Central vacuum cleaner systems turn your house into one large vacuum cleaner and the good news is, they have become a lot more affordable in recent years.
These systems have a central collection point where dirt and grim is deposited, with outlets distributed throughout the house. To use the vacuum, you simply plug the hose into an outlet and vacuum. The dirt that is sucked up is transported down the tube you are holding, through the tubes in the wal and down to the receptacle in a remote area.
There are two main types of central vacuum system – cyclonic and filtered systems. The cyclonic systems use centrifugal force to separate the dirt from the air, whereas the filtered system uses filters. The downside of the filtered systems include the need to replace of clean the filters on a regular basis.
There are a number of advantages to these central systems.
- Air quality in the home can be improved, and the fact that the single large dirt canister only needs to be emptied about once every 3 months, the dirt you have just picked up does not end up back in the air when you empty the canister as often happens with traditional vacuum cleaners.
- The central vacuum cleaners can have a lot more suction than traditional vacuum cleaners, although with vacuums like Dyson with their cyclonic suction technology, and Hoover‘s Windtunnel technology, traditional vacuums have become very powerful indeed.
- These systems offer ease of use since you don’t have to carry the vacuum cleaner around the house. The only thing you need to carry is the lightweight hose and attachments. The power switch for the vacuum is typically on the handle of the hose. The wall outlets are usually located in the skirting boards around the room, with usually one outlet per 600 square feet of room.
- House value can increase with a central vacuum system installed.
- These systems are quieter than traditional vacuum cleaners.
- Automatic dustpans are available, so that dirt can be swept into the vents using a standard broom, making sweeping the floor an easier task as well, without having to bend over.
One of the downsides of this type of system is that they have been quite expensive, but as technology has advanced, the prices of these systems has fallen. The one thing you need to bear in mind is that you will need a professional installer, though this is something that the retailer will help you with.
There are a number of manufacturers that have central vacuum systems in their portfolio of products including: Beam, Electrolux, Bissell, Dirt Devil, Eureka, Hoover, Honeywell, Air King & Astrovac.