3 Central Vacuum Systems That Make Cleaning Up Suck Way LessPosted on: February 12, 2018, by : Amy Pecoraro
Dust bunnies won’t stand a chance against a home equipped with a central vacuum. Why? A central vacuum system allows you to cover every inch of your house without having to lug a bulky machine to every room.
Every room is fitted with inlets that are connected to pipes that run throughout the interior framework of your house. Those inlets attach to power hoses that suck up the debris, which are then carried to the actual central vacuum unit in your basement or garage through the pipes.
“The biggest bonus of a central vacuum is the ease of use,” says Devin Williams, a contractor and president of Greenway Home Services. “You just hook up a hose and a hand-held portion of the vacuum into a built-in wall [inlet],” she says. “It does away with cords or the loud noise of the vacuum being in the home because the motor and filter portion of the vacuum are in a garage or attic, out of the way.”
Central vacuums can be a smart choice if you own a multilevel home and are sick of lugging a heavy vacuum up and down the stairs.
Cost of installing a central vacuum
The one-time cost of installation will run around $1,500, but if you divide that over the life of the central vacuum system, which experts estimate can be 20 years or more, it can be a smart investment.
Intrigued by the idea of putting a central vacuum in your home? Here are some popular systems and the types of homeowners they’d most benefit.
1. Best all-in-one central vacuum
Folks looking to trade in their dated upright model for a central vacuum, including accessories, should consider this one from Allegro ($719.98, amazon.com). It will fit any size of house up to 6,000 square feet. The best part? It comes with all the useful accessories you could possibly dream of to help you suck up the dust in your home, including a 30-foot electric hose, dust mop, and long crevice tool.
What’s so great about it: Crazy-good suction, self-cleaning filtration, high-efficiency motor, lifetime guarantee, and all accessories included. This is basically the Mac Daddy of central vacuums.
What users think: “I did hours of research on vacuums before I finally went with this one,” raves one buyer on Amazon. “Most other vacuums cost this much without any accessories, and this one is the full meal deal!”
Another buyer agrees: “Accessory kit … is nice for different user heights. With [our] vaulted ceilings, my 5-foot-tall wife can add the wand sections and reach ceiling fan blades even 11 feet up for dusting.”
2. Best central vacuum for the noise-conscious
Does your dog freak out when it hears the vacuum cleaner clamoring down the hallway? Is the optimum time to vacuum and clean the house after your baby has gone to bed for the night? This vacuum from Electrolux ($829, evacuumstore.com) has patented sound-reducing technology in both the power unit and the electric power brush, so it’s guaranteed to be one of the quietest vacuums available.
What’s so great about it: Life in your house doesn’t have to stop while you vacuum thanks to its noise-canceling superpowers. Plus, a built-in LED display reminds you when the bag needs to be changed or service is due.
What users think: “The unit is extremely quiet,” says one happy customer at eVacuumStore.com “Sometimes I don’t even know [it’s] operating.”
Setting it up is apparently a breeze. “I was quite pleased with the straightforward installation,” another reviewer notes. “No issues, took about one hour from start to finish. Works great!”
3. Best central vacuum for allergy-prone individuals
If keeping your home free of allergens is at the top of your wish list in a vacuum, check out this NuTone unit ($524.95, homedepot.com). It gives you the option to use a bag to collect dust, which means there’s less of a chance of debris being exposed to the air when it’s time to change the bag. Keep in mind that this vacuum does not include pipes and accessories, which will cost an additional $300 to $400.
What’s so great about it: This central vacuum’s sealed high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter is able to trap 99.7% of dust and allergens. It also uses a secondary filter to remove the motor’s carbon dust.
What users think: It “was easy to install, relatively quiet, and has better suction,” says a reviewer. “I like that it has an outlet on the machine itself. Great for garage cleaning,” another reviewer points out.
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