Central vac installation questions.
November 26, 2012 8:19 AM Subscribe
Questions about installing the tubes for central vac.
posted by winston to home & garden (5 answers total)
We have some walls open in our house and I'm taking the opportunity to pull some wires, etc. to support potential future upgrades. I want to put in the tubes for central vac, so that the next time the vacuum cleaner needs replacing, opting for central vac is (almost) as easy as installing the unit.
I've looked up manufacturers' installation instructions and have some questions.
1) They say not to install the vacuum unit in the same room as the furnace. How important is this? We have sort of an odd-shaped house and installing the vac unit anywhere else would be reducing the living space, which would probably mean I won't bother. Are there precautions I can take which resolve in another way the issue being addressed by this recommendation? Our furnace room does not get very hot, for what it's worth.
2) The recommendations for installing the tubing recommend one vertical tube near the central unit with tubing running horizontally along each level of the house. Because it is walls that I have open, it would be simplest for me to run one horizontal tube in the basement ceiling and then several vertical tubes that have outlets on each level. Is there a reason this would affect the performance of the system?