As home’s grow tighter in construction to meet energy efficiency guidelines, the number of home’s with poor indoor air quality will continue to increase. In addition, the worsening of chronic conditions such as allergies and asthma, and health problems resulting from pollutants present in indoor air will continue to rise. HEPA air filters are an ideal tool for improving indoor air when used with approved heating and air conditioning capable of handling HEPA filters without damage to the system.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are 99.7% effective at removing air born particles 0.3 microns or above. According to the Indoor Air Quality Association, HEPA filters remove dangerous contaminates from the air moving through them, providing safer air to breathe. They provide one of the most affordable air purifying systems available.
For persons with allergies and asthma, HEPA air filters are especially beneficial as they remove allergens such as pollen, mold, dust mites and other harmful substances. HEPA filters were originally used in medical facilities to prevent the spread of viral and bacterial diseases. Routine cleaning ensures the HEPA filter’s ability to trap organisms and other contaminates, and to allow unrestricted airflow in the heating and air conditioning system. A clean filter of any type promotes the highest efficiency and performance.
- Wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after removing a HEPA filter due to the filters superior ability to capture viruses and bacteria.
- Humidity above 90% relative humidity can negatively impact HEPA filters. Turn the filtration system off during periods of high humidity to maintain its quality and performance
- HEPA filters are an cost effective solution for cleaner air.
- When installed in a system designed for HEPA filters, they assist in preventing costly repairs. However, overly dirty filters can result in overheating of the furnace, which can shut the entire system down or cause permanent damage. Dirty filters allow the soil to enter the system, filling your home with dust and contaminates, and inefficiency of the evaporator coil. An investment in a upgrade of filtration to the HVAC system’s tolerance, will save you money over time, while extending the heating and air conditioningsystems life span.
- HEPA filters can only be used in heating and air conditioning systems designed for them. Not all HVAC systems can effectively draw air through a HEPA filter, resulting in damage to the system and potential failure. Check with the manufacturer if you are unsure.
Contact a Jackson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning for additional information about HEPA filters, and other clean air options. We can assist you with solutions for poor indoor air quality.