A Vacuum Cleaner, in plain words, is something that keeps people happy by removing dust from their feet. The vacuum cleaner works on a suction mechanism that sucks up surrounding dust particles in the area of the vacuum cleaner. Manual cleaning every time somebody treads on your favorite carpet with their dirty shoes can be burdensome. Not to mention the wear your carpet goes through after every bit of manual cleaning. Here is where vacuum cleaners come into the picture. Vacuum cleaners have come a long way from sucking up animals whole (we saw that on cartoons). Now they are used to clean dirt, nails, screws, pieces of wood, and a whole range of other things, off your floor or carpet area. If you have pets, then getting rid of animal hair from your couch or carpet becomes necessary, even more so when you have kids. The commercial vacuum cleaner generates more power than the domestic vacuum cleaner and is usually employed on multiple floored office buildings or on large carpet areas in hotels. But what is the right vacuum cleaner for you? Should you go for power consuming commercial vacuum cleaners, or household vacuum cleaners? This buying guide will help you find answers to your questions.
Before buying a vacuum cleaner you must ask yourselves the following questions
1.How intensive is your job?
Choosing the right vacuum cleaner for your job needs this question answered. If your job is cleaning the carpeted area of your house and its surroundings then you might want to go for the household vacuum cleaner. Furthermore, upright vacuum cleaners provide better cleaning than canister or hand-held vacuum cleaners.
2.How many times do you vacuum in a given week?
If you are punctual and vacuum your house daily then choosing a light weight stick model would suffice, provided your house isn’t too big. If you vacuum weekly, then a model with a more power output and one with a canister would do great.
3.What kind of foreign particles do you need removed?
If your vacuum cleaner needs to be powerful enough than just to remove dust particles, you would be choosing a model with a bigger motor size. If you are employing the cleaner to suck up nails and screws, you would have to invest in a commercial cleaner.
4.Can you maintain a vacuum cleaner properly?
The vacuum cleaner should be easy to maintain. Calling an expert for servicing the cleaner will only give rise to frustrated brows. Choose a vacuum cleaner does not use a hose mechanism to suck up particles, as bigger particles can easily be lodged up and restrict air flow.
When you have such questions answered, now is the time to go shopping!
Things you must keep in mind while shopping for a vacuum cleaner
1- Proper Filtration:
A filter can be removable or non removable. Removable filters are usually cheaper, and non removable filters require professional hands. A vacuum cleaner must always have a good filtration. However, against general ideas, over filtration will reduce the efficiency of a vacuum cleaner by reducing the air flow. If dust does not give you an allergic reaction, then you would like to check the bagless variation of a vacuum cleaner. These provide very good filtration but come with filters that cost you dearly and needs to be replaced from time to time.
2- Selecting the type of dust storage:
Going for bagless vacuum cleaners may give rise to health related problems. If you have a dust allergy, then going for bagless vacuum cleaners may not be the best idea for you. These type of vacuum cleaners let dust particles to escape. Moreover, this kind of vacuum cleaner comes with expensive filters that needs to be changed from time to time. However, the bagless vacuum cleaners shine in the area of having cheap operational costs, though the initial cost of operating a bagless vacuum cleaner may be high.
3- Power Rating:
How much power your vacuum cleaner consumes is given by its power rating. Usually measured in Amps or Watts, power rating enables you to assess how much power your vacuum cleaner might need or how much electricity it will consume to work at maximum efficiency. Efficiency rating is a bit different from the power rating. It is the measure of the amount of air moved by the vacuum cleaner, usually expressed in CFM (Cubic Feet of air per Minute). The average household vacuum cleaner delivers an efficiency output of 40 CFM. However this only does half the work. Should you need a vacuum cleaner to get wet sand from your carpet, go for a cleaner having an efficiency rating of over 100 CFM, which is usually furnished by upright vacuum cleaners.
4- After Market Service:
You don’t want to buy a vacuum cleaner whose spare parts are not available in the market. Make sure your vacuum cleaner gets enough technical support after sales.
5- Buy Quality Products Only:
Buying quality products does not mean buying overpriced goods. When buying a vacuum cleaner quality products must always be sought after. A vacuum cleaner that reduces operational costs while at the same time works efficiently is a symbol of quality. Buying good quality vacuum cleaners would ensure its long lasting. While economical machines promise similar cleaning to quality products, generally fail to do so. They do not clean very well, and even if they do, aftermarket parts are not always available for such cleaners.
- The warranty period provided: Checking the warranty that comes with the purchase of the vacuum cleaner is vital. Always go for products that provide a warranty that extends for a year and free service during the warranty period. Managing brands may be difficult but never go for products that claim a price for an extended warranty period and service.
- Special Features: Many vacuum cleaners come with an extra set of tools to make cleaning easier. Decide what you need for that extra good feeling when you are cleaning around. In order to do that, check the vacuum cleaner’s head, or suction area. Each kind of head comes with a set of features. For example a cleaning brush that comes with the vacuum cleaner can be a rotation type. A brush that rotates will be able to clean more efficiently. Now getting rid of those coarser particles and fibers from your carpet would need no extra attention. Amidst all these extra features there are a couple of things that can do you no good. True, they look attractive, but a tool that enables you to spray paint your fence with your vacuum cleaner? Really? Purchasing the appropriate add-ons for your vacuum cleaner needs to be given proper thought.
- False Advertisements: Beware of false advertisements! A product cannot be more powered than it actually is. The minimum lifespan of the average household vacuum cleaner is 2 to 3 years, if you go for a cheap uncertified vacuum cleaner. These machines provide less power than it actually promises, and gives rise to a variety of problems during its service. If you are a home owner, ask for details of the vacuum cleaner and always go for quality products.
After this, buying a vacuum cleaner would be easy for you. Go vacuuming!