Installing a central vacuum in your home can be done in one weekend if you have the proper tools, equipment, and are somewhat handy. Central vacuums have been proven to reduce allergens in the household, and can appreciate the value of your home overall. Central Vacuum Systems can be installed within a new construction or existing home, although installing it during the construction phase is a lot easier and will cost less. Before thinking about installing your central vacuum, you need to make sure you have all the proper material.
Parts you will need for 5 valve system (covers a 3500 sq. ft. home):
1- Central Vacuum Unit: The central vacuum power unit is what creates the suction for your system. The better units are made out of steel, and have a large industrial motor within for maximum suction power. When choosing the unit your home, take the square footage and double it, then find a unit that is capable of covering that much area. This is a rule of thumb in the industry to make sure there is enough suction to deeply clean your carpet, hardwoods, and rugs.
1 – Central Vacuum Attachment Kit: These kits contain all the accessories you need for your central vac. They include the central vacuum hose, power head, and other necessary cleaning tools.
130 feet – Central Vacuum Pipe: The central vacuum pipe is specially manufactured for universal use with all central vacuums, it is a 2 inch PVC pipe capable of fitting within your walls.
130 feet – Low Voltage Wire: The low voltage wire is used to turn your power unit on and off, it is not used to power the actual machine. This wire runs all the way to each valve throughout the home.
5 – Valve Rough In Plates: These rough in plates are mounted on the 2×4 where you want to place your central vacuum inlet valve.
5 – Inlet valves: The inlet valve is placed on the outside of the drywall, and connects to the rough in plate.
5 – Tight 90 degree elbows: It is essential that you do not use a lot of tight 90 degree angles when installing your central vacuum. The only place you should use them is connecting to the back of the valve so you can run the central vacuum pipe in the wall.
16 – Wide 90 degree elbows: These 90 degree elbows are used to go around corners when installing the central vacuum pipe.
13 – 45 degree elbows: These are used to angle the pipe when installing it in your home.
5 – TY 90 Degree elbows: these couplings are used to connect to lengths of pipe together. Since you only have 5 valves, you will only need 5 of these.
2 – PVC Cement Glue: This glue is designed for use with PVC pipe, and is the best for long term strength.
25 – Pipe Straps: Pipe Straps are used to mount to pipe against a piece of wood in your home, providing stability.
30 – Quick Clips: Quick Clips are used to hold the low voltage wire to the central vacuum pipe, simple electric or duct tape can replace these clips if desired.
All of these are available in central vacuum kits from centralvacuumdirect.com. Each kit is custom prepared for whatever the homeowner desires, and includes everything you will need to install your central vacuum. Either a Canavac or beam central vacuum kit is recommended. These manufacturers have the best warranty and units available. You can browse through the kits on our website, or contact us via our toll free number on our site.
Thanks, – The Central Vac Guys
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