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HEPA Filters

Updated on February 22, 2012

HEPA Filters

High Efficiency Particulate Air filters capture small particles and allergens from the air. These can be helpful for those who have allergies and are sensitive to airborne allergens. Removing and reducing the amount of allergy causing particles from the air you breathe can help to reduce allergy symptoms for some people. True HEPA filters must pass a quality standard test stating that they collect at least 99.97 percent of the airborne particles and substances filtered. Having this quality distinction is what separates true HEPA filters from HEPA-type filters.

True or absolute HEPA filters originated in the 1940's and was created by governmental agencies to stop the spread of certain contaminants. Since then, companies have created various consumer oriented products targetting air filtration with an emphasis on removing air borne contaminants such as mold spores, dust particles and other allergy related substances and allergens. Environments that demand high efficiency clean air standards such as health and medical clean rooms, and laboratories will use the true HEPA filter. The products that make claims of being HEPA-type, have not passed the same quality standards and tests that the true or absolute filters have passed, and are not considered as efficient.


HEPA Filters Air Purifiers Information

There are many different types of filters on the market today to help allergy sufferers to reduce the amount of airborne particles that they breathe while in their indoor environments. The HEPA filters are one way to help remove, capture and reduce the amount of allergy causing particles and substances from your home. There are numerous products on the market that use true HEPA filters or the HEPA-type or 'like' filters. Be sure read up on these products before purchasing so you can make a more informed decision as to the type of filtration that will be best for you and your family. The 'true' or 'absolute' products are generally recognized as more efficient and will typically cost a little more than the 'type' or 'like' filters.

Filtration systems that you can probably find a HEPA filter for include furnaces, vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, hvac systems, air filtration systems and other type of air circulation devices. Each product type is generally serviced by more than one product manufacturer.

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