Prior to the pandemic most of us were worried about clean air as it related to allergies and dust. Now Covid has us considering what germs may be in the air and for how long. Learn the perfect MERV rating for your HVAC filter and the best air purifiers on the market to help control the quality of the air your breathing. 

Adding an air purifier to your commonly used rooms can help defend against COVID and harmful contaminants especially during allergy season. Here is Consumer Reports’ take on the top three purifiers to consider.  

  • Alen BreathSmart 75i Pure Air Purifier  – This purifier ranked at the top of the list. It scored the highest ratings on removing dust and smoke, has low annual costs, a filter replacement indicator and a programmable timer. An added benefit is its low noise operation so you won’t even know it’s there.  

  • Blueair Classic 605 Air Purifier – Coming in 2nd place, this air purifier has an excellent rating for particle removal in Consumer Reports tests and was among the top performers. It also boasts the ability to be controlled by your phone with an app feature. The downsides are it’s pretty loud when on high speed and has relatively high filter replacement costs.  

  • Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier – This is one of the most reasonably priced air filters that still scored an excellent rating for particle removal. Beware though, as with the Classic Purifier it has high filter replacement costs and noisy operation.  


For additional air purification in your home, make sure you know what the MERV rating is for the air filter in your HVAC. “Your filter’s MERV rating tells you, on a scale of 1-16, how effectively your air filters trap the small particles you don’t want to circulate through your home such as dust, pollen, mold, and other irritants. The higher the MERV rating, the more efficient the filter will be in trapping these airborne particles.” shares Minnicks Heating and Cooling 

Most standard air filters in HVAC systems are MERV 8-10 but a MERV 13 filter is considered the sweet spot for best overall for protection and function. However, more is not always better. Minnicks shares, “A MERV 14 or higher air filter can create more resistance in airflow than a residential HVAC system is designed to handle.” 

So, with an updated MERV filter for your HVAC and a room air purifier to focus on certain areas in your home, you truly will be breathing easy!