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Central vac: garage or basement?

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fireguy9 wrote:
Feb 11th, 2007 11:05 am
ours is in basmt as we have a 50yr old home,, and no way to run the vac pipes to access garage,,, we direct vent to outside,,, no louder then a regular vaccum. I would never consider not venting a central vac to the outside,,,
it works fine
Why?

Most builders put it in the basement though.
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vivibaby wrote:
Oct 12th, 2017 2:44 am
Why?

Most builders put it in the basement though.
10 year old thread.

Builders today rough in to the basement knowing that people will pay extra to upgrade it to the garage.

You vent outside because you don’t want the dust to blow back into your basement or garage. Your canister vacuum has a hepa filter to minimize the dust coming from your vacuum, central vacuums don’t have filters.

Well, that’s not true. They have a cloth filter that moves up towards the motor. Still, fine particles of dust will escape.
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You can put a dust bag and dispose the dust bag regularly. The dust bag is quite cheap.

Putting electronics in garage will shorten its life.
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Why would you want all that dust in your house. Even if it cut the lifespan of a $400 central vac unit in half which it likely will not.
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if you can, outside of the house, but then you would expose it to weather, so build a box to surround the vaccum in the garage.. less noise.
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JWL wrote:
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You know you are asking someone for a reply to a post made 10.5 years ago? Fireguy9 hasn't been on RFD for over 3 years.
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Our central vac unit has been in our garage for over 10 years and it's still going strong.
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One other downside to put it in the garage is that you are blowing a lot of warm air out of the house (in the winter), which requires sucking in cold air from outside to balance the pressure. We take great pains to seal our houses from drafts and then putting the vacuum in the garage blows the conditioned air out at hundreds of cubic feet per minute!

So although having the noise in the garage is a plus, it comes with a big minus in terms of home heating efficiency.
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JWL wrote:
Oct 12th, 2017 7:49 am
You know you are asking someone for a reply to a post made 10.5 years ago? Fireguy9 hasn't been on RFD for over 3 years.
I think he's finally found the time machine everyone's been looking for.......
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Everyone is still providing their input 10 years later. I wonder what the OP decided to do.

OP - What did you end up doing??? Basement or Garage? Do you still live in the same house?
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Garage is key, get the dust outside, not near the furnace FFS.
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JWL wrote:
Oct 13th, 2017 7:36 am
One other downside to put it in the garage is that you are blowing a lot of warm air out of the house (in the winter), which requires sucking in cold air from outside to balance the pressure. We take great pains to seal our houses from drafts and then putting the vacuum in the garage blows the conditioned air out at hundreds of cubic feet per minute!

So although having the noise in the garage is a plus, it comes with a big minus in terms of home heating efficiency.
A lot of people have their vacuums venting directly outside. Might as well have it heating the garage.

Plus many range hoods (especially for gas ranges) also vent directly outside. And the run in the 500+ cfm, similar to a central vac.

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CNeufeld wrote:
Oct 13th, 2017 10:05 pm
A lot of people have their vacuums venting directly outside. Might as well have it heating the garage.
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CNeufeld wrote:
Oct 13th, 2017 10:05 pm
Plus many range hoods (especially for gas ranges) also vent directly outside. And the run in the 500+ cfm, similar to a central vac.
Very different. A range hood is expelling bad/smokey/greasy air. A central vac is expelling air that has already had the dirt/pollutants filtered out.

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