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 frequently used in hospitals, science labs and even homes.
HEPA filters are rated to take out 99.97 to 99.99% of particles measuring 0.3 microns and larger. 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 model. This rating indicates how well a filter can pull out pollutants from the air.
Because of their high-efficiency filtration capabilities, HEPA filters are deep and can reduce airflow. It’s important to ask Chief/Bauer Service Experts to confirm your heating and cooling system can handle one.
Media air cleaners are denser than common air filters. They’re often four to five times wider—or more. This barrier mounts tightly against your HVAC unit.
Because its active surface is usually around 10 inches, media filters are able to trap about 95 percent of particulates.
These filters last longer too, usually between three to six months.
There are a couple of electronic filtering systems you can use in your home.
An electrostatic filter uses magnetically charged substance to capture. 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 regular filters.
An electronic air cleaner uses a high-voltage magnetic charge to capture particles.
Some can remove 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, produced elsewhere in your home.