Installation of a whole house vacuum system is more than an investment in easy cleaning. A central vacuum system in your Madison WI area home is an investment in your family’s health. And with today’s technology, you can have a high-quality system installed in an existing home without extensive remodeling.
Conventional vacuums, even the highest-priced and highest-rated models, recycle air back into your rooms. No filter element is good enough to capture all the irritants that air might hold. Whole house systems exhaust air pollutants like dirt, dust, pet dander and pollen outside the living space. Each unit has its own capacity and many come equipped with highly-rated Hepa filtration systems. With particles collected, filtered and expelled out of the room, air quality increases every time you vacuum.
A whole home on-demand cleaning system has proven to reduce allergies – a study of hay fever sufferers by the University of California- Davis School of Medicine found that symptoms improved by as much as 60% when patients used a central vacuum system.
Whole House Vacuum Systems Increase Home’s Value
Because a central system is easy to access, people tend to vacuum more often – there’s no dragging out the ol’ vacuum cleaner. The popularity of central vacuums has taken off in recent years as builders incorporate systems in their high-end homes. The system stands out and differentiates the home from others on the block. Homeowners appreciate the health benefits, the efficiency as well as the “smart” and “green” technology.
Obviously, installation in a new-build is the easiest. But retrofitting an existing home is an excellent choice. Today’s technology and trained installation professionals don’t have to tear down walls. Each inlet valve and related duct work allows a typical installation to clean 600 to 700 square feet – from floor to ceiling! The power source is usually either in the garage or basement. The price of a system is usually based upon the number of inlet connections.
Manufacturers point out that, while the initial cost of a whole house system is more than a portable vacuum, in the long-term the costs are significantly lower. Even if you spend $500 or more on a conventional vacuum, it isn’t designed to last as long as a central system. In addition, you have to put up with the inconvenience, pushing/pulling weight around, noise and less-than-clean air. Manufacturers also point out that a whole home system increases the resale value of your home by at least $1,500 – and excellent selling point and demo opportunity.
Choosing A Central Vac System
There is no one-size-fits-all system. The size of your home dictates the appropriate size of a vacuum system so choosing the right power source is critical. Filtration and collections systems vary, too. The size of your family, its demands – pets, small children, etc. – and your lifestyle also play a role in the selection process. As you evaluate a system, consider:
- Bagless vs. bagged system – bagless systems include permanently installed filters and collection bins that must be emptied regularly. This system protects the motor from dust but emptying it release dust and allergens around the unit. A bagged system has a disposable filter and collection bags that must be changed – like a traditional portable vacuum. Changing bags isn’t a major concern – how often depends upon your cleaning schedule.
- Hybrid system – the best of both worlds, a hybrid system has a permanent filter but also accepts disposable bags. It is adaptable to many situations.
- Cyclonic filtration – with two separate filtering systems for large and small particles within the unit. A spinning motion separates larger particles which drop into a collection bin. A secondary filter collects smaller particles. The biggest drawback is cleaning or replacing the filter elements and emptying the collection bins.
- Full-cyclonic system – similar to the filtered version except it uses a permanent metal mesh screen rather than a filter for small pieces. It is an efficient system but requires regular cleaning and maintenance to keep the screens clear.
Central vacuums deliver up to five times more power. Because they are a fixed system they use much larger, more efficient motors. The extra power allows them to capture more dirt. With performance like the efficient Cyclonic Filtration Technology® from H-P Products, providing uniform power so the system’s motor does not lose power as dirt builds up in the canister.
Components Of A Central Vacuum System
A whole house vacuum installation is a closed duct system. Meaning it has everything required for powerful performance built in. Including:
- A base power unit sizes to fit your home
- A collection container – with our without disposable or reusable bags
- Inlets strategically placed in the house and garage
- A robust tube system to transport dirt, dust and debris to the canister
- Universal hoses for to fit every inlet – varying in length up to 30 feet long
- A hose management system
- A powerhead for deep-cleaning carpet
- Complete accessory packages
Weigh Benefits Of Whole House Vacuum System
Convenience is the watchword for whole house systems. But there’s more to them. A lot more. Consider:
- Uniform power – enough power for deep cleaning all the time with every tool. Systems normally rated at least five times as powerful as portable vacuums.
- Multi-surface efficiency – unlike portable vacuums, there’s a tool and plenty of power for spills in the kitchen, dog hair on the couch and dirt in the carpet.
- A healthier environment – removing pet dander, dust and allergens from the living space improves air quality. There’s no blowback from the motor as with a portable unit so dust doesn’t recirculate.
- Quiet operation – with the power unit removed from the room there’s very little noise when the vacuum is in use.
- Less physical exertion – doctors and therapists warn people with back or shoulder injuries and heart conditions to avoid using standard vacuums. W whole house system removes the heavy, bulky machinery from the process. Nothing to lug up/down stairs. Plus, no power cord to trip over.
- Protection for floors – when vacuuming is easy you do it more often. That means carpets, drapes, upholstery and hard surface floors are cleaned more thoroughly, more often.
Finally, central vacuum systems are relatively easy to install in most existing homes so there’s no reason to go without these benefits. To review all the options, call or email Northland Door Systems at 608-251-3627. With years of installation and service experience, we’ll fit the whole house vacuum system that’s just right for your Madison WI home.