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HEPA Air Purifiers

HEPA Air Purifiers

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Published by: gojab on Apr 27, 2008
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HEPA Air Filters
Information Gathered fromhttp://pureairpurifiersnow.com 
One of the best known types of air purifiers is one that contains aHEPA filter. HEPA stands for High Energy Particulate Air. You'll hear thatname used a lot in ads for vacuum cleaners, furnace filters and of course air purifiers.HEPA is not a material or method of making a filter, but a standard. Tobe qualified as a HEPA filter it must be able to remove 99.7% of particulate matter as small as 0.3 microns. As a point of sizecomparison 0.3 microns is about 100 times smaller than a human hair- too small to be seen by the naked eye. But it's important tounderstand that there are particles smaller than this in the air webreathe and they can pass through the filter and will not be removed.Although it seems like a modern, high technology product, the originalHEPA filter was designed in the 1940s. They became commerciallyavailable in the 1950s so this "high tech" item has been around forover 60 years.HEPA filtering units can be installed into your home heating and airconditioning system, or you can use a portable unit. The clearadvantage of a portable unit is that it can be moved from room toroom as needed, and some are even light-weight and portable enoughto be taken with you on a trip. They will do a good job of removingdust, pet dander, pollen, mold spores and other particulate matter thatmight trigger an allergic reaction.It's important to pay careful attention to the labeling of a HEPA airpurifier. Some are advertised as "99% HEPA", "HEPA-like" or "HEPA-type". This likely means the filter in the air purifier is not a true HEPArated filter and therefore will not provide the same level of purification.Many of today's HEPA filters also contain activated carbon to absorbodors and gas from chemicals that occur in our indoor environmentsfrom paint, carpet, cleaning products, and furniture. The larger theamount of activated carbon included as part of the filtering system, thegreater the amount of pollutants that can be absorbed from theenvironment. The cheaper units will likely have a very small amount of carbon, compared to the three to fifteen pounds of activated carbon in

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