The Price is Right – Breaking Down the Cost of Central Vacuums

Central Vacuum installation

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A central vacuum is a stationary system that is permanently installed in a remote area of your home, like the laundry room, garage, or basement. A succession of plastic pipes is then inserted into your walls that connect the stationary unit to various inlet valves throughout your home. Similar to electrical outlets, these valves connect to a 20-50-inch hose that can be moved from room to room.

The Cost of Central Vacuums

The cost of central vacuums is between $800 and $4,000 for professional installation. That is a pretty vast difference. To get an idea of what a central vacuum installation will cost in your home, it is prudent to understand five system costs that commonly appear on estimates.

    1. The unit itself is the most expensive out of the total cost. Although the cost of central vacuums is dependent on your wants and needs, you will likely spend from $200 to $700 on a central vac, depending on the quality of the vacuum you desire.
    2. Inlet valves, pipes and fittings will also appear on an estimate. Valves and brackets cost between $15 and $30 a piece, while pipes and fittings cost about $65. Your total will largely depend on how many of these pieces you will require in your home.
    3. Attachment kits include the vacuum hose, powerhead, extension wants, and other accessories for the system. The price of these kits ranges between $350 and $600 depending on quality and quantity. Even though this may seem a bit pricy for the kit, customers are reliably happy with the product and consider it an investment.
Installing a central vacuum

Standard cost of installation is affordable
to most homeowner in the USA

  1. Accessories can also play a large effect on your overall central vacuum cost. Central vacuum parts such as crevice tools, floor brushes, vacuum pans, vacuum bags, and filters cost between $10 to $60 depending on the number of accessories.
  2. Installation costs will also be considered in an estimate and are perhaps the most vital cost to understand to avoid overpaying for labor rates. The standard cost of installation should be between $40 and $60 per hour. It is also essential to consider the fact that the standard 4-valve job requires around 8 hours of labor. Therefore, you should expect the final labor cost to be between $100 to $120 per valve.

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