Should I Get A Vacuum With A HEPA Filter?

Dr. Landon Bunderson

PHD, Pollination Ecology

HEPA Matters to Your Lungs

HEPA Vacuum cleans your air too

You know your vacuum sucks up dust, pollen, and mold, but did you know that vacuums without proper filtration shoot the small particles back into the air? This can cause unnecessary suffering for those with seasonal allergies.

You’ve probably seen vacuum cleaner ads that mention HEPA filters. But, you may have no idea what a HEPA filter does or whether you would need one. We’d like to share with you some key points about HEPA filtration.

What Does HEPA Mean?

HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. A HEPA filter looks like any other filter, but unlike ordinary filters, it actually traps the vast majority (99.97 percent) of minute particles collected by the vacuum cleaner.

Your HEPA filter will capture dust, dander, and pollen. 

Who Would Most Benefit From a HEPA-Equipped Vacuum?

If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, hay fever, asthma or other respiratory illnesses, you could benefit greatly from using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

The filter traps the particles most likely to trigger your allergies or breathing problems. When used in conjunction with other preventive measures, a HEPA vacuum can help keep your home free of many allergens. 

HEPA Air Filters for Vacuums

Similarly, if you have pets, the pet dander and allergens can become embedded deep in the fibers of your carpets. Then, they are kicked up into the air constantly. If your vacuum has a HEPA filter it can remove these very small particles from your carpet. 

Whether or not you own pets or suffer from allergies, a HEPA filter can help you keep your home free of harmful particles so that the air you breathe is fresh and clean.