Installation of a built-in central vacuum system should be a relatively easy adaptation for D-Tools MVP integrators.
“The basic method of installing wiring in interior walls is very similar to the installation of central vacuum tubing,” says Larry Hartley, vice president of sales and marketing for BEAM Central Vacuum Systems by Electrolux. BEAM recently joined the D-Tools MVP program.
Hartley notes that approximately one-third of CE Pro’s Top 100 integrators have added central vacuum systems to their product portfolios. BEAM is by far the most commonly installed central vacuum brand.
“We provide complete installation and sales training for integrators who join the BEAM dealer network,” Hartley adds. “Most of them recognize that central vacuum systems offer some of the best margins in the low-voltage product industry and installing a system has a lot of similarities to installing other low-voltage products.”
The installation process starts by installing tubing and low-voltage wire vertically from a basement, crawl space or attic through the sole or top plate of an interior wall to the desired location of strategically placed inlet valves. The vertical tubing and wire are connected with t-fittings to horizontal tubing that that extends to just above or below the power unit. A final section of tubing connects the horizontal run to the power unit itself.
A rough-in typically takes just a few minutes per inlet valve for new home construction to perhaps half a day in a typical existing home. Integrators who have added central vacuums like the fact that most central vacuum installations can be done at the same time they’re installing other low-voltage products.
Integrators can see the entire seven-step installation process at www.beam.com.