Don't. Put your money in a good vacuum. The hoses are a pain to drag
around and don't work any better, probably worse, than a good vacuum
and cost lots of $$$. Also heaven help you if a pipe got a leak or a
wire inside a wall came loose.
How dragging around that big fricken hose is better than a vacuum is
beyond me. If you want it because of dust, the new vacuums have hepa
filters, and our Dysan doesn't spew any dust at all. My wife has
asthma and she says it doesn't bother her at all.
Since we liked our Dysan better, I removed it. It also freed up a lot
of space in my garage.
I have had one in each of my last two homes. that was a total of
about 20 years. My next home will also have one. I find them more
convenient, easier to use and more efficient than the alternatives.
I will agree with some situations they may not be as convenient,
but I have lived with uprights, canisters and central. I am sticking
Clearly there are differences of opinion. I may reflect different
needs or it may reflect poor instillation of the central system.
I disagree; they're great. And a hose is a lot easier to drag around
furniture and corners than a vacuum unit! The suction is greater, the
bags bigger so require less changing, it has beater bars & all the
equipment of any modern vacuum, there's only the hose to store, which
you can get in different lengths by the way, and in general is a
delight to have. Haven't had a single problem in over 9 years since it
was installed and is used almost daily.
The installation downsides are the expense of the vacuum runs but
they're only plastic pipe; I did my own and saved a bundle.
Be sure the hose outlets go where you won't want to put furniture in
front/over them. If you can't do that, then have two outlets in that
particular room. Two in any large room, just for convenience. Use
quality receptacles so they won't wear out.
Personally I like wall mounted receptaclse because they're easier to
reach than on the floor but not every room allows that. If you locate
receptacles near doorways, you can often cover two rooms with just one
receptacle unless they're large rooms.
The downside of them is receptacle locations: If you don't think
thouse out beforehand, you might not use it as often as you think you
will. They need to be as convenient as possible and provide as little
changing as possible when the whole house needs to be vacuumed. We
bought one long 30' hose and a short 12' hose for ours; they hand in the
pantry. The vacuum itself is in the basement and easily accessible to
change bags, etc..
We love it.
Ymmv of course, as evidenbed by other posts here.
its far easier to push a vacuumn than drag the hose assembly around
its a sounds great product till you live with it awhile.
this is what almost everyone who has one says.......
your home..its a sounds great product till you live with it awhile.
this is what almost everyone who has one says.......<
Uh, NO. Everyone I know that has one (5), well the WIVES say they re great
they would never go back to the corded type.
Mine is on her 3rd one (3rd new house)
I have one a few years now. Since it was installed without major renovation,
I have a 40 foot hose. Still easier to manage than a haul around.
Has more suction, quiet, empty the unit a lot less often, what's not to like?
I put one in during my renovation and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. For
advice on selecting, most of the web sites that sell also have charts or
tables on selecting a unit. In the time since I did mine, they came out with
a self storing hose that slides back into the in wall tubing. I'd do it
Strangely, SEARS in Canada sells about 6+ different
performance/accessory/motor levels of Central Vacs.
In the USA, they don't sell ANY..Hmmm, odd. We've had Two from Sears:
first one Branded Craftsman (c. 1988) and the newest one (2004) reads
Kenmore. I'd do it again. They re available to view on the CANADIAN SEARS
but not even a mention on the US site.
Thanks to everyone that responded.
Someone asked if I could install one in his 3-story condo.
After some research and seeing what was involved, I declined the
Installing the piping in the walls sound like way too much fun for
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