Ultra Violet Vacuums Kill What You Can’t See

The world of science and technology is taking a hold in the vacuum industry with smarter vacuums being introduced all the time. The latest is the use of ultra violet to kill micro-organisms from bedding mattresses, carpets, curtains and furnishings.

Individuals suffering from allergens will welcome the introduction of this technology. Using UV-C, the vacuum extracts all the visible (and not so visible) material and whilst exposing the surface to concentrated rays. Exposure to UV-C kills up to 99.9% of all micro-organisms including dust mites.

Dust mites live predominantly in mattresses and carpets and when you consider that up to 70% of your home is carpeted, that is a lot of space for these mites to live and breed in.  In addition, our bed mattresses is where we spend as much as eight hours a night on and the thought of battling an army of those pests is quite daunting!
There are two new weapons in the fight against dust mites and other micro-organisms:

The Halo Ultraviolet Vacuum Cleaner and the
Earlex RayCop – Mattress Vacuum Cleaner With Micro-Organism Killing UV Light

Canister Vacuums Help Clear The Air Of Nasty Allergens

With spring just around the corner and dust mites sharpening their teeth, its time for those with allergies to start thinking about keeping the air inside their homes clean. There are several ways you can do this. One way is to use canister vacuums.

A canister vacuum usually comes equipped with an allergen filter to filter out those undesirable air pollens that get in the way of healthy breathing.

When it comes to canister vacuum cleaners, the one that is right for you is dependent on several factors. They come with several features and your choices are pretty diverse. You can get a basic canister system with few bells and whistles or opt for something much more advanced like the SEBO Air Belt C3.1. We recommend you check out our canister vacuum chart and do some research to find out what consumers and vacuum experts have to say about the brands you are interested in.

Disspelling the Myths Behind Central Vacuum Cleaning Systems

Central Vacuum cleaners have long been an enigma for many of our customers. Central Vacuum units are usually hard to judge for most customers because you can’t see a demonstration of a unit as easily as you could with a canister or upright in your local vacuum store. To help dispel some of the myths that surround Central Vacuum Cleaning units we’ve decided to borrow some of the content that the Vacuum Dealer Trade Association provides its members.

What is a Central Vacuum?
A central vacuum system, also known as a built-in vacuum, is the modern way to clean your home or business. It has four basic components:

1. A power/collection unit usually installed in a garage or storage space.
2. PVC tubing, installed inside walls and/or under floors, connecting the power unit to the inlet valves.
3. Inlet valves strategically located throughout the building.
4. Vacuum hose and attachments. The lightweight hose, usually 30 or 35 feet long, connects to an inlet valve and various vacuuming attachments to provide far reaching cleaning. Three inlets can easily cover an entire 2,200 square foot home and garage.

Why a Built-In Vacuum?

Today’s homes, with all their advanced technology, continue to get dirty and dusty. The central (or built-in) vacuum can make total house cleaning less of a chore and more efficient.

Powerful Cleaning
Its powerful motor and large air flow allow the central vacuum to pick up deep-down dirt, dust and debris, even microscopic particles like pollen, mold spores and dust mites.

No heavy equipment to haul around or maneuver around furniture and up the stairs. No cords caught on table legs. The lightweight hose and attachments are all you’ll need. Conveniently-placed inlets allow quick and convenient cleaning of the entire house.

Improved Indoor Air Quality
Because a central vacuum pulls dust and dirt out of living areas, it is not recirculated in the air. The tiniest of particles are whisked away to the power unit located in a garage, basement or storage area.

Relief for Allergy Sufferers
By effectively removing dust mites, pollen, mold spores, pet dander and other allergens from the indoor environment, the central vacuum can help relieve allergy sufferers symptoms.

The noise-generating power unit is located away from the living area, so family members aren’t disturbed by vacuuming — even in the same room. Go ahead and vacuum on Super Bowl Sunday!

Home Value Increases
A central vacuum adds value to a home and can increase resale by as much as $1500 or more. Like other built-in appliances, it is an excellent selling feature.

Easy Installation
Both new and existing homes can be easily fitted with a central vacuum system. Professional installers can have the job done for almost any home in a matter of hours.

A complete central vacuum system can be professionally installed in the average home for less than the cost of some name-brand portable vacuum cleaners. Because it is designed to provide efficient cleaning for 10 years and more, a central vacuum is a bargain.

As for which Central Vacuum to choose, you can contact us directly and we can provide you honest Central Vacuum Cleaner Reviews and Comparisons. Our Vacuum Experts can be reached 7 days a week at 866-468-2288.

Remove Bad Air With An Air Purifier

Since the air in your home or office may be more polluted than the air outside, you might consider an air purifier for the home or office. The benefits to having an air purifier are tremendous. For starters, it can remove allergens from your home and if you have allergies like hay fever and other allergies that cause you to sneeze, cough, clear your throat a lot, and gives you a stuffy head, scratchy throat, headaches, and other discomforts then an air purifier can help you solve most of that with relative ease.

You can treat dust mites, pet dander, fungus, molds, and pollens easily and affordably with the right air purifier and with so many good brands on the market, there is no reason not to have one:

An air purifier can make your life more comfortable and your air more breathable.

One Commercial Floor Cleaner You’ll Never Fire

There are commercial cleaners and then there are commercial cleaners. The Koblenz TP-17010 Commercial Floor Cleaner is one that keep your floors clean for a long time.

You’ll absolutely love the features, and these are features that are not “every day” features. These are features that you can’t get with every single commercial floor cleaner you encounter. You’ll love them. Here’s a handful:

  • Durable All Metal Construction
  • Cast iron base
  • Wrap around bumper guard
  • High Performance Motor
  • Safety Switch and locking mechanism
  • 13 gauge chrome steel handle
  • Easy to use handle clamp

Plus, you get a 3 year warranty on the motor and transmission and a 1 year warranty on parts & workmanship.

When it comes to commercial floor cleaners, Koblenz is a leader in the industry and you can’t beat the no operator fatigue features. You simply will not get tired. It does all the work for you. I bet you wish your assistant did that, don’t you?

What is the best canister vacuum, really? GoVacuum puts the Miele Callisto and the Kenmore Canister to the test.

How often do you turn to places like Consumer Reports for advice on what to purchase? We know many consumers do this, as evidencedby the number of customers who come into our retail stores in Northern Virginia with Consumer Reports in hand, asking us if we carry the # 1 rated Canister or Upright. For the most part, the Consumer Reports number one ranking for any vacuum category is largely different than what we’d recommend to our customers. I can’t comment on why we have such differing opinions with Consumer Reports. But I can say that for us it leaves us with greater piece of mind to sell a vacuum that will last a long time and truly make the customer happy (as a result of a clean house) rather than simply sell a vacuum that Consumer Reports claims to be the best.

Since our view on what the best Canister is in the market is contrary to the “mainstream” opinion, we decided to put together a video demonstration comparing Consumer Reports’ best canister and what we consider to be best vacuum canister available.
The Canister that we recommend is the Miele Callisto S5280 . For years the Consumer Reports magazine has rated the Kenmore Canister number one. The Miele Callisto S5280 has been ranked by Consumer Reports at 5 or 6 over the years.

Having many, many years of industry experience, the Consumer Reports ranking has left us baffled because theMiele Callisto is one of our best canisters because of its high quality, unbeatable performance and long life.

In order to compare the vacuums, we are performing three tests with the machines. First, the machines’ filtration systems are being tested with the use of a laser particle scanner which calculates the number of particles being emitted from the exhaust filter on the canisters.

Second, the machines are tested on their ability to side clean, meaning how well the machines’ power heads can clean when against a wall or any other surface.

Lastly, the machines are tested on their maneuverability. One of the things that people complain most about when considering canisters is how difficult they are to maneuver, especially when you have the feeling that you are dragging a dead weight behind you.

All in all, the Miele Callisto S5280 definitely came out on top as the winner. But you will have to check out the video below to see the results yourself.

IQAir College Graduate!

While at the annual Vacuum Dealer Trade Association (VDTA) last month, I was lucky enough to attend the IQAir College. This is an 8 hour intensive seminar on air cleaners and air purification in general. The course was limited to only authorized independent retailers of IQAir; a breath of fresh air for us independent dealers who are increasingly witnessing manufacturers making the transition to selling to Big Box stores. Even more impressive was the fact that the session was led by Frank Hammes, the President of IQAir , who was able to bring his expertise to the table and give each of us a glimpse of what is involved in making the world’s best air cleaners.

For me the session was extremely educational, even if it did leave me with the lingering fear that the air I breathe on a daily basis is so contaminated with harmful micro-particles that holding my breath indefinitely might be a better alternative. But seeing as how I would be limited in my ability to blog about Vacuums and Air Cleaners with the latter alternative, I’ve decided to simply buy an IQAir HealthPro Plus air cleaner instead.

I’m not the kind of person who is easily sold on a product simply because the company purports that their product performs x% better than their competitors. Mainly because I’ve taken some statistics classes before and the only thing that I learned was that all statistics can be manipulated to achieve whatever goal is desired. What impressed me about IQAir’s approach to comparisons was how direct they were about them. Over the course of the session, Frank set up various competitor’s air cleaners and directly compared them with the IQAir HealthPro Plus , their most popular product offering. In these comparisons Frank tested the two most important things when considering purchasing an air cleaner: airflow and particle emission.

Using an expensive laser particle scanner, Frank put all air cleaners up to the test, even his own. He also used a weird contraption that looked like an over-sized trash can that was placed over the air cleaners to measure the airflow output of the machine. This was an interesting exercise because the results from this test were significantly different from what the air cleaner product descriptions proclaimed as actual air flow. It was explained that this is because many air cleaner descriptions describe the airflow of the product BEFORE it hits the air filter. What a sham! Of course air flow will decrease after the air filter, that’s what its supposed to do!

Anyways, while the results varied across the board, one thing was consistent: IQAir seemed to be the best choice. Some machines would have higher air flow than the IQAir HealthPro Plus and some would reach 0% in particle emission but not one machine achieved both.

For those who are interested, you can watch a video demonstration of the IQAir HealthPro Plus check it out below:

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For those who are extremely serious about the air quality in their homes, IQAir unveiled to us a product that helps purify all the air that circulates throughout your entire house. The IQAir Perfect 16 whole-house air cleaning system attaches to your central heating and air condition unit and filters the air as it is circulated around your house. I found two things to be very impressive about this unit. First, the results of this unit can be seen within just an hour after installation (using a laser particle scanner). Second, the Perfect 16 machine is powerful enough to purify all the air your home approximately 125 times a day.

You can check out the video below to see the other features of the IQAir Perfect 16 machine , as featured on the TV show “Extreme Makeover-Home Edition.”

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