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January 16, 2008

:016 HEPA Vacuums

Filed under: :016 HEPA Vacuum — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Suggested Review – :015

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet. 


1:5:10:016 Tip: Today’s tip deals with the best way to keep airborne particle counts low. Many people think it is by using a room air purifier, but using a HEPA vacuum cleaner when you clean, will help remove particles from surfaces before they can be reintroduced up into the air. This is especially important when vacuuming soft, upholstered surfaces and carpeting. A wide variety of vacuum cleaners are now being marketed to consumers with HEPA filters, but for a HEPA vacuum to truly be effective the filter must be sealed in place so all the air from the vacuum cleaner must pass through the filter before being exhausted into the air. HEPA canister vacuums generally perform better than upright models which tend to leak more particles back into the air. Many indoor environmental consulting firms have particle counters that can be used to check your vacuum cleaners particle removal efficiency.

Tomorrow I will talk about a way to change the way you vacuum carpet that won’t take any more time, but will pick up more dirt. 


Additional Information

National Geographic’s Green Guide has a good review of vacuum cleaners at http://thegreenguide.com/reports/product.mhtml?id=20&sec=2

Also check out this Consumers Report and video at: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/laundry-and-cleaning/vacuum-cleaners/vacuum-cleaners-10-06/overview/1006_vacuums_ov.htm

I’m partial to the Nilfisk vacuum shown above.


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1 Comment »

  1. Here is some help for those who don’t know which way to go, bags, bag-less or HEPA vacuums. Tip of the year!

    Yes, I have a Hoover Empower upright, works great. It’s great all except for the price of the Hepa filter, $29. I soon realized that the filter became extremely dirty after it’s first cleaning and saw that replacing this Hepa filter will be soon and often. Built almost like automobile filters, as well as other paper filters. How I solved the replacement, cost problem. Go buy a roll of Bounty paper towels- 2 ply . Take one sheet, (not the half sheet) and separate the ply sheets. You end up with 2 separate sheets of ply. You will notice how the one ply is constructed of many small fine holes, enough for air to pass through, just like a filter. Wrap one sheet around the round, approx. 12 inch Hoover Hepa filter. There will be an overlap. To secure it tape it in 3 spots. Save the other ply for your next vacuuming. The paper ply sheet will stop much of the real dirt from reaching your filter, but it will suck dirt just fine, and will prevent replacing this Hoover Hepa filter because it gets dirty real fast. After each vacuuming, tap the Hoover filter to clean out any other small dirt it many have accumulated, and replace the paper ply filter. You may find you may never have to replace this costly filter. This may work with other filters. Try it, you’ll like it!

    Comment by John Banta:
    Sounds like this is worth a try, my additional comments would be to make sure you do the tapping and cleaning outside – otherwise you may end up releasing some of what’s been collected back into the indoor environment. Also avoid breathing the dust that is generated (ie – don’t spit into the wind) When I use a microfilter bag with our vacuum cleaner I find the HEPA filter only needs to be replaced about once a year. It sounds like the Empower is bagless

    Comment by William H. Heino Sr. — February 4, 2008 @ 10:36 am

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