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Microns Explained - What Can An Air Purifier Capture? 

Solenco Reporter
 June 07, 2018
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Air Purifiers


The word 'micron' can be quite intimidating when it comes to explaining the filtration capabilities of air purifiers. Therefore, we thought it best to break it down for you so you can have a better idea as to what your air purifier can and can't filter out from the air that you breathe. 

 

While reading the through the below table of particles and their sizes (in microns), keep the following in mind:

 

The SEFF (Static Electricity Film Filter) of the Meaco Airvax Air Purifier can filter out particles and air borne allergens as small as 0.1 micron.

The True HEPA filters in the Solenco CF8500 and CF8608 Air Purifiers, as well as the Meaco 12L Low Energy and 20L Low Energy Dehumidifiers can filter out particles and air borne allergens as small as 0.3 microns.

Particle Sizes

Sizes of air borne and potentially airborne particles such as dust, pollen, bacteria, viruses and many more.


The size of contaminants and particles are usually described as microns, a metric unit of measure where on micron is one-millionth of a meter!

 

The size of some contaminants and particles are indicated in the table below:

 

Particle

Particle Size 

(microns)

one inch25400
dot (.)615
Eye of a Needle1230
Glass Wool1000
Beach Sand

100 -10 000

Mist

70 - 350

Fertilizer

10 - 1000

Pollen

10 - 1000

Cayenne Pepper

15 - 1000

Textile Fibres

10 - 1000

Fiberglass Insulation

1 - 1000

Grain Dusts

5 - 1000

Human Hair

40 - 600

Dust Mites

100 - 300

Saw Dust

30 - 600

Ground Limestone

10 - 1000

Tea Dust

8 - 300

Coffee

5 - 400

Bone Dust

3 - 300

Cement Dust

3 - 100

Ginger

24 - 40

Mould Spores

10 - 30

Starches

3 - 100

Mould

3 - 12

Antipersperant

6 - 10

Textile Dust

6 - 20

Spider Web

2 - 3

Spores

3 - 40

Combustion-related:

motor vehicles, wood burning,

open burning, industrial processes

up to 2.5

Fly Ash

1 - 1000

Coal Dust

1 - 100

Iron Dust

4 - 20

Smoke from Synthetic Materials

1 - 50

Lead Dust

2

Facial Powder

0.1 - 30

Talcum Powder

0.5 - 50

Asbestos

0.7 - 90

Paint Pigments

0.1 - 5

Auto and Car Emission

1 - 150

Metallurgical Fumes

0.1 - 1000

Clay

0.1 - 50

Insecticide Dusts

0.5 - 10

Smouldering and flaming cooking oil  

0.03 - 0.9

Bacteria

0.3 - 60

Lead

0.1 - 0.7

Burning wood

0.2 - 3

Coal flue Gas

0.08 - 0.2

Oil Smoke

0.03 - 1

Tobacco Smoke

0.01 - 4

Viruses

0.005 - 0.3

 

For more information, email us at info@solencosa.co.za or call 0861 388 878.

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