What Does HEPA Mean?

Families have been giving the quality of air in their homes a hefty amount of consideration in recent years. Why? Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than what's outside. Moreover, asthma has become an increasingly common epidemic in the U.S. over the last few decades.

One of the best strategies for minimizing indoor pollution is to invest in a mechanical purifying system. More specifically, those with HEPA filters can prove helpful for reducing airborne elements that trigger allergies and asthma.

So what exactly is a HEPA filter, and why is it so important? It's time to clear the air.

The HEPA Difference
The term HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. HEPA filters are used everywhere from homes and automobiles to aircraft and medical facilities.

It's important to distinguish between HEPA and True HEPA air purifiers to ensure that your needs are met. Essentially, True HEPA air purifiers captures up to 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns, which include a range of allergens and odors. On the other hand, a purifier with a HEPA Type filter is capable of capturing 99 percent of particles that are 2 microns or larger, such as pet dander and dust. While these particles are too tiny for the human eye to see, they are large enough to penetrate your lungs and cause problematic reactions. 

What You Need to Know
To get the most out of your HEPA air purifier there are certain steps you should take before plugging it in.

First, make an effort to block out moisture, mold and pollen particles from the outside by replacing old windows and caulking the frames. As carpets collect allergens opt for smooth surface flooring that can be easily dusted and mopped. Additionally, use a HEPA vacuum while cleaning. 

Now it's time to integrate a HEPA room air cleaner. These devices are especially beneficial in homes with indoor pets, or with children who have allergies. If people in your home are allergic to pet dander or dust, a HEPA Type filter is sufficient. However, if pollen, mold and other allergens are a concern as well, it's best to invest in a True HEPA air purifier. For example, the True HEPA Allergen Remover can trap a variety of different potentially harmful particles. Better yet, you can breathe easy knowing that the carbon odor filter contains Arm & Hammer baking soda, which fights unpleasant smells from pets, trash, litter boxes, cigarette smoke and cooking.