How Much Does It Cost to Install a Central Vacuum System?

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Central Vacuum System?

What is the cost of installing a central vacuum system? Central or entire house vacuums are an efficient way of cleaning your home. Central vacuum systems are big units, usually located in a garage or basement with a vacuum system of in-wall pipes. To use the central vacuum system, insert your hose into one of the outlets, automatically turning on the suction.

A central vacuum system can be fitted in new or ready homes, and a regular retrofit fitting in a 2,000SQ FT home is priced around $2,500 in total.

Cyclonic vs. Filtered

Installing central vacuum in existing home There are two central vacuum motors to consider - filtered and cyclonic Filtered motors might be having a bag or bagless and use a mixture of cloth and paper filters to lower the amount of dust. It retains the motor clean but means that you require to stay on top of filter replacements and purchase more filters in the long run.

If you use a bagged choice, you should empty the bag every six months and buy new bags, costing about $10 per year. They range between $10 and $50 depending on their sizes.

Cyclonic motors are bagless and filterless and use robust suction to spin the debris in a cyclone, dropping the collection down into a container.

There are no filters to change, some are developed to vent outside, but others may collect the dust inside, where it can coat the motor and reduce suction. It means the cyclonic motors typically require more cleaning and maintenance.

Power Brush

The brush at the end of your vacuum hose also has two options. It can be powered by electricity or by suction alone. Suction brushes have more versatility regarding where you can fit the outlet but can lose power if the suction becomes reduced due to required maintenance, meaning the brush will not turn as quickly. Electric-powered brushes plug into a nearby outlet. These brushes cost extra and use more electricity, but it provides consistent power and usage. An electric-powered brush might be better on some surfaces than a suction-powered brush but is priced about $200 extra.


There are two hose styles to choose from when buying your central vacuum. The first style has a removable hose where you take the tube with you into every room and plug it into the outlet. The other style has a foldable hose. In this case, you open the outlet and remove the tube, which goes back into the wall when not in use.

Most central vacuum systems use the regular hose, which is cheaper and easier to replace if damaged. A foldable system costs about $1,000 more but has the advantage of not needing to dragging the hose with you or find a store to place it when not in use.


Like an ordinary vacuum cleaner, a central vacuum system can be used to vacuum various surfaces in and around your home. It includes hardwood, carpeting, tile, upholstery, blinds, curtains, and even ceiling fans. You need attachments to clean the varying surfaces, just as you would with a conventional vacuum cleaner. Most systems come with accessories included. Switch them out when you shift on surfaces for the best results.


Who installs Central Vacuum Systems How much to install a central vacuum system? This process is more straightforward in new construction before the walls are framed. However, in a retrofit, the pipes are typically run through closets or into the attic, then dropped down via the walls to the outlet, so the only opening cut in the wall is at the outlet.

The primary issue merely is ensuring there are no existing wires or pipes where the vacuum pipe needs to be. The whole process takes 1 to 2 days to finish, depending on the size of the home and whether this is retrofit. Or new construction.


who installs central vacuum systems? Labor costs are different depending on the central vacuum system. Installing a central vacuum in the existing home of a 2,000SQ FT home using a filtered system, expect the labor part to range from $200 to $500 of the $2,500 total. For an existing home, the labor charges usually range from $400 and $1,000 for a similar project, making the total closer to $3,000. These charges differ depending on your home's size, how many outlets you require, and the layout of the walls.


Central vacuums are generally low-maintenance, needing service about once every six months. For filtered vacuums, you must change a cloth filter every six years and a paper filter every six months. For cyclonic vacuums, have them cleaned once a year. If you realize a loss of suction, you may have them regularly serviced. Otherwise, the units are generally low-maintenance and work reliably.

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