Cleaning the floors is an essential and recurring chore in keeping your home clean, but few homeowners enjoy this task. You need to haul the vacuum from room to room, move furniture and change the vacuum attachments to reach hidden areas, all while the device produces an incessant racket.
A central vacuum system can make it a little easier to clean up your floors.
While portable vacuum cleaners have their own canisters to store dust and dirt, central vacuum cleaners keep this receptacle and the motor in a single location, usually in the basement or garage. The central device is connected via PVC pipes to several inlets mounted in walls or baseboards. The homeowner plugs a hose and cleaning attachment into this inlet to activate the system.
Some systems allow the user to vary how powerful the vacuum pressure will be. The system may also include baseboard suction, allowing a homeowner to sweep any debris against the baseboard and hit a switch to vacuum it up.
One major benefit of a central vacuum system is that it provides more power than a portable vacuum. Since a homeowner only needs to carry the hose and its attachment, the motor can be up to five times as powerful as a standard vacuum.
This extra power doesn’t mean added noise in the rooms being vacuumed. Since the motor is located in a more secluded part of the home, its noise will be muffled. The suction of the hose and cleaning attachment, meanwhile, are considerably quieter.
The system can usually result in a considerable improvement to indoor air quality. While traditional vacuums release dust and allergens back into the air, central vacuum systems can connect to external vents. This allows any airborne particles to be removed from the home, cutting down on allergens, mould spores, and other irritants.
Central vacuum systems can allow you to clean your home more quickly and thoroughly. David A. and David P. Madsen, authors of the 2017 textbook “Modern Residential Construction Practices,” say the hose and attachments of the system are easier to carry than an upright vacuum. The portability of the hose makes it easier to clean difficult-to-reach areas; coupled with different attachments, the hose’s flexibility allows you to pair your floor cleaning with tasks such as vacuuming the drapes. The length of the hose might also allow you to clean areas such as the deck, patio, or cars in the garage.
The system usually turns out to be a good investment for the homeowner. They are long-lasting and more durable than portable vacuums and often come with longer warranties. They will also improve the home’s resale value since a buyer is likely to pay more for the convenience the system offers.
While central vacuum systems have become more popular in recent years and are often included in new construction, it is also possible to retrofit an existing home with the system. A few inlets are often enough to provide sufficient coverage for the entire home. While it’s easiest to install a system when the walls have been opened up for electrical or plumbing work, it’s also possible to snake pipes into the walls through access ports drilled in the basement.
Since the hose used in the system can be up to 35 feet long, homeowners may find it cumbersome to drag it from room to room. This hose can also take up a significant amount of storage space when rolled up and put away and can damage wooden furniture by rubbing against it.
Homeowners who are concerned about these issues may consider a system with a retractable hose. The home improvement professional Bob Vila says this feature allows a hose to be pulled from the inlet and retract back into the wall afterward.
The canister of a central vacuum system needs to be cleared out infrequently. The typical system only needs to be emptied once a year. However, homeowners may find this process to be annoying since it can kick up a considerable amount of dust. This can be remedied by adding a bag onto the central vacuum power unit, keeping the dirt contained and your filter cleaner.
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