Consumers

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Central Vacuum Systems


How does it Work? (Equipment ↦ System)

Creating a Healthier Home (About Health Advantages)

What Will It Do? (Central Vacuum Versatility)

Is That Really True? (Common Central Vacuum Myths)

I Don't Need A Central Vacuum System Because... (oh really?)

Is There Anything Else You Need To Know?

After 20 years we often think we've heard it all. But, if you come up with a question not covered here, please give us a call.

(925) 828-3782

How does the central vacuum system work?
The central vacuum is a sealed system that transports vacuumed dirt through a network of in-wall tubing to a remote power unit. For whole-house coverage, inlet valves are strategically placed throughout the home. To vacuum, simply plug the lightweight hose into an inlet and select your cleaning attachment. The on/off control is on the hose handle.

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What are the most important benefits?
A central vacuum system does a better job of cleaning because it has a more powerful motor. It creates a healthier home because it picks up dust and allergens a traditional portable vacuum can't. A central vacuum system is also quieter since the power unit is located outside the home's living space. Central vacuum owners appreciate the system's versatility and convenience.

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What are the basic components of a central vacuum system??
An installed system consists of a power unit, hose and vacuum attachments, including a power head. You can choose between the TurboCat air-driven power head or a selection of electric power heads as part of a complete cleaning set.

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What is the difference between an air-driven and an electric power head?
Air-driven power heads use a high speed turbine wheel to harness the airflow of the central vacuum system and turn the brush roller for superior cleaning performance. Electric power heads rely on an electric motor. The air-driven design operates without electricity, power cords or batteries, lasts longer and makes the central vacuum installation easier and less costly.

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Is the power always on?
No. The central vacuum is a closed system. Vacuum power is always available but the power unit itself will not turn on until an inlet valve is opened and a hose is inserted.

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Is a central vacuum system worth the cost?
The average consumer has 2-4 vacuum products in their home at one time. The cost of maintaining and replacing portable vacuums can exceed the one-time cost of a central vacuum installation. However, the real cost benefit happens over time. A central vacuum saves money by prolonging the life of carpeting, drapes and furniture and adding to the resale value of a home.

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Can a central vacuum system be installed in an existing home?
Yes. It can easily be installed in both new and existing homes: on slabs, in crawl spaces or garages. Dublin Central Vacuums will work with you to determine placement of the power unit and inlet valves. The complete installation, including tubing and low-voltage wiring, can usually be completed in less than one day.

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Does the complete system have to be installed at one time?
No. Some homeowners choose to rough-in the tubing system when a home is being built and then complete the system by adding the power unit and inlet valves at a later time.

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Creating a Healthier Home (About Health Advantages)

How does a central vacuum system help create a healthy home?
With 3-5 times the suction and power of uprights, central vacuum systems capture 100% of all vacuumed dirt, dust, odors and allergens. Traditional vacuums spread these particles and allergens around your home and recirculate them into the air you breathe. The power of a central vacuum eliminates microscopic particles and allergens for a cleaner, healthier interior environment.

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What are the health benefits a homeowner can expect?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, central vacuums vented outdoors can help decrease exposure to dust mites and other contaminants. A recent University of California-Davis School Medicine study has proven that central vacuum systems can improve indoor air quality and reduce allergy symptoms by as much as 61%.

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Is indoor air quality really that important?
Yes. According to the American Lung Association, people spend 90% of their time indoors. Today's homes are tightly sealed for energy efficiency , reducing air exchange and trapping indoor air pollutants caused by building materials, furnishings and household cleansers. Central vacuum systems remove 100% of vacuumed dirt, dust, odors and allergens, keeping pollutants from recirculating in the home.

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What Will It Do? (Central Vacuum Versatility)

Can the central vacuum system be used on more than carpets?
Dublin Central Vacuums offers a range of versatile attachments for all carpet types and hard-surface flooring like wood, tile, marble and vinyl. It can also be used to clean upholstery, draperies, crown moldings, ceiling fans, lampshades and fixtures.

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Can the central vacuum system be used in the garage?
Yes. If the power unit is located in the garage, you can elect to have an inlet valve located in the garage. You can use the central vacuum system to easily clean vehicles, golf carts, RV's, boats and workshop areas, without the hassle of transporting a shop vac or portable vacuum.

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Will the central vacuum system require maintenance?
Central vacuum systems require far less maintenance than most portable vacuums. The large capacity comfort-grip dirt canister only needs to be emptied 3-4 times a year.

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Is That Really True? (Common Central Vacuum Myths)

Does the suction power work properly in the farthest reaches of the home?
Yes. Central vacuums are closed systems that maintain vacuum power in every part of the system. Properly sized and installed systems position the inlet valves throughout the home for whole-house coverage and maximum performance. A central vacuum system's sustained cleaning power will ensure a consistent level of suction power and airflow in every part of the home.

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Is it possible for objects to get caught in the tubing?
It is not likely as long as the tube system is properly installed. Typically any object that can fit through the inlet valve will be sucked through the tubing and end up in the dirt canister.

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Will the hose damage walls or woodwork?
Dublin Central Vacuums offers a soft hose sock that fits snugly over hoses to protect woodwork, furniture and corners from scuffs and scratches.

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Will a central vacuum add value to my home?
Central vacuum systems are an integral part of the home, adding an exciting convenience feature when it comes time to sell.

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Why is a central vacuum so much more powerful?
If a portable vacuum had a comparable motor, you wouldn't want to push it through the house. The genius of central vacuum systems is putting a powerful vacuum unit in a stationary location and allowing access to this powerful vacuum from inlets located throughout the home.

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I Don't Need A Central Vacuum System Because... (oh really?)

Most of my floors are bare.
A central vacuum is perfect for hard-surface flooring. Instead of stirring up dirt and debris with a broom, you can vacuum it with specially designed bare floor tools. The dirt gets deposited into the dirt canister, eliminating the recirculation of dust and odors.

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I have a cleaning service.
Most cleaning services use portable vacuums that are transported from home to home, recirculating someone else's vacuum dirt, dust and odors into your home. A central vacuum eliminates dirt, dust and odor recirculation regardless of who does the cleaning.

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I already have a portable.
A typical house has 3-4 portable vacuums (sticks, garage vacs, uprights). A central vacuum can conveniently replace all of these. A central vacuum has 3-5 times the power of a traditional portable and its sustained cleaning performance never loses suction like portable. Virtually all interior surfaces can be conveniently cleaned with the complete line of vacuum attachments.

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I think it costs too much.
A central vacuum system may be less expensive than you think. The cost of ownership is less than replacing and maintaining portable vacuums over several years.

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Is There Anything Else You Need To Know?

After 20 years we often think we've heard it all. But, if you come up with a question not covered here, please give us a call.

(925) 828-3782

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