HEPA Room Filters

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amaircare-3000-optimizedA quick review of the HEPA Filter.  HEPA stands for: High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter.  The HEPA Filter

was actually designed during the Manhattan Project to prevent the spread of air-borne radioactive particles.   They remove 99.97% of air particulates giving them a rating of N100.  HEPA Filters are often used in hospitals and medical offices because they are effective in removing biological and radiological contaminants.

If you haven’t already done so, please review the following pages to help understand the importance of maintaining a clean air supply and to help you make a better decision in which product(s) are the best solutions for your unique situation.

A HEPA room filter is unique in our disaster preparedness tool kit because it can be used to help clean our air during disaster events and can also be used on a daily basis to help us stay healthy.  As modern engineering and construction practices continue to make our houses, apartments, and the building we work in more energy efficient – the structures become more sealed from the outside environment.  This is both good and bad.

Good because the structures tight seals can keep a lot of the bad stuff (pollutants and contaminants: both chemical and biological) outside.

Bad because the structure’s tight seals do not allow for circulation of the air inside with clean air and over time allows for the buildup and an increase in the concentration levels of the pollutants and contaminants.  These inside contaminants can be generated by furniture, heating and cooling appliances, cooking appliances, etc.  Contaminants can even be brought into the house on someone’s clothing or as a biological from someone’s body.

A HEPA room filter can help control the buildup of the bad stuff inside the home.

During certain disaster event types:

  • Pandemics
  • Wildfires
  • Hazardous Material Accidents
  • Nuclear Accidents
  • Terrorism
  • Social Chaos

…you may decide that you should Shelter-in-Place.  If you do, you will need to consider having a Shelter Room in your home and a HEPA room filter will be a key component in making sure that the air is kept clean.

If you live near a:

  • Chemical Factory, Storage Area, Distribution or Transfer area
  • A Nuclear Power Plant
  • Military Base, Shipyard, Port or other major transportation hub
  • Major highway that generates a lot of truck and car exhaust

… you may want to consider a HEPA filter just to control the potential everyday small incremental contaminants associated with these places and also be ready if a major event does occur.

So, as you can see, a HEPA room filter can be very beneficial for both everyday health reasons and for protection during a disaster event.  Any decision you make should take into consideration this dual purpose use of: everyday utilization and protection during a disaster event.

There are many different brands and manufacturers of HEPA Air Purification systems in the marketplace.  We have narrowed our recommendation list down to the following critical / must have features for the actual unit.

The key features that a HEPA Room Filter should have for a disaster situation.

  • Filter Medium should be a combination of a HEPA Filter and a Carbon Filter. The HEPA filter will remove the small particulates while the carbon filter will extend the filtering parameters by removing certain airborne chemicals, odors, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • No Ozone Produced.  Non-ionic generators.  Air purifiers that generate ions or ozone to clean the air should be avoided.  Ozone has been shown to aggravate allergies and decrease lung functions.
  • High Quality Fan. The fan and the filter are the 2 work horse components of any air purification system.  The fan will be running for long periods of time so you want to make sure that it will stand up to the continuous work load.
  • Energy Efficient: While this feature may be a primary concern for everyday use it may be a secondary concern during a disaster situation – it still must be considered.

So, without further ado – below is our recommendations for HEPA Room Filters.

Energy Efficient: While this feature may be a primary concern for everyday use it may be a secondary concern during a disaster situation – it still must be considered.

HEPA Room Filter Comparison Table.

HEPA Room Filter Comparisons

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