High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters have become a standard feature in many domestic vacuum cleaners due to their ability to capture and retain even the smallest particles. In this article we'll explore what they are, how they work and the significant benefits that they offer.
What is a HEPA filter?
Vacuum cleaner filters are designed to capture and trap common household dust and allergens, including dust mites, pet dander and other bacteria, from the vacuum’s airflow. Preventing them from being released back into the air. They come in a variety of different grades depending on the level of filtration that they supply.
A HEPA filter is certified to capture and retain a high proportion of dust and allergens. Over 99.9% of fine airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns.
How do HEPA filters work?
The construction of HEPA filters involves a dense web of randomly arranged fibres that create a maze-like path for air to pass through. As air flows through this labyrinth, a high proportion of particles are trapped and held within the filter, preventing them from being released back into the air.
What are the benefits of HEPA Filters?
Using a HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner provides significant benefits, including:
Allergen Control: HEPA filters are a game-changer for allergen sufferers, removing these potential irritants from surfaces and preventing their release back into the air.
Pet Owners: Pet owners can enjoy reduced pet dander in their homes, creating a more comfortable living environment for both humans and furry companions.
Dust and Pollen Reduction: HEPA filters effectively trap dust, pollen, and other airborne particles that could exacerbate respiratory issues or create discomfort.
Cleaner Surfaces: Vacuuming with a HEPA filter not only cleans the visible dirt but also removes the invisible particles that contribute to overall cleanliness.
How often should I change my vacuum cleaner filter?
This will depend on usage. But as a guide, consider cleaning your filter once a month and replacing it at least once a year. Buying a replacement directly from the manufacturer will ensure that you replace like-for-like. Doing this will ensure that you continue to enjoy the benefits that having a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter brings.
We encourage you to explore the Vacmaster AllergenPro™ Range of vacuum cleaners, which include HEPA filtration as standard.
Posted by David Baird