Central Vacuum Cleaners Remove Allergens, Provide Relief for Allergy Sufferers

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America consistently ranks the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex among the nation's worst locations for season allergies. Allergy sufferers can help clear the air and fight back with clean, powerful central vacuum cleaning systems that take allergens out of the house instead of re-circulating them through the air.

Runny nose -- check. Watery eyes -- check. Itchy throat, sneezing, congestion -- check, check, check. It's spring, and each day North Texas allergy sufferers unintentionally contaminate their homes with nature's powdery pollens as they come and go.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is a perennial "leader" on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's list of the worst places in the United States for allergies. A leading home systems expert says allergy sufferers have several non-medical ways to attack the problem, however, including removing offending allergens from their homes.

Keith Prather, president of Doctor Sound Home Theater, Inc., says central vacuum systems have been proven to reduce allergens in the home by more than 60 percent. These powerful built-in units remove all dust, dirt, pollen, dust mites, pet dander and other allergens from contacted surfaces. Prather says the rule for central systems is "If you can reach it, you can clean it -- thoroughly."

Two factors are critical to this performance -- motor size and dirt removal. Because central vacuum power units stay in one place, instead of being lugged from room to room, they can be much bigger -- three to five times larger -- than motors in portable vacuums.

Equally important, the dirt is removed from the living area of the home through sealed tubing that takes it to a remote location in the garage, utility room, attic or basement. Many portable units actually stir up the dust and dirt and keep it re-circulating through the air.

Prather says besides being more powerful, and cleaner, central vacuums are quieter because the noise stays outside the living area. Convenience also is a plus. "The only thing a person needs to move from room to room with a central vac is the light-weight hose and power brush unit. The power cord is built into the hose, so there's no cord to trip on or keep rewinding," Prather said.

Central vacuum systems cost more than the average portable cleaner, but in addition to cleaner better and quieter, the actually are an investment instead of an expense. Central vacuum cleaning systems add $2,000 or more to the value of the average home.

"People know Doctor Sound as home theater and audio system installation experts," Prather said. "Dust and dirt are extremely hard on home entertainment systems. When we found ourselves spending more and more time cleaning them for our customers, we saw a need to offer related services, so we now sell, install and service central vacuum systems as a convenience to our customers."

About Doctor Sound
Doctor Sound is a leader in the design, sale and installation of custom home theater and sound systems. A North Texas standout for more than 10 years, Doctor Sound has earned its reputation for excellence through elegant design and skilled installation by CEDIA-certified installers. For more information, Call Doctor Sound at 972-317-6525 or visit our Website at http://www.drsoundinc.com.

Cassidy Prather


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