Why you should get a central vacuum system for home?



Mira is a 36-year-old mother of two energetic kids. Between her home and her full-time job, she hardly gets any time to deep clean her home. Cleaning the home is therefore an event reserved for Diwali, where the whole house pitches in to clean every corner, dust every surface and scrub all that the eye can see. A vacuum cleaner always helps. The result is much better, and the cobwebs do not come back as fast as they do with a wet cloth or broom, she says.

The trouble is with tugging the vacuum all around the house. It is heavy, noisy and uncomfortable. The solution? A whole house vacuum!

If you can relate to Mira’s woes, you will understand how strenuous vacuuming can be.

How Does a Whole House Vacuum Work?

A whole house vacuum, better known as a central vacuum system is a system. Where a portable vacuum system is an appliance, this one is a system consisting of tubes and pipes that are connected to a concealed canister, which sucks out the dirt, debris and dust to the collection point.

Contrast this with chugging a heavy vacuum cleaner that is also noisy. Of course, there are handheld vacuums in the market today, but they are not as powerful. Central vacuums on the other hand are lightweight hoses that you either plug into the wall inlets, sweep into a vacuum dustpan or pull out one of the retractable hoses. The other good news is that it has a close to 200 cubic feet per meter capacity, and is absolutely noiseless.

“It is easy,” Mira says. “Even my kids are happy to help with the cleaning now.”

Price of a central vacuum system:

In India, central vacuum systems can start for as little as INR 2.5 lakhs. The price can go up with the size of your house, how many inlet ports you want and how much tubing needs to be done.

A point to note however is that central vacuums are semi-permanent fixtures like plumbing or electrical wiring. This means it is best in terms of cost when your home is under construction. Retrofitting or installing a central vacuum system in your old home is also doable, but comes at a higher price.

Remember that this is a one-time cost. This is a system that will also save you a lot of money in the long run given its efficiency and health benefits on offer.

Pros of a Central Vacuum System

Minimal maintenance: The maintenance in a central vacuum system is minimal as compared to portable vacuum cleaners where disposal bags need to be continuously replaced. Get an annual maintenance check package, and change the filters once in a while, and you are good to go!

Extended warranties: Central vacuum systems are huge systems, and therefore most companies in the market offer warranties for physical damage for up to 5 years. The motor is also bigger which explains the extended warranty.

Retrofitting options: Central vacuums are largely for new houses and are easier to fit in when the construction is under progress, but with a little civil work, old homes can be retrofitted with central vacuums too.

Easy installation: Installing a central vacuum system is easy and fast. Once the power unit is in place, all it takes is snaking tubes through the walls of the house and connecting them all together. What's more, the power unit is concealed and does not even show up like extra-terrestrial equipment.

Easy, comfortable cleaning:  The equipment is easy to handle, and works with various attachments. Since it does not require tugging along heavy equipment, it is comfortable.

Cons of a Central Vacuum System:

Huge upfront installation costs: The systems cost anywhere between 2.5 lakhs to 7 lakhs, and bigger houses may need costlier systems. Depending on the area covered, the number of inlets and piping the system cost for installation may go up.

Damage risk:  The central power unit is a big motor, and as with huge pieces of machinery like automobiles and engines, this is the costliest part of the system. Also since there are Wet & Dry Central Vacuum Systems, there are chances where something messy could damage the equipment, where replacement could be a costly affair.

Retrofitting is difficult: While it works like a charm in new houses, and installation is doable in old houses, it can be difficult because of existing issues.

The pros obviously weigh out the cons, and when you know you do not have to look for domestic help anymore, cleaning can be quick and easy with a central vacuum system.

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