EU Bans Sale of ‘Inefficient’ Vacuum Cleaners

by Joost | Last Updated: September 29, 2017

 The European Union has been one of the leading global unions in trying to improve environmental and efficiency standards. On the 1st September 2017, the EU put a blanket ban on all vacuum cleaners which produce more noise and heat than they do suction. This removes all low-performance vacuums from the market, making sure that when people in the EU buy a vacuum cleaner that they are getting a truly efficient vacuum cleaner.

Any vacuum cleaner that uses more than 900W of power and emits more than 80DB of power will no longer be available when their present stocks run out. While anti-EU protestors claim that such a decision will mean homes are cleaned improperly due to losing wattage, energy experts say that a low-power appliance can hit the same consistency rates as one with a higher level of power.

The suction is the main deciding factor in vacuum cleaner quality, so this rings true. Those who see this move as an EU directive to try and trip away low-level competition have missed the fact that in vacuum cleaners the suction is almost always the primary source of power.

Usually. Someone would equate high power with high performance; while suction may be taken as the secondary power-factor. However, while high wattage is always useful, if it’s not as strong as the suction capacity then it’s not going to be as good as it claims.

Pro-EU experts claim that the wattage ‘deception’ is used to help mate people equate the idea that higher wattage units will be better for them. Many of the most efficient models are actually capable of picking up much more dust than higher-wattage equivalents, due to the strength of suction and more intelligent design methods making the whole machine more effective and efficient.

A lower power machine naturally uses less power, making it a more environmentally friendly model. As the EU moves to try and create environmental safety, their push against vacuum cleaners that over promote power over effectiveness has become a major discussion point in recent years for vacuum suppliers.

The official website of the EU is quite open about the reasons why this move has been taken.

“With more efficient vacuum cleaners, Europe as a whole can save up to 20 TWh of electricity per year by 2020.

“This is equivalent to the annual household electricity consumption of Belgium.

“It also means over 6 million tonnes of CO2 will not be emitted – about the annual emissions of eight medium-sized power plants.”

Those who buy based on power, it is argued, are more likely to buy inefficient hardware that breaks easier and wastes power through a lack of efficiency. Efficiency standards are likely to become a major part of EU law as time goes on, and even the British – en route to an EU exit – appear likely to keep these efficiency laws in place after ‘Brexit’.