Changing your HVAC filter should be second nature, but have you ever thought about what type of air filter you are picking up for your home? We’re not talking about the brand you are getting, but rather the MERV rating that you are getting. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (or MERV) is a rating system used to compare filters made by various manufacturers. MERV ratings will range from 1 (low efficiency; minimum filtration) to 20 (highest efficiency; highest filtration).
Still using those cheap air filters like those made of fiberglass in your home? Unfortunately, fiberglass air filters are doing more harm than good and are not as effective at capturing airborne contaminants. For most households, the highest recommended MERV rating is MERV 13 filters. Keep in mind that a MERV rating higher than 13 could negatively affect some HVAC systems, so it is advisable to verify that your unit can handle a higher MERV rating before you make your purchase.
Why is considering air flow when it comes to selecting the right furnace filter so important? MERV 13 air filters will reduce more particles in your home’s air, they also reduce the amount of airflow through your system. This can put a strain on your furnace and HVAC system which can cost you a lot of money to repair and can increase your monthly energy bill.
According to Alex Hertzog, our in-house air filtration expert, MERV 11 air filters are recommended.
“The MERV 11 air filters remove a higher percentage of contaminants in the air that will increase indoor air quality and maintain the efficiency of the HVAC unit. It is also highly recommended if there are pets in the home, which can greatly reduce the air quality in your home.”
The chart below shows what you can remove from your air with MERV 8, 11 and 13 filters.
FiltersFast.com carries a wide selection of high quality, pleated air filters for your home in various MERV ratings. We also have air filters in 1-in., 2-in., 3-in. and 4-in. depths. For your home however, the better option is our FiltersFast.com MERV 11 air filters. Guaranteed to effectively reduce dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens from your indoor air, you will get a quality filter for your furnace without paying a high price. Make sure you verify the size that you will need and place your order. Wondering how to figure out what size furnace filter you need? Check out this video:
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The FiltersFast.com Brand MERV 11 furnace filters represents a better option for your home than a MERV 8 and lower. Know the MERV rating you are getting and what it will filter out from your air.
Selecting the right furnace filter for your home is important, changing it regularly is just as important. It is recommended that you change your AC filter every 1-3 months for best results.
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