what is a central vacuum?
Most people are familiar with the standard vacuum that is standing in a closet, but how many people are familiar with the built-in central vacuum system that has been in homes since the 19th century?
Central vacuums are a great addition for homes with stairs and larger homes. Instead of having to carry a vacuum up stairs and across large areas, a central vacuum collection canister is installed in a garage or laundry room. Depending on the type of unit, the collection canister may need to be installed against an exterior wall in order to install an exterior vent for dirt and dust, similar to an exhaust fan or clothes dryer. After selecting where they will be placed and in which rooms, hose outlets are installed and pipes are run from the outlets to the collection canister. Homeowners can choose to have the vacuum hoses attached to the outlets and hidden, or detached to be used when needed.
When deciding on which central vacuum to purchase, there are other costs that homeowners need to consider:
- drywall and painting repair costs after installing the collection canister
- if choosing a central vacuum that needs to be vented, material and repair costs depending on where vented
- drywall, trim, molding, and painting repair costs after installing outlets
- piping costs to connect outlets to collection canister
- cabinet options and costs to hide permanently attached hoses
- additional electrical wiring that may be needed
If you are interested in more information on different brands of central vacuums, here is a review of several:
Unlike a standard vacuum, you cannot put the vacuum in your car and take it to a vacuum repair store when there is a problem. A home visit will be needed by a contractor with central vacuum experience to diagnose the problem. Some issues that may arise that could require a contractor and replacement items:
- replacement of vacuum bag
- muffler installation for a loud vacuum
- vacuum motor replacement
- replacement hoses
- reduced vacuum suction
- vacuum not functioning properly or not at all
- clogged pipes
If you have any questions about new central vacuum selection, installation estimates, or issues with your existing central vacuum system, contact us by phone, email or on our website: Contact Us