Asthma Community
Makes sense to vacuum a HEPA filter ??
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to asthma, asthma control, breathing difficulty, bronchodilators, children's asthma, drug allergies, exercise-induced asthma, house dust and indoor allergens, pets, school issues, and sports activity.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Makes sense to vacuum a HEPA filter ??

To alleviate convulsive coughing, I picked up a Honeywell HEPA filtering air purifier, model 17005 (http://www.kaz.com/kaz/store/ product/1b842d6748b8a42a28e5648c33a067f3 shows a similar model).  According to the vendor info, one cleans the HEPA filter by vacuuming it.  Presumably using a household vacuum cleaner (if you're using a HEPA vacuum, you're just moving the particulates from the air purifier into the vacuum).

Doesn't this defeat the whole purpose of purifying the air?  By vacuuming the HEPA filter, one is just spewing the particulates into the air again, hopefully to be captured by the HEPA filter again (except that you get the joy of breathing it while it is being recaptured).

I live in a highrise apartment building, in a region with serious winter weather.  Vacuuming it filter outside is not an option.  (This doesn't even take into account the fact that the typical household appliance is not meant to be operated outside).

Obviously, I must be missing something here.  It will soon be time to "clean" or replace the filter.  Has anyone else found a solution?
Tags: Hepa
Related Discussions
2 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
942934 tn?1268111982
I've never used a hepa filter, but my pulmonary specialist did suggest to me to try to wear a dust mask while vacuuming, so I"m not breathing in all stirred up dust particles. And then she said to stay out of the house 30 minutes after vacuuming. I agree it doesn't sound right to vacuum the hepa filter clean, especially if your allergies are bad. Perhaps it is just better to buy a new filter and find out where you can dispose of the old one for recycling.
Blank
Avatar m tn
Thanks for sanity checking my take on it.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Asthma Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1443740527
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Asthma Answerers
746512 tn?1388811180
Blank
Calgary, AB
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank