“Want to figure out the best vacuum cleaner for you? We have summarized the pluses and minuses of the top
brand Hepa vacuums for you to compare into a handy chart below. If you click on any vacuum cleaner below, you will find detailed
product reviews by our experts and customers plus star rating explanations.”
a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration?
filter doesn't mean the vacuum offers HEPA filtration performance. HEPA is a slow airflow media but vacuum cleaners are higher
airflow machines. This creates a problem because if the air can't go through the material, it will bypass it - flowing around
the filter rather than through. In the majority of vacuums this is exactly what is happening.
HEPA filters should capture 99.97% of particles that are as small as 0.3 microns. To put this into perspective;
mold spores are 3 to 10 microns and a human hair is 40 microns.
To be sure you're getting genuine HEPA filtration you should buy a machine costing over
$200. Buy a vacuum cleaner that states the filter is 100% sealed. A sealed unit prevents the air from flowing around the filter;
this vacuum will cost more because air tight containers require rubber gaskets and more thorough manufacturing.
Some brands that offer genuine HEPA, are the Electrolux Oxygen 3 vacuum cleaner, or the
Eureka HP6855A vacuum cleaner, or the Simplicity Synergy. These are just three brands of many.Filters for a true HEPA vac will cost between $75 to $100.”
steps to clearing the air at home
By MARY VUONG Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Oct. 19, 2008, 12:06PM
“Have the system checked semi-annually and cleaned about every five years, Fellman suggests. Also,
change the filter monthly or as needed. You don't need a $50 filter, a high-efficiency $15 model does the job well.
Select a filter that is pleated and at least an inch thick,
adds Travis West, director of the association's Houston chapter and owner of Building Air Quality in The Woodlands.
Vacuum smart. Enlist a machine with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which traps
very tiny airborne particles that can harm asthma or allergy sufferers, newborns and others.
Turn on the fan of the air conditioning unit when you vacuum so particles become airborne
and trapped in a good-quality filter, West says. Also tackle standing dust with a damp mop or rag at this time.”
icial Journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/118/6/e1909?maxtoshow=&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=mold&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&resourcetype=HWCIT“Molds are multicellular fungi that are ubiquitous in outdoorand indoor environments.
For humans, they are both beneficial(for the production of antimicrobial agents, chemotherapeuticagents,
and vitamins) and detrimental. Exposure to mold canoccur through inhalation, ingestion, and touching moldy surfaces.Adverse health effects may occur through allergic, infectious,irritant,
or toxic processes. The cause-and-effect relationshipbetween mold exposure and allergic and infectious illnessesis well known. Exposures to toxins via
the gastrointestinaltract also are well described. However, the cause-and-effectrelationship between
inhalational exposure to mold toxins
andother untoward health ….”
“It’s time to clear the
air about getting ductwork cleaned”
“The EPA recommends duct cleaning only on an as-needed basis. Some signs that may indicate cleaning is needed
are the presence of mold on the hard surfaces of heating and cooling registers or people living in the house experiencing
unusual allergic symptoms that cannot be explained by a doctor.
When looking for visible signs of mold, remember that just because it looks like mold does not mean it is. To be
sure a substance is mold requires sampling and laboratory testing.”
Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) (800) 822-2762 www.aaaai.org
Physician referral directory, information on allergies and asthma
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American (AAFA) (800) 7-ASTHMA (800-727-8462) www.aafa.org Information on allergies and asthma
American Lung Association
(ALA) (800) LUNG-USA (800-586-4872) www.lungusa.org Information on allergies and asthma
Asthma and Allergy Network/Mothers
of Asthmatics, Inc. (AAN*MA) (800) 878-4403 or (703-641-9595) www.aanma.org Information on allergies and asthma
National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) (301) 496-5717 www.niaid.nih.gov Information on allergies and asthma
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