If you live in a smaller apartment or condo, finding the right vacuum cleaner to meet your needs without taking up too much valuable space can be tricky. It can be trickier still if you have pets, since pet hair can be tougher to vacuum than the usual household dust. If allergies are a concern for you or your guests, that adds another layer to the problem. Understanding some vacuum cleaner essentials along with your own needs based on your space and surfaces can help ease the chore of wading through the many different models available. Make sure you have an upper spending limit in mind, too, as some models can get pretty pricey without necessarily providing more value.
Canister versus upright
A canister vacuum might make the most sense if you are really short on space, as they tend to take up a bit less space than their upright counterparts. They can be a little harder to maneuver than uprights, but smaller spaces can mean that you have less ground to cover, minimizing this negative aspect. Both versions can be accompanied by any number of attachments designed to help make cleaning baseboards, blinds, drapes, and corners easier, so make sure you know what attachments will make your life easier. Buying a model that has attachments you’ll never use takes up precious space and often means spending more money.
Carpets or bare floors
Carpets require a good roller brush to get down below the surface. This type of brush can have a hard time getting into the seams and texturing of hard floors and could even pose a scratching risk. Heads designed for hard floors generally aren’t very good at getting below a carpet’s surface. Some models switch readily from one type of flooring to the other, so you might not have to choose; just keep your flooring type in mind as you shop.
Filtration and capacity
Making sure your new vacuum cleaner has a good quality filtration system can mean the difference between trapping allergens (like pet dander) and dust or sending much of it back into your nice clean apartment. Models with the best filtration systems tend to cost a bit more because maintaining quality airflow and suction requires more power, which, naturally, drives up price. If allergies aren’t an issue and if you vacuum several times a week, a good filtration system is less critical than if you struggle with allergies or vacuum once a week or less often. How much dirt your machine needs to hold depends largely on your cleaning frequency. If you vacuum more often, a smaller bag or canister will suffice. Less frequent cleaning means you’ll want a larger capacity bag or canister.
If you live in a building where you’re concerned about upsetting the neighbors with too much noise, make sure you understand how noisy any prospective machines are. Stronger motors tend to lead to noisier vacuums, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t models that perform well without being heard through the walls.
Attachments and cords
Since space is likely to be a major concern, you might want to look for models with retractable cords or, at the very least, hooks that allow the cord to be wrapped around or along the machine. The same is true of attachments. Try to find a model that has attachments that can be stored on the vacuum cleaner’s handle or base. Again, this saves space and keeps you from wasting time trying to find unattached attachments.
Consider a handheld
If you don’t have carpet and are happier sweeping and mopping floors the old-fashioned way or even with a simple electric sweeper, you might want to consider a smaller handheld vacuum cleaner. A handheld model can be ideal for tackling furniture, blinds, and curtains. There are even versions that come with attachments that can help with baseboards and tight spaces. As an added bonus, a handheld is great for vacuuming the car. Handhelds are available in corded and rechargeable models. This type of vacuum cleaner also takes up much less space than a typical household vac. Many are small enough to fit on a closet shelf, thereby saving valuable floor space.
Our lives become so much better and fulfilled when we have a pet puppy. The thought of our little friends jumping for joy each time they see us, makes us so content. But besides this, owning a dog has many benefits – physical and psychological – which have been proven through scientific research.
Dogs Boost Your Mood
Spending time with your dog will improve the way you feel, making you more positive and relaxed. It takes only fifteen minutes to half an hour spent with your dog, for your brain chemistry to actually start changing. This will stimulate the production of serotonin and dopamine, which cause feelings of wellbeing and tranquility. Having a pet dog provides health benefits similar to a having a friend, according to recent studies conducted at the Universities of St. Louis and Miami.
Dogs Are Better Than Medicine
Besides feeling good and happy, having a dog brings about other great effects to your health. People who own a dog have decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels. There are fewer heart patients among dog owners and their overall health is better than people who have no pets. These claims are backed up by strong scientific data.
Dogs Help You Stay Active
When you have a dog, you’ll definitely be more active. Walks are necessary for them, so that they can run around and get some sunlight but it’s good for you as well. According to one study from 2010, dog owners walk an hour more on average than people who don’t have a dog.
Dogs Help You Be More Social
If you take your dog out for a walk, chances you’ll make new friends are high. This is claimed by 40% of individuals in a British study. Having a dog makes you more approachable and it can also beat shyness.
Dogs Help Relieve Stress
One study, in which 240 married people were tested, shows that spending time with your furry friend reduces stress. Couples were given various tasks to complete. There were groups in which a person was spending time with a spouse during a task, being along during a task or with a dog. Those people that worked while their dog was there, were the least stressed out compared to other groups.
6. Dogs Can Help Kids Grow Stronger
If you are thinking about getting a pet dog for your kid, be sure that’s a great idea because they are actually can improve children’s health. Kids that grow up in families that have pet dogs are less susceptible to allergies. Their immune systems are stronger, making them much healthier overall.
7. Dogs Help Us Understand Cancer
Cancer in humans and dogs is the same, which helps scientist get new information about the illness and understand it. Studying cancer leads to new discoveries when it comes to treatment.
8. Dogs Can Help Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
People suffering from this illness gain great benefits if they have own a dog. Their condition improves greatly as they are moving more and distracting themselves from their ailments while they play with dogs.
9. Dogs Are Therapeutic for Kids with ADHD
By spending time and playing with dogs, children with ADHD can get much calmer as the excessive energy is being released while they run around. Having a pet also teaches them to be more responsible.
10. Dogs Can Make You a Better Person
People who have a dog are more selfless, responsible and committed than people who don’t have a pet. Owning a dog helps us stop thinking only about ourselves and focus outwards as well.