Between puppy hugs, walks through gardens and bouquets on the end caps of every grocery store, spring can be a beautiful, allergen-filled time. Here’s how assessing your personal needs, living space and filtration levels can help mitigate air quality concerns.
If you’re on a mission to improve your indoor air quality, you’ve come to the right place. Key to know: there’s a variety of lifestyle factors that can make an impact on what type of filtration solutions you should get.
The air particles you want to capture and the size of your living space really matters. For example, an apartment-dweller with no pets may have different indoor air quality needs than someone in a large house with multiple dogs who love to play outside. If you want to capture allergens from the air, you may need better filtration power than someone who doesn’t, regardless of living space.
Upgrading any filter really comes down to knowing the type of particles you want to capture because not all filters are the same. Do you want to capture dust, pet dander and other allergens, virus or bacteria particles? For the most effective result, it’s important to choose a high-efficiency, electrostatic Filtrete™ Filter and remember to change it regularly.
For 1” filters, we recommend changing it at least every 90 days. For deep pleat filters (4”, 5” or 6”), the replacement schedule should be every 12 months.
The higher the Microparticle Performance Rating (MPR), the more particles your filter can help capture. Here are things to consider as you shop for various allergen triggers:
If you live in an apartment or space without an HVAC system, consider a portable Filtrete™ Air Purifier as a first step to improve your indoor air quality. Even if you live in a house with an HVAC, our devices offer an extra way to introduce fresher and cleaner air in specific rooms.
We’ve expanded our air purifier line to include smart connected devices. In combination with our filter technology, these sleek devices can automatically monitor, react and purify air in medium or large rooms. They also connect to the Filtrete™ Smart App, so you can control your device from anywhere and access air quality information at your fingertips.
Air purifiers, sometimes called air cleaners, are only as good as the filter inside. That’s why we made compatible air purifier filters when we launched our devices. Your filter size will depend on the size of your device—which is ultimately dictated by room size. But another difference to look for, especially if you or anyone at home is sensitive to allergens, is True HEPA vs. HEPA-Type.
Filtrete™ True HEPA filters capture 99.97% of microscopic airborne particles*, such as allergens, dust, lint, mold spores, bacteria, viruses and pet dander. HEPA-Type filters capture 95%.**
Similar to HVAC filters, it’s important to keep up with changing air purifier filters. You’ll need to change these every 6 to 12 months, depending on the one you buy and how often you run the device.
No matter what Filtrete™ Filter you have, the Filtrete™ Smart App can send you notifications when it’s time to make a change. Either pair a Smart air filter via Bluetooth®, or simply scan the barcode on your packaging to start a countdown timer.
Another layer of convenience comes with signing up for a subscription through one of our retail partners. Set your delivery schedule and they’ll arrive automatically.
*As small as 0.3 microns from the air passing through the filter media. Initial efficiency value.
**As small as 2 microns in size from the air passing through the filter. Initial efficiency value.