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HEPA filters *(and why you need one)

HEPA filters
Why you need a HEPA filter

HEPA filters are for preppers and those with allergies or asthma.
What's a HEPA filter and why do you need one? HEPA stands for
High Efficiency Particulate Air.

The air you breathe in good times includes dust, pollen, pet
dander, and mold spores. In bad times, the air may have nuclear
fallout particles,
anthrax or other toxins from a biological attack.
A HEPA filter can help you deal with it all.

Air purifiers with a HEPA filter work by blowing pure air upwards
to the ceiling, which then comes down as it spreads across a
room. The air then eventually returns to the air purifier, drawing
out  particles and filtering them. HEPA filters will not filter out
gases or vapors.

Reasons to get a HEPA air filter
Preppers may have a gas mask, but they should also have a HEPA
filter! There are many reasons to have a HEPA filter:

#1: Airborne bacteria and viruses.
One of the primary reasons that a prepper would want to get a
HEPA filter is for minimizing their exposure to bacteria and
viruses, especially in the winter months when people are indoors
more often and share the air. Look for a HEPA filter with UV light,
which has the power to kill airborne bacteria and viruses.

#2: Asthma.
Common household allergens can trigger and asthma or allergy
attack. Asthma suffers will want a HEPA filter to relieve
symptoms and breathe easier. The American Academy of Pediatric
Allergy and Immunology recommends a HEPA air filtration system
to reduce exposure to indoor asthma triggers.

Parents of newborns may like a HEPA filter to minimize their
exposure.

#3: Allergens
Allergies and respiratory issues are a major reasons to consider
getting a HEPA filter. Coughing, sneezing, runny noses... People
who suffer from allergens can breathe easier with a HEPA filter to
clean and purify the air.
  • Bee pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander

People who suffer from allergies can reduce exposure to allergens
that collect by removing carpet or drapes and collecting dust on
hardwood floors. A HEPA filter is another way to help remove the
irritants. The source of allergens can turn into an allergic asthma
requiring prescription medication and injections.

#4: Biological Attacks.
Anthrax is just one of the kinds of biological attacks that could
happen and a HEPA filter can help.

According to the Center's for Disease Control, "High-Efficiency
Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are useful in biological attacks."
That's good to know if you have a central heating and cooling
system with a HEPA filter. If you have a HEPA filter:
  • leave it on if it is running or
  • turn the fan on if it is not running.

#5: Fungal Infections.
A HEPA filter can get at airborne mold spores before they get at
you! Did you know that air conditioning units could be poisoning
you with toxic fungus?

Did you know you can get a toe fungus from mold spores in the
air? Fungus could be rotting your organs and drying your skin.

Odd but true, if you have toe fungus, the fungus spores could
come from your air conditioning unit. When you think of it, the air
conditioning system is the perfect, moist place for fungus to live.
The air conditioning unit could spread the spores horribly.

Look for a HEPA filter with UV light, which has the power to kill
airborne mold and fungal spores.

#6: Pollutants.
A HEPA filter can trap pollutants in urban environments so you
won't breathe them. A HEPA filter is especially important for city
preppers, and preppers who have kids or who are expecting, and
for preppers caring for the elderly.

Everyone deserves the cleanest air possible and since we can't
control the pollutants outside, we certainly can control what's
inside with a HEPA filter.

#7: Tobacco smoke.
A HEPA filter works by forcing tobacco smoke and other toxins
through a fine mesh that traps the harmful particles, so other
people can breathe easier.

#8: Toxic Dust.
Is the dust in your home making you sick? Tiny particles of human
hair and skin, carpet fibers, a gust of wind through the door or
window, and whatever is at the bottom of your shoes comes into
your home. A HEPA filter can help you keep you breathing fresh.
Get rid of toxic dust with a HEPA filter! A swifter and a vacuum  
will get rid of some of dust particles in your home, but not all of
it.

#9: Spicy foods and stinky fish smells.
The delicious smells of food coming from an urban prepper's home
could attract unwelcome guests during a crisis. As well, smells
from smokehouse cooker can drift for a hundred miles in the
country. Let the HEPA filter help you keep smells at bay.

While others may be starving around you, a HEPA filter can help
you mask odors so your family can enjoy the food they put up in
prepping.

The solution for odors is a charcoal filter. A charcoal HEPA filter
reduces common odors from pets, smoking and cooking.

#10: 9/11.
After 9/11 many of the people who surivived and were exposed to
the aesbestos and contaminants in the air are getting cancer.
Survivors who had a HEPA filter likely reduced their chances for
getting cancer!

Get yourself a HEPA filter
A HEPA filter is a mechanical air filter that forces air through a
fine mesh to trap harmful particles. A vaccum cleaner only
spreads the particulates after it traps the larger particles. Any
number of particles can cause concern from pollen and pet
dander, to

  • Germ Guardian, with HEPA air filtration,  pictured right
    captures 99.7% of allergens, including dust mites, pet
    dander, plant pollens and more. What's more the UV-C light
    works with the HEPA filter to kill airborne bacteria, viruses
    and mold spores. The American Academy of Pediatric Allergy
    and Immunology, recommends HEPA air filtration to reduce
    exposure to indoor asthma triggers. First, a pre-filter and a
    charcoal filter combine to capture large particles like dust
    and lint, as well as destroy common household odors. Then,
    a True HEPA filter captures 99.97 percent of airborne
    particles, as small as .3 microns in size, such as dust mites,
    debris, mold spores, plant pollens, and pet dander. According
    to the American Academy of Pediatrics Allergy &
    Immunology, doctors recommend HEPA air filtration systems
    to reduce exposure to indoor asthma triggers. Finally, UV-C
    light technology works to help kill airborne viruses and
    bacteria while Titanium Dioxide is activated by the UV-C
    light to decompose odor molecules caused by smoking,
    cooking, and pets.

  • Honeywell HEPA Air Purifier, pictured at the bottom of the
    page. The 3-stage filtration system first helps clean the air
    by using a washable pre-filter to capture large airborne
    particles. It then passes through the permanent HEPA-Type
    filter, capturing up to 95% of microscopic particles such as
    mold, spores, pollen, pet dander, smoke, and dust. The
    filtered air then enters an ionizer field providing extra
    cleaning and air freshening. Claims are from the air that
    passes through the filter.

It's true that HEPA filters will cost you more annually in energy
usage, and they are loud, but they can significantly reduce the
contamination around you in an emergency.

Most people spend about 90% of their time indoors. It just makes
sense to purify the air at home

Happy endings...
Dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores in the air ~ there are lots
of everyday good reasons to get a HEPA filter, but from a
prepper's perspective a HEPA filter can also save your family in
crisis, particularly if you live in the city to help protect your home
from the toxins following a biological attack.

A HEPA filter can help you live happily ever after. You'll breathe
easier knowing that you will stay healthier and perhaps even have
it handy to save your life.


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