Cyclonic central vacuums? Hide-a-hose? Brand?
Your posts have convinced me to get a central vacuum; we have huge asthma and allergies at our house too.
Cyclonic vacuums sound the best, avoiding clogged filters. But which one?
Can someone write why you decided for / against the
Electrolux / Imperium? (I don't even know if anyone local installs Imperium).
Vacu-Maid claims that they're best because their air channel allows dirt and debris to be collected in a disposable liner bag. And that the air doesn't go through the motor and reduce its life, unlike other brands' airstream. Haven't talked to other dealers yet.
What about external exhaust?
Vacu-Maid does that. Some websites claim that's great, but another central vacuum site says it's terrible: fine dust & dirt blown toward nearby windows or kids playing outside.
What about the Hide-a-Hose (HAH)?
Has anyone noted reduced suction after installing the HAH? The Vacu-Maid dealer really discouraged HAH, that it doubles the cost, and the ridges really add turbulence and reduce suction effectiveness. But if the ridges are those of the hose itself, the air has to go through the hose whether part of the hose is inside the ductwork or it's all outside, right?
I really look forward to a central vacuum; I just hope I choose the right one. Thanks!