BUILT IN CAR VACUUM
This invention teaches a system and a method for cleaning a car by means of a vacuum. Tubes extend from a vacuum motor to inlets distributed around a car. When the vacuum motor is turned on, dirt (dust, smoke) are sucked by the vacuum motor into a vacuum bag unwanted gases are either vented out of the car or filtered out. Clean filtered air may be returned to the car or vented out of the car.
The average car serves many functions. Thus, in the morning a business person may carpool her children to school and then bring her husband to the subway before meeting an important client in the afternoon. In such a case it is clear that the dirt and smell that builds up in the car during the morning is detrimental to the meeting with the client in the afternoon. Similarly potentially harmful chemicals can build up in a car (for example due to volatile organic chemicals and solvents present in new cars or due to release of potentially hazardous organic chemicals when plastic materials are heated in a locked car that is parked in the sun). Thus there is a well-recognized need to have a quick easy way to clean the floor of a car and to clean or replace the air inside a car. The current invention fulfills these needs.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
According to the teachings of the present invention there is provided a vacuum cleaner built into a car including a collection bag, a collection tube and a motor.
According to further features illustrated in preferred embodiments below, the vacuum cleaner further includes a grinder to break large objects and prevent obstruction of the collection tube.
According to further features illustrated in preferred embodiments below, the vacuum cleaner further includes a retractable vacuum arm that automatically sweeps over the floor of the car.
According to further features illustrated in preferred embodiments below, the vacuum cleaner further includes a retractable hose.
According to further features illustrated in preferred embodiments below, the vacuum cleaner further includes a vacuum hose connector.
There is also provided a coupling inlet 6a and 6b for attaching to a standard vacuum hose. A user wishing to manually vacuum the car attaches a vacuum hose to inlet 6a (to clean the front of the car) or inlet 6b to clan the rear of the car. When a hose is not attached, a respective cover closes each coupling inlet 6a-b to prevent loss of vacuum. Alternatively, coupling inlets 6a and 6b may include a retractable vacuum hose.
Inlets 5h, 5e, 5d, and 5a are installed in the lower inside of the wall of the car. Thus, when the vacuum is running, dirt is drawn across the floor into inlet 5h, 5e, 5d, or 5a. On the other hand inlets 5b, 5c, 5f and 5g are installed in low spots in the floor of the car. Dirt and dust falls or rolls down the floor into inlets 5b, 5c, 5f and 5g. Inlets 5b, 5c, 5f and 5g are placed on the lowest part of the floor, thus dirt sand tend to roll toward Inlets 5b, 5c, 5f and 5g via gravity as well as due to suction. Movement and shaking of the car during travel help to draw dirt towards inlets 5b, 5c, 5f and 5g. Alternatively, the floor of the car may be built on a grating with a pan mounted under the floor (see
It is understood that tube 3 may be installed in the ventilation system (air conditioner vents) of the car or may be installed independently. Air may be vented out of the car or recirculated back into the car (after undergoing filtration by a screen or a charcoal filter or an ionization or other air freshening apparatus). The system may include a cleanable trap or a grinder to prevent large heavy objects from blocking tube 3 or damaging motor 2, as is known in the art of ventilation and drainage system design. To increase suction it is possible to close one or more inlets 5a-h.
It is understood that the cleaner of the current invention could be installed in all kinds of vehicles (not only cars but) buses, planes, trains and the like.
1. A vacuum cleaner built into a car comprising a collection bag, a collection tube and motor.
2. The vacuum cleaner of claim 1 further comprising a grinder to break large objects and prevent obstruction of said collection tube.
3. The vacuum cleaner of claim 1 further comprising a retractable vacuum arm.
4. The vacuum cleaner of claim 1 further comprising a retractable hose.
5. The vacuum cleaner of claim 1 further comprising a vacuum hose connector
International Classification: A47L 5/38 (20060101); A47L 9/10 (20060101);