The High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filter, was created to protect scientists from radiation as they developed an atomic bomb during World War II. Today these filters are often used in hospitals, science labs and even homes.
HEPA filters are rated to remove 99.97 to 99.99% of particles measuring 0.3 microns and greater. This includes pollen, dirt and dust. A HEPA air cleaner with activated carbon filters can capture chemicals, odors and smoke.
These filters have a MERV rating of 1721, depending on the brand. This rating demonstrates how successfully a filter can remove pollutants from the air.
Because of their high-efficiency filtration capabilities, HEPA filters are dense and can restrict airflow. It’s important to ask McKinley Heating Service Experts to verify your heating and cooling system can work with one.
Media air cleaners are denser than regular air filters. They’re often four to five times wider—or more. This barrier mounts snugly against your HVAC system.
Because its operational surface is usually around 10 inches, media filters are able to capture about 95 percent of particulates.
These filters stay fresher longer too, usually between three to six months.
There are a couple of electronic filtering systems you can install in your home.
An electrostatic filter uses magnetically charged material to attract. These washable filters are 97 percent effective at removing tiny particles from your home’s air. Plus, they’re also 30 times more effective than ordinary filters.
An electronic air cleaner involves a high-voltage magnetic charge to catch particles.
Some can eliminate the majority of indoor air pollutants—particles, germs, bacteria, chemical odors and vapors—by up to 99.9 percent. And decrease ozone, a known lung irritant, created elsewhere in your home.