Quality air is important. Indoor air has 5X as many pollutants in it than outdoor air does. When it comes to the business side of things, air quality is essential for the health and well-being of employees. It’s also better for your bottom line because employees take fewer sick days as a result. Many different industries need to achieve the highest possible standard of air quality in order to minimize and eliminate various airborne pathogens that could cause anything from food contamination to chemical exposure.
When it comes to air filtration and filters, there are a lot of options on the market to choose from. There are HEPA filters, carbon filters and ionic filters, to name just a few. Here’s a look at four of the most common types of air filters on the market today. There are also different types of mediums—for example, there’s fibreglass air filtration and synthetic air filtration, i.e., air filters that are made out of fiberglass media and filters that are made out of synthetic media. HEPA filters, a very popular type of filter that most people have heard of, are made out of fibreglass fibre mats. The differences will be explored in more detail below.
Fibreglass vs. Synthetic Air Filtration: What’s the Difference?
Fibreglass filter media has long been an industry standard when it comes to air filtration. Fibreglass media is characterized by a dense structure of fine fibreglass fibres that are within the one-micron range. Some of the most powerful air filters on the market today (like HEPA filters, for example) are made out of fibreglass fibre mats.
Synthetic air media, in contrast, has a much less dense structure yet is made of coarse fibres instead of fine ones as in fibreglass media. Synthetic air filters are commonly used in automobile applications and have a reputation of being heavy-duty and long-lasting. They also tend to offer more cost savings. In terms of their efficiencies, short-term tests have revealed that the two are comparable.
Another area where the two differ is that (some) types of synthetics are also particularly good at dust-holding, while fibreglass media tends to perform particularly well in UV light applications. In short, fibreglass air filtration is powerful, but synthetic air filtration tends to offer long-lasting filtration.
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