Are Robot Vacuums An Eco-Friendly Solution?

While we all want our homes to be as clean as possible, I like you did not want a vacuum that was going to leave a big footprint on the environment. Not only that, I knew that if I did a little bit of research and made sure that the robot vacuum I purchased was eco-friendly, I would also be saving myself some money each month. This is because vacuums that are more eco-friendly run a lot better and often use less power.

Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming more and more popular and it is easy to see why. You can set them off to clean and they will not only clean very well, they will do it on a schedule, charge themselves and in general require very little interference from you. However, some people are asking if robot vacuums are an eco-friendly solution to keeping their house clean.

Tips for Picking an Eco-Friendly Vacuum

To be honest with you unless you are spending 20 dollars on an old style upright vac, it is not as hard to purchase an eco-friendly vacuum as you would think, but I wanted to share a couple of tips, a couple of things to look for to make sure that the robot vacuum you are interested in is going to be eco-friendly.

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What Is The Vacuum Pumping Out Into The Air?

This right here is the big one. You may have noticed over the years that when you have vacuumed using a cheaper or just an older vacuum cleaner that you end up sneezing and coughing up a storm as you do. The reason for this is because of all the dust particles that the vacuum cleaner is pumping out into the air. Robot vacuums do not do this; most of them have a very sophisticated filtration system that captures all the dirt and dust, not allowing it to be spat out into the air.

One thing you will often see when looking at robot vacuums is the talk of a HEPA Filter. This stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air and it is what makes the robot vacuum be far more efficient with the dirt and dust that it picks up. Some models will not specify that they have a HEPA Filter and some will.

To be honest, I have yet to come across a robot vacuum cleaner that has a problem with spitting out nasty dust into the air, but if you really want to make sure a HEPA Filter is what you need to look out for.

What Can The Robot Vacuum Do?

I have been testing different robot vacuums (as well as using one in my own home for the last couple of years) for a little while now and truth be told, most of them offer the same kind of thing. Robot vacuums are incredibly versatile. They can clean carpet, hardwood floors, kitchen floors, get into tight areas and even focus on a really stubborn area.

While all these features are great for keeping your home clean, the fact that a robot vacuum cleaner can do so much cleaning in one go means that it is using far less energy than if you were to get out the upright vacuum and do each area by yourself.

Some people will say that in general a robot vacuum uses more energy than a corded vacuum and on paper this is true. But you have to consider the fact that the robot vacuum cleaner is going to do many different types of cleaning at once and that by having a robot vacuum cleaner, you are greatly lessening the amount of time you have to give the house a full vacuuming.

Are There Eco-Friendly Robot Vacuums Out There?

While there are many different styles of robot vacuums on the market right now, only a few of them are really going out there and pushing the fact that they are eco-friendly. One example is the bObsweep Robot Vacuum, which has been proven to have a low energy use and the fact it can pick up anything from your kids leftover breakfast to the dog’s hair, means that it is very efficient when it is working.

Even robot vacuums like the Shark ION ROBOT 750 Vacuum which is very powerful can be eco-friendly when you consider the fact that it can clean an area very quickly and without shooting dust all into the air.

It’s a good idea to look at reviews of robotic vacuum cleaners and you may have to do a little digging around to see exactly what the energy consumption of a robot vacuum cleaner is, but that kind of information has to be shared by the manufacturer so it is out there if you want to know exactly how much energy you are going to be using.

So Are Robot Vacuums An Eco-Friendly Solution?

As I said, I have been using a robot vacuum for quite some time now and in terms of my energy bill, I can honestly tell you that I have not noticed an increase at all. What I can also tell you is that I spend far less time vacuuming.

Of course, I still have a standard upright vacuum in my house for when those floors really need a blitz cleaning as I have two kids and two pets. However, thanks to the robot vacuum, I have found that I need to do that far less, which with how much mess my two kids make is a miracle. This is because I have the robot vacuum, set to go and clean each and every day.

Even with it doing this, my energy bills have been no higher and the air is not full of dust thanks to the smart filtration system that it has.

I think that robot vacuums are an eco-friendly solution and while we may not be at the stage where the market is super competitive and there is a whole line of eco-friendly branded ones, if you do your homework, you can see that there are some that are better than others when it comes to being eco-friendly.

Sammy is a proud parent who loves nothing more than spending time with his family and teaching them how to be more environmentally aware. He currently runs the blog at Home Clean Expert.

Clay Miller
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