The 3M Filtrete™ 1200 Odor Reduction Filter includes activated carbon to remove household odors, such as pet odors, cooking odors, musty mildew smells, vapors from cleaning products, and tobacco smoke. Activated carbon works in conjunction with 3M's electrostatically charged filter media, which attracts and traps dust, dander, pollen, mold spores and other airborne allergens and particles that pass through the filter. The Odor Reduction filter carries a 3M Microparticulate Performance Rating of 1200 MPR (roughly equivalent to MERV 11). 1" thick filter is available in 4 standard sizes, and lasts for 3 months, with normal use. Box contains one (1) 3M Filtrete™ 1200 Odor Reduction Filter (gray package).
|Note:||3M recently discontinued its Filtrete™ Pet Odor Reduction Filter, which is now known as the 3M Filtrete™ Odor Reduction Filter, described above. This filter was previously called the Filtrete™ Home Odor Reduction Filter, but 3M recently changed its name and packaging. We apologize for any confusion.|
American Lung Association Health House® Program
Indoor air quality has become a major health concern because so much time is spent indoors both at home and at work. The American Lung Association Health House® Program was formed with the mission of “Providing a foundation for Healthier Indoor Environments.”
What is MPR?
MPR (Microparticulate Performance Rating) is a system developed by 3M to rate the ability of its residential-use 3M Filtrete™ filters to capture tiny airborne particles (between 0.3 and 1 micron in size) from the air that passes through these filters. According to 3M, particles can include fine dust, smoke, smog, bacteria, pet dander, pollen, dust mite debris, mold spores, and other particulates. 3M developed the system to help consumers compare different Filtrete filters based on the filtration level needed. The higher the MPR number, the better the 3M Filtrete filter is at capturing very small particles. So, for example, a Filtrete filter with an MPR of 1500 is better at capturing small particles than one with an MPR of 1000.
What is MERV?
MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) is also a rating system, initially developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (known as ASHRAE) to measure the filtration performance of whole-house or building air purification systems. It, too, measures the ability of a filter to capture particles, but typically these are particles of a larger size (in the range of 0.3 to 10 microns). MERV ratings are on a scale of 1 to 16 (sometimes extended to 20), and are reputed to represent the worst case performance of a given filter, under test conditions. Like MPR, the higher the MERV rating, the better the filter is at capturing smaller particles that pass through it.
How does 3M's MPR rating compare to MERV?
As described above, MPR differs from MERV. The MERV system measures a filter’s ability to capture large particles. The MPR system only takes into account microscopic particles between 0.3 and 1 micron because these are the particle sizes that most affect allergy sufferers and those with sensitivities. While there is no official comparison of ratings available between the two systems, unofficially, the industry reports:
|3M Filtrete 1" Air Filter||MPR Rating||MERV Rating|
|• Odor Reduction (gray package)||1200||11|
|• Ultra Allergen (purple package)||1500||11|
|• Ultimate Allergen (deep blue package)||1900||12|
|• Elite Allergen (black package)||2200||12|
To Install the 3M Filtrete™ Odor Reduction Filter in your HVAC system:
Be sure to read and follow all the instructions provided on the filter's packaging.
I moved into a new apartment and every time enter, I felt the smell from the Kitchen cabinets (Indian, Spicy kind) and Carpet cleaning products. Though the product said Pet Odor Control and I don't have pets, I went ahead and ordered this product. When I received, the packaging didn't have the word 'Pet' it it and it was just Odor control. The other concern was the amount of carbon on the one side - it was very less - like sprinkled particles.. So, I saved the package - in case if I had to return it. I ran the AC/Fan for half day and the results were Amazing!!! All the smell is completely gone and no trace of it. I will happily re-order it.
The packaging said the effectiveness goes down fast if you use Candles, sprays etc - I don't use them anyways. I think the quality of the Carbon is better - The package says the absorption rate is higher than competitive products - I have used a few others and I believe so. It is worth it. (Posted on 10/28/12)