The number of home’s experiencing indoor air pollution is growing, due in part to the construction of tighter homes for greater energy efficiency. Contaminated indoor air contributes to the worsening of chronic conditions such as allergies and asthma, and encourages ill health effects even in healthy persons. Utilizing HEPA air filters in your heating and air conditioning system can assist you in achieving a greater air quality in your home or business.
Providing a Higher Standard in Air Quality
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are 99.7% effective at removing air born particles 0.3 microns or above. HEPA filters capture particles through the use of a diffusion filter. A pre-filter is utilized to capture larger particles, preventing them from blocking air flow through the filter. According to the Indoor Air Quality Association, HEPA air filters remove dangerous contaminates from the air moving through them, making your home’s indoor air safer to breathe. HEPA filters are one of the most affordable air purifying systems available.
HEPA air filters are especially useful in removing allergen particles like pollen and mold and other harmful toxins. In fact, these filters have been in use in medical institutions since the 1940s to prevent the spread of viral and bacterial diseases. Clean filters are essential in their ability to trap these organisms, as well as allowing unrestricted airflow in the heating and air conditioning system for the greatest efficiency and performance. Minuteman Heating & Air uses only the finest quality HEPA filters available.
Tips for HEPA Filters
As HEPA filters capture many viruses and bacteria, you should wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after removing a HEPA filter. Humidity above 90% relative humidity can adversely affect a HEPA filter. Turn off the filtration system during periods of high humidity to maintain its quality.
Summary of Benefits
- HEPA filters are especially effective in cleaning the air.
- They help to avoid costly repairs. Clogged filters can result in overheating of the furnace, which can shut the entire system down. In the air conditioning system, a dirty filter results in an increased frequency of air conditioning service. Dirty, clogged filters allow the soil to enter the system, filling your home with dust and contaminates, and causing soiling and inefficiency of the evaporator coil. An investment in a better filter will save you money in the long run, while extending the heating and air conditioning systems life span.
However, HEPA air filters can’t be used in all heating and air conditioning systems. Not all systems can effectively draw air through a HEPA filter. Check with your manufacturer if you are unsure.
Our Other Air Quality Services
- Indoor Air Quality
- Air Purifiers
- Air Exchangers
- UV Lights
Contact a Minuteman Air Quality Specialist for further information about your clean air options.