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Are You Installing Outdated Central Vacuum Technology?
Newer ‘Next Generation’ Central Vacuum Technology Is Now Available

MONROE, WASH – (July 2, 2008) – Most building products go through life cycle changes due to product improvements and newer technology. Engineered lumber and energy-star appliances are two popular examples. Even time-honored building practices aren’t immune to changes, as newer green building codes begin to infiltrate the home building industry. So it’s not a surprise that newer central vacuum technology has emerged since the first central vacuums were introduced in the early 1900’s.

Since 1999, Hide-A-Hose™ Central Vacuum Systems has been producing the central vacuum industry’s leading retractable hose system. And according to Rod Drivstuen of Hide-A-Hose, consumers prefer a retractable hose system versus the traditional method of lugging a hose from inlet to inlet throughout the home. Like many new building products, the Hide-A-Hose retractable hose system requires an entirely new method of installing the vacuum tubing network.

“The older method of installing the central vacuum tubing network doesn’t work with the Hide-A-Hose Retractable System,” Drivstuen said. “Because the hose is being stored inside the systems tubing, larger radius 90’, 45’ and 22.5’ fittings are needed to allow the hose to travel through the tubing. A 50’ hose must have 50’ of tubing to store the hose, before that tubing run connects into another part of the tubing network. In addition, a more powerful power unit may be required for larger installations.

While it might sound complicated, the newer generation of Hide-A-Hose dealers prefer this simpler method of installation because it reduces the number of inlet valves on each floor. Each inlet can cover up to 2300 sq. ft. of space for a 50 ft. hose.

Joe Gretsch, of Infinity Homes in Bellevue, Washington won’t install older central vacuum technology in his clients’ homes. “It’s a cleaner and simpler install with the Hide-A-Hose Retractable Central Vacuum System,” Gretsch said. “You don’t need to install as many inlet valves, plus I don’t like using older, outdated methods. As a custom home builder, I find that my customers want the latest technology, so I can’t afford to recommend older methods to my clients.”

Builders and remodelers interested in learning how the Hide-A-Hose system works can view a video demonstration at

About Hide-A-Hose

Convenience is a key reason why homeowners favor Hide-A-Hose. The system eliminates the need for hose storage, since up to 50 feet of hose (which can cover as much as 2,200 square feet) is concealed in the wall inside the system's vacuum tubing. Consumers pull out the length of hose they need to vacuum the room, and begin vacuuming. When they are finished, the sustained vacuum power from an approved Hide-A-Hose Power Unit automatically retracts the hose into the wall. Since the hose remains completely concealed inside the wall, there is no need to drag the hose from room to room or find a place for storage. All you do is carry your tools to the next inlet and start the process again.

Hide-A-Hose Retractable Central Vacuum Systems are manufactured by The Hide-A-Hose Corporation. The company is located in a state-of-the-art facility in Monroe, Washington, 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Hide-A-Hose systems are sold and installed by a network of more than 300 independent dealers across the United States, Canada and abroad. For more information or to locate a dealer, visit


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