Kajtek1 - 3/6/2006 10:16 AM
That would mean, that $2000 whirlpools are cost effective, $10,000 granite tops are cost effective, but $400 (plus installation)central vacuum, that brings lot of positive health effects is not cost effective?
I think this is more lack of customer education, that are not requesting the technology.
The installation part is what really kills the central vac. As I noted, yet one more system in the construction that need to get coordinated with other systems such as MEP items. The item itself may not cost that much but just imagine having to install a network of airtight pipes probably 1-1/2" in outer diameter between the walls, interstitial spaces, cutting through wall studs and floor joists while keeping clear of other systems... Builders are not going to install something that will not command attention of majority of buyers after such time consuming and labor intensive installation.
That being said, I wholly agree with you on the lack of enlightenment on consumer side - the builders only build according to consumer needs - $10,000 granite tops are cost effective from the point of view of the builders if they see that they have better chance of luring potential customers who are controlled by the hype and list granite kitchen counters as 'must have' in a house. To the builders' it means the house will sell quicker because of it and also add at least $15,000 to the sale value of the house.
In a parallel ideal world, where all potential home buyers are enlightened, the builder would certainly build homes with solar panels on the roof, no ostentatious double height entry foyers, compact floor plan, a zoned heating system, reconstituted stone countertops in lieu of granite, and a central vac system.