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HEPA is the abbreviation for "High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor {Air filter}." HEPA is not a brand of air cleaner. It is a type of air filter that is used in air cleaning and purification equipment including air cleaners, air purifiers and in high quality vacuum cleaners. Most HEPA air cleaners will filter particles in the airborne environment down to 0.3 microns in size, at an efficiency rating of 99.97%. They will filter and remove some of the smallest microns of allergens such as dust, smoke, pollen, animal dander, Dust Mite allergen etc. These air cleaners work by filtering the particulate (allergens) in the air through a HEPA filter, which traps the particles, allowing only the clean air to return back into the indoor environment. The more times the air is exchanged through the HEPA air cleaner in the room or open area, the better the air quality. The higher the air exchange rate per hour, the cleaner the air will be in that room. HEPA air cleaners will most efficiently service one room or open area at a time. NOTE: If you operate a HEPA air cleaner in your bedroom, it will not be able to clean the air in your living room or in other areas of your home. All HEPA Air Cleaners can only clean the air in the room or open area they are operating in! They cannot pull the air through walls or doorways. If you put a HEPA air cleaner in the hallway between three bedrooms, you will mostly clean the hallway, not the bedrooms. Most people will place a HEPA air cleaner in all needed bedrooms or home office areas and one in the family room area where the family hangs out to watch TV together. The better brands of HEPA air cleaners will provide up to 15 air exchanges per hour in an average size bedroom and up to 8 air exchanges per hour in a 1000 square foot open room or area. The average {lower quality} department store HEPA air cleaners will only provide approximately 2 to 4 air exchanges per hour in an average size bedroom. In a larger size room or space, these lower quality brands of air cleaners will not provide a high enough air exchange rate to make a noticeable difference in your indoor air quality. Some high quality HEPA air cleaners also have the added feature of a medical grade ultra-violet light system or EGF system. These air cleaners are often called HEPA air purifiers because they include ultraviolet light systems or Enhanced Germicidal Filtration {EGF} systems that will also quickly kill viruses, bacteria and fungi {mold spores} when the contaminated air enters into the air cleaner and air filter protecting your indoor air environment from biological and virus contamination as well as dust, Dust Mite allergen, pollen, odors and out-gassing chemicals. The best HEPA Air Purifiers to look for are the TRACS and the Bio-Net. These high quality units also contain pounds of activated carbon and Zeolite blends to quickly absorb and remove out-gassing chemicals from your home or office indoor environment. Ozone-Ionizer Air Purifiers are often confused with HEPA filtered Air Cleaners and Air Purifiers. The fact is that they operate quite differently. Ozone-Ionizer Air Purifiers do not clean the air by filtration as HEPA air cleaners do. There are two types of Ozone-Ionizer air purifiers. First, ozone/ionizer air purifiers use two steps to clean the air. The ozone purifies the air by oxidation. Ozone is naturally occurring gas. It is created by nature when lightning cuts through the oxygen molecule in the air. It splits the O2 molecule into O3, which is ozone. The fresh clean smell after a thunderstorm is the ozone that has just been created. Ozone penetrates into the cellular structure of odor, bacteria and fungus molecules, rupturing the cell wall of the contaminant. After this process is complete, the contaminants and odors are greatly reduced. The second step in this system is the ionization. There are two types of ionization. The first is needlepoint ionization where the particulate in the air directly in front of the unit is charged with negative ions. These ionic charges attach to airborne particles such as smoke, dust, pollen, animal dander, etc., forcing the particles to quickly drop out of the air in the breathing environment, down to the ground. These needlepoint ionizers usually cover a five to seven foot area in front area of the ionizer. The second type of ionizer is called radio ionization. Radio ionization is a newer technology that uses similar principles as needlepoint ionization except that the radio ionizer uses a specialized and safe radio wave that ionizes the air for approximately 50 feet right through the walls in all directions. With radio ionization, you can actually drop particles {allergens} out of the air in surrounding rooms. One unit can often cover an entire home. These air purifiers work especially well on removing cigar and cigarette smoke and their odors. NOTE: When operating any air purifier that produces ozone, be careful to adjust the ozone level as per factory instructions. Ozone can be an irritant to your mucus membranes if turned up to high. This is especially true for people with asthma and lung problems. REMEMBER, HEPA Air Cleaners are best for removing airborne allergens, out-gassing chemicals and odors from your indoor air environment. HEPA Air Purifiers with Ultraviolet Light Systems add the ability to also kill and control mold spores bacteria and viruses in your indoor air environment. Ozone-Ionizer Air Purifiers are best for quickly removing cigarette and cigar smoke and odors from your indoor environment. For families with smokers and allergy problems sometimes the most effective solution will require the use of an Ozone-Ionizer Air Purifier in the smoking area of your home and HEPA Air Cleaner{s} or HEPA Air Purifier{s} in the bedrooms for the people in the home with allergy problems. It is very important to utilize HEPA Air Cleaners or HEPA Air Purifiers to capture and remove allergens, particulates and if needed to also kill viruses and biological contaminates in your sleeping areas. Our Customers report that they sleep more soundly and wake up feeling more refreshed with less allergy and asthma symptoms with a high quality HEPA Air Cleaner or HEPA Air Purifier operating in their bedrooms.


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