Vacdepot sources intrasystem fittings and 2" vacuum tube used in CVS-I install kits from IAPMO listees which are UMC compliant and all wire and cable ties are UL approved. Every CVS-I Do-It-Yourself central vacuum install kit comes with install manuals and video on CD-ROM that can be viewed on your PC or printed for easy reference along with additional product instructional materials and product video. And for safe delivery, CVS-I install kits include professional packaging for both the fittings and tube, using custom packaging that protects the pipe ends from chipping and damage in transit.
Standardized, Interchangeable & Expandable
Installation kits are available for various application sizes from 1000 sqft. up to 10,000 sqft and beyond. CVS-I Kits are rated for size by the number of valves and the length of tube included (i.e. model U05130RV includes 5 inlets & 130ft of tube). All install kits are able to inter-operate with any other CVS-I install kit with tube sold by Vacdepot and connect with any central vacuum system using standard 2" vacuum tube. Multiple kits may be added together to achieve the materials needed to cover a larger installation. All square foot ratings are estimates based on the amount of pipe and the number of inlets included, some installations may need more or less than the normal amount of materials due to the layout of the home or other special needs. Find the kit you need by measuring your application for the number of inlets required and roughly estimating the tube required for the complete system.
Vacdepot EV series Install Kits
All Direct Connect inlets have a 2 wire mini-pin high voltage receptacle that interconnects with a Direct Connect type hose to provide power down the hose for use with an electric brush. The EV series kit includes the Vaculine ElectraValve direct connect inlet which is available in 2 door styles, Full Door and Side-Open. Each style is available in various colors, all operate in the same basic manor and all use the same rough-in configuration.
Direct Connect inlets are used most often in homes with carpeted floors where a powered brush is used for thorough vacuuming. Also called a dual-volt inlet or one-step valve, the Direct Connect Inlet provides the additional benefit of all connections (suction hose, low-volt signal, high voltage power) in one wall plate. Unlike universal inlets that require you to plug in the hose and an additional cord at an electrical outlet, the Direct Connect inlet provides all-in-one convenience. Direct Connection inlets are used most often in new-construction and require that high-voltage is wired to each inlet from the nearest source of constant power - usually an outlet or junction. Homes with primarily hard flooring generally would use the Universal Inlet type for use with a suction only or turbo (air driven) cleaning attachment.
Some builder and homeowners prefer installing the Direct Connect valve during new construction in hard floor homes to remain future proof should flooring type or the soil load change in the future. Direct Connect inlets are compatible with all hose types, even universal, low-volt and zero-volt types. Retrofit installations generally use universal inlets to avoid the extra step of running high-voltage wire to each inlet that may require an electrician, although roughing-in a direct connect inlet is the same procedure as universal inlets in retro-fits. The added expense of direct connect inlets averages about $12./inlet for most systems.
In addition to the Vaculine ElectraValve direct connect installation kits we also offer the CVS-I D_SV series installation kits with Hayden SuperValve inlets. The primary difference of the two styles are how the high voltage wire is run. With ElectraValve each inlet includes a section of home wire (romex) with a special connector molded onto one end, eliminating the need for a junction box at each inlet. This wire is connected at the nearest power source and routed in the wall to the vacuum inlet. During finish out the special connector is attached to the inlet door during installation. With SuperValve each inlet has it's own junction box. Home wire (romex) is pulled to each inlet from the nearest power source within the wall. The inlet door is later wired at the junction box during finish out. Both the SuperValve and ElectraValve are UL approved.
In addition to the D_EV series (Direct Connect, ElectraValve), Vacdepot also offers the D_SV series (Direct Connect, SuperValve), U_RV series (Universal Connect, Regular Valve) and U_DV series (Universal Connect, DECO Valve) install kits. Each install kit series includes it's own valve type in either Universal (low-volt only) or Direct (dual voltage inlet). See the similar items tab for all install kit options.
Which Kit Do You Need?
CVS-I installation kits differ in feet of tube per inlet. Most often the more inlets you install the less pipe you will use per inlet, with the average about 20 feet of tube per inlet. Each inlet will cover an estimated 450 - 650 sqft of floor space when using a 30-foot hose. While most installations will need just one install kit, some others may do better by mixing two kits to achieve the number of valves and length of tube you need. Be sure to add additional tube if you have a long run to your power unit, want to add an exterior exhaust or want to add a vacpan sweep inlet. It is almost impossible to have too many inlets, but having too few can defeat the entire convenience of using your new central vacuum system. If you are installing your first central vacuum system you might find our CVS Install FAQ helpful to read before you decide which install kit to order, just look under the related articles tab at the top of this page.
What's Not Included? You will need a basic set of tools including a 2-3/8 or 2-1/2 inch diameter auger type (preferred) or bi-metal hole-saw type drill bit. A right angle drill is great if you have it, but not necessary in most installs. Common methods for cutting pipe include miter saw or miter box, any method for making straight cuts - just be sure to always debur your pipe cuts. Other components commonly used in CV installations are standard electrical tape for any low volt splices you may want to make and nail guards for new construction installations.
CVS-I install kits also do not include a muffler, exhaust vent or any of the optional exhaust finish-out. Many CVS power units now include an exhaust muffler so check your model before you purchase an extra. The optional exhaust outlet (vent cover) is available in the accessories section. Exhausting your CVS is a good idea when possible, but optional for all power units except those which are fully cyclonic (unfiltered).
What Are Those Parts For?
Vacdepot's CVS-I installation kits are the most comprehensive in the industry. Our experience in the field has taught us which components will work best for your central vacuum install. All of the fittings and components in CVS-I install kits are the same parts our professional installers use everyday on the job. Most fittings have an obvious function and anyone familiar with PVC will immediately recognize the elbows and couplings used in central vacuum systems. Some fittings are vacuum system specific. We have the complete list of what each part is named and what it does along with some helpful CVS install tips - just go to the next page.