Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a central vacuum on hardwood, vinyl, and or tile floors?

Yes! A central vacuum on hard surfaces does a phenomenal job. When using a broom or a swiffer you are re-circulating the dust. With a central vacuum you are sucking up the dirt, dust making your floors and your air cleaner.

What is the upkeep of a central vacuum?

A central vacuum is practically maintenance free. If you are taking good care of your equipment and not sucking up things that you shouldn't, your system will last years and years without any maintenance.

How does a central vacuum work?

The power unit is located in any designated area and connected (with central vacuum PVC piping) to strategically placed outlets in the home. You simply plug the hose into an outlet and the system is turned on with a switch on the hose handle. Dirt and dust are completely removed from the living areas and collected in the power unit's dirt receptacle.

How does a central vacuum improve air quality?

All vacuums must circulate air. This is why when you turn on an upright vacuum you sometimes will see a puff of dust. A conventional vacuum can recirculate dust back into the living area, where a central vacuum removes 100% of dirt, dust mites, pollen, dander and other allergens and carries them from the living area to the power unit receptacle. With a central vacuum the power unit is circulating the air though many filters. A central vacuum is more effective at removing dirt and allergens from the air because it has a larger, more powerful motor than an upright.

Will this add value to my home?

Not only will it add value to your home but it will be valuable to your health. Investing in any permanent appliance for your home should help increase the value when you decide to sell.

How many outlets are needed for my home?

Each home varies. With traditional outlets, when strategically placed, you can reach between 650-750 sq feet. Then you also can add an outlet in the garage to clean out cars or an automatic dust pan in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, or areas where there are hard surface coverings.

Is the suction power maintained throughout the home?

Yes! When your system is properly installed you will have equal suction at every outlet no matter the distance from the outlet back to the power unit.

If you have an existing system and there is minimal suction, there are many variables to consider. You could have a pipe that has come loose, a clog in the system, or you could have a system that was not properly installed.

Can a central vacuum be considered green?

Depending on the type of machine you put in your home, a central vacuum can be considered green. If the machine is made out of steel, then yes it can be considered green because it would decompose in a landfill. However, all central vacuums can be considered green, to some extent, because they improve indoor air quality (IAQ) which is a green benefit.

How does a central vacuum contribute to a builder's bottom line?

A central vacuum adds appeal and value to a potential buyer. Surveys have shown that Central vacuum units are one of the top 5 items influencing home sales.

What should I consider when putting a central vacuum in?

Determining factors include how large the house is, the appropriate size of machine for the home, and the types of floor covering that will be in the home.