Other masks offer either disposable filters thrown away after each use or non-replaceable filters. We compare our replaceable filters to both alternatives below:
Disposable filters are discarded so along with the filter the nose piece and ear straps are also disposed each time. As a result, the manufacturers use inferior inexpensive materials that perform poorly. Since STYLE SEAL, PENUMBRA and UMBRA use replaceable filters our nose pieces, ear straps and filter cover can be of high quality insuring the tight seal to the face.
Competitive products with the filter built-in do not give you the ability to evaluate the status of the filter since you can’t see it. Also, the filter material must be laundered along with the other parts of the mask which would be detrimental to the filtering capability of the filter
PLEASE NOTE. Beware of cloth only masks! Cloth only masks should not be considered or compared since cloth alone is not a filter. Fabric, in most cases is designed to breathe so it can’t filter PM10 and PM2.5 particles. Cloth alone does not filter the small particles that will hurt you! Cloth masks merely keep the bugs out of your nose.
The SUPER SEAL filter that you select should match the highest threat hazard level you may encounter during your daily routine. Your threat hazard level can change drastically during the day based on the environment around you, your commute, workplace or school. There may be times when the various risks may be greater than normal. When the hazards increase, you should also increase your protection by increasing the filter level.
STYLE SEAL has various filter levels for you to match to your current risk:
Each Pair of Super Seal Replaceable Filters are color coded with an identifier ring to correlate to the air quality index. The filter efficiency increases as the risk increases as does the cost.
Below is the Air Quality Index scale and our recommended filter chart indicating which SUPER SEAL filters to wear based on the Air Quality Index:
Some Air Quality Index scales show the PM2.5 levels as well which are included in the chart below and in our filter recommendation chart.:
The SUPER SEAL filter recommendation chart identifies at risk people such as those sensitive to poor air quality, those with allergies, the sick or elderly, who may require a higher level of filtration.
In addition to the (4) four filtration efficiency levels you can choose to add Carbon to our 80 and 90 filters. Carbon can absorb gaseous pollutants in the air.
The major gaseous pollutants include:
The primary source of these gases is the combustion of fossil fuels in power plants, various industrial processes, and motor vehicles and equipment. Each of these pollutants, in their gaseous form, can cause harm to human health and the environment. If you are near automobile exhaust or work near chemicals such as a hairstylist or nail technician you should consider carbon additive.
Carbon filtering is a method of filtering that uses a bed of activated carbon to remove contaminants and impurities, using chemical adsorption.
Each particle/granule of carbon provides a large surface area/pore structure, allowing contaminants the maximum possible exposure to the filter media. One pound (454 g) of activated carbon contains a surface area of approximately 100 acres (40 Hectares)! Carbon can be highly effective in absorbing these gaseous pollutants and odors.
Our high efficiency 95S and 99S filters include Nano-silver which can eliminate a wide range of germs without any drug resistance. Characterized by high efficiency and strong permeability it is able to kill detrimental germs within several minutes.
Nano-silver can transform protein and amino acid expression and generate reactive oxygen species (ROS), thus damaging the DNA of germs and kill them. Nano-silver can eliminate a wide range of germs without any drug resistance. It is also characterized by high efficiency and strong permeability, so is able to kill detrimental germs within several minutes. Both the 95 and 99 level filters include the nano-silver additive.
The SUPER SEAL filters are easily installed in the Personal Air Filter PAF by attaching the loop side of the filter to the hook side in the Personal Air Filter PAF.
We offer a links to several real-time Air Quality Index maps. By clicking on the links below you can search for the AQI reading in your city:
If you desire to learn more, you can find excellent reference material regarding bacteria and germs and their size below:
Learn more: The Microbial World – Airborne Micro-Organisms
Local readings are often displayed in newspapers or local websites as well.
Download the Plume Air Report form Google Play or ITunes and get daily notifications of the air quality in your city.
But, the best way to know the air quality reading in your micro-environment is to use your own portable MY AIR Air Quality Meter daily. MY AIR Air Quality Meter works via Bluetooth to your smart phone to give you the AQI reading where you are. Just clip the meter to your belt, briefcase or purse strap. Click HERE for more information.
There is not much benefit to the government posting the AQI readings if we do not react to them by wearing protection like a STYLE SEAL PAF with the appropriate filters inside. Even though we should many of us just can’t stay home if the air quality is poor.
To Learn more about replaceable filters and air quality click any of the links below:
How Is The Air Quality Index (AQI) Determined And What Is Measured In The Reading
What is PM 2.5 and PM 10?
What Does The AQI Mean To Me?
What SUPER SEAL Filter Should I Use When?
How Long Do The Filters Last?
What are the advantages of replaceable filters?
What are the differences between 80/80+, 90/90+, 99S and 95S filters?
What Is The Benefit Of Active Carbon?
How Do Filters Work?