It is the middle of summer and in south Texas it is hot! The temperature outside does not impact the operation of a homes central vacuum system, but cooling is very important. Cooling has a big impact on how well vacuum motors perform and how long they will last. Two motor designs are used most often in central vacuum systems and the primary difference of them is how they are cooled. The traditional central vacuum motor design is called bypass, and employs two fan systems – one to work and one to cool. The working air bypasses the motor, hence the name, and the cooling fan uses other (cooler) air to keep the motor cool. The other motor system is called thru-flow, which uses one fan system to both work and cool the motor hopefully after the airflow has been filtered. Thru-flow motors use the working air to flow over the motor, hence the name, and carry away the built up heat. There can be other differences between the two designs but cooling is most important.
Bypass motors are always cooling themselves at the same level anytime they are running and are not affected by other parts in the vacuum system, maintenance requirements or the vacuum user. On the other hand a thru-flow motors cooling efficiency is affected by nearly every part of a complete vacuum cleaning system and also by how the vacuum system is used and maintained. Thru-flow cooling is affected by filter performance, debris particle size, length of PVC tubing, degree & number of elbows in the tube system and the composition, design and length of the vacuum hose, and perhaps most importantly the orifice of the cleaning tool being used. Continue reading
“The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth” – [said guy who didn’t like machines]
This is the new user interface on the front of the latest central vacuum. It is beautiful and mesmerizing to look at, and probably more computer power than the first manned mission to the moon. This central vacuum also sucks up dirt, but with such amazing beauty and the incredible manufacturers suggested $1,099.99 price tag you may not want to actually get it dirty.
New central vacuum power units have become aware. Not exactly Cyberdyne aware, but a motion sensor wakes the front lcd panel and led surround lights when someone is near the unit. It is very cool indeed. All of this electronic hardware in your central vacuum power unit does beg the question, does this help clean better or make the vacuum last longer?
In general the added bells and whistles do not help you clean any better or help your vacuum to actually last long, However the lights do provide a very cool motion activated night-light for your garage or basement – can’t beat that for $1100. Flash and glitz are often a way to hide what’s happening inside the vacuum. Pop the hood on this cylon and what you might find is more hot-mess than supermodel. A real party monster with an amazing light show – but seriously lacking in the work department.
We see how you roll Cyberdyne…
The sweep inlet quickly became the number one requested central vacuum accessory because it makes cleaning easier. Central vacuum systems are all about convenience for the homeowner. The sweep inlet adds more convenience to any central cleaning system and makes using the vacuum simple for cleaning busy spaces. With the sweep inlet you do not need to fetch the vacuum hose and tools, just grab your broom and sweep into the vacuum inlet.
The Vacusweep inlet is manufactured by Vaculine (a Canplas Company) and features a toe operated inlet opening, and when activated will suction away dirt, debris and dust. The Vacusweep sweep inlet is fast and efficient which makes it great for high traffic areas like the kitchen, mud/utility room and entry areas that get dirty quick with mud, dirt or accidental dry spills like flour or breakfast cereal. The Vacusweep inlet is available in colors to match your rooms decor including White, Almond, Black or Silver (metallic microflake) to match stainless steel appliances in a kitchen.
With lots of dogs in the house I vacuum often. As with any habitual task, over time a certain repetitive pattern is developed. I walk by the same walls, travel down the same halls, bend around the same table legs, in the same swish of motion over & over again.
I started to notice paint flaking from the wall corners about 3 inches off the floor. Also disturbing was the discoloration on our dark furniture. When pulled around objects, the vacuum hose ridges were settling into the edges of these objects. A slight but significant effort was required to dislodge the hose’s rib divot from these catch points. Eventually, the wood veneer or drywall wore down due to this friction.
It was time to cover our hose with a Vacsoc hose cover. I noticed a difference immediately. No more rub spots, plus less pulling was required to swing the hose around the kitchen island. Funny how something so simple, a quilted cover for your vacuum hose, can free up the hose and your time too.
Luckily, The Vacsoc can be added to almost any central vacuum hose. The padded-zippered Vacsoc is available in blue or grey tone-on-tone colors and installation takes about 3 minutes with an easy to use full length zipper closure. Velcro closures on each end help the vacsoc stay in place on your hose and the full zipper is covered so as not to scratch during use. The padded-zippered vacsoc is easy to remove and wash whenever wanted. A Vacsoc hose cover gives your hose the soft touch for easy handeling. The Vacsoc, saver of time now & later. Lessening future home maintenance, such as repainting, refinishing, what a thoughtful gift!
LOW-VOLT, DIRECT-CONNECT, SUPER VALVES – OH MY!
Many things have changed in the preceding 60 years of Central Vacuum history, including many changes to the Central Vacuum hose and inlet valves that have made for more convenient and reliable cleaning systems. While in the early days central vacuum hoses were nothing more than an elongated version of the portable vacuum’s hose, the modern day CV hose assembly is designed for the unique task of central cleaning. Inlet valves too have progressed from dumb wall plates to automatic connections with integrated wiring and leak proof doors.
It was perhaps the addition of an electric power brush that moved central vacuum systems to the mainstream, but without advances in the CV hose, the power brushed central vacuum system would not have been possible. To know our hoses better, it is necessary to understand the central vacuum inlet wall valve. There are two basic styles of wall valve available now for CV systems with two major brands in the market place, Vaculine & Hayden. Vaculine and Hayden are the largest brands of CVS inlets sold in the world. Aspria Systems offers both the Vaculine and Hayden brand inlets in many colors and most every style available.