• Vacuum Configurations

    Vacuum Configurations

    Vacuum cleaners are devices that use an air pump to
    create a partial vacuum to suck up dirt and dust,
    normally from carpeted floors.  Most homes that have
    carpet floors have a vacuum for cleaning.  The dirt
    that is pulled up from the carpet is collected by
    a filtering system or even a cyclone for later
    disposal.

    There are several type of configurations possible
    for vacuum cleaners.

    Upright
    Upright vacuums have the pump mounted directly above
    the suction intake, with the bag mounted directly on
    the handle, which will rise to waist height or so.
    The upright type designs normally employ mechanical
    beaters which often rotate brushes, to help disturb
    dust enough to be vacuumed up.  These beaters are
    normally driven by a belt that is attached to the
    vacuum motor.



    Canister
    Also known as cylinder vacuums, the canister type
    designs have the motor and bag in a seperate canister
    unit that connects to the vacuum head by a flexible
    hose.  Even though upright units have been tested
    as being more effective, the lighter and more
    maneuverable heads of the canister models are quite
    popular.  Some models have power heads, which contain
    the same type of mechanical beaters found it upright
    units, although they are driven by a seperate electric
    motor.

    Wet vacs/dry vacs
    These types a specialized form of the canister
    vacuum and they can be used to clean up wet or liquid
    spills as well.  They will commonly accomodate both
    wet and dry soilage, with some being equipped with
    a switch or exhaust port that reverses the flow of
    air.  This is a very useful function for everything
    from clearing clogged hoses to blowing dust into a
    corner for easy collecting.

    Back pack vac
    These types of vacuums are commonly used for
    commercial cleaning, as they allow you to move about
    quickly and efficiently in a large area.  They are
    basically canister vacuum cleaners, except for the
    fact that straps are used to carry the canister
    on your back.

    Built in or central
    These types of vacuum cleaners will move the suction
    motor and bag to a central location in the building
    and provide vacuum inlets at strategic places
    throughout the entire building.  You only need to
    carry the hose and pickup head from room to room,
    while the hose is normally 25 foot long and allows
    a large range of movement without changing vacuum
    inlets.

    The plastic piping will connect vacuum inlets to
    the central unit.  The vacuum can either be unpowered
    or have beaters that are operated by an electric
    motor or an air driven motor.  The bag in the
    central vacuum system is normally so big that
    emptying it or changing needs to be done less as
    often, sometimes only once a year.



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