Things you Should Know about HEPA Vacuum Cleaners

July 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Home Appliances

A HEPA vacuum cleaner should be your main option if you want to have a truly clean air in your house. HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate air”. We are talking about the best possible filter, which has been developed during World War II, by the Atomic Energy Commission as a protective measure against radioactive dust. Whenever you are choosing a HEPA vacuum filter make sure it has the best filter system and excellent suction.

The HEPA filter system is able to trap even particles of 3 microns and has an efficiency rate of 99.97%. Such filters are commonly used in various surgical environments, laboratories and wherever highly clean air is an absolute must. Pay attention as there are HEPA-type filters as well, but they are not as efficient as the genuine HEPA filter.

Allergy Sufferers Should Go With HEPA Vacuums

Allergy sufferers and those with various breathing problems should choose a low emission vacuum. You should also consider the best possible filter if you have a pet in the house or you have small children. The dirt in your house mainly consists of dead human skin cells (75% – 80%) and animal dander, soil, dirt, hair, pollen and dust mites. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter will ensure that the air in your home is truly clean of all particles. HEPA filters should be periodically changed or washed (the washable filters only).

People with breathing problems and allergies should also choose a HEPA vacuum which includes disposable bags for the collected dirt and dust. A bagless vacuum cleaner is cheaper as dirt and dust is collected in some container that can be easily emptied.

On the other hand, for cleaners with disposable bags, you need to purchase them and they are not always easy to place correctly in the vacuum cleaner. Additionally, you need to ensure you always have a supply of bags; you also need to replace them when they are two-thirds full to maintain the maximum efficiency of the machine.

Luckily, disposable bags are not very expensive and thus you can safely trap and discard all the dust and dirt. The dust collector canister can’t provide the same protection as some dust might reach into the air while the bin is emptied. Further more, a protective mask is also recommended when the vacuum bin is being emptied.

Get the Most Out of Your Vacuum Cleaner

You might think that if you are going to use a HEPA vacuum filter with disposable bags instead of a dust collector canister, your available choices in terms of machines would be highly limited. Well, that is not the case, as these features are widely available on various canister, upright, wet/dry or compact models. These are also available in lightweight and cordless vacuum models as well.

Regardless of the type of vacuum cleaner you choose, you need to make sure that the machine best suits your individual needs and is within your available budget. Additionally, for maximum efficiency and cleanliness, it is vital to properly use it and care for.

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