DuoVac Air 10 Power Unit Central Vacuum Review (US & Canada)

DuoVac Air 10 Power Unit Central Vacuum Review (US & Canada)
The DuoVac Air 10 is one of the most impressive central vacuum units we’ve come across.

While upright and canister vacuums are undoubtedly easier to move from one house to the next than a whole house vacuum, if you’re at a point in your life where you plan to spend many years in one place, nothing beats a central vacuum for convenience. You don’t need to search for outlets. You don’t drag anything behind you. You don’t worry about a loss of suction or your machine breaking down in a few years. You just vacuum. And you might even start to enjoy it.

DuoVac Air 10 Power Unit Central Vacuum Review (US & Canada)
It’s ready for a home full of children, pets, and messy spouses.

That said, even central vacuums have their flaws; notably, they eventually break down, especially if you’re using a model made decades ago when motors were less reliable and filters were less precise. If your existing central vacuum unit is on its way out, or if you have a home with hookups present but without the vacuum, you might be in the market for a new unit. Fortunately, quality central vacuums are cheaper than ever, and you can get a model that blows away anything your parents’ generation had for substantially less money. We recently reviewed the Prolux CV12000, but wanted more power, and were saddened that it wasn’t available in Canada. Today we’ll review the DuoVac Air 10 Power Unit Central Vacuum System, which is available in the US and Canada, and see if it’s worth its price tag. Our thoughts in ten seconds are to buy it if you want a powerful, compact system that can take bags or work without them. Our full review is below, and you can buy the DuoVac Air 10 here.

Pros, cons, and key features of the DuoVac Air 10 Central Vacuum System

DuoVac Air 10 Power Unit Central Vacuum Review (US & Canada)
It can be used with separate disposable filters or solely with the included washable filter.

The DuoVac Air 10 is one of several DuoVac central vacuum units currently on the market, including the Typhoon, Design 550AW, and Select. The Air 10 is marketed as an entry level system capable of covering homes up to 6,500 square feet in area. Its motor is a powerful one, generating up to 694 airwatts of suction, close to 141 inches of water lift, and more than 137 CFMs, or cubic feet per minute. It’s important to note that you’re buying a central vacuum unit here; you’ll need pre-installed ducting to use it, and it won’t work as a portable or standalone vacuum. If you don’t have your home ducted for a central unit, you’ll either need to do it yourself or call an HVAC to set things up. Both take time and money, and it would be simpler to just buy a Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog instead. But if you already have a home pre-fitted for central vacuum ducts, this is one of the best options on the market.

DuoVac Air 10 Power Unit Central Vacuum Review (US & Canada)
The additional filtration can keep your air cleaner than clean for any little ones crawling about.

Additional key features of the DuoVac Air 10 include a hybrid filtration system; while you can use it with separate disposable cloth filter bags and the included washable filter, you can also skip the disposable filters and just use the built-in filter . That said, DuoVac recommends using disposable filters in concert with the internal HEPA-level filter to prolong both the internal filter and the life of the motor. The unit is compact at 22.5 inches tall and 11.4 inches in diameter, making it easy to fit just about anywhere in a home, such as in a laundry room or closet in addition to the typical basement and garage installation sites.

DuoVac Air 10 Power Unit Central Vacuum Review (US & Canada)
The unit has enough power to keep homes up to 6,500 square feet clean.

As with most models, it can also be mounted. The dust canister holds 4.7 gallons and the unit weighs 17 pounds on our scale. It runs on 120V AC, draws 12 amps, and is quiet at 57 decibels. It includes full bag and filter replace indicators to help with maintenance, and features a 25 year limited warranty. Unfortunately, the warranty isn’t as impressive as it sounds; you’ll need to pay for labor costs after the first 5 years. Aside from that, however, we’re very impressed with its specifications.

What are the differences between the US and Canadian DuoVac Air 10?

The US and Canadian models are nearly identical; the only differences to be aware of are in motor power. The Canadian Air 10 is limited to 650 airwatts instead of 694 and is rated to 4,000 square feet of coverage instead of 6,500. Considering both figures are still far beyond what you’ll see in most central vacuum units and far larger than the average new home in the US and Canada, you’ll still have more than enough power with either model to clean your home for years.

How difficult (or easy) is it to install the DuoVac Air 10?

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We’d highly recommend the EBK 360 as a cleaning head for the Air 10.

While no two central vacuum installations are exactly alike due to differences in ducting, home arrangements, power setups, and the like, we’d give the DuoVac Air 10 five out of five stars for ease of installation. The basics of what you’ll do are to mount the unit next to your 2 inch inlet pipe and connect the unit to the pipe through an inlet hose or PVC pipes and elbows. Keep in mind that you’ll need to buy these separately, such as through a local hardware store.

If you don’t have hoses and cleaning heads from a previous central unit, you’ll need those too. We recommend starting fresh with new hoses and a quality head unless you already have one you particularly like; our favorite is a 35-foot hose and power head that works with either direct connect or pigtail connections. The Wessel Werk EBK 360  is our favorite choice for homeowners who just want one tool that’ll clean bare floors and carpets of all styles and piles (including high-pile and soft carpets) without needing to switch cleaning heads.

How thorough is the DuoVac Air 10 when cleaning floors, furniture, and pet hair?

DuoVac Air 10 Power Unit Central Vacuum Review (US & Canada)
The Air 10 is a quiet beast when it comes to cleaning; it works powerfully and almost noiselessly.

The DuoVac Air 10, like any central vacuum, will clean only as well as the head you connect it to. If you connect it to a quality head like the EBK 360 we mentioned above, we’re happy to say you’re unlikely to ask for another vacuum or head for as long as you live in your home.

You’ll be able to tackle just about any bare floors (e.g., hardwood, engineered wood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic tiles, marble, bamboo, concrete, and more) or residential (e.g., Saxonies, berbers, cut and loops, and friezes) or commercial carpet with ease, including soft, plush, and high pile carpets that stump just about any non-central vacuum besides Miele canisters. The double filtration system is particularly potent for dealing with pollen, dander, and other plant and pet-based allergens.

Why buy the DuoVac Air 10?

While the DuoVac Air 10 isn’t perfect, it’s certainly one of the best models we’ve yet come across for under $1,000 US. It’s powerful, quiet, compact, and well-designed. While we can’t guarantee it’ll outlast its warranty, we’re convinced it will clean well enough for the next few decades to make it well worth its purchase price. Our main recommendation would be to pair it with a cleaning head worthy of its suction; the EBK 360 has a well-earned reputation of supporting central units, and if you pair the two, you’re unlikely to consider a non-central unit ever again.

You can buy the DuoVac Air 10 central vacuum system here on Amazon. We’d also recommend buying a Wessel Werk EBK 360 central vacuum kit with a long hose and power head if you don’t have one already.

Canadians can buy the DuoVac Air 10 central vacuum system here on Amazon. We’d pair it with this Wessel Werk EBK 360 central vacuum kit with a hose and cleaning head.

If you find our research on PMC helpful, you can follow our efforts to keep maniacally reviewing home cleaning tools by shopping through our links above. We promise to keep fighting the good fight against every horror children, animals, and grown, yet messy humans can inflict upon a clean home.

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Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
Brick isn’t just for buildings. Here’s what to know if you want it for a floor.

There are few architectural materials more common in today’s world than brick. It’s classic, durable, and attractive, and has found a wide range of uses in residential and commercial design. But while you’ve likely seen brick used just about everywhere outside of a building, you might not have thought of using it as a flooring material. The long and short of it is that as durable as brick is, it does pose certain challenges when used in indoor flooring. That said, with judicious use, you can have a positive and financially sensible experience with brick floors in your home. Today we’ll look at the benefits and drawbacks of installing an indoor brick floor.

Brick is surprisingly affordable and aesthetically appealing

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
Brick isn’t cheap, but it’s not too hard on the wallet either.

When you buy brick flooring, you’re not going to buy the kinds of bricks you find in interior and exterior walls; rather, you’ll be buying and installing pavers. Brick pavers typically cost between $5 and $11 per square foot. You can sometimes find cheaper pavers for $3 per square foot. Naturally, you’ll want to stay away from the absolute cheapest materials you find. The take-home point is that brick prices are roughly comparable to those of hardwood floors on the low end.

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
If you want old-school aesthetics, you’ll get it from brick.

Brick is also an appealing floor from a design standpoint. A brick floor is a comforting, cozy, and inviting one. People instinctively know what it is; there’s no guessing involved like when trying to tell hardwood from engineered wood. It’s familiar to the mind, which brings a sense of peace.

Brick also has practical benefits. Underfoot, it’s rough enough to give a good amount of traction, even if it’s wet. That said, it’s important to note that brick won’t provide good grip if you wax it. But regardless of whether it’s waxed or not, unlike tiles and concrete, brick will keep its temperature year long, meaning it won’t leave your feet freezing in the winter. If you add a radiant heating system below it, it’ll be positively warm.

Beyond savings and warmth, it’s natural, durable, and fireproof

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
It’s also one of the most natural floors you can buy, as evidenced by its use for centuries.

If you’re tired of synthetic, plastic-based things all over your home and want more organic, earth-based options, you owe it to yourself to consider brick. It’s primarily made from clay, which comes straight from the earth, in addition to kaolin and shale, two natural minerals found throughout the globe. The fact that brick is one of the oldest construction materials in human history attests to its largely chemical free nature; you won’t need to worry about off-gassing the way you would with a nylon carpet or vinyl floor.

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
You can get a lifetime out of a brick home…or a brick floor.

Part of what makes brick such a long term bargain is its durability. It’s easy to get decades out of a brick floor; some brick buildings have been standing for hundreds of years without fault. Proper maintenance is key, but when you keep your brick in good condition, you won’t have to worry about tearing up and changing floors each decade; it can be a buy-it-for-life floor.

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
…and it might give your family the precious moments necessary to flee a house fire.

From a safety perspective, it’s comforting to know that brick is fireproof. It’s not going to burn at any temperatures a fire can reach in a residential home. As a result, if you’re unfortunate enough to have a fire in your home, you can gain valuable minutes for escape if you have brick flooring, as it will make it dramatically more difficult for a fire to spread from one room or floor to another. Similarly, you’ll be less likely to have accidental fires start by dropping hot objects on brick, as it won’t catch fire simply by being exposed to candles, cigarettes, or open flames.

However, brick is heavy, hard, messy to replace, and is a moisture magnet

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
…but you’re not going to want it for a nursery (despite the lack of VOCs).

That said, there are reasons why brick floors aren’t lining homes throughout the United States and Canada, and we want you to be aware of them. First of all, while brick is admired for its durability, that strength comes at a price: brick is hard. It’s hard enough that you might not want to stand on it for extended amounts of time (although it’s not nearly as unforgiving as concrete). There are very few brick nurseries. It’s also far more likely to break fragile objects that land on it than most bare floors (although porcelain and ceramic tiles are equally hard in this respect). Keep the weight in mind; like tile, you’ll generally only be able to install brick on your first floor due to how heavy it is unless you reinforce your upper floors.

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
…and you’re going to need a lot of strength if you ever want it gone.

Leaving aside brick’s heft, it’s also going to be a beast to replace if you ever decide you’re tired of its weathered look. There’s no selective replacement of pavers the way you would with tile; you’ll need to smash the pavers with sledgehammers before scraping them out of the mortar holding them to your floor. It’s a difficult job and if you don’t do it, you’ll pay handsomely for someone who will.

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
It’ll also need sealing to avoid food-based disasters.

Finally, brick is porous, like most natural stones (although brick itself isn’t a natural stone but a composite of various minerals). If you don’t seal it and finish it, it’ll absorb water and other liquids when you spill them, leading to staining, mold, and mildew with time. Like concrete, you’ll want to pay attention to sealing to keep your brick in tip top condition.

Which vacuums best clean brick floors and carpets?

Brick Flooring: Pros and Cons, Benefits and Drawbacks
If you still want brick (or even if you don’t), the best all-around cleaner for bare and carpeted floors is the Miele Cat & Dog.

While you can technically use any vacuum capable of cleaning hardwood floors to clean brick, due to the more textured nature of brick flooring, we tend to recommend vacuums with electric brush heads and adjustable cleaning heights. An electric head will also let you switch seamlessly from cleaning brick floors to cleaning carpets of any pile and style without needing to switch heads. Two exemplary vacuums with adjustable electric brush heads are the Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog (reviewed here and here) and Miele Compact C2 Electro+ (reviewed here and here). Both also include Parquet heads if you’ve waxed your brick flooring and want to polish it whenever you vacuum it.

You  can buy the Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog here on Amazon or buy the Miele Compact C2 Electro+ here.

Canadians can buy the Miele C3 Cat & Dog here or buy the Compact Electro+ here.

If you find our research on PMC helpful, you can follow our efforts to keep maniacally reviewing home cleaning tools by shopping through our links above. We promise to keep fighting the good fight against every horror children, animals, and grown, yet messy humans can inflict upon a clean home.

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