The EU are changing the goalposts again on vacuum cleaners. This time the rated input power of vacuums now has to be below 900W and they are tightening the regulations to ensure all vacuums sold in Europe are more efficient.
Here's everything you need to know.
From September 1st 2017, the second stage of Ecodesign and Ecolabel regulations will become effective. They involve the design and labelling of dry vacuum cleaners according to the new energy efficiency class.
Does this Affect all Vacuums?
The regulations are applied only to dry vacuum cleaners (both professional and household), but wet, wet & dry and battery operated and industrial vacuum cleaners are not included.
Key Changes with the New Ecodesign Requirements:
- Rated input power shall be less than 900W
- Operation motor lifetime shall be greater or equal to 500 hours
- The hose, if any, shall be durable so that it is usable after 40 000 oscillations under strain
- The energy efficiency scale will change as well, with higher ratings of A+, A++ and A+++ and the removal of E, F and G classes. The new lowest rating will be D.
|September 2014 Regulation||1st September 2017 Regulations|
|Annual Energy Consumption||Less than 62kWh/year||Less than 43kWh/year|
|Rated Input Power||Less than 1600W||Less than 900W|
|Minimum Dust Pick-Up on Carpet (dpuc)||0.70||0.75|
|Minimum Dust Pick-Up on Hard Floors (dpu)||0.95||0.98|
|Maximum Dust Re-emission||1%|
|Maximum Sound Power Level||80dB(A)|
|Minimum Durability of the Hose (if any)||Still usable after 40,000 oscillations under strain|
|Operation Motor Lifetime||Greater than 500 Hours|
The New Label and What it Means
1. Energy Efficiency
The letters A++ to E show the overall energy efficiency of the vacuum cleaner. A++ is the most efficient and E is the least.
2. Estimated Energy Usage
This is an estimate of the energy the vacuum will use in KWh per year based on average usage time of the machine.
How effective the vacuum is at retaining dust and minimising the amount put back into the air. The closer the result is to A, the lower the amount of dust put back into the air whilst using the vacuum.
4. Sound Power
This is the noise rating (in decibels) for the commercial vacuum whilst it's being used. The lower the number, the quieter the vacuum cleaner.
5. Pick up on Carpets
How effective the vacuum is at picking up debris from carpets, the closer to A the more effective the machine is at removing debris from carpets.