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Central Vacuum Installation Guide

Installing a Central Vacuum System

A built-in vacuum cleaner system basically consist into a network of pipes and a power unit located somewhere inside the house, in the basement, in the garage, inside a closet or wardrobe, or even under the staircase. This power unit is connected to inlet valves with a network of pvc pipes mostly hidden inside the walls. 

Planning the Installation

Note: Small to medium size homes (with 2000ft2 or less per floors) generally requires only 1 inlet valve per level or floor. Choose your vacuum hose length according the distance between the further point to clean and the inlet valve. Larger homes may require more than 1 valve per floors according to superficy and architecture.

If you don't know where to start send us your plans, blueprints, drawings, pictures. Our team of technicians will help you out. 

1-Find the best location to install the central vacuum unit taking into consideration you have to run a 2" PVC pipe to the different inlet valves locations, Vacpans, Vacusweeps, Wallyflex cleaning stations etc.

2-Choose the type of installation 

  • Standard central vacuum installation with low voltage 24 volts
  • Super Valves (Direct Connect) built-in 120 volts and 24 volts inlet valves 
  • Wet and Dry Installation with Low Voltage 24 volts
  • Retraflex, Hide-a-Hose, Rapidflex retractable hose systems

3-Order the parts online from

New Constructions

Every new home should be built with an integrated central vacuum system simply because it is more convenient, more powerful and so much easier to use on a daily basis to clean the house than a regular vacuum cleaner. If you are planning on building a house in the following years, make sure it has the best central vacuum, you will not regret it.

Existing Homes

For older houses without a central vacuum roughed in, it is always possible to retro fit a built-in vacuum cleaner. If you have access to the ceilings in the basement (suspended ceilings, unfinished basements), this will clearly make your job easier.  


Hiring a professional to install your central vacuum system is not necessary. All you need is someone a little bit handy and some tools. We share with you on the website a complete set of guidelines to achieve the installation yourself in a couple of hours. You can also buy online all the parts and the tools that professionals use everyday on the job. Follow our step by step instructions, installing a central vac has never been easier.

Standard Installation (low voltage 24 volts only)

This kind of installation is the most frequent and popular. Nonetheless, it is also the most affordable setup. This setup consist into a 2" PVC pipe running along a low voltage wire from the power unit to the inlet valves. The low voltage wire connects the two little metal balls in the inlet hole to the low voltage output located on the side of the central vacuum.

Super Valves Direct Connect Installation (120 volts + 24 volts)

This setup is perfect for carpet owners using a powered motorized carpet beater. The 120 volts receptacle is built inside the inlet valves. Instead of using a pigtail dual voltage hose, you can buy a super valve direct connect compatible hose with super valve system.

Wet and Dry Installation Setup

This installation requires an extra looping to prevent liquids to backflow. See picture below

Retraflex Hide-a-Hose Rapidflex Retractable Hose Systems

The most important innovation and revolution in home cleaning systems is the retractable hose. Hiding inside the walls and always ready to use, those central vacuum hoses are a complete must have feature in every new homes.With a retractable hose system, you will start to love vacuuming the house!

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