What is a MERV Rating?

By Josue Acevedo, Inside Sales Representative

When determining which filter is for you, it is important to determine which MERV rating is right for you.

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. The MERV value system starts from 1 (lowest) to 16 (highest). The higher the rating, the more efficient a filter will work in trapping particles in the air. The filter you need all depends on the application of the filter.

The most common filters used are usually a pleated filter with a MERV 8 rating. These filters trap particles like mold spores and cement dust to pollen and dust mites. MERV 8 pleated filters will cover your every day needs of an air filter in commercial buildings and residential homes with specific circumstances.

Looking to filter tobacco smoke, bacteria and germs from the common cold? The Multi-Pleat Green 13 Filter from Koch Filter is perfect for you. This filter is a highly efficient disposable air filter providing exceptional performance, able to trap particles easily – especially as previously mentioned, tobacco smoke, bacteria and germs.

These filters will do their job as long as they are replaced every 3 months depending on the environment you are in. Your HVAC system will run smooth and effortlessly extend your equipments’ lifecycle.

Filters with a MERV rating of 15 or higher is recommended for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities to ensure patients are in a safe and healthy environment in the air they are in.

Here at Tristate Filter we provide filters from low efficient panels to pleated to bag filters to fit your needs. Call us at 800.464.0896 and we will be glad to help you determine which filter is right for you and your system.

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