Vacuuming can be a pain - it's noisy, inconvenient, and costly when you find yourself back at the store every few years for a new vacuum. Portable vacuums are usually heavy, smelly, and often leave you wondering how clean your carpet really is. Installing a central vacuum is the answer to all these complaints, so why haven't more people installed one? Many homeowners aren't even aware central vacuums are an option, and there are many misconceptions about how they work. Big name vacuum manufacturers make more money selling portable vacuum cleaners at more regular intervals than selling their central vacuum systems, so they do not heavily market central vacuums.
One of the most common misconceptions surrounding central vacuums is that installing a system in an existing home requires a major renovation and tearing down walls. This is simply not true - the only hole required is covered with an inlet backing plate, and the pipes are usually fed through an attic, basement, or crawlspace.
Central vacuum owners often remark how much cleaner the air is inside their homes, and allergy sufferers typically notice a reduction in their allergies. UC Davis actually did a study on this phenomenon, and proved that central vacuums do in fact keep the air cleaner than portable vacuums. The reason is simple: central vacuum systems extract the dirt, dust, and debris out of the house and into the main power unit in the garage or the basement where they are then exhausted outside. Portable vacuums recycle vacuumed allergens back into the air through the exhaust.
Central vacuum motors can be up to three times stronger than the motors in portable vacuums, and because they are stored in a stationary location in the garage or basement, they stay much cooler. Since the motor stays much cooler, it is able to last much longer than portable vacuums, allowing it to do its job- provide strong suction through the network of pipes and through the hose. This allows central vacuums to not only remove the surface dust and debris, but also the deep grit and particulates that age carpet.
The major complaint of regular vacuuming is the electrical cord, and for central vacuuming it is the hose. But when homeowners try using the retractable central vacuum hose from Hide-A-Hose it quickly becomes a "must-have" appliance. No cord to wrap up, no hose to put away, no excuse for just getting the job done now because it is so easy. Simply open the inlet door, easily pull out any amount of hose, and then vacuum away. When finished, the suction alone retracts the hose into the vacuum pipes so there are no moving parts that wear down or need to be replaced in the wall or system.