Tips & Advice
How often should vacuums be serviced?
Ideally, service vacuums every 12-18 months. With time, dirt and lint can gather on the vacuum's motor bearings, which can slow the roll of its brush and place undue strain on its motor. The brush may also wear out with time, and this can reduce the vacuum's cleaning ability by as much as 50 percent. Dirty motor bearings can also cause the vacuum's engine to overheat.
Do vacuums with higher amperage clean better?
Vacuums with higher amperage don't necessarily provide better cleaning. A vacuum's amperage is the amount of electric current that flows through the unit. While high amperage can favorably affect performance, other factors play even more important roles. Air flow is a key variable to consider, since it will give you an idea of how well the vacuum handles suction. Other important factors include filtration, hose quality, and nozzle design.
What is the difference between a canister and an upright vacuum?
Upright vacuums stand vertical, and include the motor and suction head in the same unit. With canister vacuums, the cleaning nozzle is located at the end of a wand that connects to a wheeled canister via a hose. The canister holds the unit's engine, filter, and dust bags, and it needs to be dragged by the user when the vacuum is being operated. Upright vacuum cleaners tend to be less expensive than canister vacuums, but canister models tend to be more maneuverable.
What is a stick vacuum cleaner?
A stick vacuum cleaner has its dustbin container incorporated within the stick that connects to the nozzle. This gives it a cleaner look than other types of vacuum cleaners, and it also reduces its weight. Stick vacuum cleaners require minimal storage space, so they're a good choice for apartment dwellers. However, they typically have less cleaning power than other types of vacuums.
Do vacuum cleaner stores specialize in specific brands?
Vacuum cleaner stores usually specialize in specific brands. Large chain stores often carry mainstream brands that are widely known, while smaller vacuum cleaner stores are more likely to carry lesser-known specialty brands. When evaluating vacuum cleaners from different brands, it's important to consider things like the unit's air flow, and the warranty protection offered.
Is it worth getting a broken vacuum repaired?
To determine if it's worth getting a broken vacuum repaired, compare the repair costs with the price you originally paid to purchase the vacuum. If the repair cost is equal to or more than 50 percent of the vacuum's original purchase price, it's time to think about replacing the unit.
What services do vacuum cleaner stores provide?
Many vacuum cleaner stores provide repair services for damaged machines. They also provide vacuum cleaner maintenance that can prevent problems from arising. For example, if you have a bagless cleaner, you will find that its suction power can diminish after a few months if the vacuum hasn't been properly maintained.
Why is it important to keep air ducts clean?
The most important reason to keep air ducts clean is your health! Particularly if you have allergies, sensitivities, or respiratory issues, it’s important to keep the air quality high--not to mention potentially dangerous molds from building up. It’s also important for the health of your HVAC system. Keeping it clean and well maintained will improve performance and the life expectancy of the HVAC unit.
What are the most common sources of air duct build up?
The most common sources of air duct buildup are the number of people and pets living in the residence, and the air quality in the local area. All of these affect interior air quality. The more dust, dirt, and random air particles floating about, the more that are drawn into the HVAC system.
How do you get rid of mold in air ducts?
Mold in the air ducts can be an easy DIY fix. First, turn OFF your HVAC system. Find an approved cleaning solution. Pour or spray the solution on the infected area. Put on protective gear and a mask - you do not want to make contact with the mold (or chemicals! or breathe it in. Scrub the area using disposable towels or brushes, and be sure to check the drip pan and evaporator coils. Vacuum the affected areas after cleaning. Bag all your rags and utensils and dispose of properly. Apply an inhibitor to the affected areas to prevent future growth. It is recommended to call a professional if you have more than 10 square feet of mold as this may be too big of a job, or there might be other/larger issues. Even if you don’t have more than 10 square feet of mold, you can still call a professional to clean it up.