Hello Nicole, you have all your options. You can use a Beam, SilentMaster, or whatever brand you want. We recommend reading about the main differences here www.builtinvacuum.com/filtanal.html
. The inlets are connected to the unit through the wire you see along the pipe stubbed out into the vacuum area. The wire is really easy to connect. For inside the home you have all your options as well. In fact the vacuum and the accessories don't have to be the same brand. We highly recommend the Stealth Kit for total cleaning and it fits all the other cool accessories you see on our website. Use the accessory page for a starting point - everything there is compatible www.builtinvacuum.com/access.html
. Let us know if you have more questions.