Whether your vacuum was $50 or $500, or whether it uses bags or has a canister, most families have vacuums that are essentially similar. They’re typically heavy, leave you tangled in cords, require frequent emptying, and generally make a basic chore more complicated. But there really is a simpler way – it’s called a central vacuum system.
Central Vacuum Basics
What exactly is a central vacuum? Though they’re not especially common in private homes, central vacuum systems are gaining in popularity. Like central A/C, central vacuum systems are built into your home, with pipes running through the walls and connecting to a main vacuum unit, typically placed in the basement or garage. They’re more powerful than conventional vacuums and they eliminate a lot of the hassle associated with vacuuming.
Of course, while central vacuums may be powerful, there are definite reasons why most families don’t have them, the first of which is the price. Because it’s installed directly into your home, running behind the walls, central vacuum systems are expensive. You could buy several of the best vacuums on the market, placing one in each area of your house, for the cost of installing a central vacuum system. If you move often, then, you certainly wouldn’t want to invest in one. Though they will add to your home’s resale value, installing a central vacuum isn’t something to be approached casually.
Advantages Of A Central Vacuum System
Given the costs, why would you choose a central vacuum system? There are a number of advantages. One of the most significant advantages of a central vacuum is that they are much more power, and they typically come with the tools needed to clean any surface. In that sense, then, it’s so much more than a vacuum; what you’re investing in is a multipurpose tool that will serve you throughout your home.
Another common reason that families choose to invest in a central vacuum system is because they have a child with allergies who need the home to be kept especially clean. Central vacuum systems pick up more dust and dirt than typical vacuums and, because they use a large, central canister away from the main areas of the home, they’re better at keeping particulates in, and many use external venting to further reduce recirculation of particulates. How many times have you gone to move your vacuum, only to see crumbs and dust sprinkle back out of it? Central vacuums don’t have that problem.
Finally, many families choose central vacuum systems because of their ease of use. Typical vacuums are heavy, which can be a real hindrance to proper home cleaning. To use a central vacuum system, though, you simply plug a small, lightweight attachment into the suction ports located throughout your home. That also means that central vacuum systems are actually easy for kids to use than regular vacuums because they’re less cumbersome – now you just have to get them to do their chores.
If you’re dissatisfied with your current vacuum system and looking for a better way to clean your home going forward, a central vacuum system could be right for you. And since these systems can last 30 to 40 years with minimal maintenance, yours will be with you for the long haul once you install it, making central systems a great value relative to their cost. Consider this your personal cleaning revolution.