Are You Overpaying for Air Filters? Big Box Stores vs Buying Online

We often pay premium prices at grocery and local home improvement stores. But have you considered purchasing online? You don’t need to pay brand-name prices for filters that are essentially all made of the same material and quality. You will find more options, added convenience and much better pricing from a specialty online retailer.

See comparable filter prices below and decide for yourself…

Air Filters Delivered Home Depot Savings
16X25X1: MERV 8 / FPR 7 $3.69 Each (sold in 6 packs) $9.99 each (sold in 2 Packs) -63%
16X25X1: MERV 11 / FPR 9 $5.69 each (sold in 6 packs) $16.95 each (sold in singles) -69%
20x20x1: MERV 8 / FPR 7 $3.69 Each (sold in 6 packs) $9.99 each (sold in 2 Packs) -63%
20x20x1: MERV 11 / FPR 9 $5.69 each (sold in 6 packs) $16.97 each (sold in singles) -69%

Measuring Your Filter: Easy As 1, 2, 3

When needing to replace your filter, these simple steps will help you get the right dimensions to look for:

 Step 1: Measuring Length and Width (L x W)

Tip: If your filter is not a square, the smallest measurement goes first

Step 2: Measure Depth (D)

 Measure the thickness of your filter

Step 3: Put Your Measurements Together (L x W x D)

It’s as simple as that! You are now ready to buy the right filter for your AC or Furnace


MERV vs. MPR vs. FPR: Navigating Through Air Filter Rating Systems

Choosing the right air filter can be a daunting task. Have you wondered why there are 3 different rating systems? Certain brands have created their own rating system but, at the end of the day, they are rating the SAME filter! Unaware consumers often find themselves paying premium prices at grocery stores or big box retailers. Learn the facts and your next purchase will be much easier on your wallet.

MERV Rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is the primary rating system used in the industry, both domestically and internationally. Established by ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers), MERV rates a filter’s ability to capture and hold particles and pollutants.

MPR (Micro-Particle Performance Rating) is a rating system developed by 3M. It rates the manufacturer’s filters and their ability to capture airborne particles smaller than 1 micron

FPR (Filter Performance Rating) is a rating system developed by The Home Depot for brands sold through their stores, including Honeywell. It utilizes a color and number scale from 4 to 10 that closely resembles MERV rating.

The below chart will help you understand which of the ratings are comparable to each other:

MERV MPR FPR Efficiency Change Frequency
6 300 n/a Captures lint,household dust and pollen 30 Days
8 600 5/Green MERV 6 + dust mites & mold spores 90 Days
11 1000 – 1200 7/ Red MERV 8 + smoke, smog, cough/sneeze & pet dander 90 Days
13 1500 -1900 10/Blue MERV 11 + virus carries, odors & bacteria. 90 Days

Is your home triggering your allergies and asthma symptoms?

Microscopic allergens can hang around your home for a long time and put your family’s health at risk! These simple precautions will minimize exposure and help you maintain good air quality…

  • Keep windows closed and avoid the outdoors when your allergies start acting up
  • Replace carpeting with hard flooring
  • Avoid furniture that can gather dust
  • Use the hottest water possible when washing bedding, towels and cushion covers to eliminate dust mites
  • Ban Smoking indoors
  • Keep pets out of bedrooms and off upholstered furniture
  • When selecting an HVAC filter, look for high efficiency pleated filters – we recommend MERV 13 filters. The increased surface area in MERV 13 filters will help capture more of the microscopic particles like bacteria, mold spores, pet dander, and pollen, that trigger the allergic reactions
  • The frequency of when you change your filter is just as important – 30 to 90 is recommended depending on your filter model. Regularly changing your filter will not only ensure maximum efficiency but will also increase the lifespan of your HVAC system.

Just a few easy steps will make big improvements to your home’s air quality and create a healthier environment for you and your loved ones.