Common Questions About Central Vacuum Systems in Florida

October 8, 2019 Leave your thoughts

Most people are familiar with traditional portable vacuum cleaners designed for carpeted floors, hard floors or both. While this type vacuum system is well known, there is another less understood option: central vacuum systems. Central vacuum cleaning systems are extremely efficient, and an effective way to keep your home clean. Some people find them life-changing. Before heading to a local central vacuum dealer or installer, take a few minutes to learn about this type of vacuum system. Below are the most common central vac FAQs asked by our customers in Florida.

Should I install a central vacuum?

Central vacuums can cost about the same as a high-quality portable vacuum, but are known to last a lot longer and offer way more cleaning power. They also add value to homes. And because they last a long time compared to portable options, you’re doing your part to keep non-biodegradable garbage out of landfills. Additionally, properly installed central vacuum systems can reduce allergy symptoms, and they’re versatile, quiet and good for the environment.

What are the differences between central vacuums and portable vacuums?

The main difference is that a central vacuum is an appliance that is built into the home. A portable vacuum, on the other hand, either runs off an electrical wall outlet or a battery pack. A central vacuum is the kind of built-in appliance that stays pretty quiet when in use and doesn’t give off the typical nasty smells associated with portable machines. A central vacuum system also keeps your home and the indoor air you breathe cleaner, mostly because the dust and debris get moved outside of the living areas rather than recirculating in and out the exhaust of a traditional vacuum cleaner.

Structurally, portable vacuums are bulkier and heavier than central vacuums—they don’t maneuver as easily. Central vacuums use a single hose, making vacuuming your home easier and less strenuous.

What’s the installation process like?

Of all the central vac FAQs, homeowners interested in a whole-house vacuum system are most eager to learn how it’s installed. While the installation process for a built-in vacuum system may seem like it would be extensive, it’s really not. Some homeowners put one in during new home construction, but it can be done for existing homes.

If you have a sizable attic or basement and your home is one story, installation is relatively simple. The installation is the same for either scenario—the power unit hangs in the garage or basement, a line of PVC tubing runs to each inlet (located on interior walls) and then a low-voltage wire runs along the tubing to each inlet.

How do I handle clogs in a vacuum pipe?

Large objects may get sucked all the way into the system from time to time. If your central vacuum does get a clog, it usually happens in the hose or at the mouth of the inlet. Clogs are easy to remedy—reference your user’s manual or call the installer for instructions.

For the answers to more central vac FAQs in Florida, feel free to contact the team at Central Vacuum Connection. We look forward to assisting you soon!

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