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Central vacuums?
« on: July 08, 2012, 07:21:39 AM »
Who are the better manufactures in central vacuums right now?  That is something I would want to look at for my next house (when ever I can make that happen).  I don't want much carpet in my next house but I would have some in the home theater if and when I can afford it. 

So because of all of that, it might be mostly used for hard floors can furniture.  So who is making the better units now and is there any features that set some of them apart from the rest?

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Re: Central vacuums?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2012, 10:35:18 AM »
By a central vacuum, you mean the type where there is one big unit for a house and a bunch of ducting in the walls and you plug a hose in in each room?

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Re: Central vacuums?
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2012, 06:29:29 PM »
By a central vacuum, you mean the type where there is one big unit for a house and a bunch of ducting in the walls and you plug a hose in in each room?

Yes that is right.  Having a central vac was huge here years ago.  My friend has one in their house which they seem to like.

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Re: Central vacuums?
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2012, 08:50:43 PM »
Its something we almost never see in the UK.

Then again, in the US and Canada, there is more land so its easier to build a house a couple of feet wider to accommodate the ducting and access points that such a system must take.

I always wondered how good they could be, because one expect the suction would drop over distance. Also, what if there is a blockage? I assume there must be hatches everywhere?

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Re: Central vacuums?
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2012, 06:13:21 AM »
Its something we almost never see in the UK.

Then again, in the US and Canada, there is more land so its easier to build a house a couple of feet wider to accommodate the ducting and access points that such a system must take.

I always wondered how good they could be, because one expect the suction would drop over distance. Also, what if there is a blockage? I assume there must be hatches everywhere?

Ok I guess that makes sense about the size of the house.

As far as a blockage goes, I'm not to sure on that.  I'm pretty sure the only access you have is the outlets in the walls and at the vacuum itself.

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Re: Central vacuums?
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2012, 01:43:28 PM »
For any Brits still wondering what the hell we are talking about here, here is an overview and a photo:

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The picture is an example of a typical installation. The power unit is placed in the garage with the dirt canister near the garage door.  This allows for easy emptying of the canister and placement of a utility valve for cleaning out your car.  The power unit is placed in a more remote location.  The tubing can be run through the attic, basement or in the floors.  Inlets are placed strategically in hallways.


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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012, 03:56:44 AM »
For any Brits still wondering what the hell we are talking about here, here is an overview and a photo:

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The picture is an example of a typical installation. The power unit is placed in the garage with the dirt canister near the garage door.  This allows for easy emptying of the canister and placement of a utility valve for cleaning out your car.  The power unit is placed in a more remote location.  The tubing can be run through the attic, basement or in the floors.  Inlets are placed strategically in hallways.

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That is the system.  The good thing about it is not having to drag around a vacuum with you.  The bad thing is you have your wand and a ton of hose to haul around.  I think they really shine on the stairs because of the long hose which can normally do the whole set of stairs. 

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