How Often Should HEPA Filters Be Replaced?

by tyler 12. April 2012 10:41

With recent updates in cleaning products, the use of a HEPA filter has increased dramatically. These filters can be found in several places in your vacuum cleaner(like the dust cup if it's bagless, outside of the motor exhaust and other various places) in an air purifier and in many other household appliances. But how often should this filter be changed?

While the answer varies by different filters, I usually recommend every 6 months. The reason for this is that particles build up in the filter and at a certain point, the filter will no longer be efficient. In fact, if you fail to replace the HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner, it can actually cause a loss in suction or an increase in allergies or asthma due to particles being exhausted into the air. If you use a bagless vacuum cleaner, you'll need to pay more attention to the filter. While the advantage of not having to replace bags is great, bagless vacuums tend to be a lot less efficient in filtration than bagged machines. Harmful particles can easily escape back into the air from these machines due to a lack of sealed filtration.

If you use a bagless vacuum like a Dyson ball or Eureka AirSpeed, you'll want to replace the filter every 3-6 months as needed. Some filters offered in these machines will be washable. If this is the case, make sure to wash the filter as often as a normal filter would be replaced in order to avoid dirt buildup. 

HEPA filtration is a great advantage used in modern vacuum cleaners because it removes harmful particles from the air that can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. However this filtration method is only effective if maintained properly. Taking good care of your vacuum and performing routine maintainence will ensure a clean and healthy home.

 

 

 

Choosing an Air Purifier For Your Home

by Joe 15. January 2012 15:24

When choosing a new air purifier for your home, it is very important to put a lot of thought and consideration into your decision. While most of these machines are highly effective in removing allergens, dust and other harmful substances from the air, some are better than others and some might actually do more harm than help.

The first thing to think about when choosing the right model for your home is your needs. Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or perhaps a multiple chemical sensitivity? There are so many different makes and models of air purifiers on the market today, so there is sure to be one that suits your unique needs. You'll also want to take into account the size of your home. Most residential air purifiers are designed to clean the air in one room at a time. While most units will have the option of caster wheels, it is important to know that using one household room air purifier will not be effective in cleaning the air in your entire house. Because of this, we recommend that you place your unit in the room where you spend the most time - the bedroom. However if you do need to clean the air throughout your entire home, there are a few whole house air purifiers available.

There are quite a few different brands on the market today, each with their ups and downs. A company called IQAir designed the first residential air purifier in the 1960s in Germany for asthma sufferers who used coal burning stoves in their homes, they are now one of the largest brands of air purifiers in the world and offer some of the best units available. The filter used in each IQAir air purifier is composed of a HyperHEPA media that is about 100 times more effective than the standard HEPA filter that is used in other brands.

A HEPA, or High Efficiency Particulate Air, filter is capable of capturing 99.97% of all particles as small as 0.3 microns and 95% of all particles as small as 0.003 microns. With the IQAir's HyperHEPA Filtration, these systems capture 99.97% of all particles as small as 0.3 microns and 99.5% of all particles as small as 0.003 microns. Studies have shown that the ultra fine particles that only an IQAir machine is capable of capturing are the most dangerous because they enter your bloodstream through your lungs.

While the IQAir systems are great, they can be a bit pricey. If you need a great machine but you're on a lower budget, I recommend using an Austin Air purifier. These machines are great because they use a medical grade filter that emulates a hospital clean room. The filters in these machines also last five years without needing to be changed or cleaned and they are offered in either a full sized unit or the smaller, junior series air purifier for smaller rooms.

A few things to look out for:

  • Stay away from units that use UV lights. Air travels through these lights too quick and therefore this method is ineffective.
  • Make sure any machine you use in your home does not produce ozone. Ozone can be hazardous to your health.
  • Call 1-866-972-8227 to speak with an air purifier specialist if you have any questions or need help choosing the right model for your home.

 

 

The Shocking Truth of Indoor Air Quality

by tyler 28. December 2011 07:27


HaAustin Air Purifierve you ever wondered why fresh air feels so much nicer and cleaner than the air in your home? Well the answer is simply because it is. What most people, myself included, fail to realize is that the air you breathe most frequently: The air in your home, is filled with harmful gases, pollutants, dust mites, odors, and airborne diseases. 

Indoor Air Quality is a term that did not exist just 75 years ago. This term is used to describe the quality of the air that you breathe during most of your day, indoor air. Recent developments in scientific research have discovered that the quality of indoor air is often three to five times worse than the air outside. When you stop and think about how much time you actually spend indoors, you realize how crucial it is to improve the air quality in your home. Now you may assume that pollutants in the air at home can be linked to asthma, allergies and breathing complications, such as bronchitis. While this is true, the medical community has recently established a direct link between harmful pollutants in the air in your home and heart attacks. 

Dust and allergens aren't the only hazards that are present in indoor air, though. Mold spores, Tobacco smoke, pet allergens and dust mites can also be found in the air in your home. Mold spores are perhaps the most underrated threats to the personal well-being in any home. Tobacco smoke is also a very serious hazard that has potentially fatal consequences even for non-smokers. All of these substances can easily find their way into your home and cause serious harm to you and your family. These pollutants are no laughing matter and don't rest just because you've gone to sleep.

At this point you may be asking yourself: How do I improve the air quality in my home?

The answer is simple. You need a machine that will filter out toxins in the air while generating fresh air throughout your home. An Austin Air purifier will do just that.

Austin Air Purifiers such as the Healthmate or Bedroom Machine use true medical grade HEPA filtration to remove harmful toxins from the air and generate fresh and clean into your home. These machines use a complex 5 step filtration system composed of an inside HEPA or HEGA filter and an outer Carbon Zeolite filter. These machines are 99.97% effective in removing all particulates as small as 0.3 microns and 95% effective in removing all other substances. All of the air purifiers by Austin Air come with a 5 year mechanical warranty as well as a 5 year warranty on the filter. 

If you're going to use an air purifier in your home, why not use the best one on the market? In fact, these machines were trusted by the American Red Cross and FEMA to address the air quality problems in post September 11th New York City. The Austin Air purifier is designed to last and the filter doesn't have to be replaced for five years. Take a look at the Austin Air selection in our store to find the perfect air purifier for your home.

Improving the indoor air quality in your home is extremely important to your health. Pollutants in indoor air are a serious threat and should be taken seriously. 

 

 

 

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