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Central vacuum systems are built-in vacuum cleaners that link a hose and electric power brush to a central power unit with a collection canister.  Special pipe is installed through interior walls, crawl spaces, attics or basements to connect the power unit with low-voltage wall inlets.

Central vacuum systems feature three basic components:

  • The power unit
  • Piping system and inlets.  Inlets (valves) are the connections in the wall where you plug in the hose.  A general rule of thumb is one inlet for every 600 square feet of living space.
  • A hose (typically 30’ or 35’), attachments and cleaning tools.

The power unit , which includes the system motor and collection container is usually located in a garage, basement or utility room. The motor provides up to five times the cleaning power of a conventional vacuum. And because the power unit is located outside the living area, it does not exhaust inside the house to stir up more dust, dirt and allergens.





















Benefits of a Central Vac System

Create a Clean and Healthy Home with a Central Vacuum System

Creating a clean and healthy home environment for your family is important. Many people take their home’s air for granted and assume it is safe, clean and breathable. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates indoor air pollution levels may be as much as five times greater than outdoor levels. Approximately 50 million people, one of every six Americans, suffer from allergies and as many as 26 million Americans suffer from asthma. Most allergy victims are allergic to indoor allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet dander. Several reasons for this increase include today’s more tightly sealed housing construction, synthetic building materials and furnishings, and chemically formulated household products.Most people spend 90% of their time indoors. Poor indoor air quality can affect health, safety and comfort – especially in children and the elderly. With powerful motors and no recirculation of particles, Riccar central vacuums eliminate 100% of vacuumed dirt, dust and allergens, creating a healthier home with cleaner indoor air.Using a central vacuum system is clinically proven to reduce allergy symptoms. A study of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) patients by the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine found patients who used a central vacuum system instead of a conventional vacuum experienced the following:

  • 44 percent improvement in sleep-related symptoms
  • 47 percent improvement in nasal symptoms
  • 48 percent improvement in non-nasal symptoms
  • 61 percent improvement in both emotional-and eye symptoms
  • 52 percent reduction in practical problems
  • 46 percent stated they experienced less impact on normal work or leisure activity

Since the findings of the U.C.-Davis study, the American Lung Association now includes central vacuum systems in its standards for its Health House National Demonstration Program. Leading green building programs offer points toward “green” certification to homes that have central vacuum systems and leading national builders are providing central vacuum systems as recommended options or standard features in their Air Quality packages. In addition, the U.S. EPA acknowledges central vacuum systems as an indoor air quality enhancement.

Leading organizations are talking about how central vacuum systems improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ):

“Using central vacuum systems that are vented to the outdoors can significantly reduce dust mites, pollens, animal dander and other allergy causing agents.”
— U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“Central vacuum systems are among the best indoor air quality investments for your home.”
— BUILDER Magazine

“Allergy sufferers’ symptoms can be improved up to 61% when using a central vacuum system.”
— University of California Davis School of Medicine

“The healthiest type of vacuum to operate is a central vacuum that is vented outdoors.”
— The Healthy Home Institute



Riccar Central vacuum systems offer numerous benefits including exceptional filtration for improved indoor air quality, impressive cleaning performance, nearly silent operation and the fact that they increase a home’s overall market value. These models have taken the most desirable convenience features developed after years of research for our upright and canister vacuums and brought them to the world of central vacuum systems.

Our Riccar central systems are built to stand up to the toughest cleaning tasks not only when new, but for years to come. In fact, all Riccar Central vacuum power units are backed by a Lifetime Warranty.


Experience VACUFLO®’s exceptionally powerful central vacuum performance and cleaning versatility with a wide variety of accessories and powerheads that are specifically designed for today’s homes and furnishings.

The VACUFLO System works by transporting dirt, debris and dust particles through a simple network of tubing that runs through the walls to the power unit. The in-wall tubing is easily installed during construction or added to an existing home. Installation is usually completed in less than one day with no structural modifications needed.

Premium Plus Hybrid Central Vacuum RCU-H11

The Premium Plus central vacuum unit is the cream of the crop in Riccar's hybrid central vacuum line. Besides giving you the flexibility of using or not using a HEPA media bag, this unit delivers powerful cleaning performance in homes up to 20,000 square feet. The Premium Plus model is equipped with double two-stage motors, carbon dust filters... learn more.
Premium Hybrid Central Vacuum RCU-H9

With or without a bag, the Premium Hybrid Central Vacuum cleans beautifully and is packed with power and premium filtration. Featuring a 3-stage motor, muffler and carbon dust filter, this model has a large 5-gallon capacity and a Smart Board diagnostics display to remind you when to check the bag or filter. A Soft Start feature allows for smooth and gradual start-up of the vacuum system to... learn more.
Standard Hybrid Central Vacuum RCU-H5

The Standard Hybrid Central Vacuum with a dual intake cleans up to 6,000 square feet and features a 2-stage motor. Use it with or without a bag for amazing cleaning performance and HEPA media filtration. This model features a 2-stage motor, muffler and up to 4.5 gallon capacity.Like all Riccar central vacuums, this unit is backed by a limited lifetime warranty...  learn more
Central Vacuum Premium Attachment Kit

The Riccar premium central vacuum kit includes a 35-foot hose that fits either pigtail style or direct-connect systems. This kit features a full size power nozzle with aluminum brushroll and dirt sensor, and an integrated telescopic wand, multiple natural bristle cleaning tool attachments and a handheld turbo brush... learn more
Entry Hybrid Central Vacuum RCU-H3

The Riccar entry-level Hybrid Central Vacuum is anything but basic. It cleans up to 6,000 square feet and can be used with or without a bag for amazing cleaning performance and HEPA media filtration. Plus it holds up to 4.5 gallons of the dirt, dust and debris you remove from your floors.
Like all Riccar central vacuums, this unit is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. The power nozzle and accessories are sold separately. Contact your nearest Riccar dealer for installation. learn more
Central Vacuum Deluxe Attachment Kit

The Riccar deluxe central vacuum kit includes a 35-foot hose that fits either pigtail style or direct-connect systems. The kit includes a full size power nozzle, telescopic wands, natural bristle cleaning tool attachments and a handheld turbo brush perfect for cleaning carpeted stairs or for removing pet hair from furniture. A hose hanger and a heavy-duty tool caddy provides storage management for the hose and accessories. learn more