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Is a HEPA Filtration System for You? 3 Reasons You Might Need One

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

HEPA filtration provides among the best control over pollutants that can cause problems for otherwise healthy people along with allergy sufferers and asthmatics. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air — using the same technology used in hospitals to limit the spread of contaminants, HEPA filters are the best you can get.

Considering whether to add a HEPA filtration system to your home? Consider these three reasons many homeowners choose these filters to improve their indoor air quality:

  1. Reasons for a HEPA Air Filtration SystemThey're highly effective. HEPA filters remove up to 99.97 percent of particulate contaminants from the air in your home. That includes particles — contaminants such as pollen, dander and dust mites — as well as bioaerosols, which include mold, bacteria and viruses. HEPA filtration systems are designed to manage larger particles, like dust, as well as the smallest of particles, less than 0.1 microns in size (generally small enough that a microscope is needed to see them). And they produce no ozone emissions in the process.
  2. They're proven. If you're looking for a HEPA filtration system, look for one labeled "true HEPA." Unlike so-called HEPA-like filters, true HEPA filtration systems have passed rigorous industry testing to earn their designation.
  3. They're unobtrusive. HEPA filtration systems work quietly and out of sight. They can be installed to work in parallel with your existing heating and cooling system.

Because HEPA filters are so effective, they require their own fan and their own system of ducts. That's because HEPA filters are very tightly woven and the normal furnace fan just isn't strong enough to move the air thru the HEPA filter bed.  Separate HEPA systems remove contaminants from the air, then send the filtered air into your existing ductwork to be conveyed throughout your home.

For more information on how to take back control over the quality of your home’s indoor air, contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We have proudly served northeast Ohio homeowners since 1936, and we welcome the opportunity to answer questions.

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: ductwork, HEPA filtration system, indoor air quality

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