The term “HEPA filtration” is synonymous with pure indoor air, but how this type of filtration works is widely misunderstood. You can use HEPA filtration to improve your northern Michigan home’s indoor air quality, but it isn’t as simple as replacing your current filter with a HEPA filter.
How HEPA Filters Are Different
HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate air” filter. To qualify as a HEPA filter, a filter must trap at least 99.97 percent of airborne particles that are 0.3 micrometers or larger. This ability ranks these filters among the most efficient of any available.
HEPA filters were originally designed to trap airborne radioactive material, so they can easily trap even the tiniest particles, including dust mite debris and smoke particles. Unlike less efficient filters, HEPA filters can capture bacterial and viral organisms, which reduces the spread of infections.
This level of filtration is ideal if you have allergies, asthma or another respiratory condition. It’s especially helpful in the fight against the Michigan spring allergies that bring on headaches, congestion and other irritating symptoms. Keeping your doors and windows closed and letting your HEPA filtration system work 24 hours a day goes a long way toward reducing your exposure to allergens.
Using HEPA Filtration at Home
True HEPA filters are more dense than typical residential air filters. Replacing your current filter with a HEPA filter could impede airflow enough to burn out your fan motor. Portable HEPA filter air cleaners are available, but they affect only a small area.
The solution? Add a whole-house HEPA filtration system to your heating and cooling system. A technician can install a bypass system that ducts part of the return air through the HEPA filter, then sends the clean air back to the air handler for heating or cooling. You get the benefit of highly purified air with no risk to your system’s components.
To get started enjoying better air quality today, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ll be happy to help you choose and install the ideal air cleaning system for your Grand Traverse County home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HEPA filtration and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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