General Central Vacuum Frequently Asked Questions

And Buyer’s Guide

Which central vacuum is the best? The short answer is “a unit with good/reliable motor“. There are numerous types and makes. It all depends on your situation (size/type of your house, flooring you have, total number of wall inlet valves, distance to the furthest point. And other factors that need to be considered). Again the most important part you should pay attention to is the motor installed on the central vacuum power unit. Here is a great video that explains this topic…

For more details / in-depth watch the following video…

And below are some central vacuum FAQs. Check back on this page often and share your feedback. We will add more topics. Feel free to comment and ask any question you might have at the bottom of this page’s comment box.

Central Vacuum FAQs

A central vacuum cleaner, also known as built-in, ducted, and whole house vacuum, is a type of centralized vacuum similar to other home appliances that is stationed (installed) in a remote area (mostly garage, basement, mechanical, furnace, or utility room). These days, most new houses come pre-roughed for residents to buy and install it once the house is ready for occupation. For houses that are not roughed-in with pipes, 90% of the time they can be retrofitted. Main components of a central-vac are:

  • Motor power unit (Bag or Bagless)
  • Set of cleaning tool kits i.e., main ones – suction hose, floor and carpet power brush and accessories such as crevice, dusting, and upholstery cleaning tools.
  • And the things that you don’t see (inside your wall) or are part of the rough-in: PVC pipe, wall mounting plate, inlet valve, low voltage wire

Continue to read a bit more details about central vacuum.

We just mentioned what a central vac system is and its components above. The power suction is originated by the motor in the main power unit. You turn on and off remotely using your suction hose.

Unlike a portal vacuum cleaner, a central vac is interconnected to pipes through out the house during the construction stage along with plumbing, HVAC, and electrical wires. Basically, when you vacuum, the dirt travels through your hose -> wall inlet ports -> pipe trunks -> and ends up in the lower part of the main power unit’s receptacle canister. Once full, you simply empty (if your system is bagless) and dispose of the bag (if your unit is a bagged system).

A good central vacuum power unit costs anywhere from $500 (compact) – $1500 (bigger size). A package costs $650 -$1500. It all depends on type, model, size, and package/upgrade. It costs more for special needs like a retractable hose system package and commercial vacuums, such as Wet & Dry central vacuums. To get an accurate price, feel free to contact us and request a quote.

For US residents refer to the following central vacuum cost guide…

There are different types and sizes of central vacuums to meet consumers needs. We will suggest based on the size of your house, type of floor and other important factors.

Studies have proven that central vacuum systems can help improve indoor air quality. It’s recommended to have central vacuums, especially in new homes. Use of it helps remove indoor pollution and dusts. Below is a summary of study by “Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Clinical Immunology, University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Davis, CA, USA”

“Summary. Indoor pollution is one of the most common problems addressed by allergists and troublesome for their patients. Although a large variety of products are available for removing such pollutants, including house dust, there is a relative paucity of data on the effectiveness of such devices. In many cases, central vacuum systems are recommended, particularly in new homes. To specifically address the question of whether a central vacuum system produces an improvement in the well characterized domains of Juniper Rhino-conjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire, we selected 25 individuals with a history of documented type I hypersensitivity to house dust. Each of these individuals used either a Beam Central Vacuum System or their own conventional vacuum for a period of 3 months. At the end of this period, the individual switched over to the opposite limb of the study for 3 additional months. Interestingly, in all seven domains of the evaluation, including activity, sleep, non-nasal symptoms, practical problems, nasal symptoms, eye symptoms and emotions, use of the central vacuum proved to be superior.”

Continue reading the complete study by visiting this link – The Original Article The Influence of a Central Vacuum System on Quality of Life

There are different types and sizes of central vacuums to meet consumer’s needs. We will suggest based on the size of your house, type of floor, and other important factors.

Yes, you can choose from compact or condo central vacuums, such as the MVac M50 model or Deco DV20 Apartment Edition. Feel free to contact us should you need a suggestion.

No problem, 9 out of 10 we can retrofit new pipes and install a central vacuum for you so you can enjoy and take advantage of builtin vac. We have done this for many clients and old homes. Contact us and we’ll book for free inspection and quote you accordingly.

You will come across some weird terms used when looking for specifications of central vacuum system. For quick reference visit this central vacuum glossary page for definitions.
Further reading and external links

How It Works – Vacumaid

What’s It – MD Central Vac

TroubleShooting & FAQs – BeamVac

Central Vac FAQs – Cyclovac

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