There are two types of central vacuum hoses
: a non-electric vacuum hose and electric vacuum hose. The electric vacuum hose is typically 30 or 35 feet, and the non-electric hose can be as long 50 feet. The major difference between these two hoses is the type of attachments that are compatible. With the electric hose, users can use electric carpet cleaning attachments, great for cleaning carpets. The non-electric hoses tend to be longer and work for cleaning hardwood floors, and sometimes low-pile carpets, depending on the attachment.
Your piping system will have to be set up a certain way, depending if you want to use an electric or non-electric hose. Electric hoses require higher voltage "super" inlet valves.
Benefits of Central Vacuum Systems
Central vacuums have been popular home appliances for decades. Many
homeowners prefer them to regular canister or upright vacuums as they
eschew the need of lugging around a heavy or cumbersome appliance up and
down stairs. That's the benefit of a central vacuum, you have access to
it from several places in your home, making whole house and cleaning
individual areas more convenient.
Furthermore, there are health benefits in addition to practical benefits. Due to their centralized design, all dust and debris that you vacuum is kept in one central location, making it a good choice for homeowners with family members that suffer from allergies or asthma.
Additionally, many central vacuum owners also find that they are saving money in the long run by owning a central vacuum, because they typically last much longer than residential canisters or uprights and thus do not have to be replaced as often. Obviously, the cost to set up and install a central vacuum is much more expensive than most standalone vacuum cleaners, but most central vacuum owners find that they think it is worth it in the long run, and because many central vacuums are bagless and use a permanent filter, they end up paying for much of the initial set up cost after a while.
Where to Start
We recommend complete central vacuum builder's packages
for new home constructions, as these kits include all of the necessary
installation materials, in addition to the central vacuum unit itself,
and hose/attachment kits. Take a look at our Central Vacuum Installation Guide
if you want assistance setting up your vacuum system.
Central Vacuum Innovations
Aside from the basic central vacuum hose, which is generally kept on a hose hanger, central vacuum owners are also able to choose convenient, auto-retracting central vacuum hoses, like the Cana-Vac Doc IT hose systems
. Additionally, there are external mufflers, such as the ActiVac II Universal Central Vacuum Exhaust HEPA Filter
, which can be added to any central vacuum unit, new or old, and acts as both an effective filter and muffler that cuts down on noise.