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The Oreck company is known for making vacuums, but it also produces air
cleaners and miscellaneous household products. The company makes several
models of household vacuums, shop (wet/dry) vacuums, floor waxers and
refinishers, and air purifiers.

The Oreck Corporation was founded by David Oreck in the United States in
1963. The company is based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and its principal
manufacturing facilities are in a modern 375,000 square foot factory in
Long Beach, M...


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The Oreck company is known for making vacuums, but it also produces air
cleaners and miscellaneous household products. The company makes several
models of household vacuums, shop (wet/dry) vacuums, floor waxers and
refinishers, and air purifiers.

The Oreck Corporation was founded by David Oreck in the United States in
1963. The company is based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and its principal
manufacturing facilities are in a modern 375,000 square foot factory in
Long Beach, Mississippi.

Oreck Corporation started as a manufacturer of upright vacuum cleaners
for the hotel industry in the United States. They designed a lightweight
yet powerful and durable vacuum which was preferred by hotel housekeepers
over the very heavy models available at that time. Oreck vacuums proved
so popular that they are now used in over 50,000 hotels worldwide. After
using these efficient vacuums at work, hotel personnel wanted to buy the
machines for home use, which prompted Oreck to manufacture household
models as well as their commercial line. Their products, while not cheap,
are known for exceptional durability and ease of handling.

The Oreck XL 8-pound vacuum cleaner, aside from being one of the lightest
models on the market, has a factory-tested estimated product lifespan of
18 years. The Arthritis Foundation gave this vacuum an Ease-of-Use
Commendation for its exclusive Helping Hand Handle, which is
ergonomically designed to reduce strain on wrists and arms. The user can
simply push and pull the vacuum without having to grip the handle
tightly, making it much easier to use for arthritis sufferers.

The Oreck air cleaner works by attracting air particles such as pollen
and dust onto an electrically-charged collection grid. One unit can clean
the air of a 30 foot square room. After passing air over a collection
plate to trap particles, an Air Revitalizer is added at the end of the
air cleaner which releases negative ions to revitalize the air. The Air
Revitalizer can be turned on or off on the Professional Air Purifier.
Leaving theAir Revitalizer on provides a pleasant, clean smell, but has
no effect on the air purifier’s cleaning efficiency.

The Oreck Air Purifier is not an ozone generator because it does not rely
on ozone as part of the cleaning process. However, ozone is a natural by-
product of many electrical appliances. The Air Purifier’s Air Revitalizer
emits only a very low level of ozone, well under UL and FDA guidelines of
50 ppb (parts per billion). Though ozone generators are sold by other
manufacturers, they do a poor job of cleaning the air and generate high
levels of ozone, especially in small spaces, which irritate the lungs.
Consumers are advised by health authorities and the EPA not to purchase
these units.

The collection grid of the Oreck air purifier, which should be kept clean
to maintain the efficiency of the unit, is easy to remove and can be
washed simply by a short soak in warm water and detergent. The company
offers a specialized cleaning solution for the collection cell, but
unless the air is full of tarry substances such as cigarette smoke, this
is not necessary. Other than the carbon filter, which is not necessary to
clean the air, there are no disposable filters to buy.

The Oreck model functions differently from a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for
High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance, and These filters use a mat of
very fine fibers to capture airborne particles.

HEPA filters create high resistance to airflow, which gets worse as the
filter loads with dirt. This resistance causes HEPA units to use more
energy , and cost more to operate. As the filter becomes more and more
clogged, performance declines. Therefore, HEPA units require the user to
frequently change the expensive filters. Since Oreck uses only a washable
collection plate, continuing cost is not an issue with their air filters.

However, it is important to keep the collection cell clean, as it does
not function well once it covered with dust. The company advises users to
wash the collector after 4 weeks of initial use and every 8 weeks
thereafter, but every house has a different amount of dust, so it is best
to check the unit every few weeks to see whether a film has accumulated
on the collector.

New units come with a 3-year warranty, and reconditioned units come with
a 1-year warranty. The company has been in business for a long time and
has a good reputation for honoring its guarantees.

				
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