Since writing a past blog about choosing a vacuum cleaner, my wife (As David Faherty would say “The one who must be obeyed”) and I sold our previous home and bought another.
We’ve been empty-nesters for a few years so about 10 years ago I decided we should downsize. Since then we’ve gone from 2,900 to 3,200 to 3,500 square feet. (see Faherty above)
Anyway, in that previous blog I spoke of the various styles, types, quality and costs of your options.
I also told you that were I ever to sell that home and buy another, I would have a central vacuum system installed there. And I did.
There are so many reasons why. Here are a few.
1) The vacuum power unit itself resides in my garage. This means that all particulate matter is completely removed from my abode.
2) It is a powerful sucker. While a well-made upright vacuum sucks at about 55 cubic feet per minute. Mine sucks at about 140.
3) The collection container is 5 gallons large. I only have to empty it about every other month.
4) It’s quiet. Very quiet. When vacuuming wood or tile floors (no beater brush working) I can actually hear a doorbell ring or even talk on the phone.
5) My unit has a 30 foot hose and I have several wall-jacks around the house.
With the various attachments I can easily reach even high cornered cathedral ceiling spots that no ordinary vacuum could get to.
6) Finally, because the power unit is in the garage and has jack in it, I can vacuum my cars with ease.
Now the downside to all this is the investment. You can expect to pay between $1,500 and $3,000 to retrofit your house with a system. But given that these units can last for many, many years with virtually no maintenance, no repair and no replacement, I believe it’s something to consider.
(disclaimer: I do not now nor have I ever been commercially involved with any vacuum cleaner company)
That’s it for now!
Later, the Miracle Maid
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