Why MERV Ratings in Air Purifiers Matter for Your Business

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You’ve got to stay up-to-date with the latest recommendations on safety and health concerns. When it comes to health, indoor air quality has never been more critical for business owners.

MERV, Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values, matter when looking at air purifiers because it measures the filter's performance. The higher the MERV rating, the better the filter will be at trapping dangerous particles and removing them from the air that goes through the air purifier.

No matter what kind of business you own, when you improve indoor air, you’re inviting more sales and investing in your staff’s health. As the world opens back up, people are looking for cleaner air when they go out to public places.

Today we’re covering what MERV ratings are, how they’re measured, and why they matter to you as a business owner.

What Are MERV Ratings and How Are They Measured?

So what do these values mean? They give filters a grade based on how well they remove particles during a specific test, according to the EPA. The test was created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).1

Luckily, understanding how they measure MERV is pretty straightforward. The rating compares particle counts upstream versus downstream of an air-cleaning filter. (Whatever the filter doesn’t catch ends up downstream.)

MERV ratings start at 1 and go up to 20, from least to most efficient at particle removal. The lowest rating of 1 is something like an air conditioner, whereas 20 could be a medical device for a surgical center with a hospital-grade filter. 

A complete chart can be found on John Hopkins Center for Health Security's website.

As a business owner, when you’re investing in better indoor air quality for your customers and staff, it’s useful to know what devices are capable of filtering. You want to ensure what you get really works, right? And, in light of the pandemic, purified air has never been more important.

Usually, commercial and residential buildings aim for MERV 13 filters or higher. Why? They remove around 95% of pollutants down to 0.3 microns, according to the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA).2 HEPA filters, for example, rated MERV 17. Get ready for the top-of-the-line option…

The Defender Air Purifier’s MERV Rating? 19!!!

Unlike other companies popping up online to capitalize on the clean air market, FilterQueen has improved indoor air with consistently leading-edge technology for over 90 years. We care deeply about customer satisfaction and go above and beyond normal standards. That’s just how we do business!

As an FDA-Cleared Class II Medical Device, the Defender provides top-notch high-quality specifications — you can trust you're investing well with this purifier.

Why MERV Ratings Matter As a Business Owner

People are traveling, going out more, and spending money again on life’s simple pleasures. The pandemic made clean air front and center for the public, so people notice a difference when establishments provide this added safety measure. We know how hard you worked to keep your company afloat, and we want you to stand out to customers. Whatever your business, indoor air quality can make a huge difference in boosting sales while taking good care of your customers and employees.

Air purifiers provide a solution to the growing health concern of indoor air quality for business owners. But you need to understand the MERV rating to know what you’re getting out of the filter. Even before COVID, air quality problems have been on the rise for offices and businesses. Many office buildings have substantial air pollution sources according to the EPA.

Some of the biggest indoor air pollutants for offices?4

  • Asbestos
  • Formaldehyde
  • Organic Building Materials
  • Restroom Air Fresheners (ironic, right?)
  • Paints & Adhesives
  • Cleaning Products (also ironic)
  • Pesticides

cleaning surfaces

The list could go on, but you get the point. A lot of stuff in the air is harmful to our health, and we just don’t think about it or know any better. 

Do you know what one of the largest concerns is for both business owners and employees? Negative health effects from poor indoor air quality.

People notice fatigue, forgetfulness, headache, sneezing, coughing, and even irritability with low-quality air inside.4 No employee wants to feel like this while having to work, and employers definitely don’t want to be responsible for these negative effects. How productive can a business be when people are being dragged down by poor quality air?!

Imagine what a MERV rating of 19 could mean for your business. What would it do for your employees, management, and customers? You’ll provide cleaner air for everyone who enters, making them feel safe — a top priority right now. Plus, your employees are safer and more productive simply because they’re breathing high-quality air with fewer contaminants.

Air Purifiers Are Changing The Indoor Air Quality Game

Air purifiers work by pulling in harmful airborne pollutants and trapping them inside the filter. MERV 13 filters are common in many businesses because of their efficacy in removing some of the easiest pollutants that can cause negative health effects.

Air purifiers work in every season — making them a reliable and convenient way to assure exemplary indoor air quality in your establishment. Whether it’s winter or allergy season, the inside will be covered.

We know SARS-CoV-2 still worries many people, and we’re proud to offer business owners an added layer of protection. With the global pandemic, we’re proud to say our independent testing results verified the Defender removes 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 virus from the air!

The Defender Easily Traps:

  • Pollen
  • Pet Dander
  • Dust
  • Mold Spores
  • Bacteria
  • Smoke
  • Other Viruses (Like the Flu)

Plus, FilterQueen uses an Enviropure Activated Charcoal Wrap, capturing a variety of unwanted odors and harmful toxins, like VOCs. Not every filter has this capability — and businesses like restaurants, offices, and hair salons should pay close attention to VOCs.

Choosing FilterQueen’s Defender Provides:

The Defender provides a low-maintenance solution to every indoor air quality problem for your business. Check out the manual to see how simple setup and use are. As a leading company in the fight for better indoor air, we’re here to make running a successful business that much easier.

Learn More About How The Defender Can Support Your Business!

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/what-merv-rating
  2. https://www.nafahq.org/understanding-merv-nafa-users-guide-to-ansi-ashrae-52-2/
  3. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/indoor-air-quality-offices-and-other-large-buildings
  4. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/do-you-suspect-your-office-has-indoor-air-problem