Zone 21 Vacuum Cleaners Now Available

We are now able to provide Zone 21 vacuum cleaners from Nilfisk CFM. These vacuum cleaners can be used in explosive environments and are available with L, M and H rated filtration.

If you have any questions regarding the range of Zone 21 vacuum cleaners that are available from Avern please call us on 0800 9788 499 and speak to our sales team who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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New Eco-Design Vacuum Cleaners on the Horizon

New EC legislation will soon be coming into force in the UK requiring all vacuum cleaners produced after the 1st of September 2014 to include an energy efficiency rating similar to those seen on fridges, freezers and other household appliances.

Other restrictions will also be coming into force including power limits and performance requirements.

Vacuum Cleaners will now have a total of 5 ratings indicating their performance on hard floors, carpets, sound output, filtration, and of course energy efficiency.

How does the new rating system work?

All vacuum cleaners will be required to display the following label clearly before purchase, ensuring that the buyer can make an informed choice on the performance and energy consumption of their chosen machine.


What do all these figures mean?

  1. This is the energy rating of the vacuum, it scores the vacuum on a scale of A to G, with A being the current highest score achievable. As you can see the vacuum tested in this instance achieved an A rating.
  2. This shows an estimated annual power consumption based on a constant set of circumstances.
  3. Energy-RatingSound Power – This is the audible noise of the vacuum cleaner, it is measured in a different way to the previous “sound pressure” rating so it is not recommended that it is compared against historic sound outputs.Sound Outpud
  4. Hard Floor Performance – This shows the rating on a scale of A to G for how much dust the vacuum collected from a hard floor and crevice.Hard-Floor-Rating
  5. Carpet performance – This is again based on the vacuum cleaners ability to collect dust from carpet and is scored on a rating of A – G.Carpet-Rating
  6. Filtration – This is again scored on a rating of A to G and shows how much dust was not 100% captured by the vacuum and escaped from the exhaust.Filtration

Will this change Henry and his counterparts?

Yes! and for the better! Henry has had a 2014 makeover to a HiFlo specification, Henry now boasts 20% better cleaning performance and consumes less than half the amount of power over the previous generation. This latest model will be launched late summer 2014, our product pages will be sporting the new energy rating badges as soon as the new version hits our warehouse.

The full range of models that have been upgraded to HiFlo spec is;

  • Henry
  • Henry Xtra
  • Harry
  • Hetty
  • James
  • Henry Micro

We will be updating our blog with more information on the changes that the new Eco Design legislation has on the vacuum cleaner range available in the UK very soon.

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Bagless Henry Vacuum

NRV200Time and time again we get asked “can I use this without bags” this question is normally followed by us asking the customer the following question;

“Why would you want to?”

There are normally several answers from the customer that follow this, however, they are often miss-informed and not 100% correct. We will cover below some of the most common points that come up.

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Wet and Dry Vacuum – Getting The Most From It.

WVD570 The wet and dry vacuum cleaner can be a very powerful tool, it offers flexibility and value for money by providing a two in one package. This is, however, a double-edged sword, as on one hand, you have one machine that can do two jobs saving space and money, on the other hand, you are dependent on one machine, and need to care for it as such.

However, to get the most out of the machine it is important that it is used correctly, ensuring it is used in the right way will not only increase the lifespan of the machine but ensure that the cleaning performance you had when you first unpacked it is still there in 5 years time.


The first thing you can do to ensure your wet dry vacuum stays in good health (and this goes for wet-only machines too) is to ensure that it is always used with LOW FOAMING cleaning solutions. Continue reading »

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Why is the NRV200 So Popular?

NRV200 numatic The NRV200  is a tried and tested machine that has been the cornerstone of commercial vacuum cleaning for almost 18 years. It is by far one of the best-selling commercial vacuum cleaners from Numatic and possibly in its sector.

There are several good reasons why the NRV200 /  has become so popular with contract cleaners, home users and even tradesmen, this post sets out to explain some of those reasons.

High Performance with Common Sense Functionality

For such a compact machine the NRV200 offers cleaning performance that is often unmatched by even high end upright vacuum cleaners. This performance is driven by Numatics well proven 620 Watt TwinFlo vacuum motor and its simplistic yet effective filtration (more on this later).  A high and low mode is no longer available on the NRV200 & is a set setting to save energy.

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Floor Machine Buying Guide – Part 2

 A scrubber drier is an ultimate tool for cleaning large areas of hard flooring quickly and effectively.

Buying a floor machine, much like buying a rotary floor machine can be a simple task if you know what you are looking for in a machine.

The main things to consider are the following;

1. The size of the area that needs to be cleaned
2. Any narrow or hard to access areas to reach
3. Will trailing cables be a hazard in your working environment?
4. Is a drive board required or just brushes?

Machine size:

The size of the machine is directly related to the size of an area that needs to be cleaned. A larger machine will naturally be able to cover an area much faster and therefore be more effective for cleaning larger areas.

The following graph shows the cleaning coverage per hour that the various scrubber driers we offer provide.

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Why Buy A Henry Vacuum Cleaner?

Why Buy a Henry Vacuum Cleaner

Download it as a PDF here: PDF Version

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Floor Machine Buying Guide – Part 1

Buying a floor cleaning machine can be a real challenge, especially if you have never purchased one before. There are so many types to choose from with variables such as different speeds, sizes and even weights. Then you have accessories to choose from just to make things even more confusing. Once you understand a few simple things though it really is very easy to choose the right machine for the job.

For this article, we are going to assume that you are looking for a normal rotary floor machine and not a scrubber drier. We will cover scrubber driers in another article shortly, so don’t worry if this is something you need more information on.

floor machine

The three main things to think about before you buy;

1. Machine Speed
2. Machine Size
3. What accessories to buy

So let’s tackle this one step at a time.

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New Video Now Live for George the Vacuum Cleaner

We have just published a quick video called George in 30 seconds onto youtube.

The aim of the video was to show people the many uses that George has, as he is far more than just a wet and dry vacuum.
You can find the video here: George Vacuum cleaner or just watch it below;

We hope you like it and find it useful!

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Henry or NRV200 Which Vacuum is Right for Me?

NRV200 vs Henry

henry dry vacuum cleaner or nrv200 When choosing a small compact dry vacuum cleaner it can almost be a little overwhelming with the amount of choice available.

One of the most common questions we face over the phone is

“Which vacuum cleaner should I buy, the NRV200-11 or the Henry Extra?”

With only a handful of differences between the two vacuum cleaners it often confuses people, as the differences are not immediately obvious. This article will help you understand the differences and choose the right vacuum cleaner for your needs.

If you are a  home user,

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