If you are a chronic allergy sufferer, or live with someone who is, it’s no wonder you’re doing some research on the benefits of a HEPA vacuum cleaner. A vacuum is an essential part of your arsenal when it comes to combating dust in your house. Successfully removing all dust, pollen, germs, and other particles that pollute most houses’ airways and floors will fast track your allergy improvement.
The beauty of vacuum shopping is that there is almost certainly a vacuum out there that will suit your families needs.
The issue with vacuum hunting is that there are so many possibilities that it may be tough to choose the ideal model. Many vacuum cleaners claim to be allergy-friendly, and many boast of their HEPA filters. But the question is often asked – are they worth the purchase?
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The benefits of hepa filter vacuum cleaner
What is a HEPA filter?
HEPA means (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuums equipped with HEPA filters that trap dust which we can’t see. It stops the spread of those dust, pollen, bacteria, and other particulates in the carpets and the air we breathe.
According to the US Energy Department, a HEPA filter eliminates at least 99.97 percent of the average airborne diameter of 0.3 micrometers. The average person will ask how small these 0.3 micrometers are? If we compare it to the size of the human hair, which is about 100 micrometers in diameter. It gets estimated that it is 300 times the size of what a HEPA filter will trap, which is quite impressive if you look this mathematically. HEPA filters also trap droppings from dust mites, pollen, molding, pet dander, and tobacco particles without any problems.
Types of HEPA Filters
There are two types of HEPA filters to choose from;
1. Absolute (True) HEPA filters
The Absolute (True) filters get tested to meet the standards to be considered a true HEPA filter. A true HEPA filter has assigned a specific serial number, and they trap dust about 99.97% and particles about 0.3 microns, respectively.
2. HEPA type-filters
The HEPA-type filters are manufactured similarly to “True” HEPA filters and might even resemble them. However, they are not required to fulfill the same criteria as absolute HEPA filters. HEPA-type filters sold as True HEPA filters may capture only 85 to 90 percent of all particles, and that percentage falls even lower for particles of one micron and below. Unlike True HEPA filters, these filters do not contain any serial numbers.
Is the HEPA vacuum cleaner worth it?
After discussing what HEPA filters are and their types, let’s see if they are worth purchasing!
Pros of Vacuum with HEPA Filters
HEPA filters enhance indoor air quality by preventing allergens from leaving the filter and reintroducing pollutants into the air. Vacuuming using a HEPA filter vacuum thoroughly cleans your facilities and provides cleaner, safer air.
Vacuums with HEPA filters do a much better job of ensuring your facility is clean and free of allergens than your standard vacuum. It means that any allergens located on a surface are removed and help keep your team, customers, and family safe and healthy.
Other air purifiers, such as ozone, ionizers, and PECO, release a hazardous byproduct into the atmosphere. HEPA filters the air without generating any byproducts, unlike its rivals. As a result, HEPA filters are commonly available as HEPA filters found in various home appliances, portable air purifiers, whole-house air filtration units, and vacuum cleaners.
Cons for using HEPA Filters
HEPA filters will not remove contaminants from the air that are less than 0.3 microns in sizes, such as viruses, certain bacteria, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are household products such as hairspray and ammonia that are too tiny to be removed by a HEPA filter.
Mold spores in the air are big enough to be captured by a HEPA filter. Moisture in your air filter, on the other hand, might cause the spores to proliferate. As a result, mold will spread throughout the filter and perhaps throughout your home due to this.
HEPA filters are difficult to clean; the form and size of your air purifier may make it difficult to reach and clean the HEPA filter. In addition, it implies that certain HEPA filters can get washed while others cannot. Finally, HEPA Filters required frequent replacement.
The vast majority of particles in the air are trapped. As a result, they clog more quickly than more porous filters. As a result, HEPA filters should change at least twice as frequently as non-HEPA filters. HEPA filters, on the other hand, generally last two to three years.
FAQs about Vacuum HEPA Filters
These are the frequently Asked Questions that people ask before buying the HEPA filters.
Will a HEPA vacuum solve my allergy issues?
It will assist, but it is not the whole picture. For example, it would be best if you emptied the dust container of the vacuum daily for optimal performance.
When cleaning the house, you should vacuum thoroughly, not just the floors and carpets, but also the drapes and furniture.
What exactly is a HEPA filter, and is it a necessary vacuum feature?
The presence of a HEPA filter gets frequently used as marketing shorthand for saying that a vacuum cleaner is ideal for allergy sufferers. These filters must be capable of removing at least 99.8 percent of particles 0.3 microns or larger.
They feature many layers of crisscrossing fibers, generally composed of fiberglass, that act to catch particles and prevent them from entering through the filter’s opposite side. Some of the HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaners we’ve tested have been fantastic at trapping even the tiniest particles, while others haven’t fared so well.
There are also lots of vacuum cleaners with good filters that aren’t HEPA that we’ve tested, so it’s not a must-have for exceptional filtration. A significant element is how well the filter fits and how effectively the airways within the vacuum cleaner get sealed.
A poorly fitting filter will allow some air to flow around it rather than through it, allowing unfiltered particles to escape back into the air via the exhaust.
Can a good vacuum cleaner stop cat & dog hair and dander?
If you have a clean house in the first place, a HEPA filter on your vacuum will not mean the difference in whether you have a stuffy nose during the pollen season. It will not gather pet hair and dander as well as a standard vacuum, nor will it eliminate smells.
However, a HEPA filter is not a panacea in and of itself; diligent vacuuming with a HEPA filter will assist in capturing some of the tiny environmental pollutants we live with daily.
My final thoughts...
Whenever seasons change, we move to another place or are just very much interested in cleaning; vacuums are one of our main partners in crime.
Vacuums can be tricky – there are so many in the market, which one is best for me? Well, that needs a little research! If you have been looking at the laundry list of vacuum cleaners, you may have heard of the HEPA filters and how good they are.
HEPA filters that trap dust which we can’t see. It stops the spread of those dust, pollen, bacteria, and other particulates in the carpets and the air we breathe. Vacuums with HEPA filters, like any product on the market, have advantages and disadvantages; ultimately, the decision to purchase one is yours.
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