Can an Element Central Vacuum be installed in an existing home?
Yes. It can easily be installed in both new and existing homes: on slabs, in crawl spaces, garages or basements. An installation professional will work with you to determine the placement of the power unit and inlet valves. The complete installation, including tubing and low-voltage wiring, can usually be completed in less than a day. Contact your Local Dealer for more information.
Does the complete system need to be installed at one time?
No. Some homeowners choose to rough-in the tubing system when a home is being built and add the power unit and inlet valves at a later time.
Will I need an inlet valve installed in every room?
No. For maximum cleaning convenience and whole-house coverage, inlet valves are strategically placed throughout your home. You can estimate one standard inlet valve for every 600 sq. ft. or one Chameleon® valve for every 2,200 sq. ft. of living space. Tubing and low-voltage wiring are run in tandem to each valve location, speeding up the installation process.
What is the standard height for installing an inlet valve?
Standard valves are typically installed at the same height as electrical outlets.
Where is the power unit typically installed?
The power unit is typically located in a basement, garage or utility room.
Does the system need to be exhausted outside?
Element Central Vacuums are not required to be exhausted outside, however it is optional for most units.
For an existing installation, how does the tubing get in the walls?
You will need to have access to the studs either through an attic or basement. Tubing can be inserted between the studs from either direction.
Can I have the power unit installed in my attic?
We do not recommend placing the power unit in an attic. The attic space may retain heat and cause the motor to experience premature failure. An attic location may also be difficult to reach when the dirt canister needs to be emptied.
How long does it take to install an Element Central Vacuum?
Most new home installations can be completed in less than one day.
What is a "rough-in"?
A rough-in consists of determining valve placement and installing the mounting plate, elbow and drywall cover (this is called a "drop"), in the wall. Once the home is ready for completion, the installer will return and run the trunk line, low voltage wiring, connect the inlet valves and hang the power unit.
Is it possible for objects to get caught in tubing?
It is not likely as long as the tube system is properly installed. Typically an object that can fit through the inlet valve will be sucked through the tubing and end up in the dirt canister.
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