Powr-Flite Applies “Airwatts” to Carpet Extractors
New Use of Term to Enhance Transparency
FORT WORTH, TX — Powr-Flite, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment, announces it will begin applying the term “airwatts” to measure the effectiveness of many of its portable carpet extractors.
The term, sometimes spelled “air watts,” is not new to the professional cleaning and carpet cleaning industries.
Traditionally it has been used as a measurement of a vacuum cleaner’s effectiveness, according to Mike Englund, a cleaning trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite.
“Typically, airwatt refers to airflow (air) and the amount of power (watts) a vacuum cleaner is producing and using,” says Englund. “It gives consumers a better idea of how powerful the vacuum cleaner is. We have taken the same concept and applied it to carpet extractors so technicians can compare products more easily.
According to Englund, carpet extractor performance has long been measured by CFM, which refers to airflow, as well as waterlift, referring to the suction generated by the system.
“Airwatt technology provides the best of both by measuring the [extractor’s] peak performance of CFM and waterlift at the peak performance level of operation,” he explains. “This measurement indicates the optimal performance of the extractor.”
Englund says the company decided to start using the new measuring system to help cleaning technicians better understand the capabilities of the company’s carpet extractors and “to add greater transparency. We believe this is [the kind of information] more and more technicians want manufacturers to provide.”
Established more than 40 years ago, Powr-Flite manufactures a full line of floor-care equipment and carpet extractors for the professional cleaning industry. Based in Fort Worth, TX, the company has over 20 patented designs and its products are recognized throughout the world for their innovation, durability, quality and performance. Their products are marketed directly to end-use customers as well as through distributors throughout the North America, Europe and the Far East.
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