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What is a HEPA filter vacuum and do I need one?

Industrial vacuums might seem unnecessary for everyday use but here why a HEPA filter vacuum could be the best choice for your house and family's health.

In 2017 MIT research found that air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths and is linked to asthma and allergies. The EPA indicates that air within homes and buildings can be more polluted than outside air. This can be problematic for people who spend the majority of their time indoors.

HEPA is an acronym for High Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA filters and vacuums are different from common household vacuums because they are capable of trapping micro sized particles. To qualify for HEPA industry standards, a filter must remove 99.97% of airborne particles larger than .03 microns. For reference human blood cells are 6-8 microns. True HEPA filters can capture most harmful particulates like allergens, pollutants, dust mites, pet dander, bacteria, and some viruses. Common house vacuums release particles smaller than 50 microns back into the air, making HEPA filters the best option for those suffering from allergies or asthma, or are generally concerned with the quality of air they breath. 

HEPA filter vacuums are commonly used in industrial settings and business offices but homeowners don’t think they need such “heavy duty” or “professional vacuums. However after learning about common home air quality we think a HEPA filter vacuum might just be the healthiest decision you’ve made for your family since that neighborhood run you forced yourself to do!

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