How much does it cost to install a central vacuum system?

We always get asked; how much does it cost to install a central vacuum system? It is often hard to provide an accurate price without getting a copy of your building plans or a site visit (see also quote post), but we can help with an estimate.

The cost of installation in Auckland depends on a number of factors such as:

  • Size of the home
  • Complexity of the project
  • The model installed
  • Add on’s such as protective hose socks, kitchen vacpans, air driven turbo brushes and WallyFlex
  • Whether the installation is for a new home, existing home, renovation or trade-in etc

Check out out price guide page which can help out with your budget.

From a site visit or review of stamped building plans we can provide you with a fixed price quote with a number options for your home.

Get in touch with us for additional information on installing a central vacuum system in your home.

Inlets and inlet valves for your central vacuum system

When planning the installation of your central vacuum system one of the things to consider is the placement, style and colour of the inlet valves you will have on your wall. The inlets will be on your wall for many years.


We usually recommend the inlets are installed at the same height of the power points (usually 330-350mm off the floor). Having the inlet at the same height as the power point looks good but also makes inserting the house convenient.

When installing the inlet on the same wall as a light switch, we like to install the inlet directly below the light switch. The symmetry of having the inlet under the light switch helps blends the inlet into the wall.

We have also installed inlets at knee height, shoulder height, on the floor and also the same height as light switches. It is your home and your choice.


The goal is to ensure that the central vacuum inlets robust but also aesthetically pleasing. Inlets are available in plastic, metal and even glass. We have installed > 10,000 inlets in new and existing homes in Auckland and our experience is that PVC plastic inlets will last the test of time and come in various styles.


We recommend that the colour of the central vacuum inlet valves match the colour of the light switches and power points. This ensures that like the switches in your home, the vacuum inlets are conspicuous and are consistent with the colour theme throughout your home. The most comment colours we see are white (about 95% of homes), black and silver. We can paint the inlets any colour with the provision of a test pot / colour code.

For further information on inlet valves or installing a central vacuum system please get in touch at or 09 478 8492.

Click here for the benefits of installing a central vacuum system in your new or existing home and price guides.

When is a central vacuum installed in a new home in Auckland

Building a new home in New Zealand is an expensive and complex process with lots of important decisions needed along the way. What type of cladding and roofing? Flooring options? What type door hardware? Do I install smart wiring? What will be the source of heating? What type of tapware? Which appliances should I install?

We are often asked ‘how do we install a central vacuum system into a new home’? The most common steps in installing a central vacuum system is:

  • Email us your council stamped building plans and we can provide you with options, pricing and an example illustration location plan for your consideration. Options include the model and type of inlet valves you want on your wall.
  • Alternatively we can meet you on site once your frames are up and we can measure up for the central vacuum system and provide you with options, pricing and an example illustration location plan for your consideration.
  • Once you decide to install a central vacuum system we will meet you onsite for a walk-through where we confirm the locations of the inlet valves and power unit in your home.
  • After the walk-through we will install the central vacuum system ducting and wiring. This is usually just after the plumber has completed their pre-pipe installation and will be before the council ‘Pre-Line’ inspection.
  • Once your house has been painted and is secure, the central vacuum system power unit is installed and commissioned. This is before the final council inspection for your CCC.

Sometimes we will work with your architect and builder to produce an installation plan where the installation is complex. However council does not need information from us (such as producer statements) at any stage of the planning, consent and final inspection stage.

For further information on installing a central vacuum system in your new home please contact us at or 09 478 8492.

For a Price Guide on installing a central vacuum system click here.

Quote for a central vacuum system

We are often asked ‘What is the best way to get a quote for a central vacuum system for a new home build’?

There are two ways you can get a quote for a central vacuum system. You can email us your plans at or call us to come out and visit your building site.

In most cases (>90%) the installation of a central vacuum system is based on supplying a 10m switched hose. We find 10m is the ideal length to vacuum the internal floor area of your home. We aim to design an installation that considers potential furniture placements (e.g. beds and lounges). This is to ensure that 100% of the internal floor area of your home can be easily reached with the central vacuum hose.

While emailing your plans through is a good way to get a firm price for your investment, we will always recommend a walk-through site visit before installation. This is so you have a chance to tell us where that grand piano is going to be placed!

After installing thousands of systems, Central Vacuum Systems Ltd can give you plenty of advice and recommendations. Such as where to place inlets, vacpans, Wally Flex’s and the power unit. We have installed central vacuum systems into small homes with one inlet and large homes with >20 inlets and thousands of houses in between.

Considerations when installing a central vacuum system

Considerations include:

  • What level should the inlets be placed (we recommend the same height as the power points)
  • What colour inlets would best suit my home (we recommend the same colour as your light switches)
  • Can I install an inlet in the bathroom (you can but we advice against it so you don’t accidentally vacuum up water. Check out our Wally Flex’s).
  • Where should I avoid installing an inlet (even though the inlets are small and attractive, we like to install inlets away from areas seen by visitors to your home such as in a reception room / foyer)
  • Can I install a retractable hose in my home (in most cases you can – give us a call)
  • Where do most people install the power unit (>90% of the systems we install the power unit is located in the garage)
  • I have lost of other questions about installing a central vacuum system (get in contact us with any time and we can give you some free advice!)

We have listed some of the benefits of installing a central vacuum system here. Also check out this article from Beam New Zealand on the 10 reasons to install a Beam central vacuum system.

A question we often get asked is how much does it cost to install a central vacuum system in Auckland. Click here for price guidance.

Can you trade in your old vacuum system?

Can you replace or trade in your central vacuum system with a Beam central vacuum system?The answer is YES you can! We replace all makes and models of central vacuum systems.

This week an old system was swapped out with a new Beam BM285 system in a home in Auckland. Full replacement and testing took under an hour to complete. The hose and pipes were checked at the same time to ensure the system was operating exceptionally. If a small adjustment is needed to the ducting / connection all the parts to ensure a clean connection as carried in the vehicles. It is important to ensure that there is no leaks and the bends are gentle. Also, it is vital for the installation to look good!

This photo on a beautiful winters day this week in Auckland when I was unloading a new Beam central vacuum system to be swapped out. Over the course of a year we will swap out many other brands of central vacuum system for a Beam. Beam is NZ an the world’s number one central vacuum brand.

Over the last 20 years we have had experience of swapping out almost every make of central vacuum system (Kiwivac, Smart, Hills, MaxVac, Electron, MD, Vacumaid, Volta, Zanussi, Electrolux, AEG, Ovis just to name a few).

If you are thinking about swapping out your central vacuum system get in contact us.

Phone us on 09 478 8492 or email us at

An older central vacuum was swapped put for a new Beam central vacuum system which has a 5-year warranty and excellent suction.
Central vacuum trade in / swap out

Install a Central Vacuum in a Townhouse

We finished this week by installing central vacuum systems in a townhouse development in West Auckland. We lasted until the last week of May before the jumpers had to come out!

For almost 20 years we have been installing central vacuum systems into multi-dwelling developments like townhouses and apartments. Often due to their design, the installation is straightforward and therefore cost effective.

Systems can be located in garages, under stairs or in the laundry. Due to narrow designs, often one inlet is required on each floor of a townhouse.

Having a built in vacuum system adds value to your development and will often be a point of difference. In addition to offering the home owner a strong and convenient method of vacuuming their new home, a central vacuum is a healthy addition to a new home.

While most of our systems are bagless central vacuums, we do have traditional bag systems which are smaller where space is an issue. Click here for product specs.

For information on how we can add value to your next development please get in touch.

Central vacuum installed in an existing home

We installed a Beam SC335 Platinum central vacuum into an existing house this week. The home was solidly built in block with a concrete mid-floor. Therefore we found existing cavities in the concrete mid-floor to run the piping. After a few hours of planning, three inlets were installed in the home with a 10m on/off switched hose. 100% of the internal floor area can now be accessed with a strong internal vacuum.

We removed gib board on one wall and pull back the carpet to access existing cavities in the concrete flooring. Piping was run from the ground floor inlet to the upper floor of the home. By utilising the roof space, we ran piping in the roof and dropped down walls to reach all the bedrooms. White Deco inlets were fitted at the same height as power points. The central vacuum system is producing excellent suction throughout the home. The home owner was thrilled with the final result.

In our experience, a central vacuum system can be installed in an existing home 90% of the time. The installations we find difficult are those with little or no roof space, concrete mid floors and homes with raked ceilings.

For information, pricing and details on whether your existing house can be retrospectively fitted with a central vacuum system please contact us.

Existing Home Installation

We installed a central vacuum system into an exiting home recently. The owner wanted the power unit to be located in a utility room external to the house.

Once we completed the installation of the inlets in the home, we ran piping from the main house to the utility room and installed the system in a convenient location in the corner of the utility room. The customer wanted:

  • A built in vacuum system with excellent suction
  • Convenience of having the system located with other cleaning and household items
  • All the dirt and dust that is vacuumed up inside the house to be external to the living areas of the home
  • A space saving solution

Get in contact with us for further information or a quote for your existing house.

Trivia Night

Central Vacuum Systems Ltd sponsored the Torbay Kindy Trivia Night again this year. In 2021 the goal was to raising money this year for a new front gate for the kindy. We spent the morning helping set up the hall and the evening answering as many questions as we could!

It was great to see so many local business from various industries involved in the event (building, real estate, food, motor vehicle, art and accommodation).

Feel free to get in contact with the Team for your central vacuum needs.

Central vacuum brushes for pet hair

We are often asked what brushes are best for pet hair (cats and dogs). Our experience is anything with a spinning head works best.

A spinning head will lift the carpet piles and also collect hair as the brush spins.

Our service technicians carry various accessories in the service vehicles and can show you how these work during a service.

Check out this pet accessory kit. It comes with a small handheld turbo brush, a turbo brush and a lint picker.

Get in contact with us or see our accessories page for additional information on pet accessories.

Pet accessory kit for your fury friend!