Why I Want a Central Vacuum System

I’m always on the hunt for things that will help ease the allergies we have in our little family. I think my poor husband has the worst of them, honestly. The guy mows the grass after taking allergy pills and putting on a mask, and still spends the rest of the weekend sneezing his head off. So since getting married, I’ve changed a lot of our “normal” habits to be more “allergy friendly”. Things like diffusing essential oils instead of burning candles, etc. But a central vacuum system?! 


A central vacuum system will reduce the amount of allergens in your home by getting rid of every form of dirt, sending the allergens through a system of hidden tubing in the walls of your home and out of your house! Using a good central vacuum system to clean your home will rid it of most potential harmful irritants, unlike the portable vacuum cleaners that will end up leaving lots of fine dust recirculating in the air.

How the central vacuum system works

The system is composed of individual components, each playing a vital role in reducing the job of the user. The motor is immobile and therefore does not need to be carried around when in use. The lightweight hose attached on the system makes it an easy task to plug into an inlet and start cleaning the debris and dust from your living room or anywhere you want to clean. Additionally, since the dirt is released outside there is no recirculation of dust or release of any unpleasant smell into the room.

The vacuum unit

The central vacuum power unit is the core of the whole system, which is a powerful motor that provides a strong suction and thorough cleaning with a filter separating debris. This unit is located in a remote location like the basement or the garage –  it pulls air through the hose and pipes and captures all the dust, paper, debris, hair or any other dirt retaining it in the filter. The drained air is then expelled outside the home. It is recommended that the filter should be replaced every three months to a year depending on the capacity and type. 

The vacuum hose

When a vacuum hose is introduced into an inlet within the home it powers up the vacuum.There are two types of vacuum hoses: one is the traditional vacuum hose, which is  lightweight, crushproof and flexible and comes in a variety of lengths. The vacuum hose can be used throughout the home to clean any surface. It the only part of the whole system that can be moved around. It contains two ends, the wall end that is used to plug into one of the inlet ports which can immediately trigger the suction to start, depending on the hose design. However there are some that you have to switch on and off for the suction on the handle end of the hose to start and stop. The second type is the hide-a-hose that is usually contained in the pipes of the system unit and only pulled out for use. When the vacuuming work is over the hose is then withdrawn back into the pipes by the vacuum’s suction.

Inlets and pipe

The main unit is connected to the wall inlet valves by the vacuum pipe, these valves connect to the hose enabling the suction to be turned on and off. The PVC pipe has a diameter of two inches and it begins at the main unit of the vacuum system splitting off into different areas of the house through the wall and connecting to the back of an inlet. All inlets including the traditional inlet have a low voltage wire connected to the suction unit on and off.


Vacuum tools

Deep and effective cleaning of all the surfaces in your home is ensured by connecting the numerous speciality vacuum accessories available to the hose. The two types of carpet brush heads are the most common accessories, the electric and air driven. The electric brushes turn the brush by the help of a motor while the air driven ones use the suction to turn the turbines that will then spin the brush and belt. There are other accessories that are used throughout the home for several cleaning purposes like mopping floors, de-shedding pets, cleaning blinds and vacuuming cars, which can be attached to the hose or extenders if there is need for more length.

How to Install a Central Vacuum System

Planning the process and the layout is the key to a successful central vacuum system installation, which begins by first allocating and installing the power unit in the garage, basement or any other remote place. Then you can install inlet valves by tactically positioning them throughout the home in vessels that are wall mounted. After that, run plastic piping from the inlet valves to the power unit, the piping carries dirt to a collection bin that is fixed in the power unit and runs through the walls of the house.

The Right Central Vacuum System

Vacuum your house fast and quietly without having to drag the vacuum cleaner around by considering installing a built in central system. Make sure the system works for you house before buying one – the right size, the amount of piping and the number of accessories also matters when deciding on which system best suits your home preferences.  A central vacuum system is convenient and wonderful for most homes and it is super easy installing a built-in central vacuum system in new construction. (Also a great time to install is when you are planning to open up walls to remodel or make some improvements to your home.) Additionally, when buying a vacuum system look out for those that are privately labelled. Always buy from real companies so that you can contact them whenever there is any problem with the system you purchased. A well-established company will always have a service option and  replacement parts for you, as well.

I mean, these things will MOP, too, y’all! Can you imagine?! 

Right now, this is on my list for when we build our dream house – which won’t be for at least 10 years or so. But I was so excited to discover that one could be installed in an already-built home! (My husband was not quite as excited as I was, HA!)

Do YOU have a central vacuum system in your home? Do you love it?!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

7 thoughts on “Why I Want a Central Vacuum System

  1. That is amazing! I had no idea that central vacuum systems even existed! My family suffers from allergies too, so my life involves a lot of carrying the vacuum up and down stairs to get every room and calling the carpets cleaners to handle any allergens we had kicked back into the air by the vacuum. I desperately want one of these now; it would my life so much easier! Unfortunately, I don’t think my husband would be quite on board either at the moment. We can dream!

  2. I never really thought about how convenient it’d be to have one in the house – but now that you’re explaining it all – it totally makes sense. You’re making ME want one now, too 🙂

  3. My parents had a central vac system in their house. When we lived in their basement for six months, it was always such a hassle to carry down the cords and different parts to plug it in. I think it’s a great idea for a single story house, but not multiple floors.

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