What is a HEPA filter, and do I really need to have one?

There are so many different vacuums on the market these days.  Ones that have bags, others that don’t.  Some that have filters, others have HEPA filters.  What does all this mean and do I really need to have one?

HEPA filters are a type of filter that is able to trap large amounts of very small particles that normal vacuum cleaners would normally puff back into the air around the home.

” True HEPA filters should be able to trap at least 99.7% of airbourne particulates of 0.3 microns or larger”.  HEPA filters help trap those small particles that can cause problems with allergy sufferers.  Dust flying through the air can trigger asthma attacks, sneezing and coughing.  By reducing the amount of airbourne particles this will help maintain cleaner air for you and your family.

By using a good vacuum with a HEPA filter, it will not only avoid nasty airbourne allergens, but will help with removing up to 70% of dry soiling out of the carpet fibres.  By giving your carpet a good vacuum every week, this will also help reduce abrasion to carpet fibres, helping prolong the life of your carpet. 

Vacuums with HEPA filters are also very beneficial with removing pet hair from the carpet.

Look into getting a HEPA filter on your vacuum, it will be a positive start to removing almost all of the negative elements from your carpet.