FAQ

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Answers.

Q. What are automatic dustpans or VacPan?

VacPan

There are really convenient central vacuum floor inlets available that turn on with your foot. Sweep debris with a broom over to the floor level vacuum inlet, for instance under a kitchen cabinet, and suction all the mess away without ever bending over. These inlets are the most difficult to install but can bring a lot of satisfaction and save you a lot of work.

Q. Is exhausting to the outside necessary?

Inside Venting

Check for manufacturer recommendations or local regulations concerning exhaust venting. One great advantage to the Electrolux Oxygen with the True HEPA filtration option is that it does not need venting to the outside.

Q. How many inlet valves?

A typical home needs approximately one inlet to cover 60 square meters of living space. One inlet in a hallway can access two or three bedrooms. Some modern open-concept homes only require one inlet in a central area. Place all inlets away from doors, furniture, front door entry, or other inconvenient locations. The inlets are placed at the same height as the electrical outlets in the home

Q. Where Can I Find the Closest Central Vacuum System Installer?

That's easy. Just check our Find a Dealer section on this web site.

Q. How difficult is it to install central vacuum myself in an existing home?

These jobs can be quite easy in an existing home. Central vacuum systems often use closets, soffits, air ducts, pantries, basements, stud bays, and any other hidden spaces to run the pipe and wire.   Although it may not be quite as simple as installing a sprinkler system, a central vacuum system is really quite easy to install. It takes approximately one day for most homes.  Download Installation Guide.

Q. How do I cut and glue the PVC pipes?

To avoid future clogs, cut the pipe with a tubing cutter (not a hacksaw) and make sure to remove all edge cut burrs. Glue the male end only of the joint to prevent creating ridges inside the pipe connection. 

Q. Penetrating a firewall?

Check local regulations regarding the necessity of a steel pipe or fire collar to penetrate the firewall if the power unit is located in the garage. 

Q. Routing and connection pipe runs?

Use sweep elbows throughout the pipe run (but use a short elbow at the inlet valve) and always use (2) 45-degree bends for any offset jogs instead of (2) 90-degree bends. The main runs can be under the house or above in the attic. Minimize the amount of fittings whenever possible.

Q. When is the best time to install a central vacuum in a new home being built?

The pipes and wiring are installed before the drywall is up and as the electrician is finishing. Use temporary plaster guards to protect the interior of the pipe at the mounted backing plates while interior construction is finished. 

Q. Where do I get installation supplies?

All central vacuum systems use the same supplies for the rough-in. Only the Cleaning Set and Power Units are different. Supplies are available through the location where you purchased the power unit or you can contact your local dealer/distributor.