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There is perhaps no worse feeling in the world than not being able to breathe properly. Today, more than ever before, many people suffer from breathing problems and a large variety of allergies, often caused by their environment. For many, a HEPA air filter can alleviate symptoms and facilitate easier breathing.
While you may not be familiar with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) air purifiers, they have actually been around for some time. Developed during World War II, they were first used to remove radioactive dust particles from the air to protect soldiers’ respiratory systems.
HEPA air purifiers are now used for household air filtering and are capable of trapping 99.7% of all airborne particles, even as small as 0.3 microns (for scale, there are approximately 25,400 microns in one inch!). Below is a chart that will provide a better understanding of the size of airborne particulates that can affect your breathing:
- bacteria: 0.35–10 microns
- dust mite debris: 0.5–50 microns
- pet dander: 0.5–100 microns
- mold: 2.0–20 microns
- pollen: 5.0–100 microns
Benefits of HEPA Filtration
Adding HEPA filtration to your home has several benefits:
- Reducing dust and other allergens in your home can significantly improve the quality of life of allergy and asthma suffers.
- Studies have shown HEPA air filtration can benefit your heart health.
- Mold and other airborne particles can be detrimental to your health. HEPA filters can filter out mold spores, improving your indoor air quality and your health.
- HEPA air purifiers can remove odors.
- Dust, pollen, dander, and other particulates that would normally accumulate around your home gets filtered out before it settles, thus reducing your housecleaning time and frequency