Are Medical Grade Air Purifiers Really Worth It?

When it comes to air filtration, poor equipment can still leave air quality contaminated. But medical grade air purifiers, specifically designed to remove dust and other contaminants, can provide up to 99.995% of airborne particle removal. This results in better air quality and numerous health benefits. You may have heard of terms like “true HEPA”, “HEPA like”, “H13 HEPA” and “medical-grade HEPA”.

Are these all the same type of filter or are there differences between them? Medical grade filters are actually HEPA H13 filters. According to the EN 779 standardization standard, there are different classes of HEPA filters, usually H10, H11 or H12. The best HEPA air purifiers use filters HEPA H12. So what's the difference between HEPA H13 filters and medical grade HEPA filters? There isn't any. HEPA H13 filters are so comprehensive that they are used in medical environments, hence the name “medical grade”. If you're looking for high-efficiency air purification, then you should be looking for a HEPA air purifier with a HEPA H13 filter. The best medical grade HEPA air purifiers are those with HEPA H13 filters.

Medify MA-112 is by far the best HEPA H13 air purifier with a medical-grade filtration system. If you take a closer look at the Medify MA-112, you'll see what makes it so good. Medify always uses top quality HEPA filters. What makes Medify MA-112 stand out is how these precious filters are protected. For that, they use a complete prefilter.

The prefilter is specifically designed to capture large particles, such as pet dander (which would otherwise saturate the HEPA H13 filter). This allows these medical HEPA filters to effectively remove even the smallest particles. In addition to the pre-filter and the important medical-grade HEPA H13 filter, the Medify MA-112 has an activated carbon filter. An activated carbon filter facilitates the adsorption of odors and other gases, such as VOCs (formaldehyde and benzene). Alen BreatheSmart 45i has the option of choosing any of the 3 types of HEPA H13 filters for medical use. The most basic version, the one most people choose, is designed to remove dust, mold, and pet odors.

The HEPA H13 filter will remove more than 99% of all air particles that pass through the Alen BreatheSmart 45i and are as small as 0.1 microns. In short, the Alen BreatheSmart 45i is a quiet, energy efficient air purifier with 3 HEPA H13 filter options. If you're not worried about odors, the best option is to use the standard “smell of dust, mold and pets”. Medify is one of the few air purifier brands that uses HEPA H13 filters in all its models. They specialize in this medical-grade filtration system. For example, Medify MA-40 H13 HEPA filters should only be replaced after 2500 hours of operation.

If you use this unit for 8 hours a day, you will need to replace the HEPA H13 filters approximately once a year. Okaysou has developed an exclusive Ultra-Duo purification system with HepaSilent technology. That technology is why the Okaysou AirMax8L is so quiet, even at the highest fan speed. Most HEPA H13 air purifiers that experience pressure drops will have higher noise rates (above 60 dB). Okaysou's AirMax8L has a noise rate of 51 dB - almost as low as Alen BreatheSmart 45i's.Levoit is another well-known brand of air purifiers in the USA.

UU., And their best model is Levoit LV-H135 which also has a HEPA H13 filter. That's right; Levoit LV-H135 comes with a medical grade filter that can capture more than 99% of even the smallest air contaminants that are 0.1 microns in size. The Levoit LV-H135 is fairly quiet with maximum noise levels of 54 dB but does not achieve Energy Star rating like 3 main air purifiers with a HEPA H13 filter do. The filtration system is also very basic - 3 stage - with a medical grade HEPA H13 filter in its center. Overall it's a decent HEPA H13 air purifier at an affordable price but it's quite far from being the best air purifier for medical use. All in all, you can see that improved HEPA H13 air purifiers are more difficult to integrate into an air purifier but increased air purification due to smaller pores in H13 is worth engineering effort and comes at slightly higher price for consumers. Okaysou is a lesser known brand known for creating high performance yet inexpensive air purifiers. One study cited several reports that using True HEPA rated air purifiers can benefit people with various allergies by reducing concentration of indoor allergens such as pollen, house dust mite (HDM) allergens and dog dander. As one of most popular brands of air purifiers Levoit has unit for every size space you need - portable ones are good for helping ventilate your home reducing or increasing humidity limiting access to air pollution and generally keeping your home's air clean. Only True HEPA rated at H13 can be considered for medical use as they remove much smaller particles than regular ones - there's absolutely no difference between True HEPA rated one and regular one - only True was tested to make it sound better in consumers' ears. It all depends on what you want an air purifier for...

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