What if using a certain type of vacuum cleaner could reduce your chance of getting sick or simply give you allergy relief? If you like that idea, then I’ve got good news for you. Vacuums with HEPA filters do just that!
HEPA is an acronym for high efficiency particulate air and a HEPA filter is a type of air filter. True HEPA filters remove 99.97% of particles that are .3 micrometers in diameter. In other words, HEPA filters remove a really large number of very small particles. The US Department of Energy sets the standards for most HEPA filters.
HEPA filters force air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles, such as pollen, dust mites or even airborne bacteria. If you remove pollen and dust mites from the air, your allergy symptoms should improve. If you remove bacteria from the air, your chances of getting sick should be reduced.
You can find HEPA filters in vacuum cleaners as well as air conditioners and humidifiers.