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How a Central Vacuum System Works

With a central vacuum system, you simply plug a long, flexible hose equipped with a cleaning attachment into a special wall or floor inlet.

With some types, the vacuum turns on automatically; a switch is activated when you plug in the vacuum hose. With others, you flip on a switch at the hose handle.

Dust and debris travel through the hose into a pipeline of PVC tubing that runs through the house walls, floors, or attic to a large power unit/dirt-collection canister mounted in the basement, garage, or utility room.

Because the motor and collector are remote, most central vacuum system units are considerably larger and have more-powerful motors than standard portable vacuums. They also have much more capacity for collecting dust and dirt. Canisters typically need emptying only two or three times a year.

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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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