Central Vacs: Clean Air, Green Appliance
(PDF) Covering the six topics here.
Detailed Central Vacuum Green Article
Covers electrical consumption, health
benefits, and manufacturing practices.
In a recent survey by Professional Builders Magazine, indoor air quality ranked second only to energy efficiency in importance to home buyers. Central vacuums help achieve both.
LEED® & NAHB Points
The National Green Building Standard awards one LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) point toward homes containing a central vacuum system and the NAHB Green Building Standard awards five points. The only vacuums recognized for this are central vacuums.
Though central vacuums have more powerful motors than portable vacuums, they can save energy and money. As syndicated columnist James Dulley writes, “The energy-saving advantage of using a central vacuum is the fact you probably will have to vacuum less often. Since dust and dirt are captured in the central power unit located in a garage, utility room or basement, none blows through the filter and back into the room." Up to five times more powerful than an upright vacuum, a central vacuum system deep cleans carpets, and easily cleans upholstery, draperies, wood and tile - removing more dust from the home.
Non-Toxic Allergen Removal
Paula Baker-Laporte in her book Prescriptions for a Healthy House says, “Indoor air pollution is one of the top four environmental health risks identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)”. The EPA has even identified one of the major means of reducing chronic illnesses is to “keep the house clean. House dust mites, pollens, animal dander, and other allergy-causing agents can be reduced, through regular cleaning.” She goes on to warn that “allergic individuals should leave the house being vacuumed because of the increased airborne levels of allergens and other biological contaminants.” She suggests the use of a central vacuum to alleviate this problem. Central vacs do not stir up the dust in the home and 100% of contacted dirt, dust and allergens are transported out of the living area without the use of chemicals or laborious processes.
In 2002 the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of California, Davis, conducted a clinical study that proved a link between central vacuum systems and allergy relief. The study found that patients experienced a 40% to 61% improvement in their symptoms when they switched from using a portable vacuum to a central vacuum system to clean their homes. In fact, the American Lung Association’s Healthy House requires central vacuum systems where more than 70% of flooring is carpeted. "Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases,” they say. Read the UC Davis Central Vacuum Clinical Study
Indoor Air Quality Improved - Less Allergies
According to the EPA, indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and occasionally more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels. These levels are of particular concern because it is estimated most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. Over the past several decades, exposure to indoor air pollutants is believed to have increased due to a variety of factors, including the construction of more tightly sealed buildings, reduced ventilation rates to save energy, the use of synthetic building materials and furnishings, and the use of chemically formulated personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners. One of their suggestions is to use a vacuum system that's vented to the outside. A central vacuum removes all contacted debris out of the living area of a home.
With an average lifespan of 15-20 years compared to 2.5 for portable vacuums, central vacuums have a much smaller waste footprint than portables. Plus, most central vacuums are made of metal and thus they can be easily recycled. Central vacuums not only save energy and improve indoor air quality, they are also the vacuums of choice to keep our environment cleaner for generations to come.
How MD Manufacuturing is Green.
MD Manufacturing's respect for the environment is a high priority and can be seen in our facility and products. The MD factory contains numerous skylights, cutting down on electricity usage. The factory uses zero water in its processing, unlike other manufacturers who use water-cooling during the processing of raw materials. Our controlled smart lighting cuts down on electrical usage. Large energy efficient fans are used to cool the warehouse instead of air conditioning.
MD central vacuum units were the first to be powder coat painted. This process releases virtually no toxins into the environment. Motors used in our units are energy-efficient, producing the most amount of suction while using the least amount of energy. We work closely with our motor manufacturer to ensure the best in clean energy and efficiency for our units. These state-of-the-art appliances are built with recyclable materials.
Our complete units are built to last for over a decade before service is needed. The impact on the environment is significant when you consider that portable vacuums need to be replaced more frequently and typically end up in landfills. By contrast, the body and motor of an MD central vacuum unit can be reused or recycled when the time comes for parts to be replaced. In fact, there is a lifetime warranty on the body.