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What is the difference between a ducted vacuum and a central vacuum system?


Are you currently considering a new vacuum cleaner? Is your old vacuum not performing as well as it should? Well, if you’re ready for something different compared to your conventional vacuum, it’s well worth considering either a ducted or central vacuum system. Both of these options offer a variety of benefits in terms of functionality, speed, reduced noise levels and power. Let’s have a look at their differences and find the one best suited to your needs.


Central Vacuum System


  • Central Vacuums are quieter and have much larger motors than traditional vacuums
  • They are generally more powerful, resilient and convenient allowing for easy storage
  • They are known as a built-in system and are generally installed directly into allocated areas of your home or office for easy access. Inlets are connected to the tube system and transfer dirt, dust and pollen back to the power unit. It is often installed in an area of the home where it’s out of the way and not bothersome to anybody
  • You can discuss where the inlets will be installed with your supplier. Depending on where the existing ductwork is located, suitable arrangements need to be made in terms of placement within the home
  • The hose, accessories and attachments are stored away until ready for use
  • Everytime you need to use the cleaner, you simply pull it out of the inlet where it’s installed and start using it. It’s super easy and convenient. You never have to worry about extra storage space as it simply slots away into its regular spot everytime
  • Central Vacuums are designed to work quietly with minimal noise and disruption
  • Choose from different kinds of filtration technologies ranging from cyclonic, filtration, inverted filter technology and replaceable bag systems.


If you’re looking for a vacuum cleaner that is easy to store away, is strong and powerful, convenient and super quiet, a Central Vacuum system might be the best choice for you.


Ducted Vacuum Systems


  • Ducted Vacuum Systems are the ultimate built-in home cleaning solution. There’s no need to worry about long hoses, attachments and accessories getting in the way of your cleaning
  • Comes with a wide variety of brushes and tools to suit the needs of your home
  • Highly efficient and long life motors designed to last
  • Dust doesn’t recirculate back into the room like traditional vacuum cleaners
  • It requires you to empty the unit between 2-3 times a year, leaving you to do more important things around the home
  • No more pulling around a portable vacuum cleaner
  • Ducted vacuums have a large central unit fixed in place and kept out of the way from busy areas
  • Depending on the size of your home, a standard space requires a minimum of 3 inlets to get the best cleaning coverage for floors, furniture and corners
  • You don’t need to lug around a heavy vacuum cleaner, simply take the hose with you wherever you need to go
  • It’s more costly than a portable vacuum however the life expectancy exceeds the portable traditional version. Over the long term, this is a more cost-effective option.


As you can see, the ducted and central vacuum systems are both very similar in nature. Depending on your individual needs, you can discuss the best choice with your Melbourne Centravac – your local Electrolux and Volta supplier.