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Don’t get me wrong here. You can get one of the most effective cleaning vacuums with a central vacuum system. I have a central vacuum in my own home. In other words, all central vacuum systems are not created equal.[/inset]
What is the best type of central vacuum system for your home and do you know how to get the best system? With the greater distance the air has to travel, central vacuum systems have the biggest disadvantage to overcome to be a good cleaning vacuum. The distance through a 2″ PVC pipe and however many 90 degree elbows is one thing but mostly the 1 1/4″ diameter 30ft hose that is not smooth on the inside nor straight in a line (usually curled up on the floor) is where the greatest airflow is lost. One study measured through a curled up hose versus a hose straight in a line and found that you could lose up to 25% of the airflow. Most central vacuum companies claim in their brochures that they have 2 to 3 times more power than a portable vacuum cleaner. Those claims are hollow words with no substance.
The best central vacuums have almost the same CFM (cubic feet per minute of airflow) as suction (normally measured in inches of waterlift). Many central vacuums have high suction but have very low CFM or high CFM and low suction.[inset side=”right” title=”American homes today”]
Most homes today have a combination of surfaces and having a motor unit with both powerful suction and high airflow is a necessity.[/inset]Airflow is important particularly in carpet cleaning. You want to move the greatest amount of air through the carpet fibers. For vacuuming hardfloors, suction or lifting the dirt up off the floor is most important. Don’t be fooled by the term Airwatts (a mathematical formula that even includes the amount of electricity used) or a square footage figure that is supposed to tell you the minimum amount of power needed to clean. Have you ever bought any vacuum for the minimum amount of power to clean? I rather doubt it.
[inset side=”left” title=”Clean Air Design”]Click here to see the clean air system that means only clean air goes through the motor so it outperforms and maintains better airflow, MD vertical bag system.[/inset]Another important feature to look for is the filter system of the motor unit. The best type is a bagged system. With a bagged system, the motor of the central vacuum is on the bottom of the canister. The air is moved through the large surface area of a bag (some are as large as 12 gallon in size). The best thing is that only clean air goes through the motor and motor fans and it does not require venting outside. The motor runs so much cooler when it does not have to vent the air thus extending motor life. [inset side=”right” title=”Dirty Air Design”]Click here to see the shop vac style of central vacuum unit that is often called cyclonic that Nybakke does not recommend, Bagless Cyclonic.[/inset]Those that are bagless have the motor in the top of the canister claiming that the dirt drops down in the bucket so you do not have to buy bags. However the dirt that you suck up off your floors and furniture is basically weightless and will follow the air through the motor which is up to the top of the unit and then needs to be vented out. This dirt, hair and dust builds up over time on the fans of the motor causing wear on bearings and causes extra heat to the carbon brushes.Also it is amazing to me that so many of the sales of central vacuum systems come from businesses that are in new construction so a lot of systems are put in by heating and cooling people, closet organizers, music and sound people and others that know nothing about vacuum cleaners and how a vacuum works. Seek out a vacuum professional and for your area it is Nybakke Vacuum Shop. Nybakke can explain why their system works and cleans better and will be there to help if service is ever necessary. Nybakke will come to you and your new home start or your existing home in area to check it out and be able to recommend the right system for you. Contact us at 309-662-7272 or visit us at 814 IAA Dr, Bloomington, Illinois.
There is a serious problem in the marketplace right now and that is the ignorance and misunderstanding of frieze carpets. Frieze carpets came upon the market and caught on quickly especially the new “silky” carpets that are made out of corn by-products and without a thought as to how to clean it. [inset side=”right” title=”Frieze not the same”]For decades the consumer has gone out and purchased whatever carpet pile that is popular at the time and has vacuumed it the same way with the same vacuums of the time.[/inset]I would venture to say that the majority of households today that have frieze carpeting do not have the proper vacuum cleaner thus if there is a problem over a period of short years before the warranty runs out and the carpet starts untwisting or fibers look cut or worn then the homeowner is going to complain. The first thing that the carpet dealer or manufacturer representative will look at is how you are taking care of it. Many companies making frieze carpets are requiring in their instruction booklet, for the carpet to be vacuumed by a vacuum cleaner with manual height settings so that the vacuum does not pull too much of the twisted strands of the frieze into the brush cavity of the vacuum. Or even more important to understand is that about 25% of companies making frieze carpets do not want any revolving brush at all to be used to clean their carpet. The homeowner must be aware of this and many do not.
Some who had troubles vacuuming their new frieze carpet blamed the vacuum. Even at Nybakke, we had customers who complained to us that there was something wrong with their vacuum but in reality there was nothing wrong with the [inset side=”left” title=”Nybakke knows vacuums”]
The carpet dealer either did not know that this carpet needed to be treated differently or didn’t care and the instructional booklet was pretty much ignored by everyone.[/inset]vacuum they had except the customer went out and bought a carpet that their old vacuum either could not adjust to or had no way of shutting off the revolving brush. The only analogy I can come up with is that blaming a vacuum dealer for a new carpet fad that has special needs to clean is like blaming a gas station dealer because you are putting his gas into a car you recently purchased that does not use gas.
We at Nybakke recommend for people who have bought new carpet is to bring in a large piece of that carpet into our store with the manufactures instructions and we can show you the proper vacuums that are designed for such carpet and because all our vacuums are ready to be plugged in and tried, we can demonstrate that vacuum on your carpet as well as the many different types of carpets we already have in our store.
I believe that most American consumers (surprisingly not all) want to buy American Made whenever possible. In your local independent vacuum store, Nybakke Vacuum Shop has a line of vacuums Made in USA by Riccar. The SupraLite upright vacuum models have become big sellers not only because they are Made in USA but also because they are one of the lightest uprights that are consistently rated as one of the best cleaning uprights in your leading consumer magazines. In the industry periodicals that I read, poll after poll shows that those who expect to buy a vacuum cleaner within the next 6 months are looking for two important features: (1) a lot of power (2) lightweight and easy to push.
Vacuum cleaners have often become so heavy and clumsy as a lot of manufactures are trying to make one vacuum that can do the job of two or three vacuums. [inset side=”left” title=”Heavy Vacuums”]It is next to impossible to melt two or three vacuum designs into one and have it be effective for each type of use and be lightweight and easy to use.[/inset]So in comes the Riccar SupraLites that are a simple design where they place the motor and motor fan right next to the carpet or floor and blow everything behind the motor into the bag. The SupraLites have been given the highest excellence in deep cleaning on carpets by leading consumer magazines for many years.
There are a couple of things that are important to those considering purchasing a vacuum cleaner who reside in Bloomington/Normal and around central Illinois. [inset side=”right” title=”Riccar SupraLites”]Its design eliminates the hard bulky plastic bodies and on board attachments so it sheds a lot of pounds to the point where it weights less than 10lbs.[/inset]One is that we have a lot of two story and bi-level homes with most homes having a full basement. Carrying a vacuum up and down stairs is common place so the weight of a vacuum cleaner is a consideration when purchasing a new one. Also because of the past history of Bloomington, a lot of people used to be employed by or had family members that used to work for The Eureka Company. Eureka manufactured vacuum cleaners for many years in Bloomington and at one time employed more than 400 workers. When The Eureka Company moved out of the US for cheaper labor costs and now like so many are mostly made in China, there was a lot of bitterness in peoples minds about the company and so the fact that Riccar vacuum cleaners are Made in USA hits close to home.
The brand new 2014 models are in stock now at Nybakke. Riccar has redesigned the base to better adjust to the new soft and silky carpets as well as frieze carpets. Also for those with allergies, most of the new SupraLite uprights have a seal sealing bag so no contact with dust when changing.