A central vacuum system offers numerous benefits over a traditional portable vacuum cleaner. Because of its powerful motor and large air flow, central vacuums pick up deep down dirt, dust and debris. Even microscopic particles like pollen, mold spores and dust mites are collected within the vacuum container. Central vacuums eliminate all those dust particles you see in the air when vacuuming with a portable as well as that familiar "vacuum smell". Unlike a traditional vacuum cleaner, which recirculates some of the dirt and particles into the air, a central vacuum removes 100% of all vacuumed dirt particles and allergens from the home.
A central vacuum system equipped with Hide-A-Hose eliminates heavy equipment to lug around. There are no cords to trip over or catch on and no clunky unit nicking the furniture or woodwork as you move from room to room. The lightweight hose and attachments are easy to carry and the vacuum hose is stored conveniently within the wall.
Central Vac vs Traditional
The vacuum system is composed of tubing installed behind drywall that delivers dirt and debris to a power unit, typically installed in a basement or garage. Because the vacuum motor is stored in your garage, the noise generated from vacuuming with a central vac system is less than a hairdryer or clothes dryer. The central vacuum power unit also supplies more suction power than an upright or canister vacuum because it is equipped with a more powerful motor. Inlets are installed in walls throughout your house, and the hoses connect to central vacuum accessories to remove dust, particles, and small debris from interior rooms.
Our Central vacuum hoses can range from 30 to 60 feet. With a standard Central Vacuum System, the vacuum hose is plugged into the tubing in the wall. Our newer self-contained hose (see Hide-A-Hose system) eliminates the need to carry a bulky central vacuum hose and find a place to store it. The unique Hide-A-Hose central vacuum system uses the vacuum's own suction to retract the hose into the wall tubing for storage.
The Hide-A-Hose central vacuum hoses can also be used with an air-driven power brush or our new battery powered electric power brush. Many users find that the high suction of central vacuums is more than sufficient by itself for most casual cleaning jobs but reserve a powered brush tool for more difficult tasks.
In addition to the power brush, standard cleaning tools similar to those used with portable vacuum cleaners are also utilized. For further convenience, some owners will keep a set of tools on each floor of their home. Automatic dustpans built for central vacuum systems or other quick cleanup products can also be installed in a kitchen, bathroom or workroom.
Central Vac Installation
Our Hide-A-Hose wall inlets are connected to the power unit by tubes run inside walls or through vertical pipe chases, closets, the attic, basements, or the cold air return ducts (if permitted by building code). In new construction projects, the central vacuum tubing is usually installed during a "rough-in" phase after the interior framing and other in-wall utilities (e.g. plumbing, HVAC, electrical, etc.) are complete, and just before drywall, paneling, or other surface finishes are installed. Central vacuum tubing should be installed before cabling (for electric power, telephone, LAN, etc.), since routing of wiring is usually less constrained than tubing. In a similar manner to plumbing and electrical fixtures, the vacuum inlet fittings and final connections are installed in a finish phase after the wall finishing is complete.
Vacuum tubing systems may be installed by central vacuum dealers, electricians or plumbers. (Retrofitting of vacuum tubing in existing home can be easy and cost-effective when a trained central vacuum dealer is involved.)
Advantages of the Hide-A-Hose central vacuum system:
- Increased suction power – Because the central vacuum motor and dirt collection system need not be portable, the motor's horsepower can be larger than a standard portable vacuum.
- Difficult and larger debris – Central vacuums can efficiently remove difficult dry substances, such as plaster dust, spilled flour, or even larger pieces of debris that can clog a portable vacuum such as slivers of broken glass.
- Removal of allergens and noxious odors – Central vacuums do not re-circulate exhaust air back into the space being cleaned.
- Less noisy – central vacuums are quieter since the powerful motor is located remotely in a utility space. This is a benefit to the person vacuuming, as well as anybody else occupying the space being cleaned, which otherwise might be woken up or driven out by the loud motor of portable machines.
- Convenience – Setup, use, and storage of a central vacuum hose and cleaning tool can be quick and efficient. Cleaning stairways is much easier without having to lug a portable vacuum cleaner on each step.
- Infrequent emptying – A central vacuum system typically can accumulate up to 10 kg (22 pounds) or more of dirt in the dirt collection canister before requiring disposal. This is an unavoidable messy task that must be performed for any portable vacuum cleaner, but can be done much less frequently, perhaps a few times per year.
- Can be used with standard tools and accessories – Most central vacuum hoses are compatible with a wide range of industry standard brushes and tools used with ordinary portable vacuum cleaners.
- Less damage and wear to furniture and walls – There is no heavy or awkward canister or other motorized unit to carry from room to room when vacuuming. Only a lightweight vacuum hose and the cleaning tool being used need to be carried.
- Longer Life – Good-quality central vacuum systems can last indefinitely, perhaps requiring replacement of the motor brushes once per decade of use.