Room Air Filters
Room air filters allow you to localize your air cleaning. Having home room air filters allows flexibility in where your allergy or asthma sufferer spends time. Having office room air filters makes it easier for smokers and non-smokers to work in the same space. If indoor air quality is important to you, consider something bigger than a room air filter, but cleaning the air in one room is better than nothing.
All around you there are tiny particulates. These particulates may be dust, pet dander, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, or other allergens. While this may seem impossible because the air in front of you looks clean, some of these particulates are 1/300th the width of a strand of hair. This means that while they are not visible to the eye, they are there and you are breathing them in. Gross, isn't it?
No wonder the incidence of allergies, asthma, and other breathing problems is continuing to rise each year. What can you do about it? Home room air filters are one way that you can help to remove some of the particulates from the air that you breathe.
Room air filters vary in their effectiveness. Learning about the many different kinds of room air filters will help you to make an informed decision. Choosing a home room air filter depends upon several factors, including your needs, your air quality, and your budget. Although every company claims that their home room air filters are the best, their claims may be misleading so it is important to choose your room air filter based on your own needs.
Some of the many technologies that are available in room air filters include electrostatic air filters, HEPA air filters, and the use of pre-filters. Electrostatic air filters are electrically charged to draw particulates into the filter where they are trapped or to cause the particulates to become heavy so that they will not travel through the air. These air filters need to be changed frequently so that they will work efficiently.
HEPA room air filters are considered the best by many air quality experts. To be considered a true HEPA air filter, the filter has to be able to remove 99.97% of the particulates that come into contact with the filter. HEPA filters have been used for years in hospitals or other areas that need to stay clean. Beware of companies that claim to have a “HEPA type” filter. This does not mean that they are as efficient as a true HEPA air filter is and they may only be 50%-80% efficient versus 99.97%. If you have allergies, asthma, or another health condition, then you will want to find a room air filter that is a true HEPA filter.
Pre-filters are one way that can help keep your air cleaner. This pre-filter (usually a HEPA air filter) works with another air filter to help remove gases and odors from the air. This is especially helpful in a home where family members smoke to help you get the maximum amount of smoke out of the air that you breathe. Second-hand smoke has been found to be just as dangerous to people who do not smoke and this filter can help remove some of the smoke from the air.
Be sure you choose the right size room air filters for your air cleaning system. With a little planning and forethought, you will be on your way to having cleaner air in no time.