For pet owners, finding the right air filter can be a challenge. With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your home. Fortunately, there are a few key factors to consider when choosing an air filter that will help you make the right decision. The first factor to consider is the MERV rating of the filter.
MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and is a rating system used to measure the effectiveness of air filters. The higher the MERV rating, the more effective the filter is at capturing particles like pet dander, dust, and pollen. Filters with a MERV rating of 9-12 are ideal for people with allergies, while those with a MERV rating of 13-16 are best for those with severe respiratory conditions or sensitivities. Another important factor to consider is the size of the filter.
If you have a large pet or multiple pets, you may need to opt for a larger filter that can capture more particles. Additionally, if you have pets that shed a lot of hair, you may need to change your air filter more frequently than those with a single short-haired animal. Finally, it's important to consider the type of filter you're using. The cheapest option on the market is a disposable air filter with a low MERV rating, but these are not as effective as other types of filters.
HEPA filters are considered the gold standard when it comes to air filtration and are ideal for those with breathing problems. Additionally, advanced air purifiers can be expensive but often use multi-layer filters to achieve maximum air cleanliness. At David Gray Heating & Air we would be happy to meet with you and help you find the best air filter for your needs. With our expertise and knowledge of air filtration systems, we can help you find the perfect solution for your home and your pet.