Merv 14 Air Filter Review | Filter King™

MERV 14 Air Filter Review

The abbreviation MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and it refers to the efficiency and efficacy of an air furnace filter in trapping pollutants, particulates, and allergens. The ratings go from 1 to 20, with the higher ratings allowing having the greater ability to trap dust and other particulates. But before you go out and try to order a filter with a MERV rating of 20, there is something else that you need to consider. The higher the MERV rating, the more strain it puts on your air conditioning unit as it attempts to push air through a more densely packed filter. This means higher energy costs. So, the question is this: is a MERV 14 air filter right for you. 

MERV 14 Air Filters for Homes

Because there is a trade-off between air-cleaning ability and energy efficiency, many consumers are looking for the ideal MERV rating for their particular situation. After all, if an 8-rated filter is adequate for your air-cleaning, why choose a filter with a higher rating and pay more for your electric bill? On the other hand, if you live with kids and pets, you don’t want to sacrifice air freshness to save money. 

One of the reasons that we decided to write about the MERV 14 air filter is that it’s almost the perfect rating for a certain type of home. Almost. Despite the fact that commercial air filters go all the way to 20, a MERV 14 is an extremely restrictive filter, so restrictive that it’s not recommended for use in most residential buildings. Because most of our clients are buying filters for their home AC units. There are very few things that a MERV 14 air filter can accomplish than a MERV 13 can’t with greater energy efficiency. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two types of filters.

Contaminant

MERV 13 Filter

MERV 14 Filter

Dust

Yes

Yes

Dust Mites

Yes

Yes

Pet Dander

Yes

Yes

Pollen

Yes

Yes

Mold Spores

Yes

Yes

Exhaust Fumes

Yes

Yes

Milled Flour

Yes

Yes

Smoke

Yes

Yes

Tobacco Smoke

Yes

Yes

Droplet Nuclei

Yes

Yes


If you are looking for air conditioning filters for a commercial building or industrial setting, you should seek the advice of an HVAC professional. There are certain types of environments that require specialty air filters such as hospitals and factory floors. 

Replacing Your Filter Regularly

If your goal is to provide you and your family with clean air while keeping both your costs and the strain on your HVAC system at a minimum, you should consider your filter replacement schedule. Most people who purchase their air condition filters in stores tend to forget the last time that they replaced their filters. When your filter becomes too dirty, it also becomes ineffective. Eventually, the dust and other particulates that have been trapped by the filter begin to block the air path. That causes the air conditioning fan to work harder to push air through, and in the process, some of the trapped dust breaks free and re-enters your home.

Whether you order a MERV 8, 11, or 13 through the Filter King, we let you know when it’s time to replace your filter by delivering a fresh one to your door. You can take a short survey and order the ideal filter for your particular household. Take the memory and driving out of your filter replacement routine. Order from Filter King today.