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HEPA Filters and HEPA Air Cleaners Explained

In this short video, we explain what a HEPA filter is and how it works on an air cleaner. Find out what this type of device can and can’t do for you in your home.

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What exactly is a HEPA filter and why is it so important? Also, what is a HEPA air cleaner anyways?

If you’re asking those types of questions, this video is for you.

So, keep watching.

It’s time to clear the air with this thing called a HEPA filter.

In short, the term HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and what that basically means is it’s a special type of filter that captures microscopic particles.

Those particles include things like dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, bacteria, smoke, and particulate matter that comes from outdoor air pollution.

As the name suggests, HEPA air cleaners are devices that clean the air by removing those types of microscopic contaminants. This leads to cleaner, fresher air for you to breathe.

HEPA air cleaners are great for people with allergies or asthma as well as those who enjoy healthier living and a cleaner home.

The only drawback to HEPA filters is that they can’t capture viruses, odors, or chemical gases. Those particles are either too small or require another kind of filter to trap them.

Another thing you need to know about HEPA filters is that they come in various types.

When shopping for an air cleaner, you’ll find that each one may refer to this filter as a True HEPA, HEPA-like, HEPA-type, or just plain old HEPA filter. And the differences between them is huge.

Essentially, a True HEPA filter is the best type because it’s been certified to capture 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This includes the widest range of indoor contaminants.

On the other hand, HEPA-like, HEPA-type, and HEPA can only capture particles that are 2 microns or larger. That’s more than a 500% degradation in efficiency and misses a lot of ultrafine pollutants.

So, the best advice you can follow here is to only buy an air cleaner that uses a True HEPA filter. The other types just aren’t worth the money if having the cleanest air is your top concern.

Now, if you want to learn more about anything we covered here or how to find the best air cleaner that works for you, click on the links in the description below to view our FREE informational guides. Also, leave a comment if you have any questions and hit the thumbs up button if you found this video useful. Thanks for watching!