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Central Vacuum

How Does a VacuMaid® Central Vacuum System Work?

A VacuMaid® central vacuum system can reduce the amount of allergens in your home by extracting dirt, dust, mold, pollen, and pet dander out of your carpet and furnishings - and it’s simple. The system sends these allergens through the network of hidden tubing in your walls to the dirt can located in a remote area of your home. By doing this, the central vacuum system rids your home of these potentially harmful irritants--unlike most portable vacuum cleaners, which leave much of the fine dust recirculating in the air. Also, by having a central vacuum vented to the outside of your home, it is possible to remove even the smallest of particles from your living environment. The picture is an example of a typical installation. The power unit is placed in the garage with the dirt canister near the garage door. This allows for easy emptying of the canister and placement of a utility valve for cleaning out your car. The power unit is placed in a more remote location. The tubing can be run through the attic, basement or in the floors. Inlets are placed strategically in hallways.



Cyclonic Action of Central Vacuum

VacuMaid® systems use cyclonic separation. This differs from "filtered" central vacuums in the way fine particles are removed. While a filtered system uses a bag to catch these particles, a cyclonic system completely removes these particles by venting them outside.

As dirt enters the canister, the air inside swirls like a tornado with the heavier debris falling to the bottom of the can, while the fine particles are vented outside. This prevents most of the dust from getting into the motor. Some competitors may say that there is no way to keep all of the fine dust off of the loading fans, but our cyclonic power units and Ametek motors are built to withstand dust in the motor without affecting the life or function of the system. Ametek specifically designs motors to function under these conditions for use with VacuMaid® cyclonic systems.

Components of a Built-In System

There are six major components of a central vacuum system.

1. Power Unit - Houses the system's motor and electrical components.

2. Dirt Can - Collects the large dirt and debris swept up while cleaning. This is the point at which cyclonic separation occurs.

3. Tubing & Fittings - Vacuum tubing concealed within your walls connects the inlets to the unit. Dirt travels through this network of tubing and is deposited into the can.

4. Inlets - Locations at which you connect your hose into the system. The inlets are conveniently located in various areas around your home.

5. Sweep Inlets -Clean with the ease of a broom, yet still maintain the benefits of a central vacuum. Located floor level at the baseboards of a cabinet or a wall

6. Tool Kits - Provide you with the tools necessary to clean your home. They include the hose that is required to make the system function.

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Tips on False Alarms

False alarms cost municipalities a lot of money and could prevent emergency response personnel from responding to what is a genuine emergency.  Most jurisdictions have ordinances that incorporate False Alarm Fees.  Below are some guidelines to help prevent false alarms:

Keep the Central Station telephone number in an easy to find location: 1-800-554-1104 (password required). Central Station operators will NOT call to verify Police or Holdup Panics BEFORE dispatching authorities, so you must call them if a Panic Button is accidentally activated. Central Station operators will NOT call to verify Commercial Fire Alarms BEFORE dispatching authorities, so you must call them if you know that the alarm was maliciously or accidentally activated. The phone line at the protected premises might be busy (your alarm calls out for each signal it generates), so you should always call Central Station to cancel false alarms, as they may try calling while your alarm has access of the telephone line. If the phone line at the protected premises is forwarded, you should always call Central Station to cancel false alarms, as they may try calling while your phone line is forwarded.

Ensure each person with access to the premises has a unique keypad code, understands: how to Disarm/Arm the Alarm System, which doors are assigned to have an Entry/Exit Delay, the difference between the Armed “Stay” and Armed “Away” modes, how to cancel a dispatch for false alarms so as not to waste emergency response resources and to avoid potential fines.

Ensure each person with access to the premises has a unique verbal password used as Central Station identification for: canceling a dispatch for false alarms, placing a specific zone(s) or the entire system on test, or conducting fire drills.

person with access to a panic button (Silent Hold-Up, Medical Panic, etc.), understand how it works, and how to cancel dispatch if accidentally activated.

Motion Detectors, Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, & Gas Detectors should be protected from dust (especially during remodeling and renovation projects).  Clean regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment, do not use furniture polish.

The following should be kept away from armed Motion Detectors: helium-filled balloons, hanging decorations/signs, fans, heat producing equipment (portable heaters, etc.), large plants, open windows/doors, pets (even motion detectors incorporating pet immune technology have limitations besides pet weight).

Certain building defects (loose fitting doors or windows, roof leaks, rodents chewing wires, etc.) can cause false alarms.

For fence detection systems: Keep anything affected by wind (vines, weeds, shrub/tree branches, banners/signs, etc.) free from fencing. Replace missing UV rated wire-ties. Keep fencing posts and fasteners maintained. Keep fencing material taut.

On a regularly basis,  visually inspect and test perimeter contacts (doors & windows) by opening & closing each with the Chime Mode on, confirming a chime occurs for each.

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