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Central Vacuum Installation

Your ultimate cleaning satisfaction is within reach! However, it is important to educate yourself on which central vacuum installation is right for your home, and one of our local dealers can help as well. You have three installation options, along with supplementary 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.
Here are your options, price ranges, features, and the pros and cons for each type of system:

Traditional Central Vacuum Installation Traditional Central Vacuum Installation

Traditional central vacuum installation

Price Range
$1200 - $2800* For new home construction, four inlets, products, and labor. Existing home installation may cost several hundred dollars more.

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


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


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

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

Hide-A-Hose central vacuum installation

Price Range
$2400 - $3900* For new home construction, two inlets, products, and labor. Existing home installation may cost several hundred dollars more.

Hide-A-Hose Inlets 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 & Hide-A-Hose Installation

Hybrid central vacuum installation

Price Range
$2400 - $3000* For new home construction, three inlets, products, and labor. Existing home installation may cost several hundred dollars more.

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

  1. Retractable hose for hard floor surfaces and area rugs.
  2. Traditional inlets for electric vacuum brush for carpeting.
  3. Best of both worlds - deepest carpet cleaning and ease-of-use.
  1. 30-foot hose storage and management.
  2. Two tool sets needed: electric upstairs, non-electric downstairs.
Optional Enhancements

Additional options for central vacuum installations

VacPan Installation VacPan Automatic Dustpan. Sweep, activate the foot switch,
and watch the dirt disappear into the vacuum system.
Price Range $250 - $500
(Requires installation of kick plate in cabinet or in a wall.)

Stretch Hose Installation Stretch 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 $55 - $80
(Hose only is needed. Extra inlet locations will cost more money.)

WallyFlex Installation WallyFlex. Auxiliary hose that mounts on wall and stretches 14 feet.
Great for the pantry, laundry, garage, or bathroom.
Price Range $250 - $400
(Requires traditional inlet back plate installed higher up on wall.)

Installation Notes: The pipe layout is basically a trunk line that branches out to inlet locations 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, and a 50-foot retractable Hide-a-Hose will cover around 2300 square feet. Either central vacuum system can be 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 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 middle class area. Prices are set by independent local installation companies and each job will have factors that influence pricing.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Read the Installation Frequently Asked Questions.

Central Vacuum Installation Manuals
Detailed central vacuum installation manuals, whether you hire a central vacuum installer or do-it-yourself.

Contact a Local Dealer for a FREE Quote
Let a Local Dealer answer your questions and provide a quote. If there is no dealer in your area or you'd like to do it yourself, figure out everything needed for a traditional installation. In 3 steps get a list and pricing for everything except the main power unit which is available through local dealers or MD if there is not a local dealer available.

Installation Product Pages
Installation Pipe, Fittings, Tools, & Wire
Installation Inlet Valves & Backing Plates

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