guide to help get you started with a central vacuum
Let Central Vacuum
Shopping help you get started with your central
vacuum system. Below is
step-by-step guidance that will have you on the road
to a quality central vacuum system in no
time. We want your central vacuum purchase and
installation to be a smooth process, so we set
some guidelines to help you through.
Wall Inlet Kits, Inlet Placement & Style
One of the first things you will need to figure out
is the number of wall inlets you will need and
where you will place them. A central vacuum wall inlet is the valve
on the wall that the vacuum hose will plug
into for vacuuming. This step is very important
because it can effect the size and strength
required from your central vacuum. Normally we
suggest a wall inlet every 600 - 700 sq. ft. Also
keep in mind that the length of your hose and the
placement of furniture may also effect where
an inlet will go. Keep in mind doors as well. Next you will need to determine what style wall
inlet you will need. There are two styles of wall
inlets, the "Direct Connect" inlets with 110
electric wired directly into the back, or the
standard "Pigtail" style that has a 6-8 foot pigtail cord
that plugs into a near by electrical outlet. Some
factors that effect this decision will be if the
home is a new construction or existing home,
carpet pile and floor types.
Attachment Kits, Vacuum Tools & Accessories
Just as important as the central vacuum unit are the
Attachment Kits and accessories that
accompany your system. Better quality cleaning
accessories make your job easier and with
much better results. Quality central vacuum attachments and
accessories not only make your cleaning job more
pleasant, they are also an equal contributor to the
overall cleaning performance of your central
vacuum system. Better quality attachments make all
the difference when cleaning your home,
not just the central vacuum unit.
misconception is that the attachment kit you buy
needs to be from the same
company 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. If you have "Direct Connect" inlets, then
you will need to order a "Direct Connect"
style attachment kit or hose. If you have bare
floors, or bare floors with carpet but do not have
electrified inlets, then you will need to order a
"Pigtail" style. If you have all bare floors, or
low pile rugs that don't require an electric carpet
nozzle, you may not need to choose between
the two styles, but use a standard basic hose or
"Low Voltage" hose which allows you to turn
the vacuum on and off at the handle. Here are some
guidelines to help you choose the right
type of attachment kit.
Bare Floor Attachment Kit
If you have none or very little carpeting in your
Air Driven Attachment Kit
If you have low pile carpeting (i.e. Berber) and no
Electric Driven Attachment
If you have medium to thick pile carpeting or low
pile carpeting with pet hair.
If unsure about what type of attachment you should
purchase, please feel free to contact
us. One of our staff members will be more than happy
to assist you.
Central Vacuum Unit
The are many size's and style's when it comes to
central vacuum units. Wide ranges of power,
metal and plastic containers as well as three main
filtration types. A lot of other website's and
manufacture's will try to push you towards one of
these types with many different claims such
as "no suction loss", "no money for bags", "no messy
clean ups", "no outside venting required"
etc. The truth is that all three types have their
pros and cons.
Besides the obvious importance in the power of the
vacuum, its filtration is also a major factor
when deciding on a central vacuum. We will try to
give you a brief run down of these types and
the reasons you may or may not want to choose them.
Paper Bag Filtration
This is definitely the cleanest way to dispose of
the dirt and debris picked up, however you will
slightly lose suction as the bag fills. Venting to
the outside is not required with a paper bag unit,
and the filter normally last a lot longer due to the
bag catching all the dirt.
Bagless System With Filter
This style of filtration gives you some of both
worlds. You will not have to purchase replacement
bags, and it is not nearly as messy as a cyclonic
unit. However, it still can make for a messy
clean-up and the filter will need to be changed or
cleaned more often.
This is normally regarded as the most messy
filtration, however in most cases you do not have a
filter to change or clean. You will save on bags and
filters, but will have to vent to the outside
and deal with a very dirty clean up when emptying.
Other factors to consider when purchasing your
central vacuum system are the airwatts or
suction power and warranty. The higher the airwatts
the more suction power you will have and
warranties tend to tell you the quality you can
expect from a vacuum unit.
If your not sure about the best central vacuum for
you, or maybe confused with all the options,
please feel free to contact us.