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Standard Test Method for Measuring Air Performance Characteristics of Vacuum Cleaners
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This test method covers procedures for determining air performance characteristics of commercial and household upright, canister, stick, hand-held, utility, and combinationtype vacuum cleaners having provisions for attaching a hose and incorporating a series universal motor. This test method can be applied to the carpet cleaning mode of operation.

These tests and calculations include determination of suction, airflow, air power, maximum air power, and input power under standard operating conditions (see Note 1). The nozzle mounted on plenum testing is an ideal air performance measurement and is not intended to represent the actual air performance during carpet or floor cleaning.

NOTE 1—For more information on air performance characteristics, see Refs (1-6).2

The foot-pound-inch system of units is used in this standard. The values in parentheses are given for information only.

This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. A specific precautionary statement is given in Note 2.

2 The boldface numbers in parentheses refer to the list of references appended to this test method.