Building or Remodeling a Home?
Central Vacuums Are Still a Smart Choice
We have written on these pages before about the benefits of central vacuums and central vacuum installation. In this age of smart home technology, you may ask what’s so great about central vacuums? No, they don’t vacuum the floors themselves (yet), but the traditional benefits of central vacuums are still intact in 2018.
If you are building or remodeling a home, we’ve discussed the benefit of thinking about and planning for smart technology up front; it makes it much easier to plan the wiring, networking, and other infrastructure that is necessary for a future-proof smart home. Central vacuums also benefit from the same advanced planning. It’s much easier to plan for one in the framing, plumbing, and electrical wiring stage, and much less expensive to install than retrofitting.
If you are working on a large project – perhaps a significant addition or a new build – planning for a central vacuum makes sense. No one wants to drag a canister or upright vacuum all over a large home. Of course, multiple vacuums can be purchased, but that also means multiple ones to maintain and store throughout the house.
Let’s take another look at why central vacuums are a smart choice for your next Eden Prairie MN home build or remodel.
More Powerful Suction
A central vacuum can employ a more powerful motor which increases suction. Regular home vacuums are limited in that regard as the noise and weight of very powerful motors makes them impractical indoors. Because of the more powerful motors, some central models draw more current than home vacuums. But as a builder, it’s easy to plan for that early on. Prepare the space – like a garage corner – and the electrical requirements, as well as the plumbing.
Indoor Air Quality
If your clients have pets or dust allergies, a central vacuum has benefits over any home model. With no motor inside, the exhaust air is filtered and can be routed entirely outside the home, great for eliminating fine dust and pet dander. When looking at the cost of a central vacuum versus home models that have similar power and high-quality air filtering, a central model is a cost-effective choice, too.
Dragging any vacuum around a house, whether a canister or upright model, is heavy and unwieldy. With central vacuums, only the hose needs to be moved around. With a long enough hose, you can cover a wide area. There’s also the convenience of no electrical cord to get in the way of vacuuming. If hoses wrapping around corners is a concern, hose socks add a soft fabric cover to eliminate any damage to baseboards and walls.
Quality and Warranty
The heavy-duty motors in central vacuums are designed and built for years of extended use. They also tend to be covered with longer warranties than typical consumer vacuums that might have just a year. Remind your clients that these products are built to last, are easy to empty and maintain, are more powerful, and often last much longer than regular vacuums, which all adds up to a smart investment. For example, models from our vacuum partner Beam carry ten-year warranties. Also, they can add to resale value too, just like smart home technology.
The central vacuum system is still alive and well in 2018. Contact us or click the link below to connect and let us help you install one in your next project!