Central vacuum cleaners ease the drudgery
of cleaning by eliminating the need to haul
a heavy vacuum around the house and up and
down stairs. In addition, central vacuums
are much quieter to operate and can move
the dirty exhaust to the basement
When buying a central vacuum,
here are some
features to consider:
- vacuum power - large houses, which have an
extensive system, need a more powerful motor
to create an effective dirt-pulling vacuum.
Be sure that the model you buy is sufficiently
powerful for your house.
- collection - the dirt collects in a canister
in the basement. When comparing models, understand
what additional air filters are needed and
how often they most be cleaned or replaced.
Some units exhaust the fine particles to
reduce the mess and potential loss of suction
from clogged filters.
- powered attachments - for better cleaning
of carpets, some systems have powered brushes
at the cleaning head that do a better job
loosening dirt than relying on suction alone.
- allergy sensitivity - as an alternative to
outside exhausting for homes with hyper-allergenic
residents, consider models that employ HEPA
- monitors - a handy feature is an indicator
light to alert you when the unit needs emptying
or the filter needs changing.