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Jul 15 2013

Crucial Vacuum: Planting Trees for Every 1,000 Vacuum Filters Sold

Last year, we promised Crucial Vacuum dot commers that every time you purchase our brand filter for your vacuum, it went towards planting a tree. We’re still guided by this simple mission this year as we continue our efforts: for every 1,000 Crucial Vacuum branded filters purchased, we’ll be planting a tree at another local farm.

vacuum filters planted for every 1,000 vacuum cleaner filters sold!

It’s a big job and we could not have done it without the famers as well as our customers. It’s our first full year of working hand-in-hand with Farmers to directly support their efforts and help turn their dreams into a beautiful reality. We are part of a larger global movement by harnessing the power of internet shoppers to do good!

Chad, founder and CEO of Crucial Vacuum, has announced that through this initiative the company has hand-planted the following trees with the Many Hands Farm located in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.

Baldwin Apple on M111 semi-dwarf stock
Coxs Orange Pippin Apple on M111 semi-dwarf stock
Enterprise Apple on M111 semi-dwarf stock
Honeycrisp Apple on M111 semi-dwarf stock
King of Tompkins County Apple on standard stock
Liberty Apple on Bud 118 semi-dwarf stock
English Morello Pie Cherry
Evans Pie Cherry
Garnet Beauty Peach
Reliance Peach

Each planting site was prepped in the fall of 2012 with a couple wheel barrows of compost and a few lbs of various rock dusts, which will break down slowly over our trees’ lifetime to provide nutrients for them.

We are very excited to see peaches growing on the tree! Come fall we will see more fruit ready to pick and eat.

a vacuum filter turns into a peach

The success of Crucial Vacuums’ philanthropic business model has led to the company continuing it’s tree planting efforts for the upcoming year. Chad claimed “There is much more work to be done. We’ve entered a new era of giving, and it’s been so rewarding.”

Next time you need a vacuum filter, consider Crucial Vacuum.

Jul 8 2013

Bagless vs. Bagged Vacuums – Which is Best?

In the great big world of vacuum cleaners, there is one thing of which you can be sure: There are so many vacuum brands from which to choose these days such as Shark, Hoover, Dyson, Bissell, Oreck, etc. It comes down to dollars and cents for all of us. For our purposes here, let’s narrow it down to the differences between machines that use vacuum cleaner bags, or bagged vacuums, and those that do not take a vacuum bag, also known as bagless vacuums. Naturally, some people prefer bagless vacuums, while others stick with vacuum bags. Which one should one prefer? Let’s get into the nitty gritty of it all.

What you need to know about Bagless Vacuums

 

Bagless Technology

With the introduction of bagless technology there has been much to get excited about. Along with eliminating the bag has come the technology that produces your very own private cyclone within the chamber. Many bagless vacuums on the market do not lose suction as the dirt chamber reaches its full capacity, which is also a positive. The force of this contained “dust-cup” causes the finer particles to be caught by a vacuum cleaner filter and the larger particles to fall into a collection container, which you simply remove and empty into the trash. The visibility makes it so easy to see when it’s time to empty the container.

You have a couple of options in taking care to ensure the dust is neither redeposited or gets all over you. You can place a plastic bag around both the container and your hand as you tip and tap it out into the bag. Carefully closing the bag will contain the discard nicely and is the best method of reducing exposure if you have allergies. Alternatively, you can go outdoors and empty the waste into a trash can being careful not to cause them to become airborne. Here’s the rub: If you are going to dispose the dirt and dust in a bag, why not just put it directly in a vacuum bag to begin with! This way you don’t have to touch it, see it or breathe it!

Filtration

Apart from the obvious, saving money on vacuum bags, bagless vacuums have filters that must be changed. Most consumers do not know this hidden fact. More often than not a vacuum cleaner that does not have a vacuum bag, could have three vacuum filters that need to be changed. It’s great to change your filter every 3 to 6 moths, especially for allergy sufferers, as it ensures the vacuum is operating at maximum efficiency and not recirculating the dust back into your home. With bagless machines, the vacuum cleaner filter may be pulled and cleared of dust similarly to the container. These vacuum filters are the only thing that you need to replace periodically in order to keep your vacuum operating at optimal efficiency. For your convenience and cost savings, CrucialVacuum.com offers vacuum cleaner filter options at over half-off the original price along with free shipping and free returns. Check out our washable, reusable filters for even greater convenience.

Bagged Vacuums
While bagged vacuum cleaners have yet to be declared horse and buggy, they have been around for better than a century. In fact, the original concept for vacuum cleaner bags was a pillow case. Obviously, that is not advisable with what we now know about maintaining good indoor air quality.


Types of Bagged Vacuums

There are various vacuum styles, again, appealing to your personal preference or even the type of job you need to perform. Vacuum cleaner bags are produced for uprights, canister and handheld machines. The bag is porous and acts as a filter in itself allowing air to pass through very tiny holes while trapping the dirt particles that get collected. As long as you have a machine with a sufficiently powerful fan to drive the air and a small intake opening for more powerful suction you have the means of picking up both small and larger particles. Rotating brushes are used to help kick up the dirt that is carried along the air stream and drawn into the vacuum cleaner bag. The air is then expelled through the exhaust port but not before it is filtered so nothing but clean air is returned to the room.

Outside of this operation, all that is left for you is to ensure you have a sufficient supply of the correct type of vacuum cleaner bags and change them as they get full. This way, your machine continues to operate efficiently and your house gets cleaned. Crucial Vacuum branded vacuum bags boast “Crucial-Closure” that covers the opening of the bag, making it as clean and easy to transport and dispose so you don’t inhale all that dirt!

Crucial Vacuum carries supplies for both ends of the spectrum. If you have a bagless vacuum, such as a Dyson, Shark or Bissell, we’ve got all your vacuum filter needs covered. Likewise, we  sell vacuum bags for all bagged vacuums, like Hoover, Eureka, Bissell and Dirt Devil and many more. Ultimately, the choice between a bagless and bagged vacuum really comes down to personal preference. A number of people prefer the ease of disposing dust with vacuum bags; others appreciate saving the money on bags for a few filters.

 

Feb 17 2012

So Many Vacuum Filters… Where Should I Start?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it doesn’t matter how often you are vacuuming, or how often you are changing your vacuum’s bag. If your vacuum’s filter isn’t properly maintained, you simply are not doing enough to keep your air safe and your home clean! Your vacuum’s filter works to trap dirt, dust, and allergens to keep them out of your air. But if your filter is dirty or clogged, those particles are simply going to get tossed back into the air.

So, now that you know you simply must maintain your vacuum’s filter, what’s next? Shopping for vacuum filters can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of filters out there: Continue reading »

Feb 14 2012

Save Time and Money By Washing Your Vacuum’s Filter, Seriously!

I talk a lot about washing your vacuums filter. But I bet I know what a lot of you are thinking. Wash my vacuum filter? Is she nuts? Well, I’m not. Crucial Vacuum actually sells washable filters for your vacuum. If you don’t have one yet, you’re missing out!

Because let’s be honest, how many of us are guilty of waiting way too long to change our vacuum’s filter? Well, I hate to break it to you but you are really not getting much out of your vacuum if your filter isn’t clean.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just rinse your filter out rather than buying a new one? Well, you actually can!

Don’t feel too bad, washable filters are a fairly new trend. The “washability” of our filters allows you to reuse the same filter over and over, therefore saving you time, and most importantly- money!

What are washable filters? Continue reading »

Feb 10 2012

What is a HEPA filter? I’m so Glad You Asked!

In case you haven’t noticed, at Crucial Vacuum we are pretty crazy about our HEPA filters. I suggest vacuuming with a good HEPA filter in nearly every post I write. But I have never really talked much about what a HEPA filter is. So, let’s talk about it!

What is HEPA?

HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate arresting”. HEPA filters are air filter that trap almost all the dust and dirt particles down to and including 0.3 microns (AKA tiny particles of dirt and dust).

The way HEPA filters are made is what makes them more effective than other filters. They are made up of glass fibers, placed on top of one another, like pleats. These fibers are held together with the help of frames placed inside. Because the fibers are held so tightly together, it is nearly impossible for most contaminants to pass through. Therefore they become trapped inside the filter, instead of floating freely in your air.

Not just any filter can claim to be a HEPA filter either! The government has standards that a filter must meet before it can bear the HEPA name. In order to pass the test, filters must have the capability to trap at least 99.97% of .3 microns. That’s some serious trap-ability!

What are HEPA “like” Filters? Continue reading »