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How to install a Central Vacuum System

A Central Vacuum System consists of a fixed vacuum power unit located away from the living area of the home, and ducted to vacuum inlets within the property where a lightweight hose is then inserted.

  • Easily installed in a new build home
  • Install in an existing property
  • Installed by BEAM or DIY
Installation

Planning is therefore essential when installing the vacuum system in your home. There are two main factors to consider:

  1. Placement of the central power unit. The unit needs to be accessible so that the dust and debris can be emptied several times per year. The power unit can be installed in various locations both internally and externally. Common places would be utility rooms, boiler rooms, attached and detached garages. The unit should also be no more than 15 metres from the home to ensure maximum performance.

  2. Placement of vacuum inlets within the house. It will not be necessary to install an inlet in every room in the home, as every BEAM Central Vacuum System includes a 9m lightweight hose that allows multiple rooms to be vacuumed from a single inlet. For this reason, inlets will normally be installed in central areas such as hallways and landings.

Installing in a new build house

Installing a Central Vacuum System is ideal when a house is under construction. Self builders will already be familiar with the build schedule for plumbers, electricians etc. Installation of a central vacuum system is split over 2 stages:

First Fix:

  • When stud walls are in place and before your plaster board goes on.
  • If no stud are walls being constructed, before plastering and before the ceilings go up.

Second Fix:

  • When your plastering is nearing completion and before the floors are poured;
  • If installing underfloor heating, before polystyrene / insulation is laid;
  • When plumbing & heating pipes are being laid in floors;

A 13-amp electrical socket, positioned at a high level, is required beside the location of the power unit.

It is important that your Beam Central Vacuum System is completed and air tested before floor tiling and decorating to ensure that no wires or ducting have been accidentally damaged by other services.

Installing in an existing property or renovation

If you are not currently building a new house it is still possible to install a BEAM Central Vacuum system in your home. About 95% of existing properties can be fitted with a central vacuum. Careful planning is important to keep labour time and costs at a minimum while still giving you the vacuum cleaning flexibility only a BEAM Central Vacuum System can offer. A survey can determine the best way to install your system.

Regardless of whether you are building a new home, renovating or have an existing property, get in touch with an expert at BEAM to discuss your plans, and see how you can benefit from the Built-in Brilliance of a BEAM Central Vacuum System.