ISO16890: A NEW STANDARD FOR AIR FILTRATION
The new global standard EN ISO 16890, first implemented in 2018, is a turning point in the air filtration’s field. It’s a new method to classify air filters that analyses their ability to capture particulate matter.
The new standard classifies the particulate matter according to dimensions: from ePM10, the bigger particles such as pollen, sand and dust, to ePM1 which are viruses and nano particles. This innovative classification allows to test air filters and to determine their actual improvement on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). It’s a global standard, worldwide valid and it helps to choose the best filter for every need.
The classification procedure of EN ISO 16890 is different from the old norm EN779. In order to be classified as PM1, PM2,5 or all other PM size classes, a filter must prove a minimum efficiency of 50% compared to the class concerned. It’s a great turning point for Indoor Air Quality because it allows to determine in a scientific way the filtration system’s efficiency: so, everyone can choose the best option.
FE SYSTEM: THE FIRST ACTIVE ELECTRONIC FILTER TO OBTAIN ISO16890 CERTIFICATION
FE SYSTEM designed and produced by Expansion Electronic was the first active electronic filter to be certified according to the new standard EN ISO 16890. This important certification shows the product’s quality and efficiency. The filter is characterized by a constant energy efficiency class A+.
Compared to a traditional mechanic filter, FE SYSTEM ensures a low and constant pressure losses which lead to energy saving. Moreover, the filter’s maintenance is simply made by washing the filter with water and detergent so there are no disposal costs.
PARTICULATE MATTER’S EFFECTS ON HUMAN HEALTH
The new global standard EN ISO 16890 represents a crucial turning point in air filtration’s field. This norm, in fact, allows to determine scientifically filter’s efficiency on improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Global health organizations such as World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency claim that improving air quality helps to prevent diseases and health problems.
ISO 16890’s classifications are:
- ePM10 that represents filter’s ability to capture pollen, sand and dust
- ePM2.5 when the filter can capture bacteria and molds
- ePM1 classification considers filtration of viruses, nanoparticles
The most dangerous particles are ePM1 because they can damage the nervous system and negatively affect blood and hearth’s health. The fact that these particles are really small allow them to get to pulmonary alveoli and cause illnesses.