Green Tip of The Day

Clean green with a HEPA filter vacuum. A lot of older vacuums kick up more dust than they clean. HEPA (short for high efficiency particulate air) filters are designed to trap very small particles that would normally remain in the air. It is even thought that HEPA filter vacuums can reduce the level of PBDEs (harmful compounds found in many everyday household products) in a home.

A trademarked HEPA filter removes at least 99.97% of particles such as dust, animal dander, smoke, lead, mold and other allergens. True or absolute HEPA filters must be able to trap at least 99.97% of particles of .3 microns to earn the HEPA label and will have a serial number attesting to such a performance level. When selecting a HEPA filter vacuum, check the label for a serial number and air cleaning test results before you buy. "HEPA-type" or "high-efficiency" filters are widely advertised and usually cost less, but can be up to 55% lower in efficiency than true HEPA filters.

A true HEPA filter vacuum is another great tool to have in your green cleaning arsenal.


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