Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are automatic dustpans or 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. How many inlet valves?

A typical home needs approximately one inlet to cover 800 square feet 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. 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.

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.  Then a few weeks before the home is move in ready the power unit and inlet covers are installed.

If you are interested in having your existing home retrofitted with a central vacuum, or are in the process of building a new home and would like more information please give us a call at 214-444-4304.  We would be happy to discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.