Having a central vac in your home can save you time and a lot of stress, not to mention it can also add value.

What is a central vacuum?

A central vacuum system, otherwise known as a whole-house vacuum system, is a house-wide vacuum cleaner. This cleaning device is installed and located at various spots throughout your home. Some families have the motor installed in an out-of-the-way location, such as the garage, basement, or attic. A large canister is attached to pipes, located in several rooms, which suck out all the dirt because they’re connected to the motor through wall outlets. Superior Water & Air, with years of experience with this and other air filtration needs, will place these outlets wherever is best for each homeowner.

How does a central vacuum system work?

When Superior Water & Air installs a central vacuum for the whole house, it’s an appliance that removes dust and debris through various pipes, hidden or tucked away inside small closets in rooms, connecting down to a larger canister kept in the basement, garage, or sometimes the back porch. Or whatever is convenient for you. This helps you vacuum easily and effectively without having to lug a heavy portable vacuum from room to room or floor to floor.


  • Low maintenance: On average, you’ll change the paper filter bag every six months and the motor brushes every three years.
  • Long-lasting: Central vacuums have a longer warranty (sometimes 6 years) than portable vacuums (only one year). This is due to a more powerful motor and expert installation.
  • Adaptable: They can be retrofitted to older homes.
  • Quick turnaround time: Installation takes less than a day and doesn’t damage your walls.
  • Quick and easier cleaning: Central vacs are especially good for cleaning homes with multiple floors. You just plug in a lightweight hose and start cleaning.
  • Quiet: The motor is outside the living area, so vacuuming can be done whenever you like without disturbing anyone.
  • Good investment: A central vac raises the value of your home.
  • Hypo-allergenic: Dusty air is now blown outside rather than recycled back into the home. You’ll notice a better smell almost immediately.
  • Safer: You don’t have to carry a heavy vacuum up or down the stairs or worry about tripping over power cords.


  • Too powerful: Make sure you take small items out of the room before vacuuming—toys, small pets, etc. Otherwise, they might get sucked into the tubes.
  • Unit damage: There have been instances where kids try to use the central vacuum to get rid of broken glass, water spills without the proper accessories, or other things like that.
  • Noise: The motor is especially loud, so it’s vital to use mufflers or keep the motor far from where anyone would be disturbed by it.
  • Price: A good system will cost more than even the fanciest portable vacuum cleaner.
  • Weak suction: This will compromise an otherwise high-quality system thanks to obstructed pipes or exhaust. Or, it could be due to a dirty filter or full bag that needs to be replaced. We also recommend checking the motor, breaker, or wiring.

Why should someone buy a central vacuum?

A central vacuum system is convenient and will save you money in the long run. Thanks to a spread-out system of hidden pipes, canisters, and a motor—you get less of a workload as the homeowner and an easier time cleaning your home.

You also have one less bulky appliance to store or worry about.

How does a central vacuum system work? Let Superior Water & Air show you today.