In emergency situations, such as outbreaks of life-threatening diseases, epidemics or even pandemics, urgent action must be taken to inhibit the spread of the disease and its transmitters.
HEPA (High Effciency Particulate Air) filters are used for airborne contamination control and are classified H13 or H14 according to the EN 1822 standard. These ratings guarantee a removal effciency of 99.95% (H13) or 99.995% (H14) of the most penetrating particle size (MPPS), typically in the size range of 0.1 µm – around the size of many types of viruses.
HEPA filters are used for a wide range of different applications, but typically focus on serving three broad purposes:
- SUPPLY AIR
To create a clean environment inside a room by removing harmful or dangerous particulate from the incoming air flow.
- EXHAUST AIR
To ensure that the air leaving a room is clean and safe, and does not pose a threat to the wider environment.
- VENTILATION SYSTEM
To prevent the spread of contamination through the ventilation system.
We recommend changing the filter before restarting the air-conditioning/ventilation system if it has been switched off for a long time during the corona pandemic.
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FreciousComfort Clean reduces the concentration of infectious viruses and can therefore help to prevent the spread of infections. The air cleaner was especially developed for sensitive areas such as temporary hospitals in tents or exhibition centers. The integrated 3-stage filter system with HEPA H13 filter, particle filter and gas adsorption can be flexibly adapted to customer needs. Find out more
Airborne transmission mostly occurs in indoor environments where people spend over 90% of their time. Increasing ventilation rate (Air Change Rate - ACR) is believed to reduce the cross infection of airborne transmitted diseases by removing or diluting pathogenladen airborne droplet nuclei. Find out more
High effciency (HEPA) air filters are used to create isolation rooms and ensure that contaminated air cannot reach the wider environment. Do you want to know how HEPA filters should be employed, how to handle high effciency filters, and what you need to consider when modifying the ventilation system to enable their installation?
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- HEPA filters are tested and rated by their performance at retaining particles at the most penetrating particle size (MPPS) i. e. 99.95% for H13 HEPAs and 99.995% for H14 acc. to EN 1822.
This means that HEPA filters will remove any solid or liquid particle from the air with an efficiency of at least 99.95 %
- Viruses like SARS-CoV-2 also often attach themselves to larger particles well within the focus of HEPA filters.
HEPA filtration should be a key part of your infection control strategy if it’s appropriate to your building.
- they can provide additional air cleaning capabilities for buildings without any high efficiency filtration system
- Make sure to use high quality products with good filters. Low quality air cleaners can do more harm than good by creating a turbulent air flow while contributing little cleaning power
- dilution with fresh air should still be prioritized
- place the device as close as possible to your location, so you breathe the actual filtered air. The larger the distance to the AP, the higher the chance to inhale swirling contaminants which could include viruses.
- Activated carbon stage can remove hazardous gases released by cleaning agents (avoiding side effects from additional cleaning activity).
- increasing dilution with fresh outside air is most important
- use the same filter classes as generally recommended (e.g. at least ISO ePM1 50% with an ISO ePM10 pre-filter stage)
- maintain normal filter change intervals
- disable air re-circulation entirely or reduce it to a minimum
- if necessary increase fresh air dilution by frequently opening windows
- higher energy consumption should not be the main concern during these times
Check that all filters are operating effectively. And, when it’s time to change filters, take care not to release any viruses that have collected on the filter media into the internal environment – remembering that SARS-CoV-2 can survive for up to several days on surfaces. Dispose of any contaminated waste according to the guidelines in your location.
The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has certainly grabbed the attention of the world, governments and financial markets. Let's take a look at what the virus is, how it is spread and what we can do to help control the virus. For latest information and warnings you can check the World Health Organization and other relevant authorities to keep abreast.