Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Using PVC in Commercial Applications

"What's the difference between plumbing PVC and Schedule 20 PVC? It's just PVC pipe I can install whatever I want, right?" "What type of PVC pipe should I use in commercial applications?" We come across these questions from our customers fairly often...The number 1 rule of thumb would be to never use Schedule 40 PVC piping in the home. Schedule 40 is not certified to be used, and it has not been approved for use in the home. We're hearing so many horror stories that people have to rip out the PVC Schedule 40 they have used or a builder has installed for them.
Many of these stories end in hundreds of dollars of waste and labor costs because the Schedule 40 was not up to building code for a central vacuum application. More and more states are following increasingly rigid code guidelines for install
ation purposes. Schedule 40, also known as "plumbing PVC", should only be used for sewage or plumbing applications. Schedule 40 elbows, wise T's, etc., have too small of a radius, which will hinder the suction power from the central vacuum, causing too much turbulence and restricting airflow.

The only times you should use plumbing PVC would be for a commercial application, and it would have to be a 3" opening instead of the standard 2" opening. Another application would be to hide a 2" Schedule 20 pipe underground by using the 3" plumbing PVC as a "jacket", or cover, for the Schedule 20, thus not causing the 2" PVC to crack from the pressure of the dirt or cement it's buried in.

Any and every central vacuum company will not endorse using plumbing PVC, for the reasons mentioned above.
Please read our information about PVC pipes if you're installing or thinking of installing a central vacuum system, it's very important. Click here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Busy bees at Thinkvacuums

Everybody here at Thinkvacuums is so thankful to have such great customers. We wouldn't be where we are today without our great customers, and fantastic staff. Our biggest asset as a company is our professional and extremely knowledgeable staff, they're the backbone of Thinkvacuums.com.

We pride ourselves on getting orders shipped out to you as fast as possible. The overwhelming amount orders have given us the need to bring in two new employees to help pick, pack and get orders ready to ship. Unfortunately, a lot of companies are laying off their employees, so it gives us some satisfaction knowing we are able to open up some new jobs to help out good people in a rut.

Since the launch of our newly redesigned website, we've been getting a lot of feedback on how people feel about it and how they're using some of the new features. My email inbox is full of compliments saying how easy and informative it is, even some great suggestions on things people want to see. Remember, you can always send us an email 24/7 about anything, but we really like hearing what people want to see in a website. After all, anything that makes our website better is better for us and better for consumers - it's a win-win situation!

Feeling secure with a company is very important, especially when ordering online. We just wanted to take the time to remind everybody that we absolutely do not sell or give any personal information away to anyone or any company. You'll never get any spam emails from us either, we hate spam just as much as you do. Our shopping cart is secured with top of the line SHA-1/RSA encryption; for the techies out there, you know that's about as good as it gets. Our certificate is issued by GoDaddy.com, one of the largest and most trusted domain registrars out there.

Again, thank you to all our loyal customers. And for our new customers, you'll never be more satisfied with your purchase knowing that you got the best expert advice on internet. Our expert staff will assist you with any question you may have.

Give us call at 1-800-322-2965 or visit www.thinkvacuums.com for product and ordering information

Friday, September 11, 2009

PowerStar Revamps their Vacuum Lineup

PowerStar has decided to improve on an already great central vacuum. They're upping the power, putting bigger motors in their systems and adding features that customers will love. They have fallen back a little bit in the sales of their units for the past 2 years, and now want to create a big event in the central vacuum industry by bringing their units up to par with everybody else. Further information will come in a couple of days. We worked in conjunction with advice and feedback to make this universal change to all their models. Giving the customer more for the money is what it's all about, a better bang for your buck.

These machines have been so rock solid in the industry with a 1% repair rate, it is one of our favorite central vacuums of all time. Their units range in price and can usually fit anybody's budget. They smart with the smallest unit, called the Genesis, that's suitable for condos, small apartments, townhomes, all the way up to 20,000 sq. ft. mansion. These units now will not have to be vented outside and the filtration of these machines will increase and be better than ever before.
We'll let you know more about the new models coming in next week, we're looking forward to getting them in our warehouse and selling them right away.

Click here to check out our current line of PowerStar central vacuums. Give us a call at 800-322-2965, we've got some discounts on these units, just mention this blog post to receive up to $200 off special models.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pets and vacuums, do they get along?

Pets, our small household friends for life. It's well known that pets and vacuums aren't exactly the best of friends, but yet they have to live in harmony.
Here at Thinkvacuums, we are bombarded with calls from our customers in regards to how to deal with their pet hair and related problems, such as dander and allergens, which lots of families suffer with.

What are cat or dog allergens, and what causes them? Cat allergies are typically caused by the development of an allergic reaction to the cats saliva. When the cat cleans its fur, the saliva is distributed onto its fur. The saliva dries and the highly allergic protein that remains on the hair surface breaks off when the cat moves about and becomes airborne. The size of these allergen particles is very small indeed, two microns or smaller. That's the size of many bacteria. One of the biggest concerns people have with a central vacuum is the odor. The solution to this problem is the new CanaVac Pet vacuum that actually eliminates all the odors, and is more powerful than any central vacuum on the market. Click here to learn more.

A powerful high-quality HEPA central vacuum should be part of every cat or other pet allergen avoidance strategy. It serves two purposes. First, it constantly reduces the concentration of cat allergen from the air, thus reducing the airborne exposure of the allergy sufferer. It also reduces the amount of cat allergen that settles onto room surfaces. Our feline friends track in not only dirt and sand but sometimes fleas and ticks when they do their business outside. You're also keeping a friendly environment for your pets inside the house by vacuuming often, if they suffer from allergens. How does a pet vacuum differ from any other central vacuum? There are a total of 11 distinct features that no other central vacuum has in combination with each other.

People that are looking for a household vacuum and not a central vacuum, the Miele vacuum company now introduces the all new Cat & Dog with the best odor control, highest filtration, and best sucking power of almost any canister on the market. You will love this canister vacuum. It was designed with people who have allergies / are pet owners. They have graded a winner with this particular vacuum and our sales have skyrocketed because of this. Here is a link to the all new pet vacuum from Miele, a must for any pet owner.

We hope everybody has a great Labor Day weekend! Stay safe!