Central Vacuum System Buying Guide and Review for Consumers

Central Vacuum System Buying Guide and Review for Consumers : Central Vacuum System

Learn how to buy a vacuum system and what are the points to consider while buying a central vacuum system. The best choice with a central vacuum system is “built-in central vacuum system” of its easy installation and you are easily able to vacuum your house quickly and quietly, without dragging around a vacuum cleaner. With a central vacuum system, all you have to carry is a lightweight hose and a wand with a cleaning head.

The 30-foot-long hose of the in-built vacuum system allows you to vacuum two or three rooms from a single inlet (Please note that cost of a central vacuum system increases with every additional inlet). If the area of your house of 2,500 to 300 square feet, three or four inlets are usually sufficient for the whole house. And because the vacuum motor is located outside the living area, therefore, you can vacuum quietly without disturbing TV viewing or phone conversations or studies.

If you are sensitive to airborne dust, blow them back into the air because most portable vacuum cleaners cannot trap fine dust particles.

Size of a Central Vacuum

Size of the central vacuum to buy depends on size or area of the house. Most central vacuums have twice the power of portable

vacuum cleaners. When deciding on a unit to buy, take into consideration the square footage of the house and the length of pipe required to service the system.

Most central vacuum manufacturers offer several models of different range in size, power, and price so as to accommodate various sizes of houses. Vacuum is rated by air power, air flow, and horse power. But these measurements are not good indicators of effective suction. The most reliable measure is “waterlift.” Water lift is established by a factory test of a sealed vacuum system’s sucking power.

Smaller vacuum systems have a waterlift rating from 105 to 120 inches. This is sufficient for a house of area 2,500 square-foot. Some manufacturers offer literature explaining which size of central vacuum will be suitable for a house of specific area. Check the manufacturer’s literature to choose the right size model for your home.

Power Unit of Central Vacuum System

Power unit of the Central Vacuum System is the main component. Power units of equal strength do not vary much since most of them are made by the same manufacturer. Consider the price, service and warranty before selecting a brand to buy.

Central Vacuum Accessories

A wide range of optional accessories are available for central vacuum systems. These accessories include – flooring, dusting, upholstery brushes, crevice tools, and electric and turbo-powered types of power beater-bar carpet brushes. The ones with electric heads are the strongest but they require installation of an electrical receptacle near each vacuum receptacle so that you can plug in a power cord to operate it. On the other hand, turbo heads spin the beater head by utilizing the air rushing through the head.

Central vacuums cost from $500 to $1,500, depending on the power unit and the amount of pipe, fittings and accessories. Most of the dealers often quote a price for both installation and materials, but if you can install the system yourself, you can request a price for only the materials.

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