Technical Terms Regarding Central Vacuums Charateristics

The vacuum industry uses specific technical terms to describe the performance of power units. Cyclo Vac wants to make sure you fully understand these terms when you purchase a central vacuum, so here's a brief description of each of them.


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irwatts is the combination of two performance data: airflow (CFM/CMH) and water lift (H2O). It refers to the useful cleaning power of the central vacuum, to the motor's performance and efficiency. This information is very important and must be used when comparing vacuums from one to another.

Water Lift (H2O)
Water lift (H
2O) is also an important technical data. It illustrates the suction power of the vacuum: the engine strength. When comparing central vacuums in regards of this data, you are comparing cleaning power.

Airflow (CMH/CFM)
Airflow calculates how much air is being moved in the central vacuum system in cubic meter per hour or in cubic feet per minute (CMH/CFM). The highest the airflow, to more air is being displaced. However, even if the airflow is high, contributing to an increased vacuum capacity, it is the water lift (H
2O) that allows the suction power necessary for cleaning efficiently.

Water lift (H2O) versus Airflow (CFM/CMH)
Has you have learned previously, both these data are very important to consider when comparing central vacuum models. They should not be considered independently but together as they both contribute to optimal vacuum performance. The airwatts measurement is certainly of great value to choose a vacuum that combines both great suction and airflow. Check out Cyclo Vac models' technical data and see for yourself their incredible vacuum performance.