DIY Filtration System for Home and Business Owners

If there is one thing we know, it’s that quality filtration systems are not cheap. This DIY life hack will not only save you upward of thousands of dollars but help everyone in your home or business breathe in quality and clean air. This is especially useful for those who may suffer from allergies or asthma, while not breaking the bank.

What filtration system do I already have?

Let’s get the basics out of the way. You may already have a filtration system, is that not good enough? According to the chart, most basic filtration systems provide a MERV Rating of 8. MERV refers to the “Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value” and it can go all the way up to 16. A MERV-8 Filtration system will protect you from dust, lint, mold, dust mites, and pollen. This filter is most likely what is currently in your home or business. The next level will be your MERV-11 Filter, it will protect you from everything that an 8 does plus pet dander, smoke, smog, and even particles from coughing or sneezing. The top tier level of filter ranges from MERV-13 to 16. These filters will protect you from everything a MERV-11 does, plus viruses and bacteria. This is why a lot of hospitals function with a MERV-13 or higher filtration system.

Filter chart

Can I put a more advanced filter in the system I already have?

Why most homes and businesses function with a MERV-8 has a lot to do with the size of the fans and ducts. They are not capable of having such a dense filter. To purchase a standing filter system that has MERV-11 or 13 capabilities, you’re looking at spending up to $1,600 PER room.


Watch below to learn how you can make your own DIY Comparetto filtration system for a MAX of $90 (this varies on the filters you choose to buy). You will need two box fans and four filters to create this. Feel free to make as many as you’d like and place them EVERYWHERE. It will be incredibly useful in areas that are currently suffering from wildfire smoke, in a home that is doing construction, or in an attic to protect you from fiberglass particles.

Lastly, it is important to remember that if you are past the phase of an at-home filtration system solving your air quality issues, (i.e. mold or wildfire smoke damage) the more proactive you are about calling a professional, the better results you will receive. Restoration Companies like Restoration Management Company are around to solve these problematic circumstances for business owners and homeowners 24/7.

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