From September 2014, all vacuum cleaners made in the UK or shipped into the UK have had to comply with EU eco-design and energy labelling regulations, designed to tackle climate change.
This means that all new upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners should be energy-efficient and carry an energy label showing how efficient they are, but the regulations don’t apply to rechargeable vacuums, wet and dry vacuums or robot vacuums.
The new EU requirements for vacuums includes:
- Power of less than 1600 watts
- Electricity consumption of less than 62 kWh per year
- Dust removal efficiency grading
Understanding the energy label
All vacuums will be given a rating between A-G based on energy efficiency and cleaning performance on carpets, hard floors and their dust emissions. An energy efficiency class for each individual vacuum cleaner will be based on these details.
These are the specifications included on the energy label for vacuum cleaners:
Energy efficiency: This shows the overall efficiency 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, measured in kilowatts per hour, per year. The lower the number, the more energy-efficient the vacuum is.
Dust pick-up (Carpet) : This grade shows you how efficiently the vacuum will pick up dust from carpets. For effective dust removal on carpets, choose an efficiency class of ‘C’ or above.
Dust pick-up (Hard floor) : This grade does the same but for hard floors such as tiles or wooden floor , and again for effective dust removal on hard floors, choose an efficiency class of ‘C’ or above.
Dust re-emission: This grade determines how clean the exhaust air is and is an important factor to consider if you have allergies to contend with. The exhaust air is dependent upon the quality and type of filter along with how well the vacuum is sealed. An ‘A’ grade vacuum has the lowest level of dust re-emissions.
Noise level: This shows the noise rating in decibels for the vacuum cleaner. The lower the number, the quieter the vacuum.