by Denise Freese
A vacuum cleaner is an essential housekeeping tool that no home should be without. Part of the cleaning system uses filters, which are a critical component of a vacuum cleaner. Here are 3 things to know about vacuum cleaner filters:
1. Vacuum filters are used for filtration and protection. “Filtration filters are used to prevent fine dust, dirt, and allergens from exiting the vacuum and being breathed in by the user, and from settling on floors and furniture,” explained Ron Vohs, owner of Best Vac in St. Charles. “Most vacuums, whether bagged or bagless, will have a pre-motor protective filter that is simply in place as a fail-safe to protect the motor in case the primary filter or bag fails.” A filter or bag could tear, be improperly installed, or be missing, which would send dirt directly into the motor.
2. The HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrest) filter is the best. “HEPA filters trap 99.97% of particles .3 microns or larger,” said Vohs. “Micron filters trap 99.5% of particles .5 microns or larger. Safety and foam filters have little or no filtration qualities. It’s important to remember the filter is only as good as the vacuum. Just because a vacuum has a HEPA filter doesn’t mean it’s a HEPA vacuum.”
3. Cheap vacuums aren’t sealed, so much of the dust and debris leaks back out into the air before reaching the filter. “Some better brands, like SEBO, don’t have a HEPA filter but use a series of micron filters to achieve HEPA filtration,” added Vohs. “The air leaving the vacuum meets HEPA and S-Class (European style) filtration standards, which can keep costs down.” Vohs encourages customers to avoid vacuums and filters that claim to be “HEPA type” or “HEPA like”, and to be wary of Allergy Certifications, which are typically marketing ploys with no testing or verification to back up the claims.
For more information about vacuum cleaners and filters, please contact:
2015 Dean St., Unit 3
St. Charles, IL 60174