Hide-A-Hose is Amazing
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My name is Bernie Holmstock. I was an early adaptor and installer of the Hide A Hose System and became one of the largest Hide A Hose installation companies in the United States. My business has evolved from installing systems into becoming the #1 online distributor of DIY Hide-A-Hose Installation Kits.
In my experience, the typical facial expression of someone who owns a traditional central vacuum system when they see a Hide-A-Hose inlet for the first time is almost universal. Blank stare, dropped jaw, slight head shaking… it’s the unmistakable look of awe and recognition mixed with disbelief and amazement. As the owner of HoseGenie.com, the only distributor of 100% Complete DIY Hide-A-Hose Installation Kits, and someone who has displayed the Hide-A-Hose system at hundreds of home show events, I’ve seen this look thousands of times.
If you see a Hide-A-Hose system in action, you’ll want one. It instantly makes sense for anyone that’s used a central vacuum system with a standard 30-foot hose. And, this is only the initial reaction before hearing about all of the additional benefits of this amazing self-retracting hose system.
Traditional Central Vacuum Systems Are Great
A traditional central vacuum has a powerful motor and dirt collection system located in the garage or basement that creates an amazing amount of suction and airflow. This suction and airflow are piped throughout the home with 2″ piping that typically terminates in a wall inlet measuring 3 1/8″ by 4 7/8″ with a 1 1/2″ spring-loaded flap in the middle.
A 30-foot hose is inserted into the flap on the inlet, triggering the power unit in the garage or basement to turn on. Add a wand and floor brush or other cleaning tools, and you have an amazing vacuum cleaning system.
The dirt that is picked up travels through the tools, hose, and 2″ piping in the walls and into a collection bin in the garage or basement. The dirt is deposited into a bag or bagless container and the dirty exhaust air is then typically piped outside.
Wow! Amazing suction. Reduced noise in the house while vacuuming. Dirty air is exhausted outside. What’s not to like?
The Downside of Traditional Central Vacuum Systems
Everything about a traditional central vacuum cleaning system sounds great in theory. In practice, however, there’s a big shortcoming that poses problems and has truthfully led to central vacuum systems having a bad rap over the years.
The hose. How can a 30-foot hose pose a problem and lead to complaints? Let me explain. First, a 30-foot hose will only allow for cleaning up to a 700 sq/ft area. This means, in an average home of a little over 2000 sq/ft, you will have to have three inlets that you will need to relocate your hose to in order to clean the entire area. And, before you begin cleaning, you’ll need to fetch the hose and bring it to the area(s) to be cleaned. A traditional central vacuum hose is typically wire reinforced, a bit heavy, and often unwieldy and cumbersome. When you’re done cleaning, you will of course need to roll the hose up and store it away until the next time you need it.
Now imagine if you have a small spill or dirty area and you want to quickly clean it. This means fetching the hose, unrolling it, plugging it in, cleaning, and then doing this all in reverse when done. A bit cumbersome for a small cleaning job.
Again, the theory doesn’t sound that bad. But in practice, this is a huge turn-off for people who have used a traditional central vacuum system for several years. Even with all of the amazing benefits, “Power”, “Quietness”, “Less dust and odor”, this one thing, “hose-management” has led many former owners of central vacuum systems to shy away from having one installed in a new residence when they move or recommend a central vacuum system to a friend.
Hide-A-Hose – The Revolutionary Central Vacuum Convenience To The Rescue – This Changes Everything!
The “self-retracting” Hide-A-Hose system is nothing short of amazing. It eliminates the weak link in the system, a traditional 30-foot hose. Hide-A-Hose uses a super lightweight hose, up to 60 feet in length that stores in the inlet and in-wall piping system until needed, and then easily retracts back into the inlet and stores away in the wall piping system when not needed.
The Hide-A-Hose Advantages:
– Hide-A-Hose is Lightweight
First, the hose material has been redesigned from the ground up to be lighter weight… About 1/3 the weight of traditional central vacuum hoses. The material is so lightweight, it is often described as having a weightless almost floating
– Hide-A-Hose is Supple
The hose material is thinner and is designed to bend and flex without collapsing. The outer ribbing is rounded, making it smooth to the touch compared to traditional central vacuum hose materials.
– Hide-A-Hose is Less Abrasive
Due to its lighter weight and smoother exterior, the Hide-A-Hose is much less abrasive when pulled around furniture, cabinets, and the corners of walls. Compared to a traditional central vacuum hose, a Hide-A-Hose appears to repel and glides around obstacles rather than anchoring and becoming difficult to navigate.
– Hide-A-Hose is Longer – Increased Lenght magnifies the conveniences.
If you’ve used a traditional central vacuum hose, your first thought about using a longer hose would be that it’s heavier and more cumbersome. The opposite is true. At 60 feet in length, a Hide-A-Hose is almost effortless to maneuver and clean with. It may sound counterintuitive, but almost without exception, owners of traditional central vacuum systems are amazed at how effortless the Hide-A-Hose is to use, even pulled out to its full length of 60 feet.
What are the benefits of a longer hose? I’m glad you asked. Remember, a 30-foot hose will only clean up to 700 sq/ft. A 60-foot hose cleans exponentially more square footage. Up to 2800 square feet. This means few outlets. No more dragging, plugging and unplugging from inlet to inlet.
– Hide-A-Hose Variable Length
Pull out as much or as little as you need. Even if you’re inlet is housing a 60-foot hose, with the Hide-A-Hose System, you pull out only the amount of hose that you need to clean. If you have a mess on the floor 10 feet from an inlet, simply pull out 10 feet of the hose, and lock the hose in place with the simple locking switch on the inlet. Clean, then unlock the hose and it retracts back into the inlet by covering the hose end. Close the inlet door and the system automatically shuts off.
Having a lightweight, easy-to-use hose that automatically retracts when you are done cleaning eliminates all of the headaches associated with hose management.
– Hide-A-Hose is Easier to Unclog than a traditional central vacuum cleaning system.
Cogging is one of the biggest fears of a central vacuum owner. It’s one of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked by clients considering a central vacuum system installation. The good news is, Hide-A-Hose removes all of the problems that have been associated with central vacuum clogs because of how easy they are to remedy.
Let me point out that it is extremely unusual to get a clog in a properly installed central vacuum system. Clogs are found more than 90% of the time in the hose. Why? The internal diameter of a central vacuum hose is 1 1/16″ in diameter and the pipe in the wall that the Hide-A-Hose Retracts into which is 2″. Anything small enough to pass through the hose will most certainly pass through the wider opening of the piping.
Traditional central vacuum hoses have internal ribbing, are narrower internally at the ends than the middle, and have a sharp bend near the handle end. All of these are common clogging areas.
A Hide-A-Hose is one internal diameter from end to end. They are smooth on the interior because all ribbing is on the exterior of the hose. There are virtually no clog bottlenecks with a Hide-A-Hose. However, on rare occasions, with debris like twigs, leaves, and toothpicks, you may get a blockage because these types of items can lodge at an angle, blocking airflow in one direction. Additional debris will pile up behind this type of obstruction, causing a clog. However, remember that these clogs in a Hide-A-Hose tend to be directional. This means that if you reverse the suction or flow of air in the Hide-A-Hose, almost 100% of clogs dislodge themselves.
How do you reverse the suction on a Hide-A-Hose? By design, the Hide-A-Hose is held in the inlet loosely and can be removed by pulling the hose all the way out to its end, then giving it a slight tug straight down. The hose will dislodge. Reverse the ends of the hose and place the cleaning end against the suction intake on the inlet. This end is too large to be pulled into the inlet but will allow the suction to in effect reverse direction inside of the hose and dislodge the directional clog. No tools are needed.
Hide-A-Hose Inlets Solve the One Problem Associated with Central Vacuum Systems – Hose Hose Management
That look of recognition I’ve seen on a thousand faces. The look of awe. The head shaking in disbelief that this simple idea eliminates the single spoiler of a great idea behind central vacuums… or it may be recognition that the hated task of cleaning with a 30-foot, heavy, unwieldy hose could have been eliminated so easily. Whatever that distinct look is, if you’ve used a central vacuum, you know this is the answer to your internalized dislike of vacuuming.
Hide-A-Hose has been a game-changer to an industry that was slowly dying and is now seeing an unprecedented resurgence. The HoseGenie.com DIY Kits have helped bring Hide-A-Hose to remote areas lacking central vacuum installers.
We now have the perfect cleaning system. Quiet, efficient, long-lasting, and easy to use. Cleaning your home with a central vacuum eliminates 100% of the dust and odor associated with every other vacuum cleaning system available today. A central vacuum system increases the value of your home and makes it easier to sell when you’re ready.
If you are in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, or in the process of building a home. You owe it to yourself to investigate a central vacuum system with Hide-A-Hose Inlets. The HoseGenie.com Hotline is always available to answer additional questions. As an added service, the HoseGenie.com experts are available to answer installation questions via phone, zoom & facetime if a DIY installer needs help.