How to Use a Vacuum Cleaner and Why

One of the biggest misconceptions that I hear is about what their air conditioner is supposed to do for the quality of the air they breathe.  They are surprised when I tell them that knowing how to use a vacuum cleaner is just as important. As a general rule, your AC system is only one part of an entire team that should be used to maintain clean air and a healthy lifestyle, but yet it’s most important counterpart is often forgotten – your vacuum cleaner.  It is important not only know how to use a vacuum cleaner, but why to use a vacuum as well.  In fact, your vacuum cleaner is not only to clean your carpets, but to disturb dust and debris into the air where they can be properly filtered by your air conditioner.  In this article, we will take a look at why it’s important to use your vacuum cleaner, and then discuss the proper way to use a vacuum cleaner to keep your carpets and air clean for you and your family.

Why to Use a Vacuum Cleaner.

Your AC is meant to condition your air by removing heat, moisture and by filtering the air, but the most important counterpart to your air conditioning system is knowing how to use your vacuum. But why your vacuum? Well your AC filter is capable of filtering all sorts of allergens and pollutants from your air, but it isn’t capable of removing dust from your floor and surfaces as they settle and collect over time. That’s where your vacuum cleaner comes in. A more important question than how to use your vacuum, is probably how often should you vacuum? Because an air conditioner can only filter dust out of the air, ensure to use your vacuum a minimum of once a week to remove dust and allergens from your floors and carpets, and more often if someone in you family suffers from asthma. Anything not filtered when you use your vacuum will then be disturbed into the air where it can quickly be filtered by your HVAC system.

How to Use a Vacuum Cleaner.

Now that you know how important it is to vacuum regularly, lets discuss how to use your vacuum cleaner properly.  My wife suffers from asthma, so I vacuum every other day.  You’d be surprised how much dirt can get into your house in one day, especially in arid climates.  It may seem like common sense, but there are a few things that are important to keep in mind.

  • The key to using your vacuum cleaner properly is to ensure that you are covering each piece of carpet in an overlapping pattern.
  • Start by plugging in your vacuum cleaner (obviously), and turn it on starting in the far corner of the room.
  • Work the vacuum from one side to the other making sure that each piece of carpet is covered twice.
  • Pay particular attention to corners and edges, using your vacuums attachments to get into your side-boards at least once a month.
  • Ideally this should be done twice a week, but vacuum no less than once per week to keep your air as clean as possible.  If someone in your family suffers from asthma, to reduce asthma symptoms you may need to do it more often.

For more information and a tutorial on how to use your vacuum cleaner, check out this quick video:

What Type of Vacuum Cleaner Works Best?

There are two types of vacuum cleaners: canister and upright.  A canister is a two-piece model connected by a hose.  These are generally stronger but are also more expensive.  An upright is your standard upright vacuum that is usually more affordable but the difference is really a matter of preference.

Perhaps more importantly than the type of vacuum you buy (canister or upright), is the brand you choose. I hate to say it, but you get what you pay for, and why use a vacuum if it doesn’t work? The two brands that I recommend to all of our clients are Miele and Electrolux.

First, Miele is a german vacuum company and the price reflects it – but what you get is not only a peace of mind, but an air quality that you can smell. Case in point, a few years ago my girlfriend at the time (now wife) suffered from asthma and allergies. When ASM installed her new HVAC system, she went from using her inhaler frequently throughout the day to once a day before she went to bed. After purchasing our Miele AutoEco vacuum with a HEPA filter, she more or less stopped using it all together when she was at home. Both of our allergies have almost completely disappeared as well. I can’t say enough about it (no, I wasn’t paid to say that) – moral of the story?  Again… use your vacuum.

The second company is Electrolux, which is a high-end American company. They too are on the pricy side and in my opinion are not quite as good as Miele but still produce a fine product and are made here in America.

In the end, take charge of your health and realize that most Americans spend the majority of their time indoors – invest in a solid HVAC unit and make sure you know how to use a vacuum cleaner – you won’t believe the improvement you’ll get in your quality of life.

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