New Classification System for Air Filters Homes in on Efficiency, Savings
01/31/2012 // Riverdale, NJ, USA // Green Air Filters // Lynne Laake
(Air Filters News) - All commercial properties — from offices and factories to health care facilities and schools — have good reasons to boost their energy efficiency. Doing so, after all, isn’t just good for the planet, lowering carbon emissions and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. It’s also good for the pocketbook. Indeed, studies have found that 10 to 20 percent of all electrical power in buildings is consumed by heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and the use of more efficient systems can keep energy use, and costs, down.
In the case of commercial air filters, there’s another key benefit of sustainable designs: The more efficient the filter, the better its performance over its service life, reducing the risk of dangerous particles entering the indoor air, and boosting air quality, comfort, and health.
But reaping the environmental, economic, and health benefits of energy efficient air filters is not always straightforward. Not all commercial air filters are alike, and too often, commercial customers have difficulty honing in on the most sustainable models. While leading air filtration companies like Camfil Farr have made important strides in developing next-generation clean air solutions, users are often wooed by less expensive designs that fall short — and require significant energy and replacement costs — in the long term.
Fortunately, that’s changing, thanks to a new energy efficiency classification system introduced in the European market by Eurovent Certification. The idea is simple: to grade air filters according to their energy consumption over their service life, with filters that have the lowest energy consumption receiving an “A” and filters with the highest — and least ideal — energy consumption receiving a “G.” At a glance, commercial customers that have much at stake on their filter purchases — indoor air quality, energy costs, and health of employees — can identify the models that will serve them best.
The new classification recognizes that air filters don’t always stand the test of time. Traditionally designed filters, for example, tend to see a dramatic performance decrease as they are loaded with more and more dust (in technical terms, their pressure drop will constantly increase). This means more and more energy is required to drive air through the filter. The result: increased energy use, and costs, even as performance degrades.
Newer designs, like those developed by Camfil Farr, are designed to maintain peak efficiency throughout the air filter’s service life. So performance is maintained — keeping the air healthful — while energy use is kept to a minimum. In fact, commercial customers that have switched to Camfil Farr clean air solutions been able to reduce their HVAC energy costs by up to 40 percent a year. Premium air doesn’t have to come at a premium cost.
The new classification system, which is being embraced by Camfil Farr in Europe, makes it easy for customers to select truly sustainable air filters — and get the efficiency, and the performance, they need.
The world leader in air filtration systems, Camfil Farr provides clean air solutions for hospitals, hotels, office buildings, educational institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. We provide the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality, and reduce airborne infections — all while lowering total cost of ownership. Camfil Farr customers go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information about our energy efficient air filters, visit us online at www.green-air-filters.com, or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.
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