03/12/2012 // Riverdale, NJ, USA // Green Air Filters // Lynne Laake
For a major school district outside Houston — the fastest growing district in the nation — a dilemma became an opportunity, thanks to a careful analysis of competing commercial air filters and a better understanding of the long-term benefits — and savings — today’s advanced, and sustainable, designs can bring.
The school district had long had a hunch that its air filtration system was costlier than necessary. Filters regularly had to be replaced, meaning not only expenses for the new filters but for installing them and disposing of the old ones. As the district grew, these expenses became greater — and more worrisome. But the district also worried that a less costly solution would result in degraded air quality — an untenable consequence given that the health of its 92,000 students and 11,000-plus employees was its top priority. It wanted to see savings — but not at the cost of safety and comfort.
So the district worked with Camfil Farr — the world’s leading provider of clean air solutions — to analyze the savings, and impact, of various commercial air filters. Camfil Farr, whose corporate mandate is to improve the energy efficiency of filters without compromising performance, offered a performance guarantee program for its “30/30” line of air filters; it promised that savings could be achieved at virtually zero risk. The school district asked Camfil Farr to put its claim to the test.
Over a period of eight months, Camfil Farr conducted a side-by-side comparison using a test bank consisting of its 30/30 air filter as well as several competing filters. While the Camfil Farr filter had been designed for sustainability, requiring less energy to move air through the filter, the other filters were more traditional designs. These older designs made possible relatively low-cost filters, but generally meant quick degradation, so within a short period of time, more and more energy was required, with, ironically, less satisfactory results (leading to the frequent change-outs).
The test bore out Camfil Farr’s claims: its 30/30 filter required less energy while holding a lower pressure drop (and thus operating more effectively) than the competing air filters. The Camfil Farr filter also lasted far longer. In the end, the analysis exposed the all-too-common deficiency of traditionally designed, charged pleated air filters: Their efficiency and performance drop markedly shortly after installation and start up.
Not surprisingly, the district opted for a new air filter: The Camfil Farr 30/30. That kept filter usage and expense to a minimum — while delivering the best possible air quality.
Nor is the school district the only large-scale air filter user to make the switch. Property owners, hospitals, manufacturers, educational institutions, hotels, and companies around the world have discovered the benefits of advanced air filters designed for efficiency — and sustainability. Indeed, customers that have switched to Camfil Farr air filters have been able to reduce their HVAC energy costs by up to 40 percent, and dramatically lower the amount of waste they send to landfills. That’s a payoff that goes far beyond the balance sheet.
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 air filters or other clean air solutions, visit us online at www.green-air-filters.com, or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.
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