1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

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. 

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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. 

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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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