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3M Filtrete Ultra Healthy Living Furnace Filter 16x25x1 Pack of 3 - $33.99 (Brampton, YMMV)

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[Costco] 3M Filtrete Ultra Healthy Living Furnace Filter 16x25x1 Pack of 3 - $33.99 (Brampton, YMMV)

Was at Costco Sept 12 2021 and saw the 2 pack 3M Filtrete Ultra Healthy Living Furnace Filter for $41.99. Returned today at the Brampton Costco Biscayne location and saw the exact same filter but in a 3 pack for $33.99. This is cheaper than at furnacefilters.ca.
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How often do you change your filters? I read every 2 months...my in law says he changes every year...
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Mystix wrote: How often do you change your filters? I read every 2 months...my in law says he changes every year...
Once a year is not often enough. I believe i get notified by thermostat to change every 2-3 months.
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Mystix wrote: How often do you change your filters? I read every 2 months...my in law says he changes every year...
Varies on the size of filter. My understanding is that 1" is every 1-3 months. Depends on the size of home, pets, and how much is collected from the returns. 4" is every 3 to 6 months.

I have 1 inch filters, and change them monthly, but don't waste my money on expensive 3M filters that either don't offer additional benefit or cause my furnace to work harder. Purchase good quality Merv 6 or Merv 8 filters for a fraction of the cost, and change frequently. Better end result and still lower overall cost. My statement doesn't factor in any health conditions which may have special needs. My dad has 4" filters, and he changes them every 6 months which works perfect for his home.

Once a year I have never heard of.
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I change filters every 3-4 months.

The furnaces at my properties require 4-5’ filters which cost way more than 1’ ones so I just buy them from furnacefilters.
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Sounds like my dad Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes

I change my 16x25x1" every 2-3 months
Mystix wrote: How often do you change your filters? I read every 2 months...my in law says he changes every year...
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Jun 1, 2008
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I use these and they make a huge difference in our house. I have a mild dust sensitivity/allergy and I notice more sneezing when the furnace comes on if I haven't changed the filter in 2 or 3 months.
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Anybody know where to buy the furnace filter holders? Need to change from a 3/4 inch to 1 inch
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How is this downvoted? this is like all time low pricing haha
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pongster wrote: How is this downvoted? this is like all time low pricing haha
Lots of hate for 3M filters here for using MPR instead of MERV.
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Bidjaan wrote: Varies on the size of filter. My understanding is that 1" is every 1-3 months. Depends on the size of home, pets, and how much is collected from the returns. 4" is every 3 to 6 months.

I have 1 inch filters, and change them monthly, but don't waste my money on expensive 3M filters that either don't offer additional benefit or cause my furnace to work harder. Purchase good quality Merv 6 or Merv 8 filters for a fraction of the cost, and change frequently. Better end result and still lower overall cost. My statement doesn't factor in any health conditions which may have special needs. My dad has 4" filters, and he changes them every 6 months which works perfect for his home.

Once a year I have never heard of.
Can you link out to those cheap filters?
I have the ones in the OP and they keep freezing my AC coils
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Bidjaan wrote: Varies on the size of filter. My understanding is that 1" is every 1-3 months. Depends on the size of home, pets, and how much is collected from the returns. 4" is every 3 to 6 months.

I have 1 inch filters, and change them monthly, but don't waste my money on expensive 3M filters that either don't offer additional benefit or cause my furnace to work harder. Purchase good quality Merv 6 or Merv 8 filters for a fraction of the cost, and change frequently. Better end result and still lower overall cost. My statement doesn't factor in any health conditions which may have special needs. My dad has 4" filters, and he changes them every 6 months which works perfect for his home.

Once a year I have never heard of.
I use the 1” and I get a box of 12-generic MERV 10 once a year and change the filter once per month. We have pets, enjoy the windows open, and keep our furnace fan running consistently to move the air around. We like the air quality this provides.

The 3M listed by OP are MERV 11 and generic MERV 11 are $79-shipped or $65-picked up at FurnaceFilters.ca.
$79/12 = $6.58-each
$65/12 = $5.42-each
$34/3 = $11.33-each

Not sure what secret sauce 3M adds that doubles the price.
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we use 1 inch filter for our furnace and just change them every 2-3 months.Probably should do sooner then this but we usually change it before the furnace tells us too.
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shopper-X wrote: I use the 1” and I get a box of 12-generic MERV 10 once a year and change the filter once per month. We have pets, enjoy the windows open, and keep our furnace fan running consistently to move the air around. We like the air quality this provides.

The 3M listed by OP are MERV 11 and generic MERV 11 are $79-shipped or $65-picked up at FurnaceFilters.ca.
$79/12 = $6.58-each
$65/12 = $5.42-each
$34/3 = $11.33-each

Not sure what secret sauce 3M adds that doubles the price.
Looks like they ship to Alberta. Sick of paying so much for 3M and not happy with the cheapo generic from Home Depot.
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Question for all, the higher the MERV the faster it will clog up which means changing more often? Also higher the MERV the more the resistance.
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RyanfromYEG wrote: Question for all, the higher the MERV the faster it will clog up which means changing more often? Also higher the MERV the more the resistance.
Yes and yes.
You’ll have to find the right balance between MERV value and furnace workload that works for you. I’m in SK and either buy from FurnaceFilters.ca direct or from their Amazon.ca store depending how the wind blows.
Judge the MERV value on what particles you’re trying to trap in your home. Smoke, pet hair, pollen, etc.
Google MERV chart.

A friend that use to work in HVAC said, the filter brand doesn’t matter as long as it’s a pleated filter. Don’t buy the non-pleated ones because they trap nothing.
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Mystix wrote: How often do you change your filters? I read every 2 months...my in law says he changes every year...
3-6 months if using the 1" depending how dusty it gets

12 months if using 4"

I have a 4" one and I change it once per year, also picked up a 5 pack of the honeywell MERV 11 from furnace filters.ca in brampton.....those guys are cheaper if you buy from them locally rather thang going through Amazon, given you use furnace filters yearly / quarterly, it makes sense to buy in bulk from them.

I paid $125+tax for a 5 pack of 4" filters.

I change it every fall, since heat runs more in the winter vs AC in summer, its the best time for me to change it.

Going from a 1" to 4", huge difference, my 4" was not as bad as my 1" used to get every 3-6 months. Yes, price difference is there but for us its been worth it.
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Abhish3k wrote: Can you link out to those cheap filters?
I have the ones in the OP and they keep freezing my AC coils

I got the Duststop brand from Home Depot when on sale/special buy. Best deal I got was from Canadian Tire for Garrison brand. They were on a special buy, then had in store points offer, plus I had a $20 off when you spend $80 offer plus a 25x triangle offer. It all stacked making them dirt cheap. Bought a 3 year supply using mine and my dads triangle account. My preference is Merv 8 and my HVAC company recommends (Merv 6 or 8). I have no pets and 3 people in the house.
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shopper-X wrote: I use the 1” and I get a box of 12-generic MERV 10 once a year and change the filter once per month. We have pets, enjoy the windows open, and keep our furnace fan running consistently to move the air around. We like the air quality this provides.

The 3M listed by OP are MERV 11 and generic MERV 11 are $79-shipped or $65-picked up at FurnaceFilters.ca.
$79/12 = $6.58-each
$65/12 = $5.42-each
$34/3 = $11.33-each

Not sure what secret sauce 3M adds that doubles the price.
As a person who once purchased a lot of 3M products for a client: Why does 3M charge so much? Because the name means consistent repeatable quality. It doesn't mean the best necessarily, it just means you get the same thing every time you buy. As @Abhish3k mentioned, the OP filters always freeze his coils. Every time. There's value in that repeatability, assuming it's the product you want.

Now, double the price? Given their volumes, their pricing is definitely gouging, but I see them in stock everywhere, meaning they sell. The name has a lot of value generally speaking.
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