Central Vacuum Systems At The Design Stage
For those home and commercial project owners who are concerned about health, project life-cycle costs, the environment, and efficiency in the home and work place, central vacuum systems are a must. At the design stage, it is only necessary to allow space for the power unit and to indicate preferred locations, if known, for wall inlets and other system features, such as a VacPan or Vroom. Including central vacuum at the design stage will also help with project budget management. It’s not necessary to include the vacuum system pipe network in the design as that is almost always worked out at the time of installation.
Rules of Thumb for Central Vacuum Design
For a standard system (35′ hose), each wall inlet can be expected to cover 750 – 850 square feet and for a retractable hose system (up to 50′ hose), each wall inlet can be expected to cover 1900 – 2000 square feet.
For new construction homes up to 3500 square feet and 2 levels, a good budget number for the cost of a standard central vacuum system is $2500 and $3500 for a retractable hose central vacuum system.
For existing homes up to 3500 square feet and 2 levels, a good budget number for the cost of a standard central vacuum system is $3500 and $4500 for a retractable hose central vacuum system.