Summer weather is usually hot and humid in many parts of Florida and the southern states. However, come autumn, the air outside gets colder and homeowners rush in to seal their homes so as to prevent heat loss and enhance the efficiency of their HVAC systems. That said, homes that are completely sealed may not necessarily give you the best indoor air quality. As a matter of fact, indoor air pollution may increase.
One of the easiest ways to combat air pollution in your home is through the installation of filters. The HVAC industry has brought in a lot of variety of filters from disposable to washable, of different qualities. HEPA filters are generally classified as the crème of the filter profile. They are known to reduce indoor air pollution and contamination caused by viruses and bacteria.
However, not every home requires this level of protection. Before getting a HEPA filter, below are some of the things you should be aware of:
HEPA Filters Are Manufactured from Glass Fibers
The efficiency of HEPA filters is partially derived from the very thin glass fibers that make them. The structure of the fibers is designed to draw particles to stick to the fibers while allowing air to pass through. The most amazing thing is that the filters have a mechanism of trapping the particulate matter. In case of particles which do not adhere to the glass fibers for one reason or another, they can be attracted to other particles that have already been captured by the filter or to the glass material itself.
Ability to Capture Small Particles
When it comes to air filtration, the question is always how small are the particles being captured. For HEPA filters, the answer is, extremely tiny. HEPA filters can remove up to 99.97% of particulate matter which measures at least 0.3 microns in diameter.
With such a high degree of particulate filtration, dust, dirt, and allergens can be easily collected by the filter including viruses and bacteria.
Performance of HEPA Filters against VOCs
Despite the brilliance in filtration, HEPA filters cannot capture volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It is for this reason that a majority of HEPA filters in the market come fitted with carbon absorption components that help in taming air pollution at source.
The best way to deal with VOCs is to prevent them from entering your home. Look at the cleaning products you are using and the home improvement components that involve fumes because they may be a source of pollution.
Another important point to note is that HEPA filters are not designed for everyone. If you are suffering from allergy issues, a compromised immune system, or other respiratory conditions, it may be worthy investing in HEPA filters. As a matter of fact, there are homeowners who may install HEPA filters and yet do not get the maximum benefit from them. Carefully consider the above when buying a HEPA filter.