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MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It’s the official standard for measuring the effectiveness of a filter. MERV ratings range from 1-16; the higher the rating, the “better” the filter. As a residential consumer, you want a MERV 8, 11, or 13 pleated filter (we call these Basic, Standard, and Ultimate).
We discuss this a little bit over on the Our Filters section of our website (scroll to the bottom), and we’ve also written on our blog about MERV being the official, regulated standard in the industry. What you need to know is that these FPR/MPR/Micron ratings are entirely fabricated; marketing gimmicks used by manufacturers to appear more than they actually are.
What you should know is the MERV rating for the other filter brands – it’s the only way to compare filters across two different brands. We’re proud of our filters, and we don’t try to hide behind marketing gimmicks to make our products look better. We don’t need to, because our filters are simply better than the competition. If you can’t find the MERV rating, then someone might be trying to hide something (hint: an inferior filter).
Air filters protect people and processes. The people part is obvious – nobody wants to breathe dirty air. However, air filters were originally invented to protect your HVAC system. They keep your air-handling unit (AHU) running smoothly, and prevent dust build up and material corrosion over time. What does this do for you? It saves you money, as a dirty AHU can and will malfunction (sometimes catastrophically, in the form of a fire), requiring repair, and possibly replacement.
Generally speaking, you should change your filter every 30-90 days, unless your home uses a 4” filter, in which case you can push that to every 90-180 days. If someone tells you otherwise, they’re wrong. The frequency depends on geographic location, number of people and pets in a residence, whether anyone suffers from allergies or asthma, and many other factors. Obviously, a family of 4 that suffers from allergies and has a dog should probably change it more frequently than an allergy-free bachelor living on his own. 30-90 days. There’s no hard and fast rule. Sorry.
Short answer: yes. We wrote at length about it here. Obviously, if you just changed it a week ago, then no. But if it’s been 60-90 days…yes. Read that previous link to learn why.
You bet. We offer 1, 2, 3, 6 and 12 month replacement terms. Just use our Get Help Page to let us know what replacement term works best for you. A member of our team will make the changes and send you a confirmation email.
We say 7-10 days after you’ve placed your order, but it does depend on where you live.
No problem. Just use our Get Help Page to let us know what size you need. Please include identifiable information like your name, email address and/or your invoice number. A member of our team will reply with replacement information.
Simply contact us through our Get Help Page to request your subscription be canceled. Be sure to include some identifiable information like your name, email address or your invoice number. A member of our team will reply with more information.
Only future orders can be canceled.
Glad you asked. We offer bulk discounts to property managers and management companies. Use our Get Help Page to start the conversation and we’ll work it from there.
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