The purchase of a central vacuum system is one of those investments you don’t want to rush into without taking a few cost factors into account. Here are a few things to consider.
1. Central Vacuum Unit
The unit is obviously the major contributor to the cost of a central vacuum system. It’s the heart of the system that creates all the suction. The central vacuum unit cost will change according to your specific quality requirements. Installing a high quality system like an Electrolux central vacuum or Beam central vacuum can average in the range of $500 – $700.
Buying a cheap central vacuum unit (for example from Royal or Eureka), can easily save you up to $200. However, you won’t get the same lifespan and suction in a cheaper unit as provided by a central vacuum unit of higher quality.
2. Cost of Central Vacuum Pipes, Fittings, and Inlet Valves
A major part of a typical central vac installation is the inlet valve. Depending on the finish and quality of an inlet valve, it could cost somewhere in the range of $15-$30 per piece. Metal inlet valves are costlier than plastic ones and an old style standard valve is cheaper then a more flashy looking, modern design.
3. The Effort of Fittings a Pipe
is another factor effecting the bottom line, along with the cost of the pipe itself. All in all, and inlet valve could cost up to $65 per piece.
4. Cost of Central Vacuum Attachment Kit
The cost of attachment kit would be the third largest expense in a cost estimate for a central vacuum system. An attachment kit contains power head, vacuum hose, accessories, and extension wands all bundled together. The cost of all these parts vary according to their quality.
Generally, the people who make high quality central vacuums would provide you high quality attachments. The price of the better-quality kits on the market can range from $400 to $600, but you get a good quality product for your money. There is always an option of buying cheaper kits that are priced nearly $350, but the central vacuum parts used in these kits are usually of cheap quality and break regularly.
5. Cost of Central Vacuum Accessories
These accessories contain items like floor brushes, crevice tools or convenience valves like vacpan. Generally, vacpan is installed in the baseboard of the laundry room or a kitchen. By pressing the switch that is present on the valve’s front face, you can sweep debris and dirt directly into the inlet valve of the central vacuum without attaching any hose.
The cost of vacpans is generally between $50 and $60 per piece. Other accessories that don’t come with your attachment kit such as floorbrushes etc. could cost you in the range of $10 to $30 per piece.
6. Cost of Central Vacuum Installation
You should be aware of the cost of labor for a central vacuum installation. It’s important to find an installer who is well-trained and certified. The typical “handymen” occasionally end up doing improper installations, which, in worse cases, will have to be redone. Standard installation costs for central vacuum is in the range of $40 to $60 per hour.
For a standard four valve job, you should expect around eight hours of work at $100 to $120 per valve.
This cost of labor includes: transportation to and from residence, cost of the employee, and a profit margin for the owner of the business.
When you find someone who is charging more money for the installation, you should bargain to bring the cost estimate down to the above price range.