CENTRAL VACUUM SYSTEMS
Cleaner Air. Reduced Allergies. Stronger Sucking Power.
Central Vacuum Systems
Many homeowner would like to have a central vacuum system installed in their homes but think that it requires major renovation, disrupts the household routine and that it is a costly undertaking. If the time has come to replace an aging vacuum cleaner here are a few things you should know about central vacuum systems.
What is a Central Vacuum?
Central vacuum systems, also known as built-in or ducted systems feature a base power unit, or a “collection” receptacle that is housed out of site, often in the basement or garage. This receptacle or canister is the control center for your system. A network of tubes lead from the canister to connect to the inlets which are conveniently installed throughout the house. When ready to vacuum, simply plug in the vacuum hose into the inlet, click on a switch and activate the system. Simple as that, the engine goes to work, sucking up dirt off your floors and carpets, furnishings and difficult to get at nooks and crannies. The dirt is sucked through the tubes and deposited into the canister.
Easy to Install
Contrary to what many think, installing a central vacuum system does not require tearing down of walls, rewiring and piping. It’s a livable space and behind the scenes process. To begin with the only “tearing down” of any walls, is cutting out a small hole in the wall which is covered with an unobtrusive cover leaving only round hole big enough to plug in the vacuum hose. The rest of the work such as wiring and piping/tubing is done behind the walls. What this means to you and your family is that your normal day to day routines need not be disrupted at all.
Cleaner Air and Reduced Allergies
An oft-heard remark from homeowners with central vacuum systems is that the ear in the house feels cleaner, and for good reason, it is.
University of California at Davis actually did a study on this phenomenon, and proved that central vacuums do in fact keep the air cleaner than portable vacuums. The reason is simple: central vacuum systems extract the dirt, dust, and debris out of the house and into the main power unit in the garage or the basement where they are then exhausted outside. Portable vacuums recycle vacuumed allergens back into the air through the exhaust. Read the UC Davis Central Vacuum Clinical Study (PDF).
No need to lug your portable room to room and watch that your feet don’t get caught in a tangle caused by the cord. Central vacuum systems typically come with a variety of accessories that make it easy to not only clean up the scraps under the kitchen table, but to clean and “dust” window coverings, sofas, crown molding and other nooks and crannies found in all homes.
While the initial investment in a central vacuum system may be greater than a portable, the costs are significantly lower in the long term. Built-in vacuums last a long time. Hard to find workhorse portables. Today, most vacuums are built for obsolescence from between 3 and 5 years. Central vacuum systems on the other hand, with proper care and maintenance can keep on sucking all that dirt and debris for 20 years and often longer. Should you decide to sell your home in the future, a central vacuum system is an asset and contributes to the value of the house.
How Do I Choose the Right System?
Not all central vacuum systems are created equal. There are variables to consider. At Vacuum Works we do more than carry inventory of vacuums. Steve Laughlin is a vacuum specialist – you might call him a vacuum engineer, customers sometimes come in asking to talk to the “vacuum computer” guy! We love it. Come in talk to us. Steve or one of our staff will be help to help you select just the right vacuum system for your home.