Central Vacuum Systems

Central vacuum systems are fast becoming a standard feature in new builds and renovations and retrofits are becoming very popular in the existing home market. Unlike a conventional vacuum cleaner, central vacuum systems remove dust and allergens to a centralized vacuum unit located either in a separate press space, utility area, or garage space and if possible should be vented externally. This eliminates the potential for re-circulating dust within the living accommodation and therefore contributes directly to better respiratory health, and a cleaner home.

With most conventional vacuum cleaners a portion of the dust is picked up and redistributed back into the room through the exhaust. This adversely affects those suffering from asthma, allergies or respiratory problems. A central vacuum system removes dust and dirt through pipes and when this vacuum system is vented externally it represents the only form of vacuum cleaner that can boast genuine 100% filtration.
Installation of Central Vacuum Systems

Most central vacuum systems can be either installed by yourself, or by your selected company’s experienced team of engineers. Which ever way you intend to proceed you will want to discuss issues regarding the location of vacuum inlets and power unit, together with the sizing of the power unit with the professionals. It is also important to know when the first fix installation takes place during the house construction program. Most good companies offer an installation design service, which you should avail of. The normal program for installing the central vacuum system is in three stages as follows:

  1. Installation of 50mm piping between central unit and vacuum inlets – carried out at first fix stage of building works. Some piping may be required under ground floor slab – check with your supplier. Also do not forget the inlets need to be linked to a low voltage cable so that the the central vacuum unit can be controlled from the switches on the hose.

  2. Completion of installation, including supply and installation of central vacuum unit, wall inlets, vacpans etc. – should be carried out towards the completion of the building works.

  3. Supply of hose and cleaning accessories together with instructions and warranties and commissioning of installation. – should be carried out after the completion of the building works.
Approximate Installation Costs for Central Vacuum Systems:

Installation costs will vary due to size and complexity of installations together with differing product ranges and manufacturers. As a guide expect to pay a minimum of between €1,800.00 to €2,000.00 for a 2,500 square ft house and €2,100.00 to €2,500.00 for a 3,500 square ft. house.

Appointing the Central Vacuum System Specialist:

  • Contact a number of Central Vacuum System Specialists in your area to ensure they would be interested in quoting you for the work. (You can find these by referring to the Suppliers and Services part of this Web Site)
  • If they are in a position to quote for the work you should forward them the plans of your house together with a cover letter outlining the work you wish them to quote for, which should include quotation return dates and project commencement and completion dates. (You can find detailed information on appointing Subcontractors by referring to the Tendering your Build section in the Manage My Build part of this Web Site)

  • You should endeavour to obtain three to four quotations.

  • On receipt of the quotations, checks should be carried out to:

Ensure that they are fully covered by Employers Liability, Public Liability and All Risks Insurance and that you are completely indemnified against any claims. You should have your Insurance Broker check that these insurance policies are suitable for your requirements and that they are in order

Ensure that they have included for all work as outlined in your tender enquiry.

Ensure that there are no arithmetical errors in their quotations.

Ensure that you are comparing like with like. This may take some time as the equipment being offered will probably be from different manufacturers and may have different performance values and specifications. Check the costs associated with call out fees, servicing, spare parts and warranties.

Ensure that the lowest quotation is not so low as to cause concern that the quality of the installation may be compromised. Check the equipment and installation comply with all relevant regulations and guidelines.


Things to look out for:

Obtain a commencement and completion date for the works.

Ensure the Central Vacuum System Specialist has included for all testing and commissioning on completion.

Ensure you get a copy of the instructions and warranties.