Homes with Central Vac
Typically, 50-foot Hide-A-Hose valves are installed in areas near all rooms with hard floors. A new HAH valve consists of a wall inlet and pipe run to the basement or attic where is it tied into any existing pipe run. The power of the existing suction tank is usually plenty to retract the central vacuum hose back into the pipe run.
Homes without a Central Vac
All new construction homes can be roughed-in with Hide-A-Hose. Unfortunately, changing existing central vacuum valves to HAH is not possible, because the existing pipe network has elbow connections that are too short. HAH connections are longer sweeping ones that minimize friction and allow the hose to move easily as it retracts.
Other Retractable Central Vacuum Hose Options:
Through the years many companies have tried their hand dealing with the central vacuum hose. In our opinion none have come close to the features of Hide-A-Hose, but here are some of the others. Cubby Vac contains a motor and hose at every single inlet valve location. The wall footprint is very large when installed. It exhausts back into the room rather than outside the living area as a real central vacuum would. Another has gone through several owners and name changes. Vacs America made a product called Hose Genie, also sold by Hoover, and then Canavac offered it, calling it the Doc-It Vacuum. Its slow motor pushes the hose into a wall cavity and it gets its suction from the central vacuum system. Installation requires two stud bays and the plate on the wall is still rather large. Both of these retractable hose systems are more expensive than Hide-A-Hose and have lacked popularity even though they have been on the market for a number of years. They require a very heavy bulky hose and lack much of the convenience that they were seeking to achieve.