There are various central vacuum installation issues to consider before you actually purchase your system and it is a good idea to get ideas from a forum such as this. There are advantages to central vacs and disadvantages to the systems. A lot of people don’t realise that they can get a C.V. system installed even after their home has been built and that also central vac systems are not necessarily as expensive as they might think, depending on the selection they make.
Another factor, which can deter people from considering central vacuum installation, is the consideration of installing the system. It is easy to get quotes from recognised suppliers for such systems a s Airvac, Beam, Astrovac and Vacuflo to name but a few. These companies supply excellent systems with plenty of accessories.
Depending on the type of home and it’s age, installing a C.V. system may not be terribly problematic and considering the benefits of the system, it may be that you should consider all of the possibilities before discounting it.
To install a central vac system into a previously built home may take a bit longer and may also cost a bit more, but it may be able to be done. If it going into a home that is still at the planning stage, or that even has commenced construction, things may be a lot easier. It is easier for the company installing the system to work when the other items such as wiring and plumbing are being added.
Old homes may not be able to have a central vacuum installation as the walls may be too thin to carry the p.v.c. pipes. However most walls will have plenty of space for piping and the fact that a regular central vacuum hose can be up to 40′ long does allow for adaptation of your residence to a central vacuum system.
Are you brave enough to install your own system? There is no doubt that if you do take on and install the central vacuum system yourself, you will save quite a bit of money, but you should be prepared for quite a bit of work. You will be handling and installing such items as a motorised pump and canister, thinwall p.v.c. pipes and fittings, and other such items. Websites such as Popular Mechanics give a lot of help and instruction. If you have DIY skills and the necessary tool and equipment this might be for you, otherwise hiring a qualified person may be the safest option.
If you are getting a professional make sure that they are licensed and insured. This will be important at a later date if something goes wrong, or if the system does not operate the way that it should. Also it would be important to get more than one estimate, as estimates can vary greatly. Do not be tempted to take the first one – it pays to shop around.
If you are considering central vacuum installation by your self – follow the instructions very carefully and you will have a better chance of not having a problem at completion. If you have to get in someone to fix or re-install you original work it may cost you a lot of money.