The High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filter, was created to keep scientists safe from radiation as they built an atomic bomb during World War II. Today these filters are regularly used in hospitals, science labs and even homes.
HEPA filters are rated to take out 99.97 to 99.99% of particles measuring 0.3 microns and bigger. This includes pollen, dirt and dust. A HEPA air cleaner with activated carbon filters can capture chemicals, odors and smoke.
These filters have a MERV rating of 1721, depending on the model. This rating shows how well a filter can remove pollutants from the air.
Because of their high-efficiency filtration abilities, HEPA filters are thick and can restrict airflow. It’s important to check with Barlow Service Experts to make sure your heating and cooling system can run with one.
Media air cleaners are denser than basic air filters. They’re often four to five times wider—or more. This barrier fits snugly against your HVAC unit.
Because its active surface is usually around 10 inches, media filters are able to catch about 95 percent of particulates.
These filters work longer too, commonly between three to six months.
There are a few electronic filtering systems you can add in your home.
An electrostatic filter uses magnetically charged components to capture. These washable filters are 97 percent effective at removing tiny particles from your home’s air. Plus, they’re also 30 times more effective than everyday filters.
An electronic air cleaner involves a high-voltage magnetic charge to capture particles.
Some can erase the majority of indoor air pollutants—particles, germs, bacteria, chemical odors and vapors—by up to 99.9 percent. And decrease ozone, a known lung irritant, made elsewhere in your home.