Why is an H13 medical-grade HEPA filter better than a synthetic HEPA filter?

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When it comes to air purifiers, choosing the right filter is essential to ensuring that the air in your home is clean and healthy. Two of the most popular options on the market today are H13 HEPA filters made from EN1822-rated HEPA paper and synthetic filters found in most mass-produced consumer-grade air purifiers.

But what makes medical-grade H13 HEPA filters better than synthetic filters? Here are a few key reasons:

  1. Higher Efficiency: H13 HEPA filters have a filtration efficiency of up to 99.95% for particles as small as 0.3 microns. This makes them significantly more effective at capturing allergens, pollutants, and other harmful particles from the air. Synthetic filters, on the other hand, typically only have a filtration efficiency of about 85%.

  2. Longer Lifespan: H13 HEPA filters are designed to last for a long time, typically 12-18 months or more, depending on usage. Synthetic filters, however, need to be replaced more frequently, usually every 3-6 months. This can be more expensive in the long run, as well as being more wasteful.

  3. Improved Indoor Air Quality: By removing more pollutants and allergens from the air, H13 HEPA filters can significantly improve indoor air quality. This is especially important for those who suffer from allergies or asthma, as clean air can help reduce symptoms and improve overall well-being.

  4. Better for the Environment: H13 HEPA filters are made of a dense, fibre-like material that is fully recyclable. Synthetic filters, on the other hand, are often made of plastic and are not biodegradable, making them less environmentally friendly.

  5. Reduced Maintenance: H13 HEPA filters are low maintenance, simply needing to be replaced periodically. Synthetic filters, however, can clog more easily, requiring more frequent cleaning and maintenance to keep them working effectively.

  6. Effective Against a Wide Range of Particles: H13 HEPA filters are effective against a wide range of particles, including allergens, dust, and pet dander, as well as larger particles like mould and smoke. Synthetic filters, however, are typically less effective against smaller particles and may also not be as effective against larger particles, like mould.

  7. Better for Health: H13 HEPA filters do not emit any harmful chemicals or particles, making them a safer and healthier choice for you and your family. Synthetic filters, on the other hand, can sometimes emit harmful chemicals, especially if they are made of cheap materials or if they become clogged.

For more information, please see our article on Air Purifiers in Hospital and Healthcare Settings.