If you’ve never heard of a central vacuum cleaner, you’re not alone. Most homeowners have no idea that there’s a lightweight, efficient alternative to portable vacuum cleaners. If you or someone in your home suffers from asthma, allergies, or if you just can’t lug around a big heavy portable vacuum cleaner, a central unit may be the device for you. At Cathey’s Sewing & Vacuum, we like to spread the word about central vacuums. Here’s what you need to know:
What Is a Central Vacuum?
A central vacuum system is a mounted vacuum attached to pipes that run through the walls. The vacuum hose plugs into a suction port built into each room of the house. Each port is hidden under a cover and looks very much like an electrical outlet. Systems can vary in design and functionality, depending on the needs of the homeowner and the characteristics of the home. Some systems have a built-in, retractable hose in each wall. Other systems come with baseboard suction to remove dirt that’s been swept against the walls.
Why Should You Use a Central Vacuum?
Central vacuums have many advantages over traditional vacuums.
- Cleaner. Most vacuums kick up dust by recirculating the air. Central vacuums use a venting system to reduce dust circulation by releasing the air outside the home.
- Healthier. With dust and debris vented outside the house, indoor air quality improves. People with allergies and asthma may find breathing a little bit easier.
- Portability. Rather than dragging around a vacuum unit to every room of the house, the central vacuum user carries a lightweight hose from one room to another.
- Less noise. With the vacuum unit located in an out of the way part of the house, the central vacuum is less noisy and disruptive for other people in the house.
- Durability. Central vacuum systems can last for decades.
Can Existing Homes Be Retrofitted?
The best time to install a central vacuum system is during the construction of the house. However, existing homes can still be retrofitted. This minimally invasive process often leaves homeowners with little cleanup after the installation has occurred.
What About Maintenance?
Central vacuum systems require minimal maintenance. The homeowner must empty the unit periodically, just as they would a portable vacuum cleaner. The frequency at which the vacuum is emptied depends on the size of the vacuum, size of the house, and how often it’s used. Periodically, homeowners should have their system checked by a professional for a tune-up.
Want to Know More? Contact Cathey’s
For more information about central vacuum systems, contact us at Cathey’s Sewing & Vacuum. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you more information about central vacuum benefits and installation.