ASTM F1334 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Determining A-Weighted Sound Power Level of Vacuum Cleaners

    Active Standard ASTM F1334 | Developed by Subcommittee: F11.25

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    The test results enable the comparison of A-weighted sound emission from vacuum cleaners when tested under the condition of this test method.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method calculates the overall A-weighted sound power level emitted by small portable upright, canister, combination vacuum cleaners, and central vacuum cleaner motorized nozzles intended for operation in domestic and commercial applications.

    1.1.1 To determine the Sound Power Level of a central vacuum at the power unit location refer to Test Method F2544.

    1.2 A-weighted sound pressure measurements are performed on a stationary vacuum cleaner in a semi-reverberant room. This test method determines sound power by a comparison method for small noise sources, that is, comparison to a broadband reference sound source.

    1.3 This test method describes a procedure for determining the approximate A-weighted sound power level of small noise sources. This test method uses a non-special semi-reverberant room.

    1.4 Results are expressed as A-weighted sound power level in decibels (referenced to one picowatt).

    1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.

    1.6 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.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C634 Terminology Relating to Building and Environmental Acoustics

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    F608 Test Method for Evaluation of Carpet Embedded Dirt Removal Effectiveness of Household/Commercial Vacuum Cleaners

    F655 Specification for Test Carpets and Pads for Vacuum Cleaner Testing

    F2544 Test Method for Determining A-Weighted Sound Power Level of Central Vacuum Power Units

    F2607 Test Method for Measuring the Hard Surface Floor-Cleaning Ability of Household/Commercial Vacuum Cleaners

    ANSI Standards

    ANSIS12.57/ISO3747 Standard Acoustics - Determination of sound power levels of noise sources using sound pressure - Comparison method in situ


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.140.20 (Noise emitted by machines and equipment); 97.080 (Cleaning appliances)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F1334-12

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