With studies constantly being pumped out on how we’re negatively impacting our environment, more and more people are looking for ways to ‘go green’. While everyone can’t necessarily switch from cars to bikes or electricity to solar power, there are some small ways we can incorporate eco-friendly habits in our lives. One way is simply being more energy efficient. Being energy efficient simply means using less energy to provide the same level of energy service
When most people think of energy efficiency, they think of turning of the lights when you’re not using them, or they think of automobiles with a high mpg ratio. But what about the appliances we do use when we use them? How much energy are they consuming and how effective are they? And perhaps the most important question is: Can I get an environmentally-friendly vacuum that still is powerful enough to get the job done?
The answer is “Yes!”. You can have the metaphorical cake and eat it too, and with so many ‘green’ vacuums being stylishly designed, not only will you be doing your part, but you’ll look good doing it.
When getting a ‘green vacuum’, there are a few things you want to consider, such as what are the amps? An “amp” is simply an abbreviation for “ampere”, which is a standard unit of electrical current. A good figure for a green vacuum is 12 amps. If you decide to go with a green vacuum, you’ll find plenty with low amp rating. Ideally, you should be looking for a range of between 4 and 12. Once that’s done, the next thing you want to do is start comparing additional features. The additional features will really See the guide below to get an idea for what kind of features you can get with your next vacuum.
4 Amps with HEPA – The Royal MRY6500 upright vacuum cleaner is great for someone looking to go below the 12 Amp benchmark. The HEPA filter removes up to 99.07% of dust and allergens 0.3 microns or larger, making this vacuum perfect for allergy or asthma sufferers. It’s high-impact plastic body, Gore-Tex outer bag, and ergonomically-designed metal handle, makes this commercial upright vacuum extremely durable. Weighing less than 10 lbs, it’s large capacity disposable paper bag makes maintenance a breeze. A double row ball-bearing brush makes this 4 amp wonder not only efficient but effective.
5 Amps with CRI Green Label Certification – The Sanitaire SC678 Commercial Upright Vacuum is a heavy-duty, lightweight vacuum with an allergen filtration. Having received a Green Label Certification, the Sanitaire features Arm & Hammer dust bags that are ideal for high frequency use. In addition to catching fine particles of dust and other microbes, Arm & Hammer dust bags help eliminate odors caused by bacteria and mold. The Sanitaire also comes with a 1 year warranty.
7 Amps with CRI Green Label Certification – As a Green Label Certified Vacuum, the Sanitaire SC888 provides a premium filtration level and an allergen filtration. It should be noted that this more of a commercial vacuum cleaner. Commercial vacuums need more strength and durability to clean places like hotels, schools, restaurants, offices, etc. These types of vacuums are also able to withstand more punishment than a standard residential vacuum cleaner. Other than that, it has the same basic traits as the Sanitaire SC678 as far as featuring Arm & Hammer dust bags. But if you’re looking for a vacuum for contractor sites, then consider the Sanitaire SC883.
12 Amps with HEPA Filtration – The Bissel 82G7-1 Momentum Cyclonic upright vacuum cleaner provides continuous suction with seven surface settings. In addition to being energy efficient, it has a TurboBrush feature so you can clean multiple surfaces, such as carpet, bare floors, upholstery, auto and stairs. It also boasts a single cyclone separation system and an air flow indicator filtration system with a HEPA media Filter.
12 Amps with Airetight® HEPA System – The Bissell 5770 includes Multi-Cyclonic Technology and Microban Antibacterial Protection that make sure bacteria, mold and mildew do not grow in the vacuum. The Airetight HEPA Filtration System of the Bissell 5770 makes sure you’re protected from 99.9% of pet dander and 100% from dust mites, pollen, ragweed and mold spores.
12 Amps with Full Bag Sensor – Hoover’s U5140900 Tempo wide-path upright vacuum cleaner makes it easy to get rid of all that dust, hair and debris. Many people prefer vacuums with bags over bagless ones, since the latter often release that debris into the air when you try and empty them out. While bagless vacuums make it easier to know when the bag’s filled, the Temp has a “full bag” sensor that takes care of this for you – and, unlike bagless vacuums, there are no filters to constantly be cleaning. Hoover’s Tempo also has a filter that traps 99.9% of dust mites, ragweed and common grass pollens.
In addition to these, there are at least 20 more ‘Green Vacuums’ that range in use, price, amps, and features. Hopefully this introduction to eco-friendly vacuums will get you started off on the right foot and well on your way to doing your part for energy conservation.