Did someone say efficiency? Central vacuum systems certainly cut back on energy consumption—your own!—while helping you tidy your whole home in record time. The suctioning motors for these whole-house systems are often installed in basements or the garage, so the noise and the mess stay there. Meanwhile, a 30-foot transferable hose connects to any convenient in-wall outlet (typically one in every room), so that hoovering up messes around a multistory home no longer requires lugging a bulky canister or upright from room to room or replacing dust-spewing bags. Best of all, the motors in central vacuum systems pack more muscle than portable vacuums do for a better and faster job of ditching the dirt and debris.