European minsters plan to restrict power for vacuum cleaners

By September 13, 2010Articles

European minsters plan to restrict power for vacuum cleaners

Domestic Cleaners could find their activities cut short by new plans from European bureaucrats to restrict the power of vacuum cleaners in the home in order to cut energy usage.

Officials at the European Commission want power input to be reduced to 500 Watts (0.5kW) for upright domestic vacuum cleaners and 750 Watts for canister cleaners and upright cleaners with integral hose and tools.

Ministers believe that reducing the power of domestic cleaning vacuum machines would help save enough electricity to power around 2.3 million homes.

The plans have been met with criticism from manufacturers, who say restricting power would compromise the ability of house cleaners to remove fine particles from carpets and rugs.

Alex Martin, technical director at the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, said: “If you are affecting the amount of energy you have flowing through a product then of course it is a concern about how that will impact on cleaning performance.”

“If you lower the amount of energy in a product then there are numerous other criteria that need to be considered such as to how able a product is able to filter dust.”

Posted by Ivan Rancic

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