Robotic vacuums are all the rage these days with their perfect combination of effectiveness and convenience. However, as with most other new forms of cleaning technology there is a lot that consumers do not know about these automated cleaners. Below are answers to 6 of the most frequently asked questions about robotic vacuums. All the information provided should help you make the most out of these handy appliances for a cleaner home.
Robotic Vacuum FAQs
1. How does a robotic vacuum know where to clean?
A robotic vacuum is basically an automated floor cleaning unit that is programmed to navigate through your home and vacuum as it goes. It is basically like an ordinary vacuum cleaner without the human effort part. This begs the question of how the cleaner identifies spots that require extra attention for more efficient cleaning. The answer to this question is two words; dirt sensors.
Dirt sensors are available on most high quality robotic vacuum cleaners. The sensors consist of acoustic impact receptors that are connected to the unit’s navigation system. When the unit moves over a spot with more dirt, the increased number of particles caused increased vibration in the sensor system. The dirt sensor in turn cause robotic vacuum to move over the spot several times through the navigation control system. Once the dirt is cleared, vibrations in the sensor unit reduce and this acts as a signal to the navigation system to continue the original cleaning path.
2. How does it handle corners?
This is yet another important question that rises as a result of the automated nature of robotic vacuum cleaners. The last thing anyone wants is to have the unit stuck in one spot or worse to have it causing damage due to lack of proper corner navigation. To avoid such inconveniences, the units are usually fitted with different location sensors meant to ensure seamless navigation around the room. One of the most common of these is the infrared location sensor. It is common to most if not all robotic vacuums and is designed to allow the unit to identify corners and other obstacles and move around them.
Other units also feature cliff sensors. These detect vertical corners such as steps and ramps. These serve to protect the unit from falling down stairs and other cliffs’ which could potentially lead to damage.
3. Can a robotic vacuum clean under furniture?
Robotic vacuum cleaners can and will clean under furniture if and only if they can fit through the space between the floor and the furniture. The units are programmed to clean along flat surfaces and will continue on their cleaning path regardless of overlying structures. However, location sensors prevent it from cleaning under low lying furniture that is usually viewed as an obstacle and therefore avoided.
4. What should I look for in a robotic vacuum?
There are many different models and brands of robotic vacuum cleaners available on the market today. However, there are a few specifications that help set them apart. So to answer this question, below are 4 super important things for you to look out for in a robotic vacuum cleaner.
– Safety and navigation features
This refers to the many different sensors meant to allow efficient cleaning and the unit’s overall safety. Some of the most important of these include the automated navigation system, obstacle sensors, cliff sensors and wall sensors.
– Power options and capabilities
More often than not, robotic vacuums are cordless in order to achieve unlimited range of motion. However, this freedom comes with some restriction as far as operation time is concerned. It is therefore very important to look into the unit’s power capabilities to identify just how much cleaning time you have with your unit before you need to recharge.
– Cleaning options and suction power
The two main options are dry suction vacuuming and vacuum mopping that involves use of water. In this case, your choice should be determined by your preferences and priorities. Either way, the suction power is something very important to consider as it will determine just how effective the cleaning process is. Dirt sensors are also important to look for in this case.
Finally, look for a unit that not only meets all your demands and requirements but also falls comfortably within your budget.
5. What are some of the most common features available?
Every model has something different and unique to offer. However, there are a few features that are present in all units worth considering. These include the safety sensors such as obstacle, dirt and location sensors. Other common features and suction motors and dirt collection bags. The differences in these cases are the suction power and bag capacities respectively.
6. What are some of the common problems with robotic vacuums?
Again, every model has its fair share of cons but there are a few that cut across all models. Some of the problems you might have to deal with include:
– Limited cleaning time with short charge intervals.
– Inability to clean under low-lying furniture.
– Inability to vacuum corners and wall crevices.
– Insufficient cleaning with units that lack dirt sensors.
– Limited dirt bag capacity.
In conclusion, there is no denying the fact that robotic vacuum cleaners deserve all the hype that they have been receiving. They are easy to operate and super effective when it comes to home cleanliness. The answers to the 6 FAQs above should go a long way to ensure that you get the best experience with your cleaner. That way, whether you are vacuuming the living room carpet or doing and entire home cleaning, you know exactly how to use your unit for the best results.