The industry is trying to make sure that its customers don’t pay too much for vacuum cleaners that aren’t designed to be a great source of air, a problem that has been compounded by a steady decline in demand for the items.
“Our customers expect that we are going to do our job right,” said Scott Womack, president of the American Vacuum Cleaning Association, a trade group.
“That is what we’re trying to do.”
But the industry says it’s not enough.
“It’s not a problem with the vacuum cleaner,” said Andrew Ripps, president and chief executive officer of Clean Air Solutions Inc., a company that manufactures and sells vacuum cleaners and vacuum pumps.
“We’re talking about the vacuum hose that is the most important component of a vacuum cleaner.”
The industry says there are a variety of ways to fix vacuum cleaners, including buying new ones with better performance and cleaning them more thoroughly.
Some of the biggest complaints come from consumers who are upset that vacuum cleaners have become too big to use.
But many experts also say it’s difficult to predict how long it will take for the industry to catch up.
The industry has set a goal of having about 60 percent of all U.S. households having at least one vacuum cleaner.
The goal is the equivalent of having at a minimum a washing machine and at least a refrigerator, according to the National Association of Home Appliance Installers.
In addition, about 75 percent of households have more than one vacuum, according the industry.
Consumers have said they are tired of the same old, same old.
“The people that really love these products are people that have had these products for a while, and they’re just trying to replace their vacuums,” said Mike Farrar, president emeritus of the International Association of Vacuum and Remover Suppliers, which represents about 100,000 vacuum cleaners.
The vacuum industry has been battling the problem of dust since the early 1980s.
“As a result of the industry’s focus on dust and pollution, consumers have become much more aware of the risks associated with air quality,” said the American Chemical Council, a nonprofit industry group.
The problem has only gotten worse since then.
More than half of the U.K. has an air quality index above 200, the World Health Organization says, while about 20 percent of people in the United States have elevated levels of fine particles in their lungs.
And the average American has about 20 times more particles in his or her lungs than in the last year, according a 2014 report by the U,S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
“There’s a very strong correlation between the dust we’re breathing and the air quality that we’re getting,” said Womak.
“So we need to make the industry aware of that.”
The problem also has become a big issue for the industries own lobbyists.
“People are really concerned about the pollution that they’re breathing, and the impact that they have on their health,” said Rippes.
“If we’re not taking action, they’re going to keep asking questions and calling us, so it’s kind of hard to figure out what we should do.”
Vacuum cleaners that come with a warranty, for example, may cost a lot more than the ones without, according.
The manufacturers also have a long history of using cheaper, less-accurate vacuum cleaners to fill vacuum slots.
“I have had my customers complain about the quality of vacuum cleaners over the years,” said Farrars spokesman.
“They are very concerned about air quality and they don’t want to pay the high price for it.”
But a lot of consumers, including some who have had their vacua cleaners for a long time, are still trying to find new ways to get rid of the old ones.
“A lot of my customers are buying a new vacuum cleaner because they want a new one,” said Chris Johnson, owner of the local cleaning store The Cleaner, which has been in business for nearly 25 years.
“My customers are so happy with their vacuum cleaner, they don,t want to replace it.”