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Get Acquainted With Central Vacuum Cleaners

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For people who do not like the tedious process of dragging bulky vacuum cleaner equipment from room to room during cleaning, a central vacuum cleaner is the machine you ought to get acquainted with. With a central vacuum cleaner, all you need to move around with is a hose attached to a cleaning head. Beyond this ease of operation, a central vacuum cleaner offers two other important advantages over your average vacuum cleaner; it is noiseless, and dust particles aren't blown around your living space while you vacuum, as is the case with many vacuum cleaners.

How central vacuum cleaning works

The motor and the collection systems in central vacuum cleaning are located remotely from the cleaning head. A system of piping is laid within a home's walls, floors, ceiling or any other accessible alternative to connect the two regions. When you plug the hose into the wall inlet, the vacuum is automatically turned on. These inlets are best located centrally in homes to minimize the length of hoses you will require. The dust and dirt vacuumed is directed via the piping to the collection canister that is usually located in places such as the basement, garage, or a utility room. These canisters are large and may probably need emptying only twice a year.

A central vacuum cleaner requires more powerful motors to pump dirt and dust to the remote collection canister. This is why the main pumping station is larger and comprises more powerful motors. However, they are still quieter than a regular vacuum because the noisy component of the vacuum cleaner is located remotely.

Setting up central vacuum cleaning

Central vacuum cleaners are best installed during new construction projects or remodeling, when your walls and frames are not up and completely solid.You can also retrofit a central vacuum cleaner easily into your already finished home. The main consideration in this case would be access to a basement, a crawlspace or the attic that will be used for tubing. If you do not have sufficient access to such areas, or lack access completely, there are many alternatives for routing the tubing. You can route the tubing vertically in your laundry chutes. You can also have the tubing hidden in closet corners. Many people also prefer to run the tubing behind cabinets. Remember, try keeping the tube runs short and straight to the collection canister.


With a central vacuum cleaner, the main indicator to effectiveness is the suction. To make sure you get the best suction possible, you will want to match the proper sized cleaners to the floor space of your home. Beyond horsepower rating and airpower, you will want to look at the "waterlift" rating as well. This is a rating established by sealing a vacuum and measuring sucking power. Different ratings are pre-recommended for different house floor sizes.