When it comes to air filters, it's important to consider the quality of the filter, as well as the cost. Higher quality filters are more effective at filtering out particles, but they can also be more expensive. It's important to consider your individual needs when deciding which filter is right for you. For those without pets or allergies, a lower-MERV filter may be sufficient.
However, if you have a family of five with three pets and a child with asthma, a higher-MERV filter may be necessary. Additionally, it's important to consider how long the filter will last. The cheapest filters are made of spun fiberglass, which does very little to filter the air compared to materials such as paper, cotton or polyester. Disposable filters are made of pleated paper or polyester that provide a larger surface area for filtering.
When it comes to MERV ratings, the higher the rating, the more effective the filter is at filtering out particles. However, these filters can also restrict airflow more than lower-MERV filters. HEPA filters are worth the extra money for people with respiratory conditions such as emphysema, as they are effective at filtering out bacteria and viruses. At Filter King, we offer affordable filters that look expensive but provide protection equal to what you pay for.
More expensive air filters such as pleated residential filters can be worth the extra money for those with severe allergies, as they are effective at filtering out dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold and even bacteria. However, these filters have some drawbacks - they usually cost significantly more than basic fiberglass filters. Additionally, if all dimensions are the same, a filter with a higher MERV rating and more folds per inch will have the same or better airflow than the same filter with a lower MERV rating and fewer folds. If you can't find Nordic Pure in your size or prefer to buy a new filter in a store right away, Honeywell's FPR 9 filters and Filtrete's MPR 1500 filters are similar and widely available in retail stores. HVAC systems are not designed to improve air quality in the home and filters are important to keep the oven and air conditioner working properly. Expensive filters may seem like a luxury but their role is too important to settle for lower quality filters.