What is it, exactly?
Similar to central plumbing or central air conditioning, cental vacuum is the name given to systems that include tubing and control wires that are installed inside walls, attic areas and utility spaces. The tubing can be installed after construction (contrary to common thought) but is easiest to install during initial build.
To use the system, the homeowner plugs the lightweight hose into one of several centrally located inlet valves, cleans and then returns the hose and attachments to storage.
The power unit is installed in an out-of-the-way area and vented to the outside.
Why choose central vacuum?
Power - Central vacuum provides three to five times more cleaning power than upright or canister vacuums.
Convenience - Insert the lightweight hose into a wall outlet and clean. Best of all, there's no cumbersome vacuum cleaner to lug from room to room or up and down the stairs.
Indoor Air Quality - Unlike conventional vacuums that can recirculate dust, central vacuum removes 100% of the contacted dirt, pollen, pet dander, allergens and dust mites. The power unit (typically mounted in a basement or utility area) exhaust is vented to the exterior.
Lifetime Limited Warranty - Industry leading warranty from VACUFLO covers replacement of all permanently installed components to the original homeowner in the original location.
Value - Most appraisers give a modest adjustment for a home that has a central vacuum system. If you choose to sell your home, most buyers will consider a cental vacuum as a "bonus" feature giving you an edge if all else is considered equal. The largest monetary value might be the savings realized due to not having to purchase a disposable upright or canister vacuum every year or so.