HEPA standards for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and is a term that is used to describe filters that will remove. For a filter to be HEPA-rated it must effectively remove 99.97% of all particles that are 0.3 microns or larger. This small particle size covers most mold spores, pollens, allergens, and general dust. HEPA filters are used in schools, hospitals, clean rooms, food production facilities, the aerospace industry, and asbestos abatement industries.
WHAT IS VOC FILTRATION?
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound. These are a wide variety of chemicals that are released from paints, plastics, cleaners, furniture, floor finishes, fragrances, and cosmetics. Highly porous activated charcoal or carbon is commonly used to filter VOCs in commercial, residential, and industrial applications. These filters may reduce levels or formaldehyde, benzene, xylenes, polyurethanes, and a host of other toxic or irritating chemicals that may be present in indoor air. Along with VOC’s, these filters may also drastically reduce or completely remove a wide variety of offensive odors.
Indoor Air Quality Associates sells only medical grade HEPA, ULPA, and VOC filtration products. These units are of the highest quality. The filtration products we offer provide the actual flow-rates as promised and, unlike other brands, are sealed against leakage of particulates that pass around the filter.
THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A PORTABLE AIR FILTER ARE:
WHAT AM I TRYING TO FILTER FROM THE AIR?
- Particulate materials: mold spores, pollen, dust, dust mites, miscellaneous fibers, general allergens and dander.
- For particulate materials HEPA or ULPA filtration is most effective
- Gases: general VOC’s, formaldehydes, benzene, xylenes, adhesives, solvents, etc.
- For this type of filtration a VOC canister is recommended