How to Choose a Central Vacuum Powerhead

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A powerhead is the part of a central vacuum cleaning system that actually clears away dirt and debris. Therefore, you want the powerhead to have strong suction power and the ability to get the areas you clean completely spotless. After a certain period of time, you may need to replace your powerhead, or you might consider the various powerhead features when you're purchasing a new central vacuum cleaner.

  • Compare each powerhead's cleaning width. The width generally ranges between 12 and 14 inches. The wider it is, the faster you can clean various areas, although smaller widths are easier to maneuver. Use your personal preference or the structure of the areas you plan to clean to help you decide.

  • Look for powerheads that feature a geared or cogged belt, rather than a friction belt. The former types offer a more consistent level of performance.

  • Pay attention to whether the powerhead has a quick release wand system. This system allows you to remove the wand easily and use different tools.

  • Factor in the price of the central vacuum powerheads you’re considering. While you should focus on features and quality, the price must fit your budget.

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