A central vacuum system, sometimes called a built-in vacuum, is the modern alternative to traditional, portable vacuum cleaners. It consists of four basic parts: the power unit, PVC tubing, inlet valves, and the vacuum hose with attachments. The power unit is usually installed in a garage, basement or storage space. The power unit also serves as the collection point for dirt and debris vacuumed in the house. PVC tubing is installed inside walls and/or under floors. The PVC tubing connects the power unit to the inlet valves. The inlet valves are strategically located throughout the home. When you vacuum your home, you attach the vacuum hose to the inlet valve in the area you wish to clean. Four inlet valves can easily cover an entire 2,200 square foot home. The vacuum hose is a lightweight hose, usually 30 or 35 feet long, and connects to an inlet valve. Various attachments for different cleaning needs, such as bare floors, carpets, draperies, car interiors, etc, attach to the hose.
Why Choose a Central Vacuum System over a Traditional Vacuum Cleaner?
Greater Cleaning Power
Because of its powerful motor and large air flow, central vacuums pick up deep down dirt, dust and debris, even microscopic particles like pollen, mold spores and dust mites. Unlike a traditional vacuum cleaner, which recirculates into the air some of the dirt and particles it picks up, 100% of all vacuumed dirt, particles and allergens are removed from the home into the canister located at the power unit.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
Because 100% of vacuumed material is removed from the home, indoor air quality is significantly improved. In fact, University of California Davis School of Medicine found that allergy sufferers’ symptoms can be improved up to 61% when using a central vacuum system. Improved indoor air quality also means a cleaner smelling home.
Convenience and Ease of Cleaning
No heavy equipment to lug around, no cords to trip over or catch on furniture, no clunky unit nicking the furniture and woodwork as you move from room to room. Lightweight hoses and attachments are easy on the back. Convenient outlets placed to your specifications allow quick and efficient cleaning.
Because the noise from the system is generated in an out-of-the-way area, vacuuming with a central vac system makes less noise than a hairdryer or clothes dryer. Quiet enough to vacuum in the same room as a sleeping child!
Increase in Home Value
A central vacuum can increase resale value of a home by $1500 or more. Like other built-in appliances, it is an excellent selling feature.
Both new and existing homes can be easily fitted with a central vacuum system. Professional installers can complete the job in almost any home in a matter of hours.
A complete central vacuum system can be professionally installed in the average home for less than the cost of many name-brand portable vacuum cleaners. Because it will provide powerful cleaning for a decade or more, a central vacuum system is more of a wise consumer bargain than a luxury.