With spring on its way, many regions of North America are entering the beginning of the dreaded allergy season. Pollen from grass, trees budding, ragweed, and flowers blooming wreaks havoc on many people during the spring, summer, and even into the fall. Unlike a regular cold, allergy symptoms can last for months at a time for many people.
Allergy medication, while it can be effective against the symptoms, can often leave a person feeling drowsy or fatigued. Whether because of allergy symptoms or side effects of medication, this can lead to employees calling in sick to work and lower productivity in your workplace.
Most allergens, including pollen, can be too small to see with the naked eye. They can get on your clothes when you’re outside and travel with you in your car, to your home, to your workplace, and back again. With proper air filtration in the workplace, the particles in the air causing allergic reactions can be removed, allowing for better air quality and less employee sicknesses and symptoms.
Standard air filters do not have the capabilities of removing allergens like pollen and dander from the air. To do this efficiently, your workplace needs HEPA filters.
How do HEPA Filters for Allergies Work?
HEPA filters, or High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters, are able to remove a minimum of 99.97% of 0.3-micron particles that passes through the filter. Particles this size are the Most Penetrating Particle Size, the most difficult to filter, and include pollen and other allergens.
HEPA filters work differently than standard air filters. They capture particles through three interrelated processes:
- Interception: When particles come into close range of the fiber in a HEPA filter, they stick to the fiber.
- Impaction: When particles hit the fibers directly, they stick to the fibers.
- Diffusion: This occurs with the smallest particle size filtered by HEPA filters. As they flow through the filter, they collide with gas molecules which slow down their movement, allowing interception or impaction to occur.
With these processes, HEPA filters can remove allergens, including pollen and animal dander from the air to provide better indoor air quality for your employees.
Custom HEPA Filter Manufacturing
APC provides custom HEPA filter manufacturing for a variety of industries. Whether you need to filter out dangerous VOCs, harmful chemicals, or simply want to provide cleaner air for your office building, APC can help.
Contact us today to learn how our custom HEPA filters for allergies can remove allergens and help keep your employees happier, no matter the workplace!