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2017 Eco vacuum regulations

What is the eco label for?

The Ecodesign and Energy Labelling regulations for vacuum cleaners were published in 2013. The regulations establish minimum requirements and an energy labelling scheme for the products in its scope. These guidelines aim to help relevant stakeholders, including industry and public authorities, to implement the regulations and their requirements into practice.

How are vacuum eco labels changing?

Currently new vacuum cleaners come with an energy label showing their energy efficiency on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). From September 2017, the most efficient vacuum cleaners will carry a label of A+++. These ratings take into account the vacuum cleaners' total power and how efficiently that power is used to pick up dust. For more information, click here.

Current eco label Eco label from 2017
Current commercial vacuum cleaner eco label vacuum cleaner eco label from september 2017
What does the eco label consist of?
vacuum cleaner eco label explained

1. Energy efficiency - The letters A-G show the overall energy efficiency rating of the vacuum cleaner. A is the most efficient and G the least.

2. 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.

3. Filtration - 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.

6. Pick up on hard floors - How effective the machine is at picking up debris from hard floors, the closer to A the more effective the vacuum is at removing debris from hard floors.

What has to change within the vacuums?
September 2014 Regulations (Current) 1st September 2017 Regulations (Upcoming)

Annual energy consumption less than 62 kWh/year

Annual energy consumption less than 43 kWh/year

Rated input power: less than 1600W

Rated input power: less than 900W

Minimum dust pick-up on carpet (dpuc): 0.70

Minimum dust pick-up on carpet (dpuc): 0.75

Minimum dust pick up on hard floor (dpu): 0.95

Minimum dust pick up on hard floor (dpu): 0.98

 

Maximum dust re-emission: 1,00%

 

Maximum sound power level: 80 dB(A)

 

Minimum durability of the hose (if any):still usable after 40,000 oscillations under stair

 

Operational motor lifetime shall be greater than or equal to 500 hours.

What does this mean for the Truvox range? Click here to find out.

 

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