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Effectiveness is only the beginning with today's vacuums

September 19, 2010
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The vacuum market is one that has changed over the years.

Manufacturers have included innovations that have improved cleaning effectiveness, productivity, and worker safety.

These modern innovations have made laborious, heavy, and often noisy machines obsolete.

Today’s machines are lightweight, quiet, and easily maneuverable.

Perhaps the biggest difference between older vacuums and today’s models is proven effectiveness.

Besides advances in the pull-through design of today’s machines, effective vacuums also have enhanced filtration capabilities, which promote better indoor air quality.

Features, such as HEPA filters, three-ply vacuum bags, and exhaust filters, are common on many commercial vacuums.

Using true-HEPA vacuum cleaners helps trap and remove contaminants, preventing them from becoming airborne.

HEPA level filtration vacuums are intended to remove a minimum of 99.97 percent of particles .3 micron or larger, which can include smoke and carbon.

HEPA filters are a must in such situations as industrial clean rooms and asbestos cleanup projects.

However, they are now making their way into buildings that seek optimal IAQ.

However, if the HEPA vacuum isn’t sealed by industry standards, or the filter is improperly disposed of, it will not provide the benefits people expect.

Two areas that have also benefited in the modern vacuum era are productivity and worker safety.

Ergonomic designs and a variety of models, such as backpack vacuums, have been incorporated into this market.

Today’s vacuums are designed with the worker in mind.

Vacuums are no longer laborious to maneuver, carry, empty, or cause stress to the worker’s body.

The various models offered today, including canister, upright, and backpack, offer different options to match an end user’s task requirements.

Vacuums have become lighter and easier to use, which helps promote worker safety as well.

Still, for users, one of the most important factors in purchasing a vacuum is its performance, as a better-performing vacuum will lead to a more productive cleaning experience.

And, buyers should understand the total cost of ownership when purchasing a vacuum cleaner.

End users must realize how much machine quality counts — the better quality machine, the less time and money will be wasted in repairs and maintenance.

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