Q: Does a Beam System Clean Hardwood, Vinyl or Ceramic Tile Floors?
Yes! Use the bare floor tool or install one of our most popular options: the KickSweep™ automatic dustpan. It's ideal for removing debris from the kitchen, bath or mudroom. Simply sweep trash towards the automatic dustpan, touch the toe-switch and use the power of your Beam to instantly remove it. No more dustpans or stooping over to pick up swept debris.
Q: Does A Beam System Increase the Value of a Home?
"A central vacuum system can be a valuable addition to a home. A home equipped with such a feature often is easier to sell than comparable homes without them," adds Walter Molony of the National Association of Realtors.According to the Iowa Real Property Appraisal Manual, published by the state's Department of Revenue to guide appraisers in calculating property value, a home with a central vacuum system is worth $1,100 to $1,300 more than an otherwise identical home. The Internal Revenue Service also includes central vacuum systems among improvements that can be added to the basis value of the home.Scott Wells, executive director of floor care for the Vacuum Dealers Trade Association, VDTA, says that the Iowa manual may represent the low end of the impact of a central vacuum system on home values. Depending upon the age of the system, size of the home and the region where the home is located, a central vacuum may increase the value of a home by as much as two or three times the cost the system.
Q: Explain priming.
Installing a central vacuum system can be done in both new and existing homes, but installation is typically easier in new construction. Priming involves the rough-in of central vacuum system tubing, inlet valves and low-volt wiring in new construction. Many builders like this approach because it gives them the flexibility to complete the system, or allow the homeowner to do so after closing.
Q: How does a central vacuum system fit into a green building program?
The clinically proven allergy relief from use of a central vacuum system has persuaded many of the nation’s leading green building programs to recommend or require the installation of central vacuum systems. Built Green Colorado, EarthCraft House, the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes and many other green building programs award certification points to homes where central vacuum systems are installed.
Q: How does a central vacuum system improve indoor air quality?
A Beam Central Vacuum System improves indoor air quality in two important ways. First, it provides up to five times more cleaning power than a conventional vacuum, so it captures more dust and allergens and completely removes 100 percent of captured dust and allergens from the living area. Second, a Beam Central Vacuum System doesn’t exhaust air into the living area, so it doesn’t stir up dust from furniture, window coverings or surfaces in the home. In fact, use of a Beam Central Vacuum System was proven in a clinical study of allergy patients to reduce their symptoms by as much as 61 percent.
Q: How does adding a central vacuum system improve the builder’s bottom line?
A Beam Central Vacuum System makes the home more appealing and more valuable to buyers. In fact, a survey of property tax assessors found that installing central vacuum system increases the value of a home by at least as much as the cost of the system. Plus, it is one of the most affordable upgrades you can provide. A complete system, including installation, starts at around $1,000 – a cost that is easy to roll into the purchase price of the home, even with the builder’s customary markup.
Q: How many inlets are needed?
Most homes require only three inlets to reach every area with the hose and attachments. Each strategically located inlet lets you vacuum approximately 700-800 square feet. The power unit features an extra built-in inlet for easy cleaning of the area around the power unit.
Q: What can Beam provide to help builders sell central vacuum systems in their homes?
Beam Dealers have a number of promotional tools to help builders sell central vacuum systems to new home buyers. For starters, Beam has a nationwide network of Contractor Dealers who maintain upscale Beam Experience Centers that offer builders a place to learn and try out a system. We also offer a model home program that can provide systems to builders at no cost. Beam dealers also offer customized product literature that builders can provide to new home buyers that explain the features and benefits of the system. Plus we also offer training and support for builder sales and design center staff.
Q: When is the best time to install a Beam System in new home construction?
Installation of a Beam system is done in two steps. Central vacuum tubing, inlet valves and low-volt wiring are roughed in after plumbing and electrical work is completed and before drywall or other interior wall surface is installed. The power unit installation and final installation of inlet valve covers occurs during the final stage of construction. A Beam dealer is an experienced sub-contractor available to complete the installation and follow-up sales, warranty and service.
Q: Why should I choose a Beam system over competitive models?
Beam Central Vacuum Systems are the largest selling central vacuum systems in the world. They are sold, installed and serviced by the nation’s largest network of professionally trained independent dealers who have programs in place to help builders build business. Plus Beam Central Vacuum Systems are consistently rated by builders as the highest quality, and they are the only systems clinically proven to relieve allergies.