What MERV Rating Does Rheem Recommend?

Rheem recommends using air filters with a minimum MERV rating of 8 for residential ovens. Learn more about MERV ratings and how they can help improve indoor air quality.

What MERV Rating Does Rheem Recommend?

Rheem Whole Home Exact Fit Media air purifiers provide the most advanced filtration solution for eliminating dust, pollen, pet dander, and other airborne particles. Each cabinet is equipped with a MERV 8 multimedia filter that can clean the air in your home for up to one year. When it comes to residential ovens, filters range from 4 to 12 on the MERV scale. A basic MERV 4 filter is likely the most affordable option, but it won't be able to capture certain small particles (such as dust mites and pet dander) that may be present in your home.

If you or someone in your family has health issues or allergies, you may want to consider a high-efficiency filter with a MERV 11 rating or higher. However, for most households, a MERV 7 or 8 filter is the ideal balance between performance and cost. So what MERV rating does Rheem recommend? Rheem suggests using filters with a rating of 8 or higher. This level of MERV is strong enough to remove substances such as pollen, dust mites, dust, and pet dander from the air.

The Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen filter has a MERV 13 rating, which places it in a class of filters designed to capture particles between 0.30 and 1 micron in size. It has a MERV 8 rating and is capable of capturing contaminants such as dust mites, pet dander, dust, and air pollen. The boiler owner's manual should specify the best MERV rating for your furnace and, in general, filters with a MERV 6 to 9 rating should be changed every 90 days, while those with a MERV 10 to 12 rating should be changed every 60 days. When buying oven air filters, don't confuse the MERV with other sorting systems that may appear on packaging (especially in large home improvement stores).

This Honeywell Home Elite pleated allergen air filter is rated FPR 10 and MERV 13, indicating that it is useful for filtering large and small particles. Flanders manufactures these filters for Rheem and is the leader in air filtration, offering products for the pharmaceutical, aerospace, nuclear containment, and commercial industries. A MERV 11 oven filter can effectively trap pollen, dust, lint, dust mites, mold, smoke, pet dander, smog, automotive emissions, bacteria, and other similar fine particles.


, which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, is a classification system developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Since higher velocity filters allow less air to flow through the oven, it's important to check if your system has a maximum MERV rating. The oven filter with improved allergen and odor control has a MERV 8 rating and an FPR rating of 6; this means it can filter out contaminants such as dust, pollen, mold spores, and dander. Rheem air filters for your home or business's HVAC system can help reduce these irritants so that you and your family (or your employees and customers) can breathe cleaner air. The MERV 5 classification qualifies this filter as an upgrade from the most basic oven filters available.