You have all your options for hoses and accessories since your in-home vacuum ports are industry standard. We highly recommend an electric kit with a corded hose if you have any carpet. About the unit, it has a center weighted cloth filter, that can be cleaned by shaking it after you put a trash bag up over the unit. We have replacements that are 14" diameter. To remove, grap the top side and pull in. It flexes and drops out. That is basically all the maintenance!