Vacuum Cleaners – New Energy Efficiency Regulations
From 1 September, 2014, many types of vacuum cleaners must comply with EU eco-design and energy labelling regulations, designed to tackle climate change. This means that all new non-rechargeable upright and cylinder vacuums should be energy efficient and should also carry an energy label/text showing how efficient a vacuum is.
EU Eco-design for vacuums includes:
*Power of less than 1600 watts
*Electricity consumption of less than 62 kWh per annum
*Dust removal efficiency grading
Please note: This regulation does not apply to rechargeable vacuums, wet and dry vacuums and robot vacuums.
Understanding the Energy Label
Energy efficiency: This shows the overall efficiency of the vacuum cleaner with A as the most energy efficient vacuums and G as the least efficient.
Energy consumption: This shows the amount of energy the vacuum cleaner is estimated to use over a year. This is measured in kilowatts per hour, per year. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the vacuum is.
Filtration: The grade shows you how efficiently the vacuum will pick up dust, retain it and minimize the amount re-emitted into the air. An A grade vacuum has the lowest level of dust re-emissions, while a G grade has the most.
Carpet – pick up: This grade shows you how efficiently the vacuum will pick up debris from carpets. An A grade vacuum has the most efficient pick up on carpets, while a G grade has the least.
Hard floor – pick up: This grade shows you how efficiently the vacuum will pick up debris from hard floors. An A grade vacuum has the most efficient pick up on hard floors, while a G grade has the least.
Sound power/noise level: This shows the noise rating in decibels for the vacuum cleaner. The lower the number, the quieter the vacuum.
View a sample energy efficiency label here.FAQsWhat do the new rules mean for powerful vacuums?
Although new vacuums are required to have a power consumption of less than 1600 watts, the new rules mean that vacuums are built to be more efficient. By looking at the energy label, you can choose a vacuum that best fits your needs.Will I no longer be able to buy a powerful vacuum?
The new regulations mean that manufacturers will no longer be able to make or import vacuums that have power of over 1600 watts. Although this regulation comes into force on 1 September, manufacturers can continue to sell old stock until it runs out.