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The Amazing Technology behind Activated Carbon Filters

Administration Staff

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While you are going about your daily business, you are unwittingly inhaling a large number of invisible, odorless vapors and gases that can harm your health and exacerbate a wide variety of common ailments. These contaminants can be even more insidious than regular particulate matter like dust, dander and pollen because they are impossible to see with the naked eye and can be just as harmful as obvious air pollutants. While high quality HEPA filters are proven to remove airborne particles as small as 0.3 micrometers in diameter, they miss most of these gases and vapors which also pose significant health risks.

Activated carbon filters, when partnered with HEPA filtration, can ensure that a wide variety of invisible gases are trapped and removed from the air that you breathe. Activated carbon is known as the universal adsorbent. It is incredibly porous and can take in a huge amount of chemical vapors and gases. By cleaning up the agents that a HEPA filter cannot, activated carbon can take air purification to a whole other level.

Adsorption, a process which activated carbon is known for, occurs when a gas or a liquid builds up on the surface of a liquid or solid and forms a film made up of atoms or molecules.  Activated carbon creates an environment which attracts harmful vapors and gases to adhere to its surface. The activated carbon catches these micro-particles and prevents them from being re-circulated into the air. Activated carbon is incredibly good at what it does because of its porosity. Thanks to its many passages and pores it can hold on to a huge amount of micro-particles.  The density of the carbon, with its multiple microscopic pores, is why it is used in air purification systems. Activated carbon can stop a huge array of chemicals, gases and vapors in their tracks.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are also easily captured by the amazing adsorption process enabled by activated carbon filters. These compounds are often the culprits behind an unpleasant odor that seems to linger in the air at your home. By using a HEPA air purifier with an activated carbon filter, you can remove undesirable odors from the air and create a much more pleasant environment for you and your family to enjoy.

Another popular element which is used for adsorption purposes is known as zeolite. It is a volcanic mineral made up of silica and alumina and works in much the same way as activated carbon. Many excellent HEPA air purifiers utilize activated carbon/zeolite filters to further enhance their efficiency and air purifying capabilities. If you suffer from MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) a HEPA air purifier may be an excellent way to improve indoor air quality and ease your concerns about airborne chemicals. 

HEPA air purifiers utilizing activated carbon filter technologies can help you and your loved ones lessen the symptoms of many troublesome and quite common respiratory ailments. Whether you suffer from asthma, allergies or frequent sinus problems, effectively purifying the air in your home can set you on the path to better health.

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