Central Vacuum Systems

Central vacuum systems make life easier for homeowners. They're convenient because you don't have to haul a vacuum cleaner around the house, they're more effective at picking up dust and dirt, and they have significantly less dust blow-back into the room than conventional cleaners do. Because the motor is located away from the portable hose, central vacuums also are much quieter. If you're thinking of purchasing a central vac system, you'll need to consider several points before making a decision.

Firstly, determine the square footage of your home so you know how large a central vac system to buy. You can find the square footage on documentation from your purchase of the home. Once you have the square footage, multiply that number by 1.5. For example, if your home is 2,000 square feet, you'll want to consider a system to service 3,000 square feet. Central vac systems typically start at 2,500 square feet.

Secondly, take a moment to consider your lifestyle and determine the level of air watts and suction (water lift) you'll need. If your home gets little tracked-in dirt and other particles, you might choose a system with 90 water lift and 400 air watts. Other factors might make it advantageous to choose a water lift of more than 130 and air watts of 600 or higher. Points to consider are kids tracking in sand, a dog or a cat living in your home, lots of rugs and carpeting, many pollinating trees and plants in your yard and hobbies that create dust and other particulates.

Finally, measure the distance to each corner of every room from each planned central vac receptacle. This helps you choose the length of hose you'll need. Determine the longest distance that the hose must reach, and consider buying a hose at least 2 feet longer. This way you'll have no trouble getting around furniture and other obstacles.

We carry Central Vac systems by Airvac and Honeywell. We can also offer a demonstration for you at our showroom, right here, in Rochester, NY.