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What is a Central Vacuum

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A Cyclo Vac central vacuum system: it is efficient, easy to use, and simple to install. A complete system includes some really practical accessories: automatic dustpan, retractable hose system, design vacuum inlets, everything you need to optimize the performance of your Cyclo Vac.

More powerful than a portable vacuum, the Cyclo Vac central vacuum cleans efficiently and thoroughly.

Installation of a Cyclo Vac Central Vacuum System

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The installation of a Cyclo Vac ducted vacuum system can be done in all buildings, houses and apartments. The central vacuum unit is installed either in the garage or workshop, in the basement, or even in the attic. While renovating or during construction, you can count on one of our certified dealers to install your vacuum system, or do it yourself with our complete installation kits. The installation is achieved in a few hours only, after which you can start to benefit from the many advantages of a ducted vacuum in your house.

Here's how it's done: a piping system is installed in the floors and walls of your residence, to which are connected the vacuum inlets. The pipe run is all linked to your central vacuum unit. Low voltage wiring follows the pipe run and connects each inlet to the central power unit. This way, every time the hose end is inserted into an inlet, the central vacuum starts.

Cleaning Surface: Beware!

Each and every Cyclo Vac ducted vacuums were designed to clean a given surface (square-feet or square-meters). The cleaning surface range of a ducted vacuum is very useful information as it can help to choose a vacuum fitted for your needs. Nevertheless, many other important factors should also be considered.

Indeed, many other elements can influence the ducted vacuum that best suits your home environment: flooring, carpets, piping system, pets, allergies and many more.

To make sure you choose the ducted vacuum best suited to your needs and expectations, we recommend that you visit your authorized retailers or our Virtual Advisor web page.

Technical Terms

To make the right choice, we understand that you need to compare units between them. And to succeed, you first need to become somewhat familiar with all the technical terms, so that you know what they stand for. This way, you will be able to have a precise idea of the data that is important for you to compare.

So here are some brief explanations for each of these terms.

Water Lift (H2O)

Water lift (H2O) mainly measures the central vacuum’s engine strength, that is to say the strength with which the air is moved. The speed at which the air moves is a good indicator of the suction power. This data indicates, among other things, if the chosen power unit will be able to suck up larger debris of a certain weight. It is therefore a primordial element to consider when choosing a vacuum cleaner, especially if you intend to use an air driven powerhead: the greater the suction strength, the faster the roller will turn! This data is also crucial if you want to use the retractable hose system because it is precisely this force that will make the hose retract into the piping system.

Airflow (CFM/CMH)

This data measures the quantity of air that is moved at the same time, in cubic feet per minute (CFM) or in cubic meter per hour (CMH). A high airflow creates an important air movement, thus considerably increasing the capacity to vacuum dust and dirt within a larger range. This data is more important if you intend to use an electric powerhead: since it’s the electricity that will make the roller turn, the air movement created is of greater interest.

Water Lift (H2O) or Airflow (CFM/CMH)?

Having understood the respective interest of these two technical terms, it is important to know that these two characteristics ensure a maximal power output together. It is therefore essential to analyse both these data as a whole, and not independently.


Airwatt is a measurement that represents the motor performance, taking both these technical data into account. It is in fact calculated with a ratio between the airflow (CFM/CMH) and the water lift (H2O). It is therefore a major technical data that must be considered, although it is very sensitive to other factors, and so it would be inconvenient to only consider Airwatt.

Cleaning surface

Each of our central vacuum cleaners is engineered to efficiently clean a specific given surface calculated in square-feet or square-meters. This information can help you easily target the units that may be suited for your environment.

However, you should not consider this data exclusively. Though the surface to be covered is an important matter, needs may differ according to many other factors:  the type of floors, the quantity and quality of rugs to be cleaned, the presence and number of pets, allergies, number and type of inlets, length and height of piping system, and so on.

That’s why we recommend that you discuss your expectations and needs with one of our authorized dealers or consult our Express quote page, coming soon.

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