Central vacuum cleaner buying guide
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- Flow rate
- Suction strength
- Floor type
What is a central vacuum cleaner?
A central vacuum is basically a fixed vacuum cleaner with a large bag or a tank - installed on the wall of the garage or laundry room - with a network of pipes distributed around the property. At strategic locations there are wall outlets or floor outlets into which a long pipe (around 8m) is connected. The pipe is able to cover large areas - up to around 40 m² - meaning that just a few outlet connections can serve a whole property.
Of course, installation requires substantial work to plumb in and conceal distribution pipes, so it's much easier to install in a new-build context, but it does provide unparalleled user comfort!
Central vacuum: flow, power and vacuum strength
Note that excessive strength can be counterproductive because the brush tends to stick to the floor and the pipe becomes more difficult to manoeuver.
Central vacuum: comfort and decibel level
Noise is a crucial factor when choosing your vacuum device, especially if the vacuum unit is installed inside and you want to listen to your favourite music while vacuuming.
Central vacuum: installation
Supplied with a wall mount and various accessories - extensions, brushes and suckers (quality having an impact on the suction effect) - as well as 2 or 3 suction outlets, these devices generally come as a ready-to-install kit. Some central vacuum cleaners even have a "garbage collector" outlet for installation on the kitchen worktop - just sweep your waste towards it, open the outlet, and hey presto, it disappears! As if by magic!
A suction unit;
Lengths of pipe;
Various connection components;
Fittings and elbows in a range of angles.
Installation adviceLimit pipeelbows to 90° to avoid loss of suction power.
Tank suction unit or bag suction unit?
Bag suction system
Tank suction system
Advice, features and accessories for central vacuum cleaners
Centralized vacuuming is a practical and efficient way forward as long as you choose a decent quality system!
Brush and nozzle
The length of the extension pipe has a direct influence on the overall vacuum installation: the longer the pipe, the fewer outlet connections you need. Pipe quality is cucial.
Flow, vacuum strength and power
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