When it comes to choosing the best furnace filter for cigarette smoke, the Filtrete oven filter is a great option. With its disposable electrostatic design, multiple size options, MERV rating of 12, and 3-in-1 technology to trap lint, dust, pet dander, soot, pollen and mold, this filter is a top choice. To eliminate tobacco odors, gas-phase filters are a better option than standard fibrous filters. Gas phase filters work by adsorption or chemisorption.
Adsorption filters contain a layer of activated carbon or other sorbent to capture gaseous contaminants. Chemisorption filters contain a sorbent that undergoes a chemical reaction with tobacco smoke, transforming smoke pollutants into harmless materials such as carbon dioxide or water vapor. Unfortunately, gas phase filters are not as common as fibrous filters for residential oven systems and not all of them are designed to eliminate tobacco odors. These filters also have a relatively short lifespan and need to be replaced frequently to prevent them from releasing odors back into the air.
To ensure you choose the right filter for your home, consult an HVAC professional. In addition to eliminating odors from cigarette smoke, an air filter can also help protect your home from harmful smoke residues and other people's smoke. Traditional oven filters have a MERV value between 1 and 4 and capture only the largest particles of dust and dander in the air. Pleated oven filters provide more surface area to filter contaminants and are a popular alternative to conventional fiberglass oven filters.
Regularly changing the filter oven is important to maintaining the air quality in your home and the efficient operation of your HVAC system. If you live in an area with wildfire smoke, an activated carbon air conditioner HVAC furnace air filter is the best way to protect your home. This filter is not the best choice for people with allergies or if you are looking for ultra-fine filtration, as it is only equipped to capture larger particles. A high-quality oven filter designed to filter small particles can remove many allergens from the air and provide a measure of relief for allergy sufferers.
One way to clean the air is to run the fan in your central heating or cooling system to circulate air through the filter. MERV 1 is the most basic filter that only filters particles larger than 10 microns in size, while MERV 16 filters capture particles as small as 0.30 to 1 micron in size. The Honeywell Allergen Elite pleated air filter has an FPR 10 and MERV 13 rating, indicating that it is useful for filtering large and small particles. Whether or not a coarser oven filter will fit in your system depends on how the cabinet is configured.