What Does MERV Rating Mean?
What is a MERV Rating?
MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and is the primary rating system used for air filtration in the United Stated and around the world. It is designed to measure a filter’s ability to capture and hold particles and pollutants. The higher the MERV rating, the more particles - dust mites, pet dander, air allergens, etc - your filter will capture.
Matching the right MERV rating to your needs will improve your home's air quality and will extend the life of your furnace or air conditioner.
The MERV Ratings are as follows:
- MERV 6: Change every 30 Days
- MERV 8: Change every 60-90 Days
- MERV 11: Change every 60-90 Days
- MERV 13: Change every 60-90 Days
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MERV 6 Fiberglass Air Filters
MERV 6 fiberglass filters are a low cost solution and will help fight dust mites, lint and pollen. Fiberglass air filters are disposable and must be changed every 30 days or less.
MERV 8 Air Filters
MERV 8 pleated filters utilize 100% synthetic media. They help capture airborne particles/allergens between 3-10 microns in size and are an ideal upgrade from standard disposable panel filters.
MERV 11 Air Filters
For superior air filtration and efficiency, MERV 11 pleated filters offer significantly higher particulate efficiency. They capture airborne particles/allergens between 1 and 10 microns.
MERV 13 Air Filters
Over 30-times more efficient at capturing micro particles than ordinary fiberglass filters, these filters capture airborne particles/allergens less than 1 microns in size.