Can I install a Central Vacuum System in my home after it is built?

MORE CENTRAL VACUUM SYSTEMS ARE BEING INSTALLED IN EXISTING HOMES THAN NEW CONSTRUCTION!

Over 90% of Wellington Vacuum”s Central Vacuum installations are being installed in homes that have already been built. Installing a system in a home that is already built is only a little more difficult, but a good installer can install a system in an existing home without needing to open walls. Most of the installation work is performed in the attic or crawlspace of your home. A typical installation in a home up to 5000 square feet can be done in under one day and look as if the installation was done when the home was built.

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How powerful is a Central Vacuum System

A typical Central Vacuum is 5x stronger than a standard household vacuum.

More suction! More Air-flow! Dramatically higher capacity. (It is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT that you choose the right size power unit for your home so you achieve proper cleaning power. ALWAYS Consult with an installer that you trust before purchasing a system.) As the owner of 4 successful retail vacuum stores featuring Miele, Oreck, Electrolux and other top brands, my top recommendation for the best cleaning system available has always been Central Vacuum. There are simply too many advantages with a Central Vacuum system to recommend even the most expensive of household vacuums over a Central.

Beware of bargain systems that you can buy online that seem to good to be true – because they are. Manufacturers and some unscrupulous dealers post bold claims about power and air-watts that are completely unsubstantiated.

The majority of central vacuum users that complain about lack of power in their Central Vacuum System have had their system installed by a builder or contractor looking to save money and installing an undersized/contractors system in a home.

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What is the biggest advantage of using a Central Vacuum System?

#1 CLEAN AIR. 40% LESS DUST! ZERO ODOR!

Other than a central vacuum, ALL vacuums operate on a single (disgusting) principle:

1.Pick up the most vile and filthy dirt in your home.

2. Store that dirt and filth in a Bag/Container/Water-bin.

3. Filter Air through the dirt container.

4. RECIRCULATE THAT AIR BACK INTO YOUR HOME – AIR THAT HAS BEEN FILTERED OVER DIRT!
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How do I choose the best Central Vacuum for my home?

SHOP LOCALLY! ASK SOMEONE THAT INSTALLS CENTRAL VACUUM SYSTEMS FOR A LIVING FOR ADVICE! MAKE SURE YOU CAN EXCHANGE OR UPGRADE YOUR PURCHASE UP TO 90 DAYS AFTER INSTALLATION. AVOID SYSTEMS MANUFACTURED IN, OR USING PARTS SOURCED FROM CHINA & MEXICO!

If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is! Internet sales of Central Vacuum Systems is giving our industry a bad name due to unregulated rating systems and misinformation. Unscrupulous dealers located out of your area have no vested interest your community and little repercussions when you discover that the bargain system you purchased online isn”t performing like you expected.

Air-Watts, the system devised years ago to help consumers distinguish central vacuum power has been corrupted to the point where it is no longer a reliable measure. Air-Watts is a calculation based on volume of air that a system produces and the suction power. Not all manufacturers are testing their units the same way, and some have found ways to cheat the system and make their system appear far more powerful that they actually are.

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Is a Central Vacuum System difficult to use?

A CENTRAL VACUUM SYSTEM IS MORE CONVENIENT TO USE THAN ANY OTHER VACUUM WE HAVE EVER FOUND – IF YOU USE THE RIGHT TOOLS!

A properly installed system with the right tools will be MORE POWERFUL, LIGHTER WEIGHT, MORE CONVENIENT to use than even the most expensive regular vacuum cleaner. The difference is so profound when you have a properly installed Central Vacuum System matched with the proper tools, that you can”t help but extol the virtues to all of your friends and family that aren”t using one yet. You will never want to use a regular vacuum again.

Use the wrong tools and you are going to HATE your central Vacuum System.

Time and time again, we run into people who dislike their Central Vacuum system until we show them there is a dramatic difference when you use the right tools. #1 Problem: Letting your contractor install your system instead of a Professional Central Vacuum Installer. If you hire a non-professional to do your installation and you don”t know what tools to ask for – you are most likely going to end up with the wrong toolset for the job.

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What if I have mixed floors in my home, Carpet/Tile/Wood?

THERE IS A CENTRAL VACUUM TOOL MADE FOR EVERY CLEANING SURFACE AND SITUATION.

Low Pile Carpet! Hard Wood! Marble! Leather Sofa… you name it and there is a Central Vacuum tool for that situation. Choosing the correct tool is critical to properly using your system and getting the maximum benefits. Always consult with your installer for the best options for the cleaning needs in your particular home.

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What can go wrong with a Central Vacuum System?

CLOGS! LINE BREAKS!

Clogs and breaks in the piping in your attic and walls is the number one Central Vacuum Repair problem, HOWEVER, these problems are easy to avoid and easy to remedy. Have a look at our Trouble Shooting Guide.

A Properly Installed Central Vacuum System will work Trouble free for an average of 20 years with a minimum of Maintenance!

Our #1 Tip to avoid these problems is to let a professional install your system. The top cause for clogs and line breaks is POOR INSTALLATION techniques and using an UNDERSIZED POWER UNIT. A pipe or connector run in the wrong direction inside of a wall or attic space will ultimately lead to a build-up of debris in your suction lines choking off suction and air-flow.

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Bagged or Bagless Central Vacuum Systems?

Consumer Warning! Stay Away from Bagless Vacuums. Especially Bagless Central Vacuum Systems!!!

The whole point of vacuuming is to remove dirt from your environment and avoid exposing yourself to the harmful effects of that dirt. Exposure to LDP”s (lung damaging particles) while emptying a Bagless Central Vacuum System is virtually impossible.

No matter how well designed, bagless systems tend to pass more debris through the motor, dramatically reducing the running life of the motor.

Most Bagless Central vacuum Systems use filters that need to be changed out and exceed the cost of replacing convenient bags in bagged systems.

Cleaning & changing filters in a bagless vacuum is a dirty job.


Where does the dirt go?

ALL DIRT, ODOR AND EXHAUST AIR ARE CARRIED OUTSIDE OF THE HOME.

The beauty of a Central Vacuum System is not only convenience, it is the fact that all debris and filth is COMPLETELY removed from your home and non of the dirty air or exhaust associated with regular vacuum cleaners is recirculated within your home. The dirt is stored in a container that holds 5 to 10 times the dirt capacity of regular vacuums and is usually located in your garage. Quiet systems can be located within a closet or storage area inside the home and vented outside of the living areas.

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Does the Central Vacuum power unit need to be mounted in a garage?

THE CENTRAL POWER UNIT CAN BE MOUNTED ANYWHERE.

Typically the Central Vacuum Power Unit is located in the garage. However, with recent improvements in noise reduction, smaller – more powerful designs and bagged systems, the power unit can be mounted inside of the house in a closet or cupboard area out of the way.

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Can I install a Central Vacuum System by myself?

ABSOLUTELY! IF YOU”RE HANDY AND READY FOR A BIG PROJECT, THERE ARE PLENTY OF INTERNET RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO ASSIST YOU IN YOUR INSTALLATION. HOWEVER…

…it does take a bit of the “handy gene” to do even a basic installation. If you”re looking at a more complicated installation, such as a Hide-A-Hose or multiple outlets in an existing structure you may want to consult with a professional installer. Keep in mind that one mis-directed fitting inside of a wall or area with limited access can cause major problems down the line.

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How much does a Central Vacuum System cost?

A BASIC INSTALLATION ON A HOME OF 2000 SQ/FT CAN RANGE FROM $600.00 TO $2000.00.

It really depends on the quality of the power unit, the tools you choose and how difficult the installation will be.

PIPING

Difficulty of the installation is a critical factor in the price of an install. If your home is under construction and your walls are open, an installation is pretty straight forward and the cost of each outlet run will be between $100.00 – $150.00. If you need to use fire rated or metal pipe because of fire codes, you”re outlets can run up to $550.00 each.

POWER UNIT

Here”s where most people attempt to save money, and this is one of the largest factors in how your system will perform and how long it will last. The power unit is the heart of your system. Contractor”s models start at under $400.00, however they use less expensive components which generally equate to problems down the road. A more expensive unit uses better components, is designed better convenience features and tends to perform under heavy and prolonged use dramatically better.

TOOLS

Tools – Hose, brushes, wands, powerhead/turbo-head…can range from $50.00 to $600.00.
Even if you choose the largest and most expensive power unit, selecting the wrong tools will lead to poor system performance. This is one of the leading causes for people not to be satisfied with their Central Vacuum System.

Using a poor quality tool on carpets will lead to premature wear and may be difficult to push.

An inexpensive hose has a rough exterior and when pulled around furnishings and baseboards can strip paint and finish away.

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Why do some Central Vacuum systems cost more than others?

WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE QUALITY HAND CRAFTED COMPONENTS ENGINEERED AND TESTED TO LAST 20 YEARS? OR, DO POORLY ENGINEERED CHINESE COMPONENTS ASSEMBLED IN MEXICO APPEAL TO YOUR FRUGAL SIDE?

It comes down to the pay me now or pay me later principle. A well engineered design, made with quality parts, assembled properly will outperform, outlast and be a pleasure to use compared to an economy system installed to save a couple of hundred dollars.

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