Central Vac Installation

At East Hampton Vacuums, our goal is to provide every client we serve with superior cleaning products. Over the years, we have found that a lot of our customers have questions about the installation process of a central vacuum system – and many of those questions are the same. In an effort to ensure we are providing superior services, here is a look at some of the most frequently asked questions we receive – and our answers to those questions.

Q: Does the entire central vacuum system have to be installed at the same time?

A: Not at all! Some builders and homeowners actually prefer to have the tubing system installed while a house is being built and wait to add the power unit and inlet valves. This installation method is ideal for builders who are selling newly constructed homes, as it lets their buyers choose which type of power unit they would prefer and decide where they would like to have their inlet valves placed. It also lets them decide if they want to install added features, such as a hose management system.

Q: Are inlet valves needed in every room of a house?

A: Not at all! In fact, one of the benefits of a central vacuum system is that they make cleaning more convenient by reducing how often homeowners have to stop vacuuming so that they can plug into a new location. Inlet valves are strategically placed in locations that allow for easy accessibility and make it possible to cover a large areas. On average, a single inlet valve can clean 600 square feet of space; however, VACUFLO Central Vacuum Systems offer extended hose lengths that can cover even larger spaces (up to 2,000 square feet), limiting the amount of inlet valves that are needed.

Q: How high are inlet valves placed in a wall?

A: Typically, inlet valves are mounted at the same height as electrical outlets. They aren’t obtrusive and won’t detract from the look of a home.

Q: Where are central vacuum power units installed?

A: That depends on the preference of the homeowner; however, they are usually placed in locations that are removed from the main living spaces, such as a garage, a basement, or a utility room.

Q: How much tubing does each inlet valve require?

A: Every valve will use about 20 feet of tubing. However, if you install the VACUFLO Hide-A-Hose Management system, 50 feet of tubing will be stored right inside the inlet valve.

Q: Do clogs happen?

A: Clogs can happen with any central vacuum system; however, during installation, precautions are taken to reduce the possibility of a clog. A tight 90 sweep elbow is installed in inlet valves to trap and prevent large debris from getting sucked up into the system and trapped within the tubing.

Q: How many square feet does an inlet valve cover?

A: A single inlet valve that is used with a 30 foot hose will cover about 600 square feet of living space. The VACUFLO Hide-A-Hose System, however, uses 50 feet of hose and can cover 2,300 square feet of space).

Q: Are all central vacuum systems exhausted outside?

A: That depends on the system that’s installed. A True Cyclonic system does have to be exhausted outside; however, a Filtered Cyclonic system allows homeowners to choose if they would prefer to have outside exhaust or not.

Q: Where does the trunk line run?

A: The trunk line – the line that branches off of the power unit and features several lines that connect to inlet valves – is run through either an attic, a basement, or a crawlspace. It should be run as straight as it possibly can be from the power unit to the furthest inlet valve.

Q: Can a power unit be installed in an attic?

A: While it can be, we don’t advise installing a power unit in an attic. Attics tend to retain a lot of heat, which can damage the power unit and cause premature failure. Additionally, it can be difficult to access the dirt canister when it needs to be emptied if it is located in an attic.

Q: How do I know which power unit is the best option?

A: Every power unit features a specific type of motor. These motors are designed to handle a recommended amount of square footage. To choose the best unit, simply determine the total square footage of a home and find the power unit that is designed to work with that amount of square footage.

Q: What is the longest amount of tubing recommended?

A: All power units differ and guidelines for tubing can be found in the VACUFLO Installation Guide, or you can ask one of our professionals for assistance; however, the longest run of tubing extends from the power unit to the furthest inlet valve.

Q: Will an electrician have to install Electravalves?

A: Usually, a professional installer will be able to install the low voltage part of an Electrovalve; however, they do contain a 120 v wire that will have to be hardwired to a home’s electrical system by a licensed and certified electrician.

Q: Can schedule 40 plumbers tubing be used?

A: It is not recommended, as central vacuum systems require different tubing. The tubing designed for central vacuums is completely smooth on the inside to prevent the buildup of dirt particles that could eventually create a clog.

Q: How long does installation take?

A: Both retrofit and new home installations can be completed in less than a day.

Q: What’s a rough-in?

A: A rough-in involves determining the placement of the valve and installing the mounting plate, elbow, and drywall cover within the wall. Later on, the trunk line, wiring, power unit, and inlet valves are installed.

Q: Can items get trapped in the tubing?

A: As long as the tubing is installed properly, it is unlikely that anything will get trapped in it. In most cases, any items that can fit through the inlet valve will pass through the tubing and make their way to the dirt canister. For Additional Questions, Contact East Hampton Vacuums If you have any further questions about the installation of a central vacuum system, please don’t hesitate to ask. The professionals at East Hampton Vacuums will gladly answer any and all questions you may have.