When using a standard vacuum cleaner, not all of the particles are absorbed by the vacuum. In fact most of them are just blown up in the air to settle down again later. These tiny particles can cause a whole load of problems for people that suffer from dust allergies and asthma because they pollute the air. This air pollution does not just cause immediate issues such as difficulty breathing and itchy skin.
But, being exposed to air pollution can actually increase heart rate and blood pressure, which can put a strain on the heart in general and put the individual at a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack. We have to deal with enough pollution when we’re out and about in the world, and our homes should be the place where we are safe from this. This is why using a vacuum cleaner with a built in HEPA filter can be so beneficial.
What Does a HEPA Filter do?
HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. HEPA filters are extremely effective at taking micro-particles out of the air. It is these micro-particles that cause pollution. The filter itself is formed of a fiberglass fibers that are randomly arranged to trap large and small particles. HEPA vacuums are able to trap even the smallest pollutants because the air is forced through the fine mesh and any particles will cling to the fibers within the filter.
Also, HEPA filters really do walk the walk as well as talk the talk. There is a very strict procedure for a filter to be labelled as a HEPA. In order for a filter to be qualified as a HEPA filter is needs to be able to remove at least 99.97% of particles that are bigger than 0.3 microns. A human hair is actually around 40 microns, so you can easily see how incredibly microscopic the particles a HEPA filter picks up are.
Benefits of a HEPA Vacuum
- High Indoor Air Quality
If you regularly use your HEPA Vacuum (at least once a week) then you will definitely see a significant improvement in the quality of the air indoors. The filter will prevent contaminates and impurities being released directly back into the air flow.
- Protects from Allergies and Asthma
Suffering from allergies and asthma is a constant battle as it is, without having to worry about flare ups at home. The HEPA filter will be able to rid the air of the pollutants that can cause allergy and asthma flare ups. The filter will be particularly useful in the summer months, when hayfever is at its most prominent, as it will easily pick up pollen particles and stop them from being rereleased into the air.
- Peace of Mind
There is no greater peace of mind than knowing that you are residing in a safe and clean home, especially if you have little ones running around. Using a vacuum with a built in HEPA filter can help you to find this peace of mind, by ensuring that you and your little ones can breathe easy and deeply.
What to Look for in a HEPA Filter
If you are considering purchasing a HEPA filter vacuum, then you need to make sure you are investing in a product that is up to the job.
- Look at the Test Results
As previously stated, in order to a filter to qualify as HEPA it needs to pass the 99.97% particle removal standard. Every filter would have been subject to rigorous testing, and the results will be provided with the filter itself.
- Price isn’t Important
Most of us go by the assumption that the more expensive a product is, the higher quality it is, but this actually isn’t the case. It’s definitely possible to find high quality HEPA filters at a very reasonable price, it might just require a bit of sneaky shopping.
- Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value
The MERV value is the ability of the filter to eradicate particles from the air. The ratings range from 1 to 20 and ideally you should be looking for a filter that leans more towards the 20 than the 1. The higher the rating, the more particles will be trapped.