While I'm definitely partial to my beloved Dyson, a central vacuum appealed to me for several reasons:
- Less exposure to dust and grime. UC Davis did a study on the benefits of central vacuum systems. As a long time allergy sufferer, I quickly bought into the benefits of having a central vacuum. The vacuumed waste will go directly into a big container, mounted in the garage. Since we have a man door in the garage, we'll be able to carry the waste directly from the garage, out to the trash can that sits on the outside of the house. This eliminates the need to unlock a canister from my conventional vacuum and carry a dirty canister through the house, dumping who-knows-what throughout the house on my way out to the garbage can.
- Overall cost. My Dyson Asthma & Allergy vacuum cost well over $400 when I purchased it several years ago. Since that time, we've gone through one canister and I'm probably way overdue to bring it in for maintenance. While the upfront cost of a central vac is much higher than a conventional vac, in theory we won't be buying another vacuum ever again.
- Easy to use. We elected to go with the "Hide-A-Hose" central vacuum system, which eliminates the need to coil the hose after vacuuming. The vacuum port on each floor of the house contains a 50ft hose which then retracts into the wall/pipe after each use.
- VacPan. If you've never seen a crumb sweeper before, prepare to fall in love. The VacPan is a small device, mounted into the cabinets or baseboards. Flip the switch with your toe and the VacPan sucks up crumbs, dirt, dust and hair right into the garage canister. Since I'm the world's worst dustpan user, putting in VacPans is a dream come true! We'll have a VacPan downstairs in the workshop, one in the kitchen, one in the master bath and one in the guest bath. "Why put one in the bathrooms?," you might be wondering. One of my colleagues suggested that we put them in to suck up all of the hair that collects on the bathroom floor. As someone who seems to be constantly "Dry Swiffering" the bathroom floors, his suggestion made complete sense to me. (DC, if you're reading this, thanks to you and your wife for your thoughtful suggestions and advice! I'm sure that we'll enjoy the VacPans in the bathroom - such a brilliant idea.)
|VacPan stock photo. Hit the switch with your toe to turn it on.|
|The VacPan port in the kitchen, which sits in our kitchen island. The installer kindly boxed it in to protect the pipe as we continue work in the kitchen. Eventually the box will be taken off, once the cabinets are installed.|
|Hide-A-Hose central vacuum port. There will be 50 feet of retractable hose sitting in the pipe just below the port. We'll end up painting the housing the same color as the wall.|