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After decades in the industry and 1000’s of central vacuum systems sold, the following guidelines have been developed over years of experience by our customer service specialist’s and our technicians for properly sizing a central vacuum for your home. The formula’s and the central vacuum units listed are just recommendations from The Vacuum Factory. Now, let’s get you cleaning.
Most people who install central vacuums in their home are doing so to replace their old upright or canister vacuum that they have been using for years. No matter where you go in the house and use the upright or the canister vacuum, suction level never changes. You want the same performance out of your central vacuum.
On paper, a 6,000 square foot rated central vacuum will cover up to a 6,000 square foot home. But, you MUST consider the linear feet of piping in the walls, attic, basement, and crawl spaces. For every foot of pipe that is installed in a home, the suction level of the vacuum drops. In a 6,000 square foot home with a 6,000 square foot capable vacuum, and 60 feet of pipe, you get a 13% suction loss at the inlet valve located the farthest away from the unit.
To solve this common issue, just double the square footage of your home and look for units that are capable of servicing your doubled square footage number or more.
For example: 3,500 Square Foot Home x 2= 7,000 Square Feet