We remember in college a friend's family home had a most interesting feature we had never seen before from our post-1970's suburban neighborhood: a centralized vacuum. It seemed like such a brilliant idea and we've always secretly hoped they'd make a come back. And apparently so do the people at Hide-a-Hose, who announced their new retractable hose system at this recent International Builder's Show in Orlando, Florida. Watch it in action below the jump...The Hide-A-Hose system can be retrofitted into almost any home with each inlet covering up to 2300 sq. ft. And the improvement over previous systems is the Hide-A-Hose doesn't require you to carry the vacuum hoses themselves, coiling and storing away inside the wall.
The power unit is up to five times more powerful than a conventional vacuum. So it captures more dust, dirt and allergens and completely removes them from the living area. Traditional vacuums can spread particles and allergens around your home and recirculate them into the air you breathe. A recent clinical study found that using a central vacuum can improve allergy symptoms 40 to 60 percent. Many green building programs recommend or even require central vacuums.
Perhaps in the wonderful chance we get to move into our first home, we'll consider installing one of these bad boys for our cleaning pleasure. For now, we'll have to settle for the old tried and true canister vac.