Beam Central Vacuums
Amongst the many brands of central vacuum systems are the names you recognize from the portable vacuum world. While some may make great portables, the bigger names in central vacuums may be some with which you are not that familiar. One such name is Beam.
Beam has recently launched their new series of central vacuums called the QS series. One of the touted new features is the extreme quiet with which the system runs. The QS series has units designed to service homes from up to 3500 sq. ft. to 15,000 sq. ft.
This new system is a bagless system with the On-guard® anti-microbial canister. The height of the canister runs from 35 inches for the smallest unit to 45 inches for the unit that services 15,000 sq. ft. This is a little smaller than some brands for the lower units and about 6 inches higher than the Nu-tone unit on the higher end of performance.
Beam does offer one of the better warranties, with a full 10 years on all 4 sizes of the QS series. Many brands give you increasing years of warranty as your purchase the larger units. A 10-year warranty is one of the highest on the market.
As far as the quiet is concerned, the QS system starts at 67 decibels for the smallest unit and only increases to 72 decibels for the largest of the 4 units, while almost doubling the air flow in cubic feet per minute from 122 cfm to 211 cfm.
The Classic series from Beam runs about $80 to $100 cheaper for comparable performance, without the anti-microbial canister and only a 7-year warranty. The canister are, however, a few inches shorter, if space is a concern.
As far as a complete kit, check out www.thinkvacuums.com and see the range of Beam do-it-yourself kits, that come complete with the hardware, equipment, and varying sets of accessories for the central vacuum system.
Beam's packages, while slightly higher than some brands in price, more than make up for it with the items included in the package. Garage kits, kitchen vacpans - an opening in which you simply flip a switch to turn on the vacuum and then sweep the dirt in, a 30 ft. hose and attachment kit and an outside exhaust vent all come with the basic Builder's Deluxe package.
The kit also includes the piping for 4 inlets. As the kits increase in the size of home they'll service, more tools and attachments are included, as well.
Some manufacturers recommend doubling the size of your home when calculating your central vacuum needs. This is to maximum the suction performance. But this is entirely up to you.
Still, the prices will pleasantly surprise you, even on this better brand of central vacuums. If you are a good do-it-yourselfer, you can save the installation costs and have a Beam central vacuum in your home for between $1200 and $2000.
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