Central vacuum systems help with spring cleaning

CLEVELAND - Many people don't like lugging and carrying around their vacuum from room to room, or floor to floor in their house.

An alternative is to consider a central vacuum, which is a vacuum system built into the house where you just have to move a hose from area to area, and it's much more lightweight.

"It's a nice alternative for consumers who are looking for an easier way to sweep their house," said Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

But it's important for consumers to keep in mind a central vacuum is not maintenance free. It is going to require upkeep in order to ensure it lasts its full life.

Changing filters and having maintenance done regularly is important just like any other household appliance. And it's not cheap. So you're probably going to be spending about $1,500 to $1,800 in the installation phase if this is during construction and an additional $1,500 or so in equipment to finish it out.

A central vacuum system includes pipes that run through the interior walls of the home and are connected to a system that's typically located in the garage or basement.

The dirt is taken through the piping in the walls directly to the main system that used either bags or a canister.

It takes it from point a which is on the floor and actually exhausts it outside your house so it's never coming back in contact with the user or anywhere in the home for that matter.

So you won't see the dirt until it's time to empty the system, which is usually once every three months. And a final reason to unplug the sweeper in favor a central vacuum system.

When it comes to severe allergies and asthma, vacuum cleaners are one of the worst offenders at stirring up dirt and debris. The vacuum cleaner sucks it up and spits it out to the exhaust side and it will actually return much dirtier air than what it's taken in.

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