R2-D2 Vacuum Cleaner Replacement Filter

hepa vacuum filter After seeing the R2-D2 Vacuum Cleaner that Agent-Spiff over at Deviant Art recently designed, most Star Wars geeks probably wondered what sorts of scanners, appendages and mechanical abilities the vacuum featured.

But we’re not Star Wars geeks. We’re filter geeks. So the first thing we thought was, “I wonder what kind of air filter is in that astromech droid?”

Right now, the Artoo vacuum cleaner is simply a photoshop, but I assume that something as technologically-impressive as the R2-D2 Vacuum Cleaner would have to use a HEPA Vacuum Filter cartridge, which can filter out 99.97% of all airborne pollutants 0.3 microns or larger.

0.3 microns is pretty infinitesimal, in case you were wondering. To put it in Star Wars terms, a grain of sand in the desert of Tatooine is around 100 microns (assuming that planet’s sand is similar to Earth’s). Since these sands were so problematic to the droid, I have to imagine the new R2-D2 Vac would improve upon Artoo’s susceptibility to sand.

While the R2-D2 Vacuum Cleaner isn’t in production yet, it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw something like this launched soon. After all, R2-D2’s likeness has graced postal boxes across the country, and the Motorola Droid 2 R2-D2 Edition was just released yesterday.

If the Artoo vacuum ever sees the light of day, you can bet that we’ll be the first to carry the vacuum filters, bags and belts to keep him scurrying about your living room.

3M Filtrete Vacuum Filters, Bags and Belts

Spring is in the air, and so are all of the micro allergens that come with it.  A household spring cleaning routine that involves a lot of sneezing, wheezing and watery eyes may be a sign that it’s time to replace not just your home’s air filter, but your vacuum cleaner filter, too.  Filters Fast, a leading online retailer of air and water filters, now offers replacement vacuum bags, vacuum filters and vacuum belts compatible with several brands including Eureka, Bissell, Dirt Devil and Hoover.

Replacing the vacuum filter and bag improves suction power so the vacuum is better able to trap particles like dust mite debris, pollen, grass and pet dander, improving indoor air quality.  The 3M Filtrete filter line produces replacement vacuum filters and vacuum bags made with the same micro allergen and HEPA filter media that the company also uses to make air filters.

Vacuum bags made with micro allergen filter media capture 94 percent of particles larger than one micron in size, such as dust mite debris, grass and ragweed pollen.  They also capture 57 percent of particles between 0.3 and 1 micron including household fibers and other allergens.  Filters Fast carries Bissell and Dirt Devil brand-compatible bags and filters as well as Hoover vacuum bags and Eureka vacuum bags and filters made with micro allergen media.  They also offer compatible Electrolux, Kenmore and Panasonic vacuum bags. The vacuum bag should be replaced every one to two months.

3M Filtrete also makes bags and filters with an advanced HEPA vacuum filter media which helps trap 99.97 percent of all airborne pollutants which are 0.3 microns or larger in size.  These include mold spores, pet dander, grass and ragweed pollen and other allergens.  Filters Fast carries HEPA vacuum bags and filters compatible with Eureka, Dirt Devil and Hoover vacuum cleaners.  The HEPA replacement filter should be changed every six months or sooner if there are children, pets or frequent allergies.

Vacuum cleaner belt replacement should be done every six months to ensure optimum performance. Filters Fast also carries 3M Filtrete replacement vacuum belts, compatible with several brands, including Eureka, Bissell, Dirt Devil and Hoover vacuum belts.