Respro Allergy Mask Customer Q & A

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Q1: Now that marijuana has been legalized in Seattle, pot smoke is on many busy public streets and I hate it! Would this mask block the pot smoke 100%?

A: It might, depending on how strong the odors are and how close you are to the source. However, you would need to use this mask with the chemical/particle filters. The standard particle filters that come with this mask don't do much in terms of touching odors. For nuisance level odors, it with the chem/particle filters or the Respro Techno will help, but for anything stronger, you would likely have to go with something like the 3M 6291. For most people, it has a little too.... "industrial" look to it, but when you equip it with the Organic Vapor or the Multi Gas cartridges, it will filter our odors at much higher concentrations. I've tried this mask with tobacco smoke, and unless someone is literally blowing the smoke into the these filter canisters, it does a near perfect job of filtering the odors. Now, if you're simply talking driving down the street with the windows down or walking down the street, the Respro Techno might work. It's tough to say exactly considering the conditions of use can vary widely. Hope that helps!

Q2: Is the respro allergy mask equivilent to a n95 mask? My wifes allergist said to get a N95 mask. How does this compare?

A: All of the Respro Techno, Sportsta, and Allergy masks are rated to the EU equivalent of N95. So the filtration will be near identical.

Q3: Due to changes at work I will now be required to work in smoking environments cigarette but I cannot stand the smell of it and after a few minutes I have a hard time breathing and my eyes get red and I get a very bad headache. Which mask would be my best option for protection but also smell?

A: The 6291 with the organic vapor cartridges would be your best bet. It filters the best of all the masks/respirators we carry, particularly with regard to smoke, odors and vapors. Seals well around the face and unless someone is literally blowing smoke into the filters, it does a better job than any of the other masks. The Respro Techno would be your next best option or the Allergy mask with the chemical/particle filters. They're a slimmer fit, less industrial look, but their filtration isn't as good and in places where the concentration is strong you will get some odor coming through. It'll be significantly dimished, but won't completely block it out.

Q4: What mask is recommended for heavy Lab work? Particularly a mask that will be able to filter Sulfuric Acid fumes and other harsh chemicals?

A: For a lab type of environment, your best mask would be the 6291 respirator by 3M. Depending on the particular compounds you're working with, I'd opt for the Organic Vapor cartridges over the straight HEPA filters that come standard with it. When properly fitted, the cartridge helps provide respiratory protection from certain organic vapors at concentrations up to 10 times the Permissible Exposure Limit PEL with half facepieces. A better option would be that mask with another type of cartridge like an OV/AG filter. We only carry the OV organic vapor filters since for most folks who come to us these work best. However, in your case since you did list sulfuric acid, you'll want that dual OV/AG organic vapor/acid gas. Hope that helps!

Q5: If I order respro allergy mask, does it come in with the filter? And if it does what kind?

A: The Allergy Mask comes standard with one Particle filter. So for things like dust, dander, ragweed, etc. it works well. The other filter available is the Chemical/Particle filter, but that is a separate purchase.

Q6: I need the best mask for working in heavy amounts of dust and ammonia odors from working in a horse barn.

A: The best would be the 3M 6291 mask with the optional Organic Vapor cartridges. The cartridges work really well for odors, chemicals, smoke and other vapors that traditional particle filters allow to pass through. The particle filtration of these filters should also keep almost all of the dust particles you'll encounter in the barn. The Respro Techno mask or the Allergy Mask w/ Chemical/Particle filters will help, but the 6291 with those optional filters is the best. Hope that helps!

Q7: Hi! I have two questions about this mask. First of all, how does this mask do as far as protecting from pollen? Second, can the filters be cleaned and reused, or do they have to be replaced after a certain amount of hours? Thanks for your help!

A: No washing, but on average you get about 60 hours of use out of them. If you go with the chemical/particle filters separate, put the mask in a bag between uses since the activated carbon/charcoal will continue to adsorb odors/chemicals even when you're not wearing it. Filter life will vary a bit depending on conditions. In terms of filtration and particularly pollen, they work really well. The filtration level is 95% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. Most pollen grains far exceed that size and trapped by the filters of the Allergy Mask. Hope that helps!

Q8: Are the filters washable? Replaceable? How often? What's the cost ans availability?

A: Replaceable, average about once every 60 hours of use. I always recommend you put the mask/fitlers in a plastic bag between uses to help extend the life of the carbon in the filter. Times will vary a bit based on usage and the level of pollutants you encounter. We have replacement filters almost always in stock. On occasion, because they are a UK product, we may go out of stock for a week or so. Particle filters are $16.95 and Particle/Chemical filters are $23.95. Both can be found on the site.

Q9: Which mask is good for haircolor fumes. I'm a hairstylist allergic to haircolor.

A: The Aero, Sportsta, or Techno, of the Respro brands, are your best bets. The other mask you may want to consider is the Honeycomb carbon mask. It's lighter and less obtrusive. The downside is that it doesn't seal around the face quite as well as the Respro brand masks. And remember if you go with a Respro, you'll need to purchase the particle/chemical filters. These contain the activated carbon you'll want to filter out these fragrances and chemicals. The Honeycomb carbon mask has carbon integrated into the filters as well.

Q10: I live in a mobile home about 50 yards from the intersection of two busy parkways. To what extent does your mask filter out exhaust chemicals such as ozone, nitrogen oxide, aldehyde and other VOC gases?

A: The Aero/Allergy Mask works pretty well, but you'd need to purchase the chemical/particle filter to go with it. Or, you could also go with the Techno or Sportsta mask. Both are designed for more for vehicle pollution come standard with a chemical/particle style filter. The filtration standards are the European approximate equivalent of an N95 mask. And with the chemical/particle filters of the Techno or Sportsta you'll get better filtration of those chemicals, gases and odors than even a straight HEPA style face mask.

Q11: I am an asthma patient and my allergies are diesel fumes, dust, and perfumes. Please tell me which mask suitabile for me.

A: The Respro Aero Allergy mask is a good start. I would suggest you use the chemical/particle filter. Your next best bet would be a Honeycomb carbon mask by I Can Breathe. Both feature some level of carbon in the filters to help filter out those fragrances and fumes. The Respro will give you a better seal around the face. Just notes that both will still allow some odor through if the scent is very strong.

Q12: Thank you for the quick response to my previous question. If I order an Areo mask, does a filter come with it or do I need to buy one seperately when I order?

A: One Particle filter comes standard with each Respro Aero mask. The Chemical/Particle filter would be an additional purchase.

Q13: Can you tell me approximately how often a filter for the Aero mask needs to be replaced?

A: Respro masks were originally designed to protect commuters on their walk or ride to work. They designed them based on a 30 minute outdoor commute cycling or walking each way, in outdoor environments where the World Health Organization recommends some type of respiratory filtration. Based on this, Respro recommends the filters be replaced after 69 hours of use. Additionally, we recommend that should you notice greater difficulty breathing through the mask or find a noticeable increase in odors coming through the filter particularly with the Aero chemical/particle filters that you may want to replace them a little sooner.


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