When it comes to choosing the best air filters for your home, there are a few factors to consider. The most important is the MERV rating, which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This rating indicates how effective the filter is at trapping particles in the air. The higher the MERV rating, the more particles the filter can capture.
Other factors to consider include size, thickness, and special features. One of the best air filters for residential HVAC systems is the Filtrete 1900 Maximum Allergen Reduction. This filter has a MERV rating of 10 and is available in standard sizes, making it an affordable option for homes with children, pets, or smokers. It can capture most large particles in the air and is compatible with most HVAC systems.
The Filtrete 20x25x1 AC Oven Air Filter and Filtrete 10x20x1 AC Oven Air Filter are also great options for home ovens. These disposable electrostatic filters contain self-charging electrostatic cotton or paper fibers that attract and trap small particles. They have a MERV rating of 10 and come in an affordable six-pack for whole-home protection. For those looking for a higher level of particle blocking capacity, HEPA filters are an option.
With a MERV rating of 16-20, these filters block the highest level of particles in the air and provide better air quality. However, they are not suitable for most residential ovens because they are so dense that they can reduce the airflow entering the oven. The Filtrete AC Oven Air Filter is our best overall oven replacement filter. It has a high-efficiency MERV-12 rating and is available in more than a dozen sizes.
It can trap as much debris as possible in the air and is hypoallergenic, featuring electrostatic fibers that attract contaminants and resist mold and mildew growth. For those with allergies or pets, the AirX ALLERGY MERV 11 Pleated Air Filter is a great choice. This disposable pleated filter has additional density to trap airborne allergens that can trigger allergy symptoms, as well as smoke and odors. It has a MERV rating of 11 and comes in a variety of sizes 1 and 2 inch thick to fit a wide range of ovens.
The Aerostar Allergen & Pet Dander MERV 11 Pleated Disposable Air Filter is another great option for those with pets. This high-efficiency electrostatic filter attracts particles and traps them in place, blocking pet hair and dander from recirculating through your home's ducts. It has a MERV rating of 11 and comes in several sizes. Finally, the Nordic Pure MERV 12 Pleated Air Conditioning Oven Filters are an affordable and durable option with a MERV rating of 8.They come with 4 filters with V-pleats for a larger surface area and additional airflow, as well as arrows included in the frame to direct placement and airflow. When it comes to choosing the best air filters for your home, there are many options available to suit your needs. From disposable electrostatic filters to HEPA filters, there's something for everyone.
Be sure to consider size, thickness, special features, and MERV ratings when selecting an air filter for your home.