Typically central vacuums cost the same amount as a high end portable cleaner. It is the cost of installation that makes the difference. Depending on the size of the property, the cost of a central vacuum installation can range between $1000 – $2800. Installing a central vac into a new build is far easier and less expensive than putting one into an existing property.
If you want to install a central vacuum in your existing house, you can expect the installation costs to rise.
Pros and cons of central vacuum systems
Central vacuum systems tend to have larger motors than most traditional vacuums. Particularly if you have pets, a central vac offers much greater cleaning power, which is an appeal for many.
Central vacuums can last for as long as 20 years, their motors are far more durable, able to handle more regular, heavy use than ordinary vacuums. As a result you can usually expect a central vacuum to have a longer warranty period.
The motor is kept outside the living area, usually in a basement or garage.
Adds value to your property
If you plan to sell your home, you will almost always make your investment back on the resell.
Easy to move around
No need to carry around heavy equipment or electric cables. Most central vacuum owners find them easier to maneuver and are able to clean harder to reach areas.
While there are many advantages to having a central vacuum there are some cons too. What commonly puts potential buyers off is the cost.
You can’t just buy a central vacuum, you need to install it as well. The cost for installation starts at around $1000.
You could have a central vacuum for many years without a problem, however due to their increased power they are at greater risk of clogs and damage. A central vacuum is more likely to be damaged by larger items that wouldn’t normally be sucked up by your traditional vacuum.
What do you value most?
Really it comes down to what you value most with a central vacuum. If you value ease and convenience and if you like a deeper clean a central vacuum may be worth the investment.
Another factor to consider is allergies. Since the motor is kept outside of your living spaces, any dust and allergens are kept away from the house.
In many ways they aren’t too different to many normal vacuums, they need emptying and maintaining to keep working at their best. An ordinary vacuum cleaner can clog and become less powerful just like a central vacuum can. If something does go wrong however, it is slightly more technical. If you are put off by the potential of complicated repairs/problems a central vacuum may be for you.
The biggest difference however is the cost outlaid when you install it. If cost is an issue for you, a central vacuum may not be worth the investment.