Activated Carbon FiltersUtilise a composite carbon material to remove gases and odours from the air. Gas adsorption filters...
AdsorptionThe trapping of gaseous or vapour contaminants by physical and chemical processes on the surface of a solid filter medium.
AHU**Air Handling Unit
A system comprising of a fan and ductwork in which a filter is placed e.g. heat exchangers, humidifier, etc.
Air FlowThe volume of air passing through the filter in unit time.
Air FilterA device designed to remove suspended particles from air flowing through it.
ArrestanceA measure of the ability of a filter to remove a standardised test dust from the air passing through it under given operating conditions. Expressed as a weight percentage.
ASHRAE**American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
An industry organisation who produce an efficiency standard.
Bag/Pocket FiltersAn extended surface filter in which the medium is formed into pockets or bags which may be self-supporting or supported by the air flow through them. 
Burst PressureAn air flow rate, which exceeds the filter’s maximum pressure and causes it to burst.
Changeable Filter SystemA filter, which can be recharged with new media panels without having to change the entire frame or housing. Changeable Filter System...
CleanroomA cleanroom is an environment, typically used in manufacturing or scientific research, that has a low level of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles and chemical vapours. A cleanroom has a controlled level of contamination that is specified by the number of particles per cubic meter at a specified particle size. Such environments usually require HEPA or ULPA levels of filtration.
CoalescerA filter which removes smaller water droplets from the air.
Coarse DustParticles which are larger than 10 μm and easily visible by naked eye.
Compact FiltersAn extended surface filter in which the medium is pleated (typically into a 2 or 4 V-design) to create a larger filtration area in order to provide a high dust holding capacity. 
Deep PleatMedia that has been folded into higher pleating formations using metal separators so that high dust holding capacities can be achieved.
DHC**Dust Holding Capacity
Amount of loading dust retained by the filter up to the final pressure drop.
DiffuserA mechanical device that is designed to distribute the air in a uni-directional way.
DownstreamRoute taken by air after filtration.
EfficiencyThe ratio of the number of particles retained (by the filter) to the number entering it expressed in a percentage.
Electrostatic FilterFiltration system using electrically charged plates and an electrically charged thread that will give a charge to the passing particles so these will be attracted by the plates.
EUROVENTTrade association which regulates the HVAC industry through independent testing of manufacturers of filters and other HVAC parts against their claims.
Exhaust AirAir leaving a building.
Face VelocityAir flow rate divided by the face area of the filter expressed in meters/second.
Fibre LossSee Shedding.
Filter AreaThe effective area of media through which the air can pass.
Filter ClassA term indicating a range of filter performance characteristics measured according to procedures in EN 779 or EN 1822.
Filter FramesThe outside section of filter which the media connects to. Available in a variety of different materials to suit each differing application.
Filter HousingsDedicated units to secure the filter in place. Filter housings...
Final FilterThe last filter in a multi-stage filtration system.
Final Pressure DropThe pressure drop up to which the filtration performance is measured for classification purposes. Also the point at which it is recommended to replace the filter.
Fine DustParticles which are between 1 and 10 μm, and hardly visible.
Fine Dust FiltersUsed to separate: PM2.5, soot, cement dust, spores and larger bacteria. Fine dust filters serve either as final filters for HVAC and similar applications, or as prefilters for EPA, HEPA or ULPA filters in ultra-clean environments. Fine dust filters typically feature either a mini-pleated media in variety of frame styles, or are formed into pockets in a bag filter.
GasketA lip which runs around the front of the filter frame to ensure that no air (and its contaminants) escapes around the side of the filter within the AHU.
Gas Adsorption FiltersUsed to separate: Gases including volatile organic compounds, odors, and nitrous oxides. Gas adsorption filters typically use an activated carbon media to remove gaseous pollutants from an air flow. This could be to create a pleasant environment by removing odors, or to protect people from noxious gases and prevent sick building syndrome in built-up areas. Activated carbon filters are available in a variety of formats, including combined particle and gas filtration elements that can be installed in standard HVAC housings.
Glass Fibre MediaA media made from glass fibre. Possesses low electrostatic charge and is subject to the danger of downstream filter fibre discharge, but has certain applications.
Grease FiltersFilters typically used within kitchens to maintain hygiene standards. Also often a health and safety requirement, these filters collect grease and are usually available in permanent or washable formats.
HEPA**High Efficiency Particulate Air
A filter with an MPPS of between 85 - 99.995% and rated in the H- class, by EN1822. Also known as absolute filters.
High Efficiency FiltersUsed to separate: Tiny contaminants, such as germs, viruses, carbon black and radioactive particles. EPA, HEPA and ULPA filters can remove up to 99.99999% of particles 0.4 μm in diameter. These high efficiency filters are used to protect people – in applications such as biotechnology and pharmaceutical research, or processes – in the fields such as nanotechnology and microelectronics. High efficiency filters come in a number of shapes and sizes, from sprace-saving panels to high-capacity, deep-pleated filters.
HVACHeating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
IAQ**Indoor Air Quality
The content of interior air.
IncinerableA filter which can be completely destroyed by incineration. Incinerable filters are commonly used for applications which handle hazardous materials that must be destroyed.
Laminar FlowSee Uni-directional Flow below.
LCC**Life Cycle Cost
The total cost incurred over a filter’s life time. This not only includes the purchase price and installation cost, but also the energy used to drive the fan, disposal and its associated costs. In many cases, a filter with a higher initial purchase price may have a lower LCC than an inferior filter because it places less demand on the fan or simply last longer. We can provide a personalised calculation of the LCC of your installation free-of-charge, please contact us for further information.
LouverA filter which acts as a barrier against water by stopping and then draining liquid away from an application.
Mechanical FiltrationA method of filtration which relies upon the gaps between the fibres of the media being smaller than the particles needed to be stopped.
MediaThe material through which the air passes during filtration.
Media Pads and RollsFilter media which is to be inserted into a filter frame. Typically supplied in either reel form or cut-to-size.
MigrationMovement of collected dust in the filter media in the direction of the air flow.
Mini PleatMedia that has been folded into smaller formations so it possesses excellent filtration characteristics.
MPPS**Most Penetrating Particle Size
The maximum particle diameter which will penetrate through the filter medium.
Operating TemperatureThe temperature in which a filter is able to operate.
Outdoor AirAir which has yet to go through any kind of application.
Paint Spray FiltersUsed to separate: All types of contaminants, including water, dust, fine particles and paint overspray. A flawless finish, free from imperfections can only be achieved in an environment that's free from imperfections too. Paint spray filters remove the contaminants that can ruin your work.
Panel FiltersFilters consisting of flat or pleated media packs surrounded by a frame (usually cardboard, plastic or metal).
Pleated/PleatsFilter media which is formed into homogenous shapes.
Power Generation FiltersUsed to separate: All types of contaminants, including sea salt, water, dust, sand and fine particles. Power generation air filters protect equipment like gas turbines from airborne contaminants that can cause fouling or damage. With clean intake air, turbine performance is improved and downtime for cleaning or repair is significantly reduced.
PrefiltersUsed to separate: Corase dust like insects, textile fibers, hair, sand, airborne ash, and pollen. Prefilters are typically the first stage in a filter system and protect higher-quality, fine dust filters from becoming clogged or damaged by corase dust. Prefilters come in a variety of shapes and sizes; from rolls of filter media, which provide a cost effective first filter stage, to pleated panel filters that pack large filters areas into a compact frame.
Pressure DropThe difference in pressure between two points immediately upstream and downstream of a filter carrying an air flow. Also known as the resistance or differential pressure.
Recirculation AirAir which has been through an application or AHU, and is to be re-used.
Relative HumidityThe level of humidity in which a filter can operate. Expressed as a percentage of the maximum amount of water vapour that could be present if the vapour were at its saturation conditions.
Safe Change SystemA filter housing that is sealed to allow the filters to be changed inside a protective system which eliminates the opportunity for any of the captured particles to be released into the surrounding environment. Particularly used in the filtration of harmful, toxic and radioactive substances in nuclear, biological and chemical applications. NSC Safe Change System...
SealantA material used to seal the gaps within a filter, e.g. when attaching the media to a frame.
Service LifeThe length of time before a filter reaches the recommended final resistance and must be changed or cleaned.
SheddingThe release of previously collected particles or fibres from the filter into the downstream air flow.
Suspended MatterParticles smaller than 1 µm and invisible to the naked eye.
Synthetic MediaA media made from a polymer material. Used for is electrostatic characteristics and the vast array of differing materials available.
ULPA**Ultra Low Penetration Air
Filters with an efficiency greater then 99,9995 % for MPPS. 
ULPACATS**ULPA Computer Aided Test System
A highly specialised method of testing the effectiveness of ULPA filters. A test aerosol, like DEHS is emitted into the up stream air flow to measure the amount of particles still present downstream, once it has passed through the filter by using laser particle counters on both sides.
Uni-directional FlowA controlled air flow in a specified direction and continuous velocity in approximately parallel, low turbulent streamlines (also see Laminar Flow above).