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How to Protect Your Home from Viruses with Aprilaire MERV 16 Filters

By August 30, 2021No Comments

Indoor air quality can be up to 5x more polluted than outdoor air. Poor indoor air quality can have an impact on our physical and even mental health. That’s why it is so important for us to prioritize keeping the air in your home clean.

Are you worried about what’s floating around in your home’s air?

Aprilaire, the leader in home air filtration, has worked hard to design products that are not only easy to use and install but are guaranteed to keep your home’s air clean, and your family happy and healthy. If you’re ready to upgrade your current central air system or want to ensure you have clean, healthy air in your new home, Aprilaire is the perfect place to start.

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How do furnace filters work?

Most homes will have an air intake in their home, which pulls the air from inside the home, which flows through the furnace filter, through the furnace, and pushes the air through registers in different areas of the home.

Here’s a great illustration from Galmiche & Sons Heating & Cooling.

how furnace systems work

Your furnace filter is your home’s first line of defense when it comes to cleaning your home’s indoor air. That’s why it’s so important to have a high-quality filter to capture airborne particles including dust, pollen, and mold.
How to figure out which filter is right for you

When deciding which filter is right for your home, there are a few things to consider:

  1. How old is your home?
  2. Do you have pets?
  3. Do you or anyone in your house that has allergies or respiratory issues?
  4. Do you want protection from mold spores, bacteria, and viruses?
  5. Do you need a filter that will capture particulates associated with tobacco?

Depending on your air filtration priorities, a MERV 8, MERV 11, or MERV 13 filter might be exactly what you need.
In order to use Aprilaire air filters in your home, you must have an Aprilaire Air Cleaner installed in your home.

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Benefits of a MERV 16 Air Filter

In most cases, MERV 16 and higher filters are only rated to be used in hospitals and medical labs. However, because of the vast research and innovation from Aprilaire, you can now have medical-grade filtration in your home.

If you’re looking for the most effective way to purify your air, MERV 16 will capture both virus-sized particles and airborne and asthma triggers. Making sure your home is equipped with a high-quality filtration system and filters is also another way you can protect yourself and your family from virus-carrying particles like COVID-19.

MERV 16 filters will also capture spores, bacteria, pet dander, and other airborne particulates in your home’s air.

Aprilaire Allergy and Asthma Filter MERV 16

  • Traps up to 99% of airborne allergy and asthma triggers
  • Prevents allergy and asthma triggers from circulating through the air by trapping them in the filter
  • Ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers

Do air filters kill COVID-19?

The size of airborne contaminants and particles are referred to in microns which is a metric unit of measure where one micron is one-millionth of a meter:

1 micron = 10-6 m = 1 μm

What we do know is that the strain of coronavirus that’s causing COVID-19 (known as SARS-CoV-2) measures between .05 and .2 μm in diameter. This study found it to be between .07 and .09 μm.

chart showing particle efficiency of merv ratings

MERV 16 filters trap up to 96% of virus-sized particles*

In order to use Aprilaire air filters in your home, an Aprilaire Air Cleaner or Aprilaire Whole-Home Air Purifier is required.

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Aprilaire 216 Virus Filter for Aprilaire 2210, 2200, & 4200


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Aprilaire 416 Vrius Filter for Aprilaire 2410, 4400


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How to upgrade your current system

If you are interested in upgrading your current central air heating and cooling system with Aprilaire Air Cleaner Cabinet, we recommend finding an Aprilaire Healthy Air Pro in your area.

Why? Two reasons:

  1. To make sure you are selecting the right system for your space and furnace model
  2. To make sure the installation of the upgrade system is done to code

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Which Aprilaire Air Cleaner Model do I need?

If you are interested in using Aprilaire MERV 16 furnace filters in your home, let your Aprilaire Healthy Air Pro know so that they can find the Aprilaire System that fits your space and HVAC system and that it will also accommodate the MERV 16 filter.

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Do you need to upgrade your furnace system?

Please consult a professional’s opinion on whether you will need to upgrade your furnace to accommodate an Aprilaire System and filter.

How to install an Aprilaire Clean Air System in a new home

If you are building or renovating a home, speak with your Heating and Air Contractor and have them install an Aprilaire Whole-Home Air Purifier when they are installing your new central air system.

How to upgrade your Aprilaire System to a MERV 16 filter

Before purchasing an Official Aprilaire 216 or Official Aprilaire 416 for your existing Aprilaire System, first, confirm that your system is compatible. If you don’t see your Aprilaire model listed, don’t sweat! A Space Guard or upgrade kit could just do the trick! is proud to carry a variety of genuine Aprilaire filters and replacement parts for your convenience. is a replacement water and air filter company located in the United States. The views and opinions contained herein are solely those of the original author and do not represent Eco Blue Life or its affiliates. This article was originally published on  
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