Central Vacuum Systems Frequently Asked Questions

Central Vacuum Systems FAQs

Central vacuums are a very effective, efficient way to clean and maintain your home, but most homeowners are either not aware of them or don't appreciate them. We want to help you better understand this simple yet life-changing vacuuming concept and get connected to a local dealer for a free price quote.

Why should I install a central vacuum?

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Central Vacuum Systems are better
than Portable Vacuums

Central vacuums typically cost about the same price as a high-end portable vacuum, yet they last much longer and offer far more power. Central vacs are known to lessen allergies, are versatile, quiet, and good for the environment. Used, broken portable vacuums often end up in landfills after being repaired and replaced every few years. Central vacuums are also a smart investment for your house because most homeowners recoup their investment after selling the home.

Can Central Vacuum Systems be installed in already existing homes without impacting interior walls?

The only hole required to install a central vacuum system into an existing home is concealed by the inlet valve. Typically, you never have to break walls or do drywall repair when installing a central vacuum system. Typically, the pipe can be run behind a wall by running into a corner of a closet and then traversing either up to the attic or down to the basement. While houses with two or more stories can be retrofitted with a central vacuum cleaner, it is usually easier to install in a single-story home with a large basement or attic.

What is the cost of a central vacuum installation?

The average cost for a central vacuum system installation in houses less than 3,000 square feet will vary but basically costs between $1,200 to $3,000. The accessory kit, number and type of power unit, wall inlets, and the hose are all factors that impact the price. Most dealers offer free demonstrations and estimates so you can be sure of what you're buying. Since a central vacuum system can be installed in both existing homes and new construction without demolishing interior walls, there are no hidden construction costs to bother about.

What happens if the pipe gets clogged?

Large objects, like small coins, toys, and socks, will typically make it all the way to the power unit without getting stuck. If a clog does happen, it usually occurs in the hose because that is the smallest diameter of the entire central vac system. Sometimes objects will make it to the inlet because the first elbow at the wall inlet is the tightest and can act as a trap. Both clogs are easy to fix, and even if an object lodges further into the vac system, there are several ways of fixing the clog.

What's the difference between a central vacuum and a portable vacuum?

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Central vacuum vs portable vacuum. The biggest difference is that a central vacuum system is a built-in appliance, while a portable vacuum cleaner is completely separate from your home. Since it is a built-in appliance, the central vacuum system does not have the annoying noise and smell that accompany portable vacuums. Your air and home are also cleaner since the dust and debris get carried away outside of the living area and do not re-circulated through the exhaust, as is the case with a portable vacuum. Portable vacuums are also heavy and cumbersome and don't maneuver easily. Central vacs use a single hose, allowing you to vacuum the whole house easily and freely.

How is dirt collected?

All of the debris swept into the central vacuum travels through the hose and pipes and then gets trapped into a filter in the main vacuum unit. The filters do occasionally require to be replaced, but MD's power units can hold gallons of debris, so they only need to be replaced a few times a year. When it's time to replace the central vacuum filter, simply remove the lid off the central vacuum unit, detach the filter, and replace it with a new filter.

What if I need replacement parts and accessories?

Parts, replacements, and accessories are available for your central vacuum system. If we don't have what you need, let us know, and we'll point you in the right direction.

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