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The cyclone vacuum – more than just hot air

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Portable cyclonic vacuums like the Z1860 Lite II do not require the use and changing of vacuum bags, although it does come with state of the art HEPA filters to catch fine dust particles.The Z4009 75 Tornado is designed with a dust container that is quick and easy to empty, as well as washable filters so homeowners don’t have to keep replacing them.

Creating a cyclone blowing at speeds of up to 1450km/h sounds like a supervillain’s plot in a comic book. In real life, creating a portable cyclonic chamber has been put not to destruction, but to the greater good in making household vacuuming easier and greener.

Cyclone or wind tunnel technology in vacuum cleaners is a recent revolution in the history of the household vacuum, being invented in the late 1970’s by inventor James Dyson. Instead of sucking dust straight up and into a filtration bag, cyclone vacuums work by using a powerful fan to suck in air and dust at high speeds into a collection vessel.

The air is channeled along a spiral path, which resembles that of a roller coaster or merry-go-round, and into a chamber. This creates a swirling vortex that spins at speeds of about 320km/h. The high speeds at which the air spins, flings dust particles out and away from the air stream, and into a dust collection cup.

What’s left is then swirled into a narrower chamber within the first chamber, where its size and shape generates a second cyclone flowing at speeds of up to 1450km/h. This removes smaller dust particles from the air stream.

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Portable cyclonic vacuums like the Z1860 Lite II do not require the use and changing of vacuum bags, although it does come with state of the art HEPA filters to catch fine dust particles.

In this way, the cyclonic action removes dirt without needing a filter bag, although portable models like the Electrolux Z1860 Lite II may still use state of the art HEPA filters to remove very fine dust particles.

A cyclonic action vacuum cleaner can be cheaper in the long run and more environmentally friendly. One of the cyclone vacuum’s biggest advantages over traditional vacuums is that such technology removes the need to constantly replace the traditional vacuum bag. This also saves homeowners the time, money and effort to do so.

Another advantage is that a cyclonic filtration system does not lose suction power to airflow restrictions until the dust collection cup is almost full. In contrast, bagged vacuums can lose suction power as the filters become clogged.

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The Z4009 75 Tornado is designed with a dust container that is quick and easy to empty, as well as washable filters so homeowners don’t have to keep replacing them.

Cyclone vacuums that use filters will still need those filters changed, albeit only once or twice a year. Models like the Z4009 75 Tornado feature washable filters so that you don’t have to constantly buy new ones, although you’ll still have to wash them along with the dirt collection cup to ensure optimal performance of the vacuum. Depending on the design of the vacuum, this may or may not require more effort than traditional vacuums, although the Tornado vacuum’s dust container is designed for quick emptying.

Like any relatively new technology, while you do save money on filtration bags for traditional vacuums in the long term, a cyclonic vacuum cleaner tends to cost more than traditional vacuums. They also can be noisier than traditional vacuums due to the power required to move the air at such high speeds. If you’re looking for a powerful, convenient and sustainable vacuum in the long run, however, a cyclone vacuum cleaner might be just what your home needs.

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