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merv 8

MERV 8 Air Filter

90 percent efficiency with particles makes MERV 8 the most common filter on the market. Effective at controlling dust, pollen, dust mites, and pet dander (unless you have more than one pet).

Applicable in most commercial buildings, residences, industrial workplaces, and paint booths. MERV 8 filter is the minimum standard air filter we recommend for residential use.


Filter Size Chart

What does MERV 8 filter protect against?

In short, MERV 8 blocks particles of 3 microns and larger.

These includes:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Bacteria
  • Pet Dander (unless you have more than one pet)

If you're looking for the best protection against cigarette smoke, smog, and general allergens, MERV 11 is the best option. If germs, mold spores, or even wood-burning fireplaces are a concern, MERV 13 is the way to go.

MERV 8 Features

Available Air Filter Sizes and Types

Who is the MERV 8 best for?

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.

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