MERV 6 Filter Review
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MERV 6 Filter Overview
If you want a combination of above average air filtration and affordability, then a MERV 6 air filter is the best choice. MERV means Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and is a measurement of an air filter’s effectiveness. MERV ratings go from 1 to 20 with the number’s increasing with the filter’s efficacy.
A MERV 6 filter may seem low on that scale, but it is more than effective at keeping out harmful pollutants and allergens and is quite affordable as well. This is good because MERV 6 filters are disposable, so replacing one is not much of a financial burden. This makes MERV 6 filters the choice for customers who want good indoor air quality without having to spend a lot of money.
Key Features of MERV 6 Filters
A MERV 6 filter will trap a large percentage of the following particulates and prevent them from circulating throughout the air:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Mold spores
Performance of MERV 6 Filters
A MERV 6 filter will remove most allergens from the air, however, it is not recommended for serious allergy sufferers or asthmatics. MERV 6 filters are mainly about providing a sanitary air environment rather than scrubbing it clean of the majority of pollutants and allergens. While these filters are not as thorough as higher rated filters in removing particulates, residents do not need to worry that the indoor air quality (IAQ) will become polluted or that their respiratory health is endangered. MERV 6 filters provide above average IAQ for anyone without asthma or serious allergies.
MERV 6 filters are disposable but only after three months, so they only need to be bought four times per year. They should be disposed of at the appropriate time otherwise the dust they collect will cause problems with the airflow of the HVAC system. This can strain the fan and result in a higher energy bill. Also, disposable filters have hygienic value since the dust collected by the filter gets thrown out with the filter itself
Recommended Users of MERV 6 Filters
Anyone with light or no allergies who desires clean indoor air quality
Frugal renters who do not want to spend too much for good air filtration
MERV 6 Filters Review: Conclusion
MERV 6 filters will trap a lot of allergens and pollutants, which makes them a great, affordable choice for most people. They are not the best choice for anyone with serious allergies since they do not filter out as many allergens as higher rated filters.
They will also have to be disposed of on time or else the filter will get clogged with dust. This restricts the airflow and can potentially damage the HVAC system; the former can result in higher energy bills and the latter can lead to expensive repair costs. As long as they are replaced on time, MERV 6 filters are the best choice for the frugal renter who wants quality air filtration without breaking the bank.