If you have purchased and installed a central vacuum system into your home, you will know that having a quality central vacuum hose is very important, both for the comfort of the user and for the improved cleaning benefits it provides.
There are various types of central vacuum hoses on the market, and depending on your system or individual circumstances, one type of hose may suit better than another. As an example, below we will look at the different types of hoses being marketed by MD, an American company, which has been involved in the production of central vacuum parts since 1961.
These central vacuum hoses are made of a light material, which is crush resistant and very durable. Being light it is very easy to transport around the residence and this is very important because, as with all central vac hoses, it is the only portion of the system that you are in constant with. The electric hose is so called because you can control the operation of the system from the handle of the hose with a 3-way switch. The head of the hose has a 360 degree swivel head which helps to avoid kinks in the hose. The airflow to the hose can be adjusted. The manufacturers recommend that a hose sock be used with this hose to prevent marking furniture and that it be stored in a wall-mounted position.
Low Voltage Hoses:
The main difference between an electric hose and a low voltage hose is that this hose has a lesser voltage traveling through the hose. Other than that there is little to differentiate between the two, as they both are compatible with most other brands. The low voltage hose is available in a shorter length, having a hose length range from 15 to 50 feet, whereas the electric hose is available in lengths of 30 and 35 feet.
They are what they say they are – a basic central vacuum hose that reliably carry out the functions of a central vacuum hose. The only feature that is missing from a basic hose that is available on most of the other models is the on / off switch, which means that you have to bend down and detach the hose from the wall in order to turn off the vacuum system.
These hoses have advantages over other central vac hoses in that in their storage position they are only a few feet long and yet they can stretch to over 25 feet when necessary. In a home where space is a priority, a stretch hose is an accessory that has to be considered seriously. Stretch hoses however, as with the basic hoses, do not have an on / off switch located in the handle.
Quick Click Hoses:
MD promise that the Quick Click central vacuum hose will improve your cleaning experience due to its ease of use. The Quick Click modular hose comprises a 20 foot hose with a 10 foot extension (15 foot available in grey only) and these hoses work with electric and non-electric accessories and attachments. This system allows you to use lesser or greater lengths of hose for different cleaning jobs. There is certainly a benefit to having a shorter length of hose if you do not require extra length. These hoses are non-kink and have swivel action. This hose is not compatible with some Nutone and Vacuflo inlets, so potential purchasers for these models should check with their suppliers.