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Beam Vacuum Technology

How a Central Vacuum System Works

A central vacuum system is composed mainly of the central power unit, the tubing, inlet valves, and the vacuum hose.

Central Vacuum Systems use specifically designed tubing installed in the walls of your home to carry the collected dirt, dust, and allergens away from your living area to the central power unit; commonly located in the garage, utility room, or basement.

To activate the system, simply insert the lightweight hose into a central vacuum wall inlet valve. Most homes will typically have one central vacuum inlet valve per floor averaging three per house. The inlet valves should be installed in the most convenient and accessible places in the house. Usually, one inlet is used for every 600 square feet of an area.

The flexible lightweight hose and inlet system allow you to easily move from room to room without having to push a heavy upright vacuum or pull a canister vacuum behind you, commonly bumping into walls or valuable furniture.

This diagram shows how a central vac is installed in a home.

  1. Tubing installed through interior walls, attic, basement
    and crawlspaces connects vacuum inlets to the power unit.
  2. Each strategically located inlet valve lets you vacuum
    approximately 700-800 square feet.
  3. The power unit is located away from the living area,
    usually in a basement, garage or ventilated utility room.
  4. Innovative accessories like the VacPan can be incorporated
    into the system for additional cleaning ease.
  5. A variety of cleaning attachments such as a crevice tool, a
    dusting tool and the fabric tool allows you to vacuum any
    type of surface.
  6. Exhausted to the outside or through a HEPA filter system
    to leave you nothing but clean indoor air.

Shop Central Vacuum Systems

Choose from these three lines of BEAM Central Vacuum cleaners, all tested, trusted, and designed with you in mind. If you currently have a central vacuum and are looking to upgrade your system, Superior Home Systems will offer you a trade-in value for your old central vac system to put towards the new system you purchase with us.

BEAM Classic

Top of the line central vacuum cleaner built from 50 years of design and development experiments, boasting of a metallic steel body, anti-vibration mounting system and the Gore Self-Cleaning filter.

BEAM Serenity

A powerful tool that cleans silently and effectively. It also has an electronic user interface that lets you keep track of the system’s functioning, such as time readout, system efficiency, and dirt bucket level.

BEAM Alliance

The most recent central vacuum cleaner that performs 30% more than the Beam Serenity. It offers a smart screen technology and fingertips control so that cleaning is handy and portable.

Benefits of Central Vacuums

There are many benefits to using a central vacuum system; from better air quality to stronger suction.