The High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filter, was created to shield scientists 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 remove 99.97 to 99.99% of particles measuring 0.3 microns and greater. This includes pollen, dirt and dust. A HEPA air cleaner with activated carbon filters can catch chemicals, odors and smoke.
These filters have a MERV rating of 1721, depending on the brand. This rating shows how well a filter can pull out pollutants from the air.
Because of their high-efficiency filtration abilities, HEPA filters are dense and can reduce airflow. It’s important to touch base with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to verify 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 system.
Because its functional surface is usually around 10 inches, media filters are able to catch about 95 percent of particulates.
These filters last longer too, commonly between three to six months.
There are a couple of electronic filtering systems you can add in your home.
An electrostatic filter uses magnetically charged material to capture. These washable filters are 97 percent effective at extracting tiny particles from your home’s air. Plus, they’re also 30 times more effective than everyday filters.
An electronic air cleaner applies 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 minimize ozone, a known lung irritant, created elsewhere in your home.