1. Vacuum Unit
The core of your central vacuum system is the main vacuum unit. Usually installed in the basement, the core unit provides the suction, filtration and exhaust functions for your central vacuum system. The filtered exhaust air can be vented either within the same area of the central unit, or outside if the customer prefers. The compact vacuum units (under 3 feet by 1 foot) are small enough to be mounted on a wall keeping them off the floor and out of the way. Filters are replaced every 3 months to 1 year depending on use and environment.
2. Piping and Inlets
Starting from your vacuum unit, durable PVC pipe connects to the various inlets installed throughout the home. Standard inlets and hoses can cover up to 1000 square feet. Upgraded hide-a-hose inlets with a 50 foot hose can cover an expanded area – up to 2300 square feet in some cases. Each inlet features an automatic on/off feature that will only activate suction when in use.
3. Vacuum Hoses
Vacuum hoses bring the suction power from the wall mounted inlets to the floor or required attachment . Some hoses activate automatically when plugged in, while others feature and on/off switch to activate suction power. Upgraded Hide-A-Hose vacuum hoses retract into the vacuum pipe itself using suction power. This allows you to eliminate the need to store and transport the vacuum hose and can increase the effective range of an inlet.
4. Accessories and Attachments
Once you have installed your vacuum unit, pipes and hoses the final piece to the central vacuum puzzle are the powerful and versatile attachments. Options exist for different floor types and for specific applications such as blinds, upholstery, automobiles and even pets are available.