FORT WORTH, TX — Powr-Flite has announced it will begin applying the term "airwatts" to measure the effectiveness of many of its portable carpet extractors, according to a press release.

airwattsThe term, sometimes noted as two words, "air watts," is not new to the professional cleaning and carpet cleaning industries, and has traditionally been used as a measurement of a vacuum cleaner's effectiveness, the release stated.

"Typically, airwatt refers to airflow (air) and the amount of power (watts) a vacuum cleaner is producing and using," said Mike Englund, a cleaning trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite.

"It gives consumers a better idea of how powerful the vacuum cleaner is. We have taken the same concept and applied it to carpet extractors so technicians can compare products more easily," Englund added.

According to the release, carpet extractor performance has long been measured by cubic feet per minute (CFM), which refers to airflow, as well as waterlift, referring to the suction generated by the system.

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