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If you are brand new to central vacuums, let us get you started with some central vacuum basics. This page will help guide you through the basic components of a central vacuum system.

Central Vacuum 101
Helpful guide to help get you started with a central vacuum system

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.

One common 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 very 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 home.

Air Driven Attachment Kit
If you have low pile carpeting (i.e. Berber) and no pet hair.

Electric Driven Attachment Kit
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.

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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.

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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.

True/Filtered Cyclonic Filtration
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.

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