Central Vacuum Installation

Your ultimate cleaning satisfaction is within reach! However, it is essential to educate yourself on which central vacuum installation is right for your home. One of our local dealers can help as well. You have three installation options, along with additional accessories that will enhance the system. These affordable installations are applicable for newly constructed or existing homes and take a day to install, with no damage or mess.

In addition to being handy, central vacuums reduce allergy symptoms and do an excellent job of vacuuming. Because the vacuum canister can be larger than a conventional household vacuum’s. It can do a more powerful job of collecting dust, pollen, dander, and other airborne pollutants without re-circulating those allergens into living spaces the way a conventional, portable vacuum cleaner does. And even though central vacuums are larger and more powerful than conventional vacuums, they are quieter because the motor is remote.
Here are your options, price ranges, features, and the pros and cons of each type of system:


Traditional Central Vacuum Installation Traditional Central Vacuum Installation

Traditional central vacuum installation

Price Range
£900-£2200* For new home construction, four inlets, products, and labour. Existing home installation may cost several hundred dollars more.

Inlet valves cover all areas using a 30-foot plug-in hose. Traditional inlet valves receive a traditional-style vacuum hose.


  1. Electric carpet brush can be used for deep cleaning.
  2. Quickest installation.
  3. Small inlet on the wall.
  4. Can use any number of universal hoses.


  1. Hose storage and management.
  2. Multiple inlet locations to carry the hose.

Traditional Central Vacuum Installation Retraflex/ Hide-A-Hose Central Vacuum Installation

Retraflex/ Hide-A-Hose central vacuum installation

Price Range
£1900 – £3100* For new home construction, two inlets, products, and labour. Existing home installation may cost several hundred dollars more.

Hide-A-Hose or Retraflex cover all areas using an integrated 50-foot retractable hose. The hose is pulled out from the wall inlet where it is stored.


  1. Fewer inlets to install.
  2. Eliminates problems associated with traditional hoses.
  3. Pull out any length and instantly retract hose when finished.
  4. Hose length available in 30, 40, 50, and 60-feet increments.


  1. Cannot use an electric vacuum brush for carpet.
  2. More difficult installation.

Traditional Central Vacuum Installation+Traditional Central Vacuum Installation Traditional & Retraflex/ Hide-A-Hose Installation 

Hybrid central vacuum installation

Price Range
£1900 – £2400* For new home construction, three inlets, products, and labour. Existing home installation may cost several hundred dollars more.

Inlet valves for a traditional-style hose that covers the second story, and an inlet valve with a 50-foot retractable hose that includes the first story.


  1. Retractable hose for hard floor surfaces and area rugs.
  2. Traditional inlets for electric vacuum brush for carpeting.
  3. Deepest carpet cleaning and ease-of-use.


  1. 30-foot hose storage and management.
  2. Two toolsets needed: electric upstairs, non-electric downstairs.

Optional Enhancements

Additional options for central vacuum installations

VacPan InstallationVacPan Automatic Dustpan.

Sweep, activate the foot switch and watch the dirt disappear into the vacuum system.
Price Range £15 – £400
(Requires installation of kick plate in a cabinet or a wall.)

Stretch Hose InstallationStretch Hose.

Use existing inlets or add more in traffic areas for
quick clean-ups using the hose that stretches from 7 to 28 feet.
Price Range £100 – £300
(Hose only is needed. Additional inlet locations will cost more money.)

WallyFlex InstallationWallyFlex.

The auxiliary hose that mounts on the wall and stretches 14 feet.
Great for the pantry, laundry, garage, or bathroom.
Price Range £100
(Requires traditional inlet backplate installed higher up on the wall.)

Installation Notes: The pipe layout is a trunk line that branches out to inlet locations.Could be via the basement, attic, soffits, and hidden spaces in the home. The length of the pipe and the number of stories is not a problem for the suction of a central vacuum. A traditional inlet with a 30-foot plug-in hose will cover 700-1000 square feet. A 50-foot retractable Retraflex or Hide-a-Hose will cover around 2300 square feet. The central vacuum system could installed in new construction and existing construction homes. Homes that already have a central vacuum can be updated with a new vacuum unit, including accessories and products such as Retraflex/ Hide-a-Hose, VacPan, and WallyFlex.

*The goal of these price ranges is to show central vacuums are affordable. Price range is for an average 1800-3000 square foot home located in a popular area. Independent local installation companies set prices, and each job will have factors that influence pricing.

More Installation Information:

Frequently Asked Questions
Read the Installation of Frequently Asked Questions.

How to design the most efficient and productive layout plan for your house’s new central vacuum system

Whether you intend to hire an installer or do it yourself. You should first figure out the best places for the vacuum inlets. Both for your convenience when you use the appliance. Locations will affect the ease of installation and, accordingly, the cost.

Every inlet you plan will raise the cost of a system and increase the possibility of air leaks, which decrease the system’s suction. With this in mind, plan carefully so that you can keep the number of inlets to a minimum.

Most houses need one or two inlets on each story. They have centrally located so that every corner of every room is within the vacuum hose’s reach (typically about 30 feet- 100m2).

Though inlets are best located along the base of the interior walls, they may be installed in floors if they are placed away from foot traffic (all floor inlets should have metal covers).

In a single-story house with a basement or crawlspace. Tubing can run under the floor and stub up a short distance into walls or directly serve floor inlets (by far the easiest method when retrofitting).

Interior, non-bearing walls not supported by foundations or beams are generally most comfortable to penetrate from below.

If a house has limited access below floors as with a two-story house. For example, the tubing must route elsewhere. Typical solutions are to run pipe vertically through laundry chutes, behind cabinets, exposed in closet corners, or boxed in at one of a room’s corners.


Another popular option is to run tubing horizontally in an attic and then drop it down through a wall or into a closet or cabinet. The best runs are short, straight, and direct.

Once you’ve established possible inlet locations, be sure they allow the vacuum’s wand to reach every corner of the house (including ceilings). Don’t forget to consider furniture and obstructions. To test your layout, stretch the hose and wand (or a small rope of equal length) from inlets to the far reaches of each room.

Plan to put the power unit/collection canister in the basement, a utility room, the garage, or a similar location away from living areas. Plan to position the unit on or near an exterior wall. So the exhaust line can be easily routed outdoors though some central vacuum types don’t need to be exhausted outdoors. You can minimise dust generated by the unit if you exhaust it.

Don’t put the unit where temperatures may get hot, such as in a furnace room, small closet, or attic. The power unit requires good ventilation for long life and proper operation.

Installing the Power Unit

Begin the installation of a central vacuum system by mounting the power unit to a wall. Though methods may vary according to the make and model. The following instructions show you the basic techniques.

Hang the vacuum canister on its bracket and then hold up the exhaust line assembly. Complete with muffler and elbows. Mark where it meets the wall. Cut through to the outside and mount the exhaust vent and its exterior wall cap.

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