Central Vacuum Hoses Explained

There are various types of central vacuum hoses you can choose from.

Type of central vacuum hoses

Many people think their central vacuum hose should be of a brand. However, the truth is most of them are not. You simply need to know what to look for. Obtaining a new central vacuum hose can be challenging, especially if you are unfamiliar with the terminology. This article will provide you with all you need to know when purchasing a new hose. Here are the different types of central vacuum hoses that are available.

Air Hoses

The air only hose is precisely what its name says: a Central vacuum hose that provides suction only. Air hoses do not include an on or off switch, and the suction is activated right when you plug it into the inlet. Notably, these hoses also do not have the electrical capabilities required to operate an electric power brush. Air hoses are affordable and are compatible with almost every central vacuum system inlet. Air hoses are mainly used as utility hoses and are excellent for garages, kitchens, laundry rooms, and more. 

Low Voltage Hoses

Low voltage hoses are similar to Air Hoses since they provide suction only and do not provide the electrical capabilities for electric power brushes. However, low voltage hoses feature an on/off switch at the handle that allows a user to turn the suction on and off. These hoses are compatible with any central vacuum system inlet. They are also great if you have air driven (non-electric) cleaning attachments. 

Electric Hoses

 Electric hoses are perhaps the most common types of central vacuum hoses. As the name indicates, Electric hoses include electricity that provides power for an electric power brush. Most electric hoses consist of a three way switch at the handle that allows you to turn the electric power brush and the suction. There are two main types of electric hose wall end connections - Direct Connect and Universal Connect. 

Central vacuum electric hoses are deemed to have the nest and powerful suction power.

Central vacuum hose that provides suction

Power Brush Wand Connections

When you have decided which hose type you need, there is one extra connection that must be considered. If you are purchasing an air hose or low voltage hose you do not have to worry about the upper wand power brush connection. That only applies to electric hoses and electric power brushes. If you are buying an electric hose, you will want to ensure it will be compatible with the power brush you have or are going to purchase. 

The upper wand connection is the connection point of the hose and the wand of the power brush. There are several types of upper wand connections and some are brand specific. Therefore, it is vital that you verify the connection.