The Price is Right: The Cost of Central Vacuums

Are you tired of cleaning your home with a vacuum that leaves your floors in sub-par shape? Are you tired of the hassle that comes along with tangle prone cords and bulky vacuum designs? If you answered yes, CentralVac has a solution for you.

A central vacuum, or whole house vacuum, is a stationary system that is permanently installed in a remote area of your home, such as the laundry room, garage, basement, etc. A succession of plastic pipes is then inserted into your walls, which connects the stationary unit to various inlet valves throughout your home. These valves, similar to electrical outlets, connect to a 20’-50’ hose that can be moved from room to room.

The Cost of Central Vacuums

The concept of a central vacuum is incredibly appealing. However, the single most common question interested individuals have is: how much does a central vacuum cost? And the answer is simple: it depends on the size of you home.

Most homeowners spend between $800 and $4,000 for professional installation – that’s a pretty vast difference. To get a better idea of what a central vacuum installation will cost in your home, it’s helpful to understand five system costs that commonly appear on estimates.

  1. The unit itself is the most expensive aspect of the total cost. Though the price is ultimately contingent on your wants and needs, you’ll likely spend anywhere from $200 to $700 on a central vac, depending on quality.
  2. Inlet valves, pipes and fittings will also appear on an estimate. Valves, including brackets, run anywhere between $15 and $30 a piece, while pipes and fittings cost about $65 each. Your total will depend largely on how many of these pieces you’ll need in your home.
  3. Attachment kits include the vacuum hose, power head, extension wants and other accessories for the system. The price of these kits varies between $350 and $600 depending on quality and quantity. Though this may seem a bit pricy for the kit, customers are consistently happy with the product and consider it an investment.
  4. Accessories can also play a large factor in your overall central vacuum cost. Central vacuum parts like crevice tools, floor brushes, vacpans, vacuum bags, filters etc. cost anywhere from $10 to $60 depending on what and how many accessories you order.
  5. Installation costs will also be considered in an estimate and is perhaps the most important cost to understand in order to avoid overpaying for labor rates. The standard cost of installation should fall between $40 and $60 per hour. It’s also important to consider the fact that the standard 4-valve job requires around 8 hours of labor, so expect the final labor cost to be between $100 to $120 per valve.

Stop wasting time and effort with bulky vacuums and install a central vac in your home. Contact CentralVac for an estimate or to purchase a unit today!

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