Iaphet’s Vacuum Comparison Reviews

A good vacuum cleaner can be the best tool we have for controlling dust, dirt, and allergens like pet dander.  Finding the best machine to meet our needs and our budget can be frustrating given the dozens of models out there that all claim to be our best bet.  Understanding what separates one vacuum cleaner from another is a great start to narrowing down the list of potential candidates.

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One step you can take to narrow down your search has to do with a vacuum cleaners filtration system.  If asthma or allergies are a concern, you might believe that you shouldn’t even consider models that don’t offer a HEPA filter.  HEPA filters have been certified and proven to remove more airborne allergens and other particles than lesser filters.  A true HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter must be able to remove at least 99.97% of all airborne particles that are at least 0.3 micrometers in diameter.  For reference, the diameter of a human hair is roughly 300 times that size.  Most airborne allergens, including pollen, dust mites, and pet dander, are considerably larger than 0.3 micrometers, so some argue that the extra cost of a HEPA filter isn’t justified since any quality vacuum cleaner should be able to handle these allergens.  The big advantage of a HEPA filter over others is that most pathogens, bacteria, and microbial spores are small enough that only a HEPA filter will trap and contain them.  So, while pet, pollen, and dust mite allergies might be controlled with a non-HEPA filter, a HEPA filter still offers the most air-cleaning power.

Once you decide whether or not you need a HEPA filter, you can look at a vacuum cleaner’s overall performance.  Many manufacturers tout superior motor and suction power as key selling points.  After all, it does make sense that a more powerful motor equals more powerful suction, which equals better cleaning power, right?  Not really.  A more powerful motor will create better suction, but without good airflow, that suction won’t be constant.  Look for a vacuum cleaner that boasts strong airflow (measured as cubic feet per minute, CFM).  Many models have great motors, but poorly sealed airflow paths.  Strong airflow is what gives you strong, constant suction.  A strong motor with a leaky airflow system is a waste of the motor’s power and your money.

The next thing to think about is the type of flooring you have.  If you have both bare floors and carpet, look for a model that has settings for both.  If you have one or the other, it’s important to understand that vacuum cleaners need to treat bare floors differently than carpet in order to be effective (and vice versa, of course).  Vacuum cleaners that handle carpets best do so by having roller brushes that essentially beat the carpet to stir up dirt, dust, and debris from below the surface.  These roller brushes don’t work as well on bare floors because they sit higher up off of the floor and because the rolling (carpet-beating) action is more likely to scatter dirt on bare floors than collect it.  Bare-floor models sit lower to the ground and rely strictly on the machine’s suction power (airflow) to remove dirt.  These heads don’t work so well on carpet because they aren’t able to get anything that’s settled below the surface.  Roller brushes designed for carpet can also be damaging to some delicate bare floors in addition to not cleaning them very well.  Always be sure to understand the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintaining your bare floors.

The choice of canister versus upright is largely a matter of preference.  Canister models tend to handle stairs and furniture better than base-model uprights, but most machines now come with enough attachments to allow you to effectively clean any surface with relative ease.

Check out best vacuums for the money for reviews and recommendations on some of the top lightweight models for different types of flooring.

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Stuff Guys Want You to Know About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad

Gone are the days where the wife would stay home and look after the home and children while the husband was responsible for providing an income. Today there are just as many women out working as there are men, with an increasing number of couples electing to have the man become a stay-at-home Dad. The following tips and advice are intended to be helpful for men who are considering being the one to maintain the household and be the stay-at-home parent.

  1. Money

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One of the major factors influencing the decision of who stays home to mind children and look after the home is income-earning potential. In days gone by it was typical for the man to be able to make a higher income than the woman but this is not always the case any longer. Depending upon the career each has chosen to follow the woman may be the larger income earner, making it more financially viable for the man to become a stay-at-home Dad.

  1. Wife Prefers to Work

When a woman has a career that she loves it can be difficult to give it up to stay home and raise children. While taking a short leave to birth a child may be a good opportunity to bond with the baby women who love their jobs are often eager to return to their career as early as is practical.

The other side of this equation is that often the husband is quite happy if not eager to be able to stay home with the children. Men too often miss out on a lot of the milestones and events that occur in their children’s lives due to working which causes some disappointment.

  1. Kids Feelings

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While people have been led to believe that children suffer from lack of maternal parenting when the wife works the truth is that provided one parent is always available to the children they can manage just fine, regardless of whether they have Mom or Dad to turn to in times of need. Mothers often suffer unnecessary guilt at not being with their children but provided they are in the care of their father this is something a wife should not subject herself to. The ability to not be put into after-school care and be able to come home to a parent is what matters most to a child, whether it is Mom or Dad that greets them at the door.

  1. Husbands are Just as Capable

Aside from the obvious inability to feed a baby naturally Dads are just as capable as their wives of keeping children happy, clean and well-fed, as well as take care of the daily household cleaning and chores. Cooking, cleaning, running children to sports practices and other after-school activities are not tasks that only women can do. Men are just as capable of being organized and able to round up children and get them where they need to go as women are, despite women being known for their ability to multi-task. Some men even enjoy all the activity that is involved in keeping the home clean and comfortable, while enjoying time spent with their children. This gives working wives the opportunity to come home and spend quality time with their children, knowing that the chores are all handled by their husbands.