Central Vacuum System Installation FAQS

Installing a central vacuum system

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Installing a central vacuum system in a new or pre-existing home is an easy process. In most cases, the installation process can be completed in one or two days. Adding a central cleaning system to a residence makes cleaning more efficient and convenient. It also adds value to the home that is often 2 – 4 times the initial cost of equipment. Central cleaning is an excellent choice for those who want more power, better filtration. Notably, the reliability of a built-in appliance cannot be found in a portable upright or canister vacuum. Here are some common central vacuum FAQs and their corresponding answers.

What is Involved in the Installation of a Central Vacuum System?

Without a doubt, a central vacuum installation can be done in both new or existing structures. There are three simple planning steps to the installation process.

1. Determine the Power Unit Location

Central vacuum power units can be installed in a basement, garage, or utility room. Typically, power units should not be installed in a small confined area or heat-producing area.

2. Inlet Valve Locations

Inlet valves are placed on interior walls, near (not behind) doorways, hallways, or close to the bottom of stairs. In new home installations, the system should be installed after HVAC, electric and plumbing, before the walls dry.

3. In-wall Tubing and Low Voltage Wire

Tubing and low voltage wire run together to each valve location. That increases the installation speed. Both are installed, starting with the inlet valve farthest from the unit.

How Long does it take to Install the Central Vacuum System?

Central vacuum installation for new homes can be finished in less than one day. A typical three inlet pre-existing install may need a weekend for two installation experts to complete.

How High do I Mount the Inlet Valves?

Central vacuum installation for new homes

With proper planning, installing or repairing
a vacuum system should be easy

This is mostly a personal preference. However, inlet valves are typically installed at the same height as electrical receptacles.

Do I need a valve in every room?

No. With proper planning, one valve can cover two or three rooms.

Can I locate the Power Unit in an Attic?

It is not recommendable to place the vacuum cleaner power unit in an attic. The attic space may retain heat and make the motor to experience premature failure. An attic location may also be challenging to reach when the dirt canister needs to be emptied.

Must I Use the Same Brand Attachment Kit as my Power Unit?

No. All attachment kits we sell are universal and are compatible with all brands of power units. Our attachment kits will also work with most pre-existing systems available on the market, even older ones.

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