Choosing a new or replacement central vacuum system can be an overwhelming process. Today’s manufacturers provide a wide range of choices and components to fit any homeowner and educating yourself on the many choices is important.
One, key factor you need to determine right off the bat is the type of power unit that best fits your needs. Choosing between Bagless, Bagged, and Filtered will narrow your selection and make the choice a little simpler.
But how do you decide which central vacuum system is right for you?
What’s The Difference?
Let’s compare the main differences between Bagless, Bagged, and Filtered.
Bagless or Cyclonic Systems are the most popular choice and manufactured primarily by Lindsay (Vacu-Maid & Imperium), and Vacuflo. The units are designed to use Cyclonic Separation for the removal of dirt. Up to 98% of the dirt and debris fall into the dirt container. The remaining smaller particles are vented outside. While filtered systems use a bag to catch these particles, a cyclonic system completely removes these particles by venting them outside. Units such as Imperium, Vacu-Maid, and Vacuflo are True Cyclonic. Cyclonic units require outside venting.
- Benefits include no longer needing to contend with bags or filters. The main advantage with Cyclonic Systems is that they maintain airflow because there is no filter or bag to restrict it. This means that the unit has 100% suction capacity for optimum cleaning.
- Drawbacks include the possibility of dirt entering the motor. However, cyclonic units have Ametek motors that are built specifically to withstand dust in the motor fan chamber without affecting the life or function of the system. Ametek makes sure the electrical portion of the motor is completely protected from any dirt.
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Bagged units are designed with bags located inside the dirt canister where the dirt is collected after being removed from your home. Units such as Imperium, Nutone, Eureka, AirVac, and PowerStar offer bag units. These units do not require outside venting, but it is still an option that we recommend to reduce odor and noise.
- Benefits to a bagged unit include quick cleaning and emptying of dirt. Additionally, anyone who suffers from allergies or breathing difficulties can choose a throw-away bag style to completely eliminate the danger of breathing in dust.
- Drawbacks include a loss of suction as the bag fills with debris. We recommend emptying or replacing the bag when it is about 3/4 full to ensure efficient suction and reduce the strain placed upon the motor. Additionally, the cost of replacing the unit’s bag can be a deterrent for many owners.
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Filtered units are designed with filters (some filtered units can take bags as well) which assist in eliminating the dirt that is not deposited into the dirt canister. Units such as Imperium, Electrolux, Royal, Vacuflo, Beam, Hayden, Hoover, AirVac Red Series, Dust Care, and Nutone offer filtered units. These units do not require outside venting, but it is still an option that we recommend to reduce odor and noise.
- Benefits include the extra layer of filtration to capture dirt and debris.
- Drawbacks include the replacement and cleaning of filters on a regular basis to ensure proper performance and longevity of the motor, adding an additional cost to the owner. When cleaning or replacing a filter, check your manufacturer’s instruction manual beforehand.
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Help Choosing Between Bagged, Bagless & Filtered
For the past 35 years, Central Vacuum Stores has sold, installed, repaired, and replaced central vacuum units around the United States and Canada. Our customer service representatives have years of experience to guide you to the correct unit for your family. Talk to one of our experts today and choose your perfect central vacuum unit.
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