Q: Can a central vacuum system add value to a home? Are they very powerful?
As we remodel our home I am becoming more and more intrigued by having a central vacuuming system installed. I would love to hear about others who have had this type of system installed and whether they would recommend it. I am also interested in the resale value of a central vacuum system. Would it be a wise decision in regards to my home value or a waste of money? Also, how powerful are these types of systems compared to typical vacuums?
Beginning with the last questions, central vacuum systems are up to 5 times more powerful than common upright and canister vacuums. "Power" is measured as air flow, suction, and airwatts (learn about those terms here - http://builtinvacuum.com/education/definitions.html). The reason central vacuums are up to 5 times more powerful is because of the size, RPMs, and build of the types of motors that central vacs use (http://builtinvacuum.com/parts/vacuum-motors.html).
Value or Waste of money?
Value. Once central vacuum plumbing is installed, a home is prepped for the most complete and professional kind of vacuum cleaning. From under car seats to the top corner of your ceilings, central vacs reach everywhere and have a tool for everything (even arts and crafts - http://builtinvacuum.com/minivac/). In commonality, central vacuums increase the value of a home about $2000. It fluctuates. Central vacuums are clinically proven to relieve allergy sufferers of most of their symptoms at home. Thats a big deal in relation to value. How much do allergy drugs cost? Also, there are tools for pets (http://builtinvacuum.com/petvac/index.html). How much does one pet grooming cost? Once installed, central vacuums can save home owners a lot of money.
Oddly enough, the most popular accessory known for central vacuums has nothing do with the carpet. It is called a Vacpan. http://builtinvacuum.com/vacpan.html - It is installed at your baseboard and allows a user to sweep dirt directly into the central vac plumbing.
I hope this basic information on central vacs helped.
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