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HEPA filters *(and why you need one)

HEPA filters
Why you need a HEPA filter

HEPA filters are for preppers and those with allergies or asthma.
Preppers may have a gas mask for every member of the family,
but they should also have a HEPA filter in their home, especially
if someone in the home has asthma. HEPA filters trap particles
through fibers where the air flows in your home from heating and
air conditioning. Think of it as a gas mask for your home!

HEPA, which stands for High Efficiency Particular Air, are special
filters that help remove dust mites, pet dander, pollen and even
smoke, chemicals and odors. The improve your indoor air quality.
The first air filters came about in the 1950s as an attempt to
filter out radioactive particles.

Below are the reasons preppers need a HEPA air filter, and also a
cheap way to make your own HEPA filter!

Reasons to get a HEPA air filter
What's a HEPA filter and why do you need one? HEPA stands for
High Efficiency Particulate Air. The air you breathe in good times
includes dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores. In bad times,
the air may have nuclear fallout particles,
anthrax or other toxins
from a biological attack. A HEPA filter helps you deal with it all.

Air purifiers with a HEPA filter work by blowing pure air upwards
to the ceiling, which then comes down as it spreads across a
room. The air then eventually returns to the air purifier, drawing
out  particles and filtering them. HEPA filters will not filter out
gases or vapors.

There are many reasons preppers should have a HEPA filter:

#1: Airborne bacteria and viruses.
One of the primary reasons to get a HEPA filter is to minimize
exposure to bacteria and viruses, especially in the winter months
when people are indoors more often and share the air. Look for a
HEPA filter with UV light, which has the power to kill airborne
bacteria and viruses.

#2: Asthma.
Preppers who have asthma especially should consider getting a
HEPA filter. Common household allergens can trigger and asthma
or allergy attack. Asthma suffers will want a HEPA filter to relieve
symptoms and breathe easier. The American Academy of Pediatric
Allergy and Immunology recommends a HEPA air filtration system
to reduce exposure to indoor asthma triggers. Parents of
newborns may like a HEPA filter to minimize their exposure.

#3: Allergens.
Another reason to get a HEPA filter is because of allergies. An air
purifier removes irritants from the air, making it easier to
breathe. These irritants aren’t always toxic, but they can
exacerbate breathing problems and spark allergies.

The
Alen BreatheSmart will purify large rooms. This air purifier for
asthma, dust, germs, mold, harsh odors or fumes, and pet odors,
an air cleaner purifier with a replaceable air filter and smart
features. The HEPA PURE filter will help to provide clean fresh air
and trap all of those airborne irritants that cause seasonal
allergies and congestion.BreatheSmart is a dust filter, dust
remover, and dust cleaner because you need to breathe and each
breath should be full of clean air.

Look for ion air purifiers. Allergies and respiratory issues are a
major reasons to consider getting a HEPA filter. Coughing,
sneezing, runny noses... People who suffer from allergens can
breathe easier with a HEPA filter to clean and purify the air to
remove:
  • Bee pollen
  • Dust
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander

People who suffer from allergies can reduce exposure to allergens
that collect by removing carpet or drapes and collecting dust on
hardwood floors. A HEPA filter is another way to help remove the
irritants. The source of allergens can turn into an allergic asthma
requiring prescription medication and injections.

#4: Biological Attacks.
Anthrax is just one of the kinds of biological attacks that could
happen and a HEPA filter can help.

According to the Center's for Disease Control, "High-Efficiency
Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are useful in biological attacks."
That's good to know if you have a central heating and cooling
system with a HEPA filter. If you have a HEPA filter:
  • leave it on if it is running or
  • turn the fan on if it is not running.

#5: Fungal Infections.
A HEPA filter can get at airborne mold spores before they get at
you! Did you know that air conditioning units could be poisoning
you with toxic fungus?

Did you know you can get a toe fungus from mold spores in the
air? Fungus could be rotting your organs and drying your skin.

Odd but true, if you have toe fungus, the fungus spores could
come from your air conditioning unit. When you think of it, the air
conditioning system is the perfect, moist place for fungus to live.
The air conditioning unit could spread the spores horribly.

Look for a HEPA filter with UV light, which has the power to kill
airborne mold and fungal spores.

#6: Pollutants.
A HEPA filter can trap pollutants in urban environments so you
won't breathe them. A HEPA filter is especially important for city
preppers, and preppers who have kids or who are expecting, and
for preppers caring for the elderly.

Everyone deserves the cleanest air possible and since we can't
control the pollutants outside, we certainly can control what's
inside with a HEPA filter.

#7: Smoke.
Look for a HEPA filter with a charcoal to reduce common odors
from smoking and wildfire smoke. The charcoal will also help
reduce odors from pets and cooking.

  • Fire smoke. The devastating Camp Fire in Napa Valley
    created smoke throughout the entire Bay Area. Those lucky
    enough to have a HEPA filter reduced their intake drastically.

  • Tobacco smoke: A HEPA filter works by forcing tobacco
    smoke and other toxins through a fine mesh that traps the
    harmful particles, so other people can breathe easier.

#8: Toxic Dust.
Is the dust in your home making you sick? Tiny particles of human
hair and skin, carpet fibers, a gust of wind through the door or
window, and whatever is at the bottom of your shoes comes into
your home. A HEPA filter can help you keep you breathing fresh.
Get rid of toxic dust with a HEPA filter! A swifter and a vacuum  
will get rid of some of dust particles in your home, but not all of
it.

#9: Spicy foods and stinky fish smells.
The delicious smells of food coming from an urban prepper's home
could attract unwelcome guests during a crisis. As well, smells
from smokehouse cooker can drift for a hundred miles in the
country. Let the HEPA filter help you keep smells at bay.

While others may be starving around you, a HEPA filter can help
you mask odors so your family can enjoy the food they put up in
prepping.

The solution for odors is a charcoal filter. A charcoal HEPA filter
reduces common odors from pets, smoking and cooking.

#10: 9/11.
After 9/11 many of the people who surivived and were exposed to
the aesbestos and contaminants in the air are getting cancer.
Survivors who had a HEPA filter likely reduced their chances for
getting cancer!

Get yourself a HEPA filter
A HEPA filter is a mechanical air filter that forces air through a
fine mesh to trap harmful particles. A vaccum cleaner only
spreads the particulates after it traps the larger particles. Any
number of particles can cause concern from pollen and pet
dander, to

  • Germ Guardian, with HEPA air filtration,  pictured right
    captures 99.7% of allergens, including dust mites, pet
    dander, plant pollens and more. What's more the UV-C light
    works with the HEPA filter to kill airborne bacteria, viruses
    and mold spores. The American Academy of Pediatric Allergy
    and Immunology, recommends HEPA air filtration to reduce
    exposure to indoor asthma triggers. First, a pre-filter and a
    charcoal filter combine to capture large particles like dust
    and lint, as well as destroy common household odors. Then,
    a True HEPA filter captures 99.97 percent of airborne
    particles, as small as .3 microns in size, such as dust mites,
    debris, mold spores, plant pollens, and pet dander. According
    to the American Academy of Pediatrics Allergy &
    Immunology, doctors recommend HEPA air filtration systems
    to reduce exposure to indoor asthma triggers. Finally, UV-C
    light technology works to help kill airborne viruses and
    bacteria while Titanium Dioxide is activated by the UV-C
    light to decompose odor molecules caused by smoking,
    cooking, and pets.

  • Honeywell HEPA Air Purifier, pictured at the bottom of the
    page. The 3-stage filtration system first helps clean the air
    by using a washable pre-filter to capture large airborne
    particles. It then passes through the permanent HEPA-Type
    filter, capturing up to 95% of microscopic particles such as
    mold, spores, pollen, pet dander, smoke, and dust. The
    filtered air then enters an ionizer field providing extra
    cleaning and air freshening. Claims are from the air that
    passes through the filter.

It's true that HEPA filters will cost you more annually in energy
usage, and they are loud, but they can significantly reduce the
contamination around you in an emergency.

Most people spend about 90% of their time indoors. It just makes
sense to purify the air at home.

How to Make your own HEPA filter
You can make your own HEPA filter with an inexpensive box fan
and a furnace filter. You'll need just a few things:

  • Box fan. A box fan that's under $25 , like the one pictured
    immediate right, should suffice as a good start to making
    your own HEPA filter. The easy to carry handle makes moving
    from room to room a breeze and it has 3 quiet speeds. Adust
    the air speed with the top knob control.

  • Pleated Air Filter. Attracts and captures airborne particles or
    allergens less than one micron in size such as pollen, fine
    dust, pet dander. Also captures bacteria, viruses carrying
    particles, mold spores and smoke. Each filter is designed to
    last three months, which is long-lasting. All air filters must
    be replaced every couple of months.

Here's how to make your own HEPA filter:
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Above, Hartz Homestead shows you a low cost way to filter the air in your
house to be clean and free of smoke, dust, pet dander and pollen.

So there you have it ~ you don't need to buy expensive
equipment to make a HEPA air filter. You also don't need to be a
filtration expert to know that it makes sense to get a HEPA air
filter so that you can trap harmful pollutants.

Here's what to know about HEPA air filters:

  • HEPA air filters become clogged with debris. You'll
    eventually need to replace the filter or internal components
    of your HEPA air filter. Think of a HEPA air filter like a
    vacuum bag ~ eventually you'll need to replace the bag of
    your vacuum (or the filter in your HEPA air purifying device),
    which captures all the dust and debris.

  • HEPA air filters have varying degrees of effectiveness.
    It's important to remember that while HEPA filters are
    extremely effective at filtering particles, they won't trap
    every particle in the air, so for example if the HEPA filter is
    99.97% effective, it means that you'll still have exposure to
    0.3% of particles. Such a filter does not catch particles that
    are smaller than 0.3 microns (or micrometers). True-HEPA
    filter captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants and that
    includes dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens
    as small as 0.3 microns.

  • Importance of a charcoal filter. A HEPA filter does not filter
    gaseous pollutants, unless it has a charcoal filter. Smoke
    considered a gaseous pollutant. Gaseous pollutants include  
    sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and carbon monoxide. A
    carbon monoxide detector is another important device to
    consider.

Not all HEPA air filters are the same, hence the price differences.
A HEPA filter can help you live happily ever after. You'll breathe
easier knowing that you will stay healthier and perhaps even have
it handy to save your life. HEPA filters are available in a variety of
price ranges. The HEPA filter, right, is as low as $82.00. The air
cleaner traps smoke, mold spores and plant pollens and the
charcoal filter reduces common odors from pets, smoking and
cooking. It also has Titanium Dioxide to reduce airborne bacteria,
viruses, germs and mold spores.

Happy endings...
Dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores in the air ~ there are lots
of everyday good reasons to get a HEPA filter, but from a
prepper's perspective a HEPA filter can also save your family in
crisis, particularly if you live in the city to help protect your home
from the toxins following a biological attack.


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