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What’s a Central Vacuum System?

Mike Cleary makes a solid case for owning a central vacuum system.

A central vacuum system — also called a whole-house vacuum is an integrated system where pipes run through the inside walls of the home and are attached to a large vacuum system typically found in a basement or garage.

The system is intended to be stronger than a conventional portable vacuum, provide less noise, and reduce the recirculation of dirt and dust to the home’s atmosphere by using an external venting system like a dryer vent.

“Using a central vacuum system, you are never needing that recycling of atmosphere. It really exhausts it outside your home so that it’s never coming back in contact with the consumer or any place in the home.”

Cleary says the average price of a system is roughly $1,500 — according to a 2,400-square foot home — and that includes the cost of installation. Prices go up from there, based on features of the machine and the amount of suction ports required. Some systems include baseboard suction, where the homeowner can sweep a heap of dirt into the baseboard, flip the switch and an integrated port sucks away the dirt. Another feature is a method where hoses retract within the walls in the suction ports, so the homeowner no longer need to take the hose from room to room. Broom suction systems are very similar to the vacuum, but are found in the kitchen and made to quickly remove debris and dirt from floors, countertops and tables.

You do not have the weight of a mobile unit. They hold more, so you are not emptying them or altering filters all of the time. You do not have the sound level in any respect. There is no dusty smell. It is the best thing for pet hair. That is why every animal clinic in this city has a central vacuum system. A good deal of hair salons do, also.

“If you really want to find a green home, this could be a piece that you would like to add.”

Central vacuum systems are not only for newly constructed homes.

“If there’s a wall, there is a way,” Cleary says. We are not coming in and ripping out gutters and all that sort of stuff. The majority of the time, once we walk from the house, you do not have to do anything but start using your vacuumcleaner”

The unit needs to to be emptied from the homeowner to three times annually and inspected by a professional every couple of years, depending on how frequently it’s used. When it’s done during new building or into an existing home, installing a central vacuum system isn’t a DIY job for most homeowners. If you are planning to set up a system, take the time to thoroughly investigate the way that it may work in your home, and research local installation specialists who can do the job. Get references from previous clients and have a look at the companies’ standing before you hire. Installers don’t have to be licensed, but they ought to have evidence of training in the product manufacturers and/or certificate on installation of central systems in the Vacuum Dealers Trade Association.

“It’s great because it enhances the total resale value of your home,” England says. “You will have certain consumers out there who will search for this at a home.”