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Can A HEPA Filter Remove Asbestos?

HEPA air filters offer powerful filtering abilities. This technology is capable of filtering out 99.97% of contaminants in the air that are as small as 0.3 microns in size. In other words, these filters are capable of removing small particles from the air. HEPA filters can remove bacteria, viruses, mold, dust, pollen, pet dander and other similar allergens. Not only are these filters found in homes and many workplaces, they are also widely used in the healthcare and medical industry.

One question that is often asked about HEPA filters is whether this technology can remove asbestos. We will take a look at the answer in more detail below.

What Is Asbestos?

Several different minerals are known as asbestos, all of which pose very serious health risks.
Many construction and commercial sectors use asbestos products in cement and plaster, industrial furnaces, floor and ceiling tiles and building insulation, to name a few. Individuals become exposed to asbestos particularly during renovations and demolitions. Once disturbed by drilling, sawing and other similar activities, the tiny fibers in asbestos become airborne and are inhaled. Exposure to asbestos can lead to asbestosis, a scarring of the lungs, as well as mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer. Asbestos will soon be banned in Canada.

Can HEPA Filters Remove Asbestos?

The short answer to this question is a definitive yes – HEPA filters are absolutely capable of removing asbestos.

HEPA filters are known for their ability to filter out some of the most difficult particles, and that includes asbestos. Asbestos particles range from 0.7 to 90 microns, making HEPA filters effective at this task. In fact, in many commercial buildings, HEPA filters are primarily used for this very purpose. It is important to note, however, that air purifiers should be used on multiple occasions to achieve optimal results. It is also recommended that you speak to an asbestos removal specialist.

HEPA filters capture asbestos in much the same way it captures all other particles. In short, the construction of the filter enables HEPA to trap particles while letting clean air pass through.

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