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merv 13

MERV 13 Air Filters

MERV 13 is effective at controlling airborne bacteria, most tobacco smoke and pollutants released through sneezing as well as dust, pollen, dust mites, and pet dander.

They capture 90% micron-sized contaminants. Applicable in residential homes, general surgery suites, smoking lounges, and commercial buildings with superior HVAC units.


Filter Size Chart

So what does MERV 13 protect against?

In short, MERV 13 blocks fine particles 1 microns and smaller.

These includes:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Bacteria
  • Pet Dander (unless you have more than one pet)
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Smog
  • Germs
  • Mold Spores

If you’re looking for a more affordable air filter, MERV 8 is the best option. If germs, mold spores, are not a concern, MERV 11 is the way to go.

MERV 8 Features

Available Air Filter Sizes and Types

MERV 8 is the minimum standard air filter we recommend for residential use.

That said, to understand the MERV 8, it’s best to look at what it doesn't protect against. If you have allergies or multiple pets, or other chronic breathing problems, you’ll be best served by going up to MERV 11 or MERV 13.

Or, if you are a smoker (or live with one), or if you live in a city that has smog, you should consider a higher rating, as well.

As you can see, much of which filter you need depends on your lifestyle and what kind of air you regularly come into contact with — or what breathing issues you regularly battle.

MERV Best For