It is important to first understand what indoor air pollution is. Dust mites, mold spores, pollen, and pet dander are some examples of indoor air pollution. The pollution inside your home can have the same negative effects as environmental pollution.
What Are HEPA Filters?
Removing particles from the air inside your home is the main job of a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. HEPA filters are incredibly effective at capturing almost every size of particle. They can capture viruses, bacteria, pollen, allergens, and more. The United States Department of Energy has certain standards in place that an air filter has to meet in order to be qualified as a true HEPA filter. According to those government standards, an air purifier must remove 99.97 percent of particulates at an incredibly small size (0.3 microns) from the air that passes through it to earn a true HEPA standing. These small particles include pet dander, mold, dust mites, and pollen. Larger particulates are usually filtered even more efficiently, being almost completely removed from the air. Basically, harmful particles get stuck between the fibers in the filter and trap them to ensure the air blowing through your home is cleaner and healthier with better indoor air quality.
How Do HEPA Filters Work?
The HEPA filters are composed of fibers arranged in a random pattern that trap the particulates, keeping them from getting back out into the air. In order to function properly, a HEPA filter uses three mechanisms to ensure that particles are caught when travelling through the mats:
- Impaction: Where particles stick to any fibers they are close to
- Interception: Where large particles run into the fibers directly
- Diffusion: Where the smallest particles collide with gas molecules, impeding their way through the filter.
By forcing the air in your home through these fine mesh traps, you are able to get rid of the majority of the pollutants that can be causing your problems.
When it comes to air quality, it is no longer out of sight, out of mind. What you cannot see can well be the cause of the health problems you are battling with today. If you or the people around you suffer daily with allergies, sneezing, itchy eyes, or chronic coughing our experts at Ed’s Heating and Cooling can help you with a HEPA air filter. By choosing the right air purification system for your home and using it properly, it can offer relief and improve the quality of the air you breathe every day.Contact a specialist at Eds today by calling (937) 667-6713.