The Differences Between MERV Ratings – MERV 11 Recommended

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Have you ever thought about what type of air filter you are picking up for your home? I’m not talking about the brand you are getting, but rather the MERV rating that you are getting. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (or MERV) rating 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).

For most household uses, the highest MERV rating used will be 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 rating before you make your purchase.

According to Alex Hertzog, our in-house air filtration expert, MERV 11 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.

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FiltersFast.com has a solution in various MERV ratings. For your home however, the better option is the FiltersFast MERV 11 air filters. Guaranteed to effectively reduce dust, pollen and other allergens from your indoor air, you will get a quality air filter without paying a high price. Verify the size that you will need and place your order. Use our Auto Delivery system and get 5% off and the convenience of having a replacement air filter sent to your home at your own frequency.

The FiltersFast MERV 11 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.

First Ever Asthma and Allergy Certified Air Filter – Lysol® Unscented Air Filter

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What if we told you that you could have relief from asthma and allergies? We’re not talking about over-the-counter medication; we’re talking about the Lysol® Unscented Air Filter with Triple Protection®. Built with the asthma and allergy sufferer in mind, this is the first air filter ever CERTIFIED asthma and allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

The Lysol® Unscented Air Filter is designed to trap pollutants, allergens and neutralize odors. It also features a built-in antimicrobial to inhibit the growth of some bacteria on the filter. The Lysol® Unscented Air Filter reduces the following contaminants from your air:

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The Lysol® Air Filters carry a MERV 12 rating, meaning that they trap a high level of micro fine particles that cause respiratory irritation. The Lysol® Air Filter Triple Protection® have been tested to the most rigorous standards known, resulting in a top-of-the-line, first-of-its-kind air filter. By trapping at least 95% of pollen, 92% of dust mite allergens and 85% of pet dander, this Unscented Air Filter is a great solution to cleaning up the air in your home from asthma and allergy triggers.

Even if you don’t suffer from asthma and allergies, you can still enjoy the benefits of cleaner air inside of your home.  The Lysol® Unscented Air Filter with Triple Protection® is made in the USA and lasts 3-12 months, depending on usage. Order your Lysol® Unscented Air Filter today for optimum protection against asthma and allergies. Relief is just an order away.

Lysol is a registered trademark of the Reckitt Benckiser Group. Air filter triple protection is a registered trademark of Quality Filters, Inc. Asthma & allergy friendly and the asthma & allergy friendly logo are Certification Marks and Trademarks of Allergy Standards Limited.

Home Improvement Tip: Upgrade Your Home Air Filters

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You may soon begin work on a home improvement to-do list. This can include no shortage of priority items such as making general upgrades around your home. In fact, we all have undergone some sort of home upgrades at some time in the past. Of all the items you can add to your to-do list, there is one critical improvement that is often overlooked. If you’ve read previous blogs on The Filtered Files then you may have guessed that I’m talking about furnace filters.

At the risk of sounding redundant, installing a more efficient and effective furnace filter can drastically improve the indoor air quality in your home. Consider the two main reasons you should upgrade your furnace filter.

1. Remove more contaminants from the air: This is big especially if you deal with seasonal allergies and/or asthma. While all furnace filters will (to some degree, at least) reduce contaminants from your air, it may not remove them to the extent that you need. Removing the common asthma and allergy triggers is critical for relief and for protecting yourself from respiratory ailments associated with poor indoor air quality.

2. Prevent contaminants from building in your HVAC unit: Over time, contaminants will begin to build in your HVAC unit and reduce its efficiency. Upgrading your filter will lessen the chances of this occurring so that contaminants are trapped in the filter pleats and not in your system.

While upgrading your furnace filter, be sure to pay careful attention to the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of your filter. When it comes to knowing what MERV ratings mean, keep in mind that the higher the rating, the more efficient the filter will be. For example, a MERV 13 will be more efficient than a MERV 11. Read Three Questions to Ask before Choosing Your Next Air Filter for more information.

home-air-quality-filterRecently, all of our customers were asked to upgrade their furnace filter to the Filtrete Ultra Allergen Home Air Filters. The reason was for the numerous health benefits that the Ultra Allergen Air Filter provides.  Pollen, bacteria, dust mites and pet dander are just some of the contaminants that this filter will remove from your indoor air. With better air flow provided than its competitors, this filter is not only efficient in your system (by allowing less air flow resistance) but is also more beneficial to your health.

If you’re going to upgrade your furnace filter, be sure that you are getting maximum protection from harmful pollutants. If the Ultra Allergen doesn’t sound like a good fit for you, simply type in your air filter size and search furnace filters for all available models for your home.

Out of the Home Improvement items you can add to your to-do list, I believe that upgrades are chief among them. In addition to furnace filter upgrades, consider switching to more water efficient models. Toilets, faucets and showerheads have all become more water efficient over the years and will provide a nice touch (as well as savings) to your home and wallet.  What’s on your to-do list around the home?