Among the numerous commercial vacuums on the market are specialty machines that feature high-performance filtration. There are many varieties of filtration on the market, but two stand out as particularly significant in cleaning for healthy environments.

Many vacuums now offer HEPA or ultra low penetration air filtration, also known as ULPA. HEPA filters remove at least 99.97 percent of airborne particles by particle count of 0.3 microns.

Even though settings such as offices or retail spaces don’t require the same levels of filtration that more sterilized environments do, building service contractors and in-house service providers across the country are adopting HEPA vacuums as their sole machines. By doing so, it demonstrates a commitment to the health of building occupants, regardless of the demands of the environment.

This special filtration is necessary in certain environments, such as cleanrooms or in industrial settings, where the goal is to eliminate all but the tiniest of particles from the environment. HEPA filtration is efficient enough for some cleanrooms, but the fewer the particles allowed per cubic meter of air, the more likely an ULPA filter will be needed. ULPA filters remove particles 0.12 microns in size with 99.999 percent efficiency.