Do you want to make your home safer and healthier? HEPA filters are a great way to do just that. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air, and these filters are designed to trap more than 99% of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger in size. This makes them ideal for removing dust, pollen, bacteria, and other airborne particles from the air in your home. However, due to the dense filtration material used in HEPA filters, the air pressure needed to force air through the filter is too large for an oven or air conditioning fan to handle.
This means that a HEPA filter installed in an oven would restrict airflow to the point where no air would escape through the vents. Fortunately, there are other options available for improving air quality in your home. Traditional air filters in the highest range of MERV ratings (12-1) approach HEPA filtration levels, with the exception of virus removal.
HEPA filtersaim to trap 99.97% of all particles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
They have an efficiency rating of 17 to 20 on the MERV scale and will significantly improve indoor air quality. Fiberglass filters are designed to trap larger particles and prevent them from entering the heating and cooling system. Air exchangers (and their filters) are important not only for removing airborne particles or aerosols (such as Covid droplets) to protect air quality for occupants, but also for removing moisture from the air. Pleated air filters are usually made of higher quality materials and can last between three and six months, depending on the components, brand, frequency of use, and the types of particles the filter needs to capture.
Washable filters rated at 8 MERV do a good job of filtering out dust and dirt and are a good choice for anyone looking to filter out pollen, common household odors, and bacteria. Oven air filters are primarily used to filter dust particles and other debris to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. However, when used together with an air purifier, they can provide cleaner air in your home, neutralize pet odors and smoke, and provide a safer environment for respiratory disease and allergy sufferers. Under normal conditions, a filter may need to be replaced every few weeks to every 3-4 months, depending on the filter level chosen and how susceptible those in your home are to pollen, dust mites, mold, pathogens, and viruses.
It's important to buy the right air filter and maintain your system at the right intervals in order to get the most out of it.