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ISSN : 2288-9167(Print)
ISSN : 2288-923X(Online)
Journal of Odor and Indoor Environment Vol.13 No.4 pp.256-262

Emission characteristics of airborne particles and bacteria from household vacuum cleaners

Seong-Woo Lee, Young-Mu Heo, Sang-Yong Han, Daekeun Kim*
Department of Environmental Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology
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14 October, 2014 11 November, 2014 19 November, 2014


This study investigated the emission characteristics of airborne particles and bacteria from six types of household vacuum cleaners in the closed chamber. A test cleaner without HEPA filter was examined focusing on the first one minute of initial operation, observing significant generation of airborne particles, and especially for particle size of 0.5 to 2.5 μm, the generation rate increased up to 68.5 × 103 particles/min. Concentrations of airborne particles and bacteria depends on the production year, the motor power, and the dust filter efficiency of the vacuum cleaner. The observed results should be taken into consideration in the design of the vacuum cleaner as well as how they are operated in indoor environment.

가정용 진공청소기 사용에 의한 부유 미세먼지와 부유 미생물의 배출특성

이성우, 허영무, 한상용, 김대근*
서울과학기술대학교 환경공학과