HEPA Filters are becoming a large part of our lives, just like rapid antigen tests and masks. Here’s what to look for in a HEPA filter, and why.
- True HEPA
Most HEPA purifiers are domestic units and are not accredited HEPA at all. These may be designed to HEPA standards, however, often are not an accredited product. Look for at least an H13 HEPA filter that meets standards and is accredited, as these will deliver reliably. Further to this, the filter is ineffective if there is an improper seal around the filter; any filter bypass is counteractive to the purpose of the filter.
- Certified Pre-filters
Pre-filters take the bulk of the larger particles out of the air and allow the HEPA filter to work properly. Blocking the HEPA filter with larger particles such as heavy dust will reduce its efficiency. The Aeris units contain a treated F7 purifier as well as an H13/H14 main HEPA filter.
- Anti-microbial coating
Anti-microbial coating is essential in a covid setting, as without it, exposure to the filters can be dangerous or even deadly. Anti-microbial treatment means that sub-organic compounds and microbes are trapped and killed within minutes.
- AVOID UV-C and Ionisers
UV-C and Ionisers are very effective at killing virus, however, have a counter-productive effect. Air passing through a filter is moving far too swiftly for proper exposure times to the radiation or ioniser. Furthermore, these features produce ozone which is harmful to the respiratory tract and will agitate respiratory problems such as pneumonia or asthma.
- Filter life
A short filter life will mean higher ongoing expenses and ultimately brings to light the cheaper quality of the filter. A long-lasting filter means it is more effective and will save up to 50% of your ongoing filter needs. While most HEPA units require a filter change every 6-9 months, Aeris products have around 40% more filter area (filter material) and only require a change every 12 months.
- Ease of filter change
Changing the filters once every year will mean a large project for facilities and maintenance personnel in the education setting, where schools can have up to 100 units across campuses. While most units require tools or even a technician to change filters, the Aeris units are ridiculously easy to change with a filter change being accomplished literally in 10 seconds.
- Air quality sensors & inbuilt programs
Most HEPA filter units come with an integrated air quality sensor which detects particles in the air. It is important to make sure the unit can respond to poor air quality and quickly react. Aeris units have this program with a continuous Air Quality Index readout, and the sensor operates by laser, meaning there is no sensor life or danger of clogging the filter.
- Fleet connectivity
When operating on a facilities level, fleet connectivity is handy for a one-touch approach to the whole fleet of purifiers. While many units will have wi-fi or Bluetooth connectivity, the Aeris units can be connected to a fleet controller so that all units can be controlled at the same time from one interface – with the press of a button, up to 100,000 HEPA purifiers can be controlled at the same time.
Aeris Health is a company in Switzerland who were founded after two young friends experienced the effects of heavy pollution on the respiratory system. Aeris boast high-end medical grade filters designed specifically to clean the air in a shared or domestic space. Patented designs and anti-microbial treatment is proven to kill covid in minutes.
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