Filtrete Healthy Living 1550 Air Filter Review

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Filtrete Healthy Living 1550 Review
Bottom Line

Slipping a filter into your home's forced-air heating/cooling system is one of the most effective and least expensive ways to clean the air, experts say -- sometimes eliminating the need for a stand-alone air purifier. The Filtrete Healthy Living 1550 gets excellent reviews from both professional review sources and users, with many noting a significant reduction in allergy symptoms.

ProsTreats whole house, Very good overall performance, Maintains good airflow, Great valueConsSome fit issues with the 4-inch filters

Breaking it down

Performance

Excellent at removing allergens and smoke. Filtrete filters, including the Filtrete Healthy Living 1550, do a very good job of trapping dust and pollen and removing cigarette smoke. The 1550 in the model number is its microparticle rating, with higher numbers indicating a finer microparticle removal capability. Filtrete filters are available with ratings as low as 600 MPR all the way to 2,400 MPR. All rate well in user reviews, and several, including the Filtrete Healthy Living 1550, score well with the pros as well. Anecdotally, users report that they dust less, sneeze less and need less allergy medicine after they installed a Filtrete filter in their home heating/cooling systems.

Ease of use

No stand-alone air purifier unit required. Filtrete filters (made of pleated electrostatically charged fiber) are inexpensive, disposable and easy to find at discount and home improvement stores. They work in an existing furnace to replace standard furnace filters for a higher level of filtration. All of the Filtrete filters allow very good airflow to the furnace, according to one expert test, but you should change the filter every three months to keep it from clogging up. The most common issue cited by owners posting feedback to Amazon.com, however, is that these filters may cause some furnaces to overheat. One issue prospective buyers may need to be aware of: the 16 by 25 by 4-inch filter actually measures 15 3/4 by 24 7/16 by 4 3/16 and will not fit a true 4-inch depth opening. The manufacturer says this filter is designed to fit housing units accommodating 16 x 25 x 4 nominal size filters, and can be used in housings that accommodate 5-inch or thicker filters.

Noise

Zero additions to home noise levels. One major benefit of Filtrete filters, which work with an existing furnace, is that they don't add any additional noise to the home. This is true of all furnace filters. In fact, one professional testing organization doesn't even offer ratings for noise levels on do-it-yourself furnace filters, whereas room air purifiers are rated for noise levels at both low and high settings in the same review.

Cost of ownership

Costly among furnace filters, but worth it. Filtrete filters vary in cost depending on their size and MPR rating, but, in one professional test, the Filtrete Healthy Living 1550 performs equally as well as a competitor's filter that cost three times as much. The manufacturer rates the filters as having a three-month life span. Compared to a stand-alone air purifier, which can cost several hundred dollars and still require periodic filter replacements, Filtrete filters seem reasonably priced, many say.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Filtrete Healthy Living Ultra Allergen 4 MPR1550 air purifier, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Filtrete Healthy Living MPR1550 is tested alongside 11 other whole house air filters in this professional review at ConsumerReports.org. Each is rated for dust and pollen removal, smoke removal and airflow resistance. Annual costs are also noted.

2. Amazon.com

Filtrete Healthy Living Ultra Allergen Filter, MPR 1550, 20-Inch x 20-Inch x 4-Inch (4-3/8-Inch Depth), 4-Pack, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2016

This furnace filter gets positive reviews from around 290 customers here, earning an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Pet owners say they're amazed at how much pet hair the Filtrete MPR 1550 sucks up, and allergy sufferers note a reduction in their symptoms. Most of the low ratings we saw had to do with shipping or sizing. Issues.

3. Filtrete.com

Filtrete Healthy Living Air Filter, Contributors to Filtrete.com, As of June 2016

We found the largest collection of reviews for the Filtrete Healthy Living MPR1550 filter at Filtrete's site. More than 90 users leave feedback and the vast majority rate it highly. It earns an overall score of 4.9 stars, though performance is liked slightly more than value.