Talking Dirt at Dinnertime
It's impossible to explain how a dinner conversation with friends could meander all the way to the topic of central vacuum cleaners, but that's what happened at my house this weekend. Opinions ranged from "why bother" to "I want one" before we moved on to other equally weighty topics.
Central vac systems are usually installed when a house is being built, and they're most common in luxury homes. A National Association of Home Builders survey showed that builders put them in 30 percent of luxury homes built in 2006, and in almost 20 percent of all move-up homes. They can add $2,000 or more to the price.
Components alone, without installation, can cost almost $1,000 from Home Depot. And routing the vacuum hoses through the walls of an existing house can be terribly impractical. But central vacs are being pushed by advocates of the green building movement because they say the more-powerful motors can provide cleaner indoor air, especially if the systems are vented outdoors. The American Lung Association recommends that people with asthma and allergies "consider" a central vac that vents outdoors, or that they choose a high-quality portable vacuum with high-efficiency HEPA filters. Better yet, they recommend, "anyone with asthma or allergies may want to avoid vacuuming." Now there's an idea I can get behind.
What's your experience with central vacs? Are they a "why bother" or a "want one?"
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