When it comes to carpet care and maintenance, regular vacuuming is essential. But, what type of vacuum is right for you? Do you vacuum regularly or only every once in a while? Do you have pets? Is your home dusty?
Here are a couple of things to consider:
Vacuum cleaners remove dust and other soils. Some vacuums do a better job than others of keeping the dust they pick up from your home inside the vacuum. Some vacuum cleaners have difficulty retaining all of the dust, allergens, and dander inside. When these particles slip out of the vacuum’s filter they re-enter your home.
The #1 way to prevent dust and soils from re-entering your home through the vacuum cleaner is to use a HEPA certified vacuum. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air and it relates to the type of filter on the vacuum. HEPA filters traps fine, harmful particles like dust mites and dander and they contribute to better air quality in your home. HEPA filters are especially important for people with allergies.
The vacuum you choose will either be an upright vacuum or a canister vacuum. Upright vacuums are all one piece and they are pushed from behind. Canister vacuums have a long hose attached to the actual vacuum unit behind it.
Canister vacuums are a good choice if you need a vacuum that can fit in and under small spaces. The head of a canister vacuum easily fits under furniture and in tight spaces. Also, this style of vacuum is good for cleaning stairs because the long hose allows a far reach for the head and you don’t have to balance the canister itself on the stairs. One drawback to canister vacuums is that you have to reposition the unit as you throughout a room.
Upright vacuums are perfect for rooms with lots of wide open space. You push the vacuum from behind and the vacuum does most of the work. If you are cleaning a large room, you don’t need to reposition the vacuum because it stays with you as one unit. Upright vacuums also have attachments that help you clean tough to reach spaces like under furniture or alongside molding. It is challenging to clean stairs with upright vacuums. You have to bring the whole unit with you as you go up or down the stairs and you may need to switch to an attachment with a smaller head or an upholstery tool.
Vacuums are also available with bags and without bags.
When a vacuum cleaner has a bag, the bag traps all of the dust and dirt that you vacuumed up. It’s very easy to replace the bags in the vacuum cleaner and it’s convenient because all the dirt stays in the bag. You just simply remove the bag and throw it away, without any dust spilling out. A drawback to the bag vacuum cleaner is that you do have to monitor whether or not the bag is full. A full vacuum bag will cut down on suction power and therefore affect the efficiency of your vacuum.
The bagless vacuum cleaner is easy to use and low maintenance. When it is full you simply shake it into the trash. This can be messy sometimes because dirt gets compacted and you may have to scrape it out of the vacuum. Bagless vacuum cleaners are a good choice for someone with long haired dogs or pets that shed a lot because bagged vacuums accumulate hair rather quickly and you would have to replace the bags frequently. With a bagless vacuum cleaner, you will not be replacing bags and, therefore, you are cutting down on your costs.
One last benefit to bagless vacuum cleaners is that if you ever happen to vacuum up a piece of jewelry or some other small, valuable object, you will be able to find it more easily with the bagless vacuum.
When you are buying a vacuum, it is always a good idea to consider your special needs: Do you have lots of stairs? Do you have large, open rooms? Do you frequently vacuum upholstery? Curtains? You should sample many different styles and models before making your choice. Most vacuum cleaner sellers have a space where you can give the machines a test run.