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HEPA Vacuum Cleaners for EPA RRP Compliant WorkGuide Started By b.n. on February 2013 Last Updated on February 2015 | 5 Contributions | Comments
High-Efficiency Particulate Air or HEPA is a rating given to certain air filter. Vacuums meeting this standard remove 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometer. This guide covers HEPA rated vacuums in a shop vacuum style, meant for use during construction or building activity.
Lead Paint Cleanup (EPA RRP Rules)
The EPA prohibits use of retrofit HEPA filters: only vacuum models designed for HEPA use by the vendor are acceptable. Some vendors have gone beyond this basic requirement and certified their entire units as air tight to HEPA standards.
Things To Look For
- Automatic on/off: turns the vacuum on when a connected power tool starts up.
- Filter replacement costs: before choosing a vacuum, take a look at cost for replacement filters, which vary greatly. Some models claim features to extend filter life.
- Filter location: filters located in the air stream prior to the motor are less prone to air leaks.
- Variable speed: for saving energy when the vacuum is used continuously, or for case where the vacuum is directly connected to a smaller tool such as a sander.
- Beater bar: for EPA cleanup on carpet, a rotating brush is required.
- Soft start: prevents blowing circuits, particularly when paired the automatic tool activation feature.
The next step up from HEPA certification is ULPA (Ultra Low Particle in Air).