If you are in the market to replace your vacuum, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you cleaning hard surfaces, wall-to-wall carpeting, drapes, area rugs, above the floor areas?
- What type(s) of carpeting do you have? Plush, Berber, Frieze, thin, thick? Glued down or padded? Certain vacuums work better than others on different surfaces. For instance, the newer thicker “Soft or Smart” stranded carpets are difficult to clean using older models that were not designed for the newer carpeting. Be aware of these challenges. We recommend bringing in a sample of your carpeting when considering replacing your vacuum especially if you have newer carpeting.
Have your cleaning needs changed?
- Do you have a new home with more or less carpet? More or less hard surface floors?
- Moving from a two-story to a rambler or vice-versa?
How much are is being cleaned?
- 500-1,000 square feet, 1,000-2,000, Larger?
How often is the cleaning done?
- Monthly, weekly, two to three times a week, daily?
Who will be using the equipment?
- Adults, children, senior citizens, home cleaning service, etc.?
- What type of pets? Short hair or long hair? Birds? Potty trained? Shedders?
- Do people in your home suffer from allergies to dust or other particles? How about asthma?
Short term or long term?
- This is a trick question but worth asking. If you are planning on being in the same environment for a long time it makes sense to invest in a quality vacuum that will give you years (decades?) of worry-free service. This is always sound advice but easier to justify when your needs will not be changing. The alternative is the “buy it, break it, throw it away” mentality and in today’s product choices you could be in for lots of new vacuums until you decide to break the cycle.
Bagged or Bagless?
A simple question with a complicated answer. Here is our take on the subject: If you do not mind “playing with your dirt” and are aware of the amount of maintenance required to keep a bagless unit working properly (filter maintenance and replacement), go bagless.
If, on the other hand, you like better filtration (when equipped properly) and do not like “playing with your dirt” it’s time to consider a “Bagged” vacuum. Yes, the bags are a small extra expense but well worth it for the cleaner environment they will leave in your house.
Do you have questions?
The experts at A-1 Vacuum can help you find the right vacuum that fits your home and your situation. Please contact our team for additional help and guidance.
Keep your vacuum running smoothly…
Good vacuum maintenance can mean the difference between having to repair or replace your vacuum. Here are a few tips to help your vacuum stay in top condition:
Always use the appropriate bags designed for your machine. They are designed to fit properly and breathe better for peak airflow. Change the bags frequently because the cleaner the bag, the more dirt you can pick up. Consider the better filtering bags available today. Allergen or HEPA-grade bags filter better than the standard or Micro-Filtered bags. They cost a bit more but well worth it if you want a cleaner environment.
Belts stretch, even when they are not in use. A stretched or damaged belt won’t turn the brush assembly as effectively and dirt won’t be loosened from deep in the carpet fibers. Belts should be replaced every three to four months, sooner if the vacuum is used more.
Brush Assembly (Agitator):
Clean the brush roller at least every two weeks, depending on usage. Thread, string, and pet hair can get caught on the brushes, putting a strain on the brush roller, the belt, and the motor.
You should clean or replace the filter on your vacuum as recommended in your owner’s manual. This is usually between 3 to 6 months, but some may be only once a year, depending on the manufacturer and the model.