Use HEPA Filters Throughout Your Home

If you suffer from allergies or respiratory conditions, then you understand the importance of the air quality inside your home. One of the best ways to keep irritants and allergens under control is to use HEPA filters in the home. These types of filters are sometimes used in air purification units. The filters come in all different sizes to cover a certain number of square feet. Some air purifiers are available for large spaces up to 1,500 square feet. Others are designed for smaller spaces like a bedroom or bathroom.

What does HEPA Mean?

HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters were first created in the 1940s to help protect those who worked in nuclear facilities by filtering out particles and dust. HEPA filters then started being used in hospital settings, where they were useful in filtering airborne pathogens and germs. From there, it wasn’t long before these filters made their way into public use in products like air purifiers and vacuum cleaners.

How Do HEPA Filters Work?

HEPA home filters are designed to remove 99.7% of airborne particles, which they do by pulling those particles in and trapping them in its fiber. To be classified as true HEPA, the filter must be able to trap tiny particles as small as .3 microns; 1 micron or micrometer measures one-millionth of a meter or 1/25,000 of an inch.

HEPA Filters in the Home Trap Allergens

Allergy sufferers should invest in an air purifier that uses HEPA filters, as they can trap pollen, mold, and dust. HEPA filters have been shown to help those who suffer from asthma and other respiratory issues.

While HEPA filters are excellent at filtering out certain types of particles, they do have their limits. For example, HEPA filters can’t remove viruses from the air, as viruses are tiny enough to pass through them. Likewise, bacteria and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like ammonia or hairspray, and gases will also pass through HEPA filters as they are smaller than .3 microns.

Who Benefits from These Filters?

HEPA filters can help a wide range of people and households by trapping irritants that make your eyes water, your throat itch, and your nose stuffy.

If you have a new baby in the house, a HEPA filter will remove airborne irritants that may cause respiratory issues in newborns. You love your pets, but you probably don’t love all the dander and fur that they leave in your home. HEPA filters are great for trapping pet dander and other airborne particulates so that your indoor air is cleaner and safer to breathe.

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