Formal research studies and reviews from users all show that central vacuum systems are actually much better than portable ones, though they are initially a bit more expensive. If you are at a stage where you are interested in getting one, one of the questions you might be asking yourself is: how do I go about buying one? The fact that this is a major installation means that when finding one for sale, you should ideally not take on a simplistic approach. Making sure that every detail is thought through will ensure that by the time you buy the unit, you won’t have made an expensive mistake. Some of the stages in this process that you should particularly not miss include:
Determining the size of the home
Once you are set on investing in a central vacuum system, the first thing you should do is find out how large the home is. The type of system you get will be informed by this. In addition to size, you also need to define where the vacuuming will be most needed. For instance, if you love taking care of your car, you may be interested in installing an inlet in the garage so that you can use the vacuum system to clean the car’s upholstery.
Determine the ideal power of the system
The area to be cleaned derived from the size of the house will then guide you on the recommended power of the system you get. This is usually described in air-watts. The larger the amount of space to be vacuumed, the greater the air-watt rating you should get. Typical systems have a rating of between 450 and 1040 air-watts. However, if it turns out that you need a much more powerful vacuum system, it is possible to find specialist units that you can use.
Identify the preferable location of the main power unit
Following the above, you will then need to figure out where to place the power unit, which is the part of the system that generates suction and stores the dirt. Various factors influence the most suitable location. For instance, if you happen to have a large basement and lots of potential spaces where you can place it, it would be wise to find out which location would be more central. This allows you to use less tubing, and will be cheaper as well. The ideal location may need to be prepared prior to using it. For instance, if your basement has a flooding problem, you may need to fix this before installing the power unit. The presence of constant floods around the unit could damage it.
Figure out if you will need dedicated electrical lines for the unit
By the time you are at this stage, you will have a relatively short list of potential central vacuum systems that fit the bill. It would be wise to find out if the most preferable one needs changes to your electrical system (such as establishment of a dedicated line) before buying it. The logic behind this is that you should not buy the unit, and then later be surprised to find out that you have to spend a lot more than you anticipated on installing it. Figuring this out beforehand will allow you to pick a central vacuum system that will not be associated with this complication.
Establish the number of inlets you need
This is usually influenced by the number and size of the rooms in the house. Sometimes, multiple rooms can share a single inlet. Having exact details of how many you need will enable you to buy the accessories without having to spend money on ones that you will not use. When figuring this out, you should also include other wall-related accessories such as the automatic dust pans.
Which manufacturer should you trust?
Two systems with similar specifications from different manufacturers may be very different in terms of how effective and long lasting they are. To ensure that you end up with a central vacuum system that will last you into old age, try to find out more about your options. Reviews may be helpful for this, as is consulting the contractor you are using for the project as well as anyone you know who uses that particular system. Once you have gone through all the above, it will be possible for you to buy a central vacuum system that will not only work as expected, but which will last long as well. The main point of ensuring that all the above are sorted out is to ensure that you waste no money at all. Of course, you may not have to do all of it; working with a contractor who has a lot of experience with central vacuum systems is a great way to safely delegate all the above mentioned.