09/13/2010 // Riverdale, NJ, USA // Camfil Farr // Lynne Laake
It would seem a no-brainer: In economic tough times, a healthcare facilities looking for savings in hospital HVAC costs should look to replace parts less often. Less procurement costs, bigger savings — as simple as that. Except, in the case of a healthcare facility’s air filtration system, that’s not necessarily the case. Indeed, when less efficient air filters are left in place too long, potential savings turn into all-too-real costs.
HVAC maintenance costs can be substantial for a major healthcare facility, but it’s essential to take a long-term view, and determine the impact — and ultimate consequences — of any cost-saving move. A hospital’s air filtration system is an essential component of its infrastructure. It keeps indoor air clean, and free of dangerous particles that can spread airborne infections — no small worry in a healthcare setting. Studies have shown, too, that optimal indoor air quality (IAQ) reduces sick days taken by staff, increases productivity, and even boosts morale. Simply put, people stay healthier, work better, and are happier when the level of IAQ is high. Conversely, when the IAQ level is low, the consequences are sobering. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), poor IAQ costs U.S. employers $15 billion in worker inefficiency and sick leave each year.
It’s understandable why healthcare facilities might want to delay air filter change outs, and reap some immediate savings. But with many filters, that delay can ultimately be far costlier than a new filter. Consider that traditional air filters typically degrade over time. The more particles they remove from the air, the more energy the filters require to keep the air flowing. So while the hospital saves the replacement cost of the filter, it pays more for increased energy use. That’s not a winning — or these days, sustainable — scenario.
But with the right air filter, healthcare facilities can have it both ways: lower replacement cost and lower energy use. That doesn’t just benefit the budget, either. The environment comes out ahead because reduced energy use means reduced carbon emissions — and that helps tackle global warming. Fewer discarded filters means less waste going to landfills, too.
So the real no-brainer is this: Make sure the air filters you use are up to the task. Camfil Farr air filters, for example, incorporate an innovative design — using fine fiber media — to provide optimal efficiency — and high air quality — throughout their service life. That means that, unlike the competition, they don’t degrade over time. The consequences are easy on the eyes — and the budget. While Camfil Farr air filters can be changed out less often — saving replacement costs — they don’t require additional energy as they age. In fact, hospitals using Camfil Farr clean air solutions have seen their HVAC energy costs reduced by 25 to 50 percent. At the same time, optimal efficiency means optimal protection against dangerous particles and airborne infection. So the win for the pocketbook and the environment is a win for staff and patients, too.
The world leader in air filtration systems and clean air solutions — for health care and other industries — Camfil Farr provides the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality, and reduce airborne infections; all while lowering total cost of ownership. We’ve helped hospitals, office buildings, hotels, and other facilities go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information about reducing hospital HVAC costs or how we can help improve indoor air quality for your facilities, visit our newsroom at http://breakingnews.green-air-filters.com, read about the Clean Air Solutions Company at http://green-air-filters.com, or call us at (toll free) 888.599.6620.
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