What is the difference between
air driven and electric central vacuum carpet
Air driven carper brushes, also referred to as
"Turbo" or "Turbine" nozzles run solely on the
suction of your central vacuum. Being that this type
of nozzle does not have a motor to
continuously drive it, it is not as strong as an
electric carpet brush and should only be used
on bare floors or low pile carpeting and area rugs.
An electric brush or "powerhead" has an electric motor
which constantly drives the belt and brush roller
for a much deeper clean. Electric carpet brushes should be used on medium to high pile
carpeting or when pet hair is a concern.
Do I have to buy attachments that are the same
brand as my central vacuum unit?
In most cases you do NOT. One common misconception is that the
attachment kit you buy needs to be made by same company/brand as your vacuum unit, this is
simply not true. Almost all central vacuum
manufacturers do not manufacture their own
Attachment Sets or accessories because they
rely on suppliers in the industry whose specialty it
is to study and develop better quality
cleaning tools. Just like General Motors and Ford do
not manufacture tires, they too rely on
the technology available from the tire companies and
focus instead on the engineering
automobiles, not tires. The most important factor
for your attachment kit, vacuum hose etc.
is the type of wall inlet you have installed and/or
size of tools.
Lifetime" warranty really mean?
A "Limited Lifetime" warranty means that parts of
the vacuum are warranted for a lifetime,
and other parts are not. The most common meaning
defines the canister or casing has having
a lifetime warranty while the motor carries a 3-20
year warranty depending on the vacuum brand.
Do all central vacuums have
to be vented outside?
No, however we would recommended it if possible.
When using a cyclonic style central vacuum
you MUST vent to the outside, other filtrations are
optional. If asthma and/or allergies are a
concern in your home, you should definitely vent your
central vacuum to the
outside to guarantee no harmful air returns
to the living area. If you cannot vent to the
outside, or simply wish not to, we highly
recommend using an exhaust filter.
What is the difference
between Pigtail and Direct Connect?
A "Direct Connect" set up means that your
wall inlet is wired with BOTH low voltage wire and
110v electric. A Direct Connect hose will have two
small prongs that will plug into the inlet
to pull electricity when vacuuming. A "Pigtail" set
up is when the hose has a 6 - 8 foot
electrical "Pigtail" cord on the end that plugs into
a near by electrical outlet. The 110v
electric pulled from a Direct Connect or Pigtail
hose is used to operate electric carpet
What is the best way to
measure the suction power of a central vacuum?
The best way to measure the suction power of a
central vacuum is by "Airwatts". Airwatts
is the bottom line power, taking into account your
piping, fittings and hoses. Although
other forms of measurement like "CFM" or "Waterlift"
are a factor and have some importance,
Airwatts is the truest measurement of power.
How do I know if a central
vacuum is quiet?
When shopping for a central vacuum, one key factor
in deciding may be the vacuums
quietness. Quietness is measured in decibels. The
lower the decibels the quieter the
machine. Mufflers also help quiet a machine by up to
Can a central vacuum only
be installed in a newly constructed home?
Absolutely not. A central vacuum can be installed in
any new construction and almost all existing
homes. This is another common misconception. Not
only can they be installed in almost any
home, but the installation is easy and affordable. A
great DIY project!