Q: What is a MERV 8 Air Filter and Why Are They Popular Commercial Air Filters?

A: MERV is an acronym for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and it refers to the efficiency of commercial air filters at its lowest performance level. ASHRAE, or the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers created this rating system. MERV rating allows consumers to compare an air filter’s ability to eliminate pollutants and determines which filter is most efficient for any specific application. The majority of MERV 8 commercial filters are two-inch, pleated filters that are popular in the United States because of its efficiency in trapping indoor particulates that affect people with asthma and allergies



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