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Old 12-03-2007, 04:42 AM
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We're closing on our new home in Cary the end of December. The house is set up for central vac, but we would have to purchase the main unit. I have no idea how much they cost, what brands/types are best and if they're really worth it. I have a Dyson now, and I can't imagine anything cleaning better than it does.

Can any one share their opinions on central vacs and recommend a make/model?
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:19 AM
Location: State College PA
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I can't recommend the brand, since we bought our house with one in it, but... we LOVE our central vac! I think the best part is the little slot one in the kitchen that you flip on with your toe...(so if it's vinyl/tile/hardwood, just use a broom, flip it with your toe, and no needing to pick it up!)
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:48 AM
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I miss my central vac from my previous home. It is particularly great if you have allergies since all of the dust particles are sucked out of the home. Ours was by Beam and we were very satisfied with the performance...strong suction, rug beater worked well. Make sure that it gets wired for the electricity to run the beater...the hose for that has a power cord that plugs in to run the beater. If you don't have that option you might not be happy with using it for rugs.
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:35 AM
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We love our central vac. Our home was set up with it but we had to buy the main unit. It was about 1000.00 dollars for the unit(5 years ago). Price is based on the square footage of the home because of different size units. That price also included one hose and the attachments. I would recommend getting 2 hoses, one for upstairs and one for downstairs (if you have a 2 story home). It is a pain to lug the hose up the stairs.
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:50 AM
Location: North Raleigh
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I've always wanted one. They supposedly have more suction, and evacuate to the outdoors which is great for noise and allergy sufferers. Downside is they're expensive and the hose/head portion is usually a long cumbersome 25' hose which takes a lot of storage and seems like a hassle to drag around.

However, I still use a 20 year old Electrolux canister which I drag around so it can't be too much different.
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:03 AM
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We had Central Vac in our old house, and built our new house without it and bought the dyson ball.

With central vac you have a 20 to 30 foot hose that you pull around corners, this tends to damage the baseboards on the corners.

If you do get central, try to get an outlet in every room. This will minimize the baseboard damage.

BTW, our Dyson has much more suction than our old Electrolux Central Vac.
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:11 AM
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Here are some links to some past discussions also that may help you out .


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Old 12-03-2007, 07:58 AM
Location: Piedmont NC
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My Dyson is the BEST vacuum I've ever owned. We didn't put the central system in one of our homes, but it came with the house when we bought it, and I never liked it, myself. I found it just didn't maintain the suction, the hose was awkward, and it did make a mess of the baseboards. Because we have two dogs that shed, considerably, I gambled on the Dyson animal, and can attest to its cleaning capabilities -- it gets the dog hair off our wool rugs! I cannot attest to its longevity yet, as our Dyson is just a little over a year old.
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Old 12-05-2007, 05:05 AM
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Our Dyson (great Vacuum) had to get repaired (professionally) after about 4 years. The repair cost about $150. Now I understand Dyson has uppped their warranty to about 5 years, so new owners may have less issues.

Even with my Dyson - I have to say - I WANT Central Vac. I don't know if I can justify the cost (my builder is charging about $3200 for the unit, hose, and 6 outlets) .. but I want it!! Imagine, crumb catcher pan in the laundry room. Sweep up the cat litter with a broom, then kick open the crumb catcher and *Zoom* all gone. It would be heaven!!!

But, even so, I'll admit the Dyson works pretty well, and for the most part - no filters to mess with (best part!). So we'll see. Even if we did get Central Vac, I'd still keep the Dyson, never know when an upright might just be more convenient.
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:52 PM
Location: Bora Bora: Vava'u.
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Thumbs up Central Vac

I currently have a central vac in my home and love it. It can easily clean underneath beds and certain furniture with ease. Who has the time to move furniture to get all the dust and dirt??? It is amazing to see all the dirt underneath furniture that accumulates so fast.

Do yourself a favor and invest in one. It is an upgrade in your home if you ever need to sell
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