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MERV 8 Carbon

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MERV 8 Carbon Air Filters

MERV 8 Carbon is effective at controlling dust, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, smoker and odors. Applicable in most commercial buildings, residences, industrial workplaces, and paint booths.

The MERV 8 Carbon general-purpose pleated air filters provide between 75% and 80% efficiency between 1 and 3 microns in size. It is applicable in most commercial buildings, residences, industrial workplaces, and paint booths. Applicable to residences with superior HVAC systems, hospital labs, and commercial buildings.


Filter Size Chart

So what does MERV 8 Carbon protect against?

In short, MERV 8 Carbon blocks particles in between 1 and 3 microns.

These includes:

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

If you’re looking for the best protection against 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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