Types Of Vacuum Cleaners Overview
Searching for a new vacuum cleaner? It’s important to consider different types of vacuum cleaners to see which best fit your needs.
In this article we outline various types of vacuum cleaners to provide a clear and concise way for you to choose the type that is right for your household.
Upright Vacuum Cleaners
This model of machine is probably the most common for vacuums. Upright vacuum cleaners have a cleaning head that runs parallel to the floor, a center section that houses a dust containment system and filter, and a push handle for operation. There are both bagged and bagless upright models, as well as models with different handy attachments. The upright is the best model for covering a lot of ground and can function on carpet, rugs, and hard surfaces.
Cordless vacuum cleaners are useful for quick jobs and are convenient for those who have limited storage space as they are much smaller than other types of vacuums. Cordless vacuum cleaners come in either a stick vacuum style or a handheld style. One downside of models of this type is that they typically require a relatively long charge time relative to the time they are able to run. For example, a full charge for an average model takes around 12 hours, and the run time is only about 15 minutes.
HEPA refers to a type of vacuum filtration. Spelled out, the acronym is “high-efficiency particulate arrestance,” meaning a specification for collecting dust and debris effectively. In order for a vacuum cleaner to be certified HEPA, if must contain at least 99.97% of the particles it sucks in. This makes machines with HEPA filtration great for keeping your home clean. HEPA machines are especially beneficial for allergy sufferers.
Handheld vacuum cleaners are small, portable devices that are good for small jobs, use in tight spaces, and detail work. They are particularly helpful for use in automobiles. There are both cordless and corded handheld vacuums, although corded options can be slightly less convenient since they are limited in mobility relative to their cordless counterparts.
Central vacuum cleaners are systems installed in homes consisting of a power unit, several inlet valves connected to the power unit by PVC tubing, and a 25 to 50 foot hose and accessory package. The power unit is mounted in the garage, basement or any other remote location in your home with the necessary space for the unit to release exhaust, while several inlet valves are installed throughout the house where your hose is connected.