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What Vacuum Collector is Right for Your Air Duct Cleaning Business?

Posted by Peter Haugen on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

Your vacuum collection a system is the heart of you air duct cleaning operation so deciding on what type of systems to use is very important.  Once you have decided on what type of vacuum collection system will best fit your needs you can add the cleaning tools, compressors and other item you will need.  There are lots of different models available but the basic types of systems include:

  • Electric portable systems for residential

  • Electric portable systems for commercial 

  • Gas portables systems 

  • Gas truck/trailer mounts systems 

  • Big truck systems

Within each of these types you have many choices from a wide range of manufacturers. So how do you decide on which type is best for you? You need to examine a variety of variables and weigh their importance to you. These variables can include:

  • First cost 

  • Operating & maintenance cost 

  • Performance (suction)  

  • Portability  

  • Productivity  

  • Types of buildings you want to clean  

  • Image  

  • Quality  

  • Warranty  

  • Etc.

If you want to do residential and light commercial (one story) projects you can use any of the four types. If you want to clean residential, apartment, condos and light commercial (multiple stories) projects you would look at electric portable vacuum collection systems because you can’t really use a gas unit on multi-story buildings. If you want to do commercial projects you would look at electrical portable systems because many of these building are multiple stories. But you typically would not want to use your residential unit but a larger electric portable with more performance so you can be more productive. Let’s look at each of the five types of vacuum collection systems and see there good characteristics (+) and the characteristics that limit their use (-).

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Portable Electric Systems for Residential:
+ Good performance (suction)
- Zoning normally required
+ Excellent portability
+ Lowest first cost
+ Lowest operating cost
+ Lowest maintenance cost
+ Can do residential and one story light commercial
+ Can do apartments and condos

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Portable Electric Systems for Commercial:

+ Good performance (suction)

- Zoning normally required

+Good portability

+ Lowest first cost

+ Lowest operating cost

+ Lowest maintenance cost

+ Can do residential and one story light commercial

+ Can do apartments and condos

+ Can do all types of commercial

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            Portable Gas Systems:

+ Very good performance (suction)

+ Zoning not normally required

+ Adequate portability

- Medium first cost

- High operating cost (gas)

+ Low maintenance cost

+ Can do residential and one story light commercial

+ Can do certain 1-2 stories commercial

- Cannot do most multi-story commercial

- Cannot do apartments and condos 

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           Trailer/Truck Mounted Systems (gas):

+ Very good performance (suction)

+ No zoning required

+ Adequate portability

- High first cost

- High operating cost (gas)

- Medium maintenance cost

+ Can do residential and one story light commercial

+ Can do certain 1-2 stories commercial

- Cannot do most multi-story commercial

- Cannot do apartments and condos

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           Truck Systems (gas):

+ Best performance (suction)

+ No zoning required

+ Adequate portability

+ Best visual impact

- Highest first cost

- Highest operating cost (gas)

- Highest maintenance cost

+ Can do residential and one story light commercial

+ Can do certain 1-2 stories commercial

- Cannot do most multi-story commercial

- Cannot do apartments and condos 

By determining what types of building you want o work on and what variables are most important to you can determine what type of vacuum collection system best fits your needs. Then you should contact the various manufacturers of that type to see what units they have to offer you.  quick link

If you have any questions or comments please contact Peter Haugen, ASCS, CVI at 855-Vac-Systems or phaugen@vacsysint.com . 

 

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