Sunday 22 October 2017

Understanding your appliance

While the criteria on an Energy Rating label differs depending on the appliance you are looking at, all of the information on the label is there to ensure consumers make and informed choice before purchasing their product. It is important to study the label carefully

All European manufacturers and retailers must tell you about the energy efficiency of household electrical appliances such as fridges, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens and vacuum cleaners.

One of the main aims of the EU Energy Label is to help householders make informed decisions about the purchase of energy-consuming appliances. The label provides clear and easily recognisable information about the energy consumption and performance of products and must be attached visibly to new appliances displayed for sale.

Below is an example of the information you would find on a vacuum cleaner's energy label

1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY CLASS

The coloured bars on the label show the energy efficiency of the product. An 'A' means it's the most energy efficient, with each subsequent letter being less energy efficient until we get to 'G' which is the least. However - you can get an A-rating by simply reducing the amount of power the vacuum uses. An A model might not clean as effectively as some others.

2. AVERAGE ANNUAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION

This calculation is based on an average household with 87 sq m who vacuum about once a week. The real figure for your house will depend upon its size and how often you vacuum.

3. DUST RE-EMISSION CLASS

Dust re-emission class tells you how clean the exhaust air is. Exhaust air comes out of the appliance and is measured by the number of particles found in it. The type and quality of the filter, along with how well the vacuum is sealed, will determine how clean the exhaust air is. Clean exhaust air is important for people with allergies.

4. SOUND POWER LEVEL

Looking for the quietest option? This panel shows how noisy the vacuum cleaner is. The sound level is given in decibels. If the level is below 70dB, you'll still clearly hear music, a mobile or a baby calling. The average vacuum cleaner is 78dB.

5. CARPET CLEANING PERFORMANCE CLASS

This is measured in percentage dust pick-up on a standard test carpet. The vacuums that pick up the most dust will be rated here as 'A'. High dust pick-up reduces allergies and sucks up dirt which is deep down in the carpet. For a clean and hygienic carpet, choose C or above.

6. HARD FLOOR CLEANING PERFORMANCE CLASS

This is measured in dust pick-up and describes the amount of dust that is removed from a standard crevice filled with dust. The better the cleaning performance, the faster you can clean dirt out of crevices like tiles and wooden floors. It is best to choose C or above.

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