Central Vacuum System FAQs

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Q:How does a central vacuum system work?
A:A central power unit sits in an out-of-the-way area such as your garage, basement or utility room. Wall inlet valves are then installed in various locations throughout the home and connected to the power unit through tubing. After installation, the system can be activated by simply plugging the lightweight hose into a wall inlet. The system then carries the dirt, dust, animal dander and allergens out of the room into the main power unit and deposits all of the debris into the canister.
Q:Is it easy to install a central vacuum system in an existing home?
A:
Yes. Whether in a new or existing home, an AirVac central vacuum system is easy to install. In an existing home, tubing can be run through the attic, basement or cold air returns – then dropped behind interior walls to complete the installation. Installing an AirVac system in a new home is even easier.Central Vacuum System FAQs
Q:How many wall inlet valves should I have installed?
A:Typically one inlet valve should be installed for every 600 square feet of a home. Your household cleaning needs, the number of stories and convenience determinations may impact the number of inlets you choose to have installed. Just be sure inlet valves are strategically placed to reach all areas of your home. A central vacuum installer can help you to determine the best plan for your home.
Q:How far apart do vacuum outlets need to be?
A:Unless you require additional length to reach the top of drapes or ledges, two hose lengths is the maximum distance that should separate two inlet valves. The first inlet valve should be located at a point the farthest distance from the power unit. From this location, additional valve locations can be selected that will allow reach in all rooms with a standard 30-ft. hose. Remember, walls and furniture can shorten the distance serviced by a valve in some areas, so be sure to locate inlets with furniture and walls in mind.
Q: What are the benefits of a central vacuum?
A:(1) A healthier environment inside your home. Using a central vacuum in your home is a good way to reduce allergy-causing agents and indoor air pollutants. (2) Convenience. No more hauling heavy and awkward canisters up and down stairs and through the house. (3) Power. AirVac power units provide up to three times more cleaning power than canisters or uprights because they are built with larger, more rugged motors. (4) Performance. Better vacuum performance and ease of use lead to a cleaner home, longer life for your carpets and furniture and an overall more desirable living environment.
Q:Which is better, a disposable bag or bagless system?
A:Both systems are efficient. It’s really a matter of convenience. If you don’t mind dumping and cleaning the dirt canister, then consider the bagless AirVac Red Series. If you would rather toss out the full bag and replace it, then the disposable bag AirVac Platinum Series is for you.
Q:How often do I need to change the bag?
A:How often the bag needs to be changed is dependent upon use. Normally, bags need to be replaced once every three months.
Q:Where can I purchase replacement bags for my AirVac Central Vacuum?
A:Replacement bags can be purchased at our Online Store. We also have bags that fit many discontinued AirVac power units.
Q:I have plush carpeting. Can I get by with just a turbine brush?
A:No. A turbine brush is primarily designed to sweep the surface of the carpet. A powerhead brush is better suited to separate and get into the nap of plush carpeting.
Q: What is the difference between a wire-reinforced and crushproof hose?
A:The “wire-reinforced” hose has a rigid wire coiling through the hose to keep it from collapsing. If it were to get crushed (like a soda can) it would not recover and would remain crushed. The “crushproof” hose has no rigid wire and is lighter and more flexible. If it were to get crushed, it would recover to its original shape.

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