Let’s point out the obvious. No one likes lugging around a heavy vacuum around the house with an aim of ridding breakfast breadcrumbs or a heap of fur our oh-so-lovely pets have generously spread about. Let’s admit it, you’ve probably- on more than one occasion- swept those breadcrumbs under your sofa with hopes to vacuum it “next time”.
If you’re one of those people, (the majority of us are) we’ve got some welcomed news for you. Thankfully, there’s now a way we can avoid the whole dragging around a bulky vacuum. Say goodbye to vacuum bags, (Henry users...you know who you are) and hello to central vacuum cleaners.
What are central vacuum cleaners and how do they operate?
Essentially, it’s an air conditioning system in reverse. Think about how your air conditioning system operates. You have vents in every room blowing out cool air. When a hose is attached to the suction vent, the central vacuum cleaner sucks all that dirt and dust back to the collection point which is usually situated outside the house. Nifty.
What’s more, these clever systems clean with an air flow of up to 185 cfm (cubic feet per minute). That’s up to 3x more airflow than a portable vacuum, ultimately meaning three times more cleaning power!
Why should I invest in a central vacuum cleaner?
First and foremost, they help minimise household noise. As the central vacuum motor sits outside your living space, the most you’ll hear is a “swooshing” of air traveling up the vacuum head. So you won’t have to pause the Oprah Winfrey show whilst vacuuming in your living room.
More importantly, unlike most portable vacuum cleaners, central vacuum systems don’t blow fine dust particles back into your living space. This is particularly important for people with dust allergies or health issues related to airborne dust.
Why don’t more people have these in their homes?
Many homeowners aren’t even aware these are an option. Central vacuum cleaners aren’t heavily marketed as manufacturers make a lot more more money from people repurchasing portable vacuums time and time again.
There’s also a misconception that central vacuum cleaners are difficult to assemble; that it involves ripping out walls and assembling the system. This is simply not the case- the pipes required by these systems are actually fed through an attic, crawlspace or basement.
What to look out for before investing
Before rushing out the door to buy one of these from your local depot, it’s best to determine whether your home would be compatible with a central vacuum system. Once you deem it compatible, you’ll need to consider buying the right power unit size.
It’s crucial that the power unit is powerful enough to suck every bit of dust and dirt from every room. Here’s a few things in particular you’ll need to take note of:
- Length of pipe- you’ll need to know this to ensure you have enough to service the system
- Square footage of your home
- The level of suction power (also known as waterlift) that is required
- Look at reviews and purchase from a reliable brand
NB. Manufacturers supply central vacuum systems that vary in size, price and suction power.
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