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CENTRAL VACUUM Q & A

  • QHOW DOES A CENTRAL VACUUM OR "BUILT IN VACUUM" SYSTEM WORK?

  • A: During construction, valves are mounted to wall studs at locations throughout house. PVC piping is then installed connecting the valves and leading to a designated area for the main vacuum or “power unit” to be installed (typically in the garage or basement). Inlets about the size of an electrical receptacle are installed in valves after walls are finished. A lightweight (approximately 10 lbs) 30 ft vacuum hose is plugged into the inlet and with floor brush or chosen tool attached, an area between 700-1000 sq ft can be vacuumed per inlet. All particles vacuumed are removed from living area and transferred to the main unit. The collection canister will need to be emptied typically 3-4 times per year.

  • Q: CAN A CENTRAL VACUUM BE INSTALLED IN AN EXISTING HOME?

  • A: Yes. Most existing homes can be retrofitted for a central vacuum system.

  • Q: DOES A CENTRAL VACUUM HAVE GOOD SUCTION?

  • A: Yes. A large motor in power unit located in basement or garage can deliver up to 2-3 times the suction power of a portable vacuum.

  • Q: IS A CENTRAL VACUUM GOOD FOR BARE FLOORS?

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  • A: Yes. A central vacuum is an excellent choice for bare floors. With only the lightweight hose and floor brush contacting floors there are no wheels from a heavy portable vac scratching the floor surface.