How HEPA Filters Protect You

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During World War II, the Atomic Energy Commission needed a filter that would remove and capture radio-active dust particles that would present a health hazard to researchers working on the Manhattan Project, the classified U.S. government project that developed the atomic bomb. That's when and why the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter was created.

The HEPA filter was especially designed to protect the human respiratory system. Since it's made of ultra-fine, glass-fiber materials, it captures microscopic particles that can easily pass through other filters. It'll filter out 99.97% of the 0.3-micron particles in the air. Particles that size are near 300 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair and 25 to 50 times tinier than we can see. To a HEPA filter, catching a one-micron particle (1/1,000,000 of a meter) is alike to stopping a cotton ball with a door screen.

HEPA filters are viewed as the top form of air filtration. Hospitals, laboratories, even NASA spend thousands to millions of dollars to create contamination free environments called clean rooms that help to eliminate almost all foreign elements, infectious agents, heavy metal particles, and other unwelcome impurities. For those reasons, HEPA filters are widely used.

We at Cyclone Kleen Up regularly use air scrubbers that utilize HEPA filters to help remove contaminants in the air of a structure. These powerful, high performance, heavy-duty yet units are completely safe air purifying devices.

Several times each hour, the scrubber sucks in the contaminated and dusty air from a space, draws it through several filters, including a HEPA filter, and then pumps out fresh air that is free of dust, chemicals and odors. The HEPA filter captures small particles such as mold, bacteria, asbestos, lead, dust, and many other floating contaminants. Air scrubbers continuously clean the air and provide a clean, healthy and productive environment. That’s why Cyclone Kleen Up uses them on jobs such as:

Don’t confuse heavy duty air scrubbers with air purifiers. Purifiers are meant to be used inside a home or business when it’s occupied. So, they’re engineered to run quietly and to fit in with their surroundings. Although some have HEPA or other high efficiency filters, they’re much less powerful then air scrubbers and are only effective in small areas.

Having years of experience and the right equipment goes a long way towards getting a job completed quickly and thoroughly. Cyclone Kleen Up prides itself on possessing both. If your Colorado home or business suffers a disaster, our professional team of certified and experienced industry experts will diagnose your repair needs, explore your best options, and work with you to design the best possible solution to resolve your property recovery issues.