Electric versus Air Powered Central Vacuum Attachments

Yet, aren’t central vacuums supposed to make vacuuming much easier and efficient?

Purchasing either electric or air-powered central vac attachments could mean the difference between a sparkling clean house and one that simply isn’t as clean as you would wish.

The Power Head

One of the main differences between electric and air powered central vacuum attachments is the functioning of the power head and the hose. For electric attachment kits, a strong motor that serves to rotate the brush powers the brush head. This rotating action then picks even the most minuscule dirt and debris.

Because the electric brush head uses a motor, it is less affected by friction, allowing for more airflow and suction to be directed to the surface that needs cleaning. In place of a motor, air-powered brush heads utilize a turbine located within the brush head.

The turbine uses the airflow that is coming through the vacuum brush (from the power unit) to rotate the brush that aids in cleaning surfaces. The turbine consists of a small tube. It is through this tube that airflow and suction pass. This makes it super easy for dirt and debris to get into the turbine, which may lead to clogging.

The Hose

Air-powered central vacuum attachment kits come with a low voltage hose. The hose uses a switch that prompts the power unit to turn on or off. Some older types of hoses do not have such a switch and the power unit simply goes on when you plug the hose into the power source on the wall. On the other hand, electrified hoses are simply attached to the power source on the wall. It is possible to adjust the power of the brush using the low or high settings on the brush itself.