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Can You Install a Central Vacuum System in an Existing Home?

by AVI Systems

A close up of a vacuum cleaner on a rug

If your existing home was built without a central vacuum system, you might think that adding this innovative technology is out of the question.

But you absolutely can install a whole-home vacuum system in your existing home with minimal disruption and a surprisingly affordable cost. The key to getting the system you want is selecting an experienced professional to design and install your central vac.

How Do Central Vacuum Systems Work?

The basic design of central vac systems is actually quite ingenious. The main power unit and canister are installed in an out-of-the-way location, like a utility room, garage or basement. PVC tubing and low-voltage wiring are run throughout the house, with inlets wherever you prefer to add them – typically one inlet for every 500 to 750 square feet of living space.

Whenever you want to clean your floors, you simply attach the hose to an inlet and the system activates, providing powerful and reliable suction. All the debris flows through the tubing and is collected in the remote canister. Most homeowners only have to empty the canister every few months, thanks to its generous size.

Depending on the brand and model you select, you can choose from a variety of options to best suit your needs.

The Benefits of Central Vacuum Systems

If you were to name your least favorite household chores, we’re willing to be that running the vacuum cleaner is near the top of the list.

Think about the time and effort it takes to drag the vacuum out of the closet, plug it in, wrestle with the cord and move it from room to room, repeating the process throughout the house. And, if you have a two-story house, you’re lugging it up and down the stairs regularly. Now imagine never having to do that again.

Not only does installing one of these innovative systems make housework easier and more convenient but it also improves the value and saleability of your home. Central vac systems are significantly more effective and reliable than portable models, so your floors will be cleaner and last longer than they otherwise might.

But the most important benefit of a whole-home vac is that it improves the indoor air quality in your home, reducing allergens and airborne toxins. Portable vacuums recycle the indoor air, pumping all the microscopic particles not trapped by the filter back into the room.

The Logistics of Central Vac Installation in an Existing Home

The reason that most homeowners never consider adding a whole-home cleaning system is that they believe it requires opening up walls and doing a full-scale home renovation. But that’s not necessary at all and, in fact, most systems can be complete in a single day.

At AVI Systems, our expert technicians will visit your home to check out access points and evaluate the logistics. Based on our evaluation, we will design your system and provide you with a comprehensive cost estimate.

We offer high-quality systems from the most well-respected manufacturers, including BEAM, Element, H-P Products and Hide-a-Hose, so you can design the system that best suits your needs – and your budget.

AVI Systems, serving clients in Draper and throughout the Salt Lake City area for more than 20 years, is the local expert in central vacuum systems. We also provide professional installation for all types of home automation, smart home, security and audio/video systems.

Contact A/V systems today to learn more about how easy and affordable it can be to install a central vacuum system in your current northern Utah home.