High Efficiency Particulate Air – HEPA – is an air filter that traps dust and dirt particles which can cause health problems. The harmful particles can be in the form of pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
Smoke let out by factories, fumes coming out of car exhaust are not the only air pollutants. Dust mites, mold spores, pollen, and pet dander present in the air circulating inside your home can cause health problems. If one or more members of your family are suffering from allergies or asthma, their problem gets aggravated by the presence of these pollutants. HEPA filters can bring relief as they trap these allergy causing pollutants.
Can HEPA filters help?
HEPA filters can remove dust and dirt particles suspended in the air, more particularly the allergy causing pollutants. But the airborne particles are not the only allergy causing pollutants. The dust in the floor, under the rugs, in the bedding and around the furniture is also injurious to health. Hence, it becomes necessary to keep every surrounds clean.
Vacuum cleaners are the best bet for maintaining a dust free environment. They are health friendly as they suck the dust from the surface and collect the same in a compartment, thereby not allowing the dust to spread back into the atmosphere. Pet dander and pet hair are the major allergy causing pollutants. Ordinary sweepers cannot pick up the pet hair and dander caught in the carpets. Vacuum cleaners come with accessories and special attachments that can pick up all the pet dander and pet hair. Most modern vacuum cleaners are equipped with HEPA filters. The air passing through the filters is said to be 99.97 per cent pure and the filters are certified to be able to catch dust and dirt of size up to 0.3 microns. The American allergy association has certified vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters to be health friendly and allergy friendly.
In case you are looking for a vacuum cleaner, invest in a vacuum cleaner that features a good filter system with HEPA filter. You may be spending a little extra but the benefits outweigh the extra cost.