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Feb 10 2012

What is a HEPA filter? I’m so Glad You Asked!

In case you haven’t noticed, at Crucial Vacuum we are pretty crazy about our HEPA filters. I suggest vacuuming with a good HEPA filter in nearly every post I write. But I have never really talked much about what a HEPA filter is. So, let’s talk about it!

What is HEPA?

HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate arresting”. HEPA filters are air filter that trap almost all the dust and dirt particles down to and including 0.3 microns (AKA tiny particles of dirt and dust).

The way HEPA filters are made is what makes them more effective than other filters. They are made up of glass fibers, placed on top of one another, like pleats. These fibers are held together with the help of frames placed inside. Because the fibers are held so tightly together, it is nearly impossible for most contaminants to pass through. Therefore they become trapped inside the filter, instead of floating freely in your air.

Not just any filter can claim to be a HEPA filter either! The government has standards that a filter must meet before it can bear the HEPA name. In order to pass the test, filters must have the capability to trap at least 99.97% of .3 microns. That’s some serious trap-ability!

What are HEPA “like” Filters? Continue reading »

Feb 7 2012

Crucial Tips For Keeping Our Children’s Rooms Allergen-Free

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma Immunology (AAAAI), approximately 13 million school days are missed each year due to asthma.

Because my husband and I are both allergy sufferers and I have asthma, I know my son is at a much greater risk of developing both, which is a total bummer. So I am always looking for ways to limit his exposure to dust, allergens, and indoor air pollutants.

But, I have a confession. Being a less than perfect housekeeper, I admit that I sometimes cut corners when it came to cleaning my son’s room. My guests never go in there so I figured my limited time was better spent on the kitchen and living room.

But after doing some research, I realized what a huge risk I was taking. After all, my son spends a third of his life in his bedroom, which means that air should be the cleanest and safest air in the house. When he lays his precious little head down and drifts off to dream he should be safe and secure, not breathing in harmful allergens.

Instead of feeling guilty, I found these tips from the AAAAI for keeping our children’s rooms allergen free. I hope you find them as useful as I have.

Tips for dealing with pet dander: Continue reading »

Mar 8 2011

Indoor Air Quality and Your Vacuum Cleaner

We humans spend a lot more time indoors than outdoors. Purchasing a vacuum filter and vacuum cleaner is important part of improving indoor air quality.

We humans spend a lot more time indoors than outdoors. Purchasing a vacuum filter and vacuum cleaner is important part of improving indoor air quality.

We spend more time indoors than outdoors. Having high quality Indoor Air Quality  (IAQ) Is Crucial!  Did you know: if you don’t breathe you die? Of course you did! But here is a slightly more disturbing fact from the Environmental Protection Agency: poor indoor air quality can contribute chronic respiratory conditions like as asthma, allergies, and in extreme cases severe lung disease.

Indoor air quality is not typically the forerunner of the “getting healthy” discussion, but improving it can have a significant impact on everyday life. Harmful gases, microbial growths, and tracked dirt all contribute to congestion and poor air quality – but you have a defense; it’s probably an upright, and sitting in your cleaning closet right now….Your vacuum cleaner!

Indoor air quality is hindered by an infiltration of particles, pollutants and dust. But with a once-a-week cleaning regimen including an efficient vacuum and vacuum cleaner filter, you can eliminate pounds of contaminants from your home every time you clean.

The efficiency of your vacuum, and in turn, your IAQ is dependent on your filter’s capabilities. A clean, new vacuum filter traps particulates within the machine. But a faulty inefficient filter actually kicks all the material back into the air. As you can imagine, indoor air quality and vacuum filter efficiencies are directly related.

Indoor Air Quality is not just a luxury – it’s crucial. Use your vacuum once each week, and keep that filter in working condition. You know, if you like breathing and everything.

Keep your indoor air quality pristine with a Crucial Vacuum Filter found here.

Mar 4 2010

Crucial Info: Asthma & Allergies

Do you or someone you know suffer from asthma or allergies? Well, we know that allergy season is right around the corner – That’s why we at Crucial Vacuum are working hard to get the word out to our customers to check your vacuum filter and bag every time you use your vacuum.

We don’t want you suffering from allergies and therefore we want to supply you with information on how you can reduce your allergies this year. Do you have a sealed vacuum with a clean filter? You should really go ahead and check this as it is crucial to your health.

We may not be able to stop your allergies, as it is tough to conquer, but believe us, we completely understand your pain. Our goal here is to help YOU become more educated on how you can help yourself reduce your symptoms with products that you own at home. Since you can’t control the pollen from the trees or any other outdoor allergen, we want you to control the cleanliness of your home.

You can do this by buying our filters, buying vacuums that actually capture the dirt/dust mite and becoming aware that your home is a great place to start the healing process that your body needs.

We wish you luck this allergy season and hope you can open yourself up to our new brand! We look forward to hearing from you soon! www.crucialvacuum.com