garage or down in the basement. This vacuum has ports throughout the house where a detachable hose can be plugged in so you can vacuum each room with ease. Nothing escapes back into the air and this is a major benefit for allergy sufferers.

The awesomeness does not end here. If you are tired of dragging a vacuum through the house or are not strong enough to push one around, Think Vacuums now sells household vacuum powerheads to make your central vacuum even more effective.

“TIP: Check your filter, bag, hose, and canister before each vacuuming session to make sure they are unobstructed. Clogged equipment renders your cleaning machine less efficient and can cause damage to the vacuum motor and/or parts.”

How Do Filters Keep Your Floors and Air Cleaner?

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Use High-quality Filters and

A central vacuum cleaner uses a powerful motor and air to create a vortex of suction inside the machine. Just like when we suck air through a straw, a vacuum sucks air and debris through its hose or its beater to clean surfaces. Most vacuum cleaners work on an exhaust filtration system where the air is sucked up and filtered before being released at the other end.

A filter inside your central vac is one of its most critical parts. Here are common types of filters on the market for portable and central vacuums.

  • Cartridge – If your vacuum uses a cartridge filter, remove it after the second or third vacuuming session. Tap it in the garbage can to remove dust and dirt and replace it.
  • Foam – Instead of filtering out dirt particles, they clean the air after the dust and dirt is filtered by the primary filtering system. Most can be washed and reused.
  • Cloth – Cloth filters are handy for use in central vacuums systems because they are made to hold a lot of dust, dirt, and debris. They are typically very strong and can be washed and reused.
  • Disk – This type of filter is made of cloth and paper. Cloth disk filters that are made of cloth can be washed, cleaned, and reused. Paper disk filters must be replaced when dirty and clogged.
  • Bag – A bag is made of cloth or paper and acts as the primary filter in a vacuum. The air escapes and traps the larger particles in the bag.
  • Bagless – Often, bagless models have two filters: a primary and a secondary. The primary collects the large particles and the secondary purifies the air passing through. There may also be a filtration system where the dust, dirt, and debris are collected.
  • HEPA Filters – HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air and these filters do the best overall job of catching the smallest particles and cleaning the air. Check their availability in models you are considering.

Attachable powerheads and brushes on the end of a vacuum’s hose can help to catch dust and debris off surfaces like carpets, window sills, and kitchen cupboards, and it can make the surfaces shinier. Choose from several models that work perfectly with your central vacuum. Learn how to clean filters and maintain your vacuum for best results.

Your Vacuum Powerheads and Brushes Need to Be High Quality

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Electric Powerhead Air-drive Powerhead

If most or all your floors are carpeted, we recommend adding an electric or air-driven powerhead to your set of cleaning tools. These carpet attachments increase the RPM speed for the brush roller and clean your floors much deeper. Electric models require an electric vacuum hose that is available from our online selection and is best for high-pile carpeting.

If you need more power to pick up pet hair and dander, go for a SEBO Pro ET-1 or Pro ET-2 vacuum and all-around performance. Carpets with low to medium carpeting need an air-driven or turbo powerhead. They are non-electric and increase the suction power of your current vac.

TIP: Check your filter, bag, hose, and canister before each vacuuming session to make sure they are unobstructed. Clogged equipment renders your cleaning machine less efficient and can cause damage to the vacuum motor and/or parts.

We Have the Best Vacuum Cleaner Powerheads, Brushes, and Filters

Think Vacuums is Florida’s leading vacuum cleaner supply house. You can stop in to see our showroom or order vacuums, tools, attachments, parts, and accessories online. Our skilled customer service department will answer your vacuuming questions and help you select the right products for your home or business.

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