06/04/2013 // Camfil Farr USA // Camfil // (press release)
Cure for a Crisis: Sustainable Air Filters Help Hospitals Lower Costs, Boost IAQ
(HVAC air filters in the news) — It’s no secret that today’s hospitals are under increasing pressure to reduce costs. But what may come as a surprise is that their own purchasing habits are actually making the situation worse. By focusing on upfront costs instead of overall lifetime costs, many hospitals are spending far more money than they need to, putting their own financial well being in jeopardy. Case in point: how hospitals buy air filters.
Hospital air filters are an essential behind-the-scenes component of medical facilities and other health care facilities. By keeping harmful particles out of the air, they not only create a comfortable environment for patients, staff, and visitors, but also reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infection. However, the traditional approach to purchasing commercial air filters actually works against these goals.
Most hospitals make their purchasing decisions based on the upfront, or ‘first,’ cost of the air filter. Typically, that means buying low-cost filters. The problem is that traditional low-cost air filters use coarse fibers, which means they degrade quickly and, as time goes on, require more and more energy to maintain the flow of air. For hospitals, this means higher energy costs. And because the degraded filters do an increasingly poor job of blocking harmful particles, the risk of infection rises.
The solution is to look beyond upfront costs. By considering more innovative although initially more expensive air filters, hospitals can achieve significant savings over the long run while reducing infection and maintaining compliance with air quality standards.
Air filters from Camfil — the world’s leading provider of clean air solutions — use fine fiber media, which enables them to maintain their peak efficiency. That means they not only do a better job removing harmful particles from the indoor environment, but last longer. For hospitals, the benefits are compelling:
o Energy costs are reduced by at least 20 percent.
o Installation labor costs are reduced by 50 percent.
o Waste disposal costs are reduced by 70 percent.
Overall savings can be dramatic. Indeed, for hospitals, every $1 saved in energy costs has the equivalent impact on operating margin as a $20 increase in revenue. Most health care facilities can easily save tens of thousands of dollars a year just by re-thinking how they purchase air filters — and larger hospitals can achieve six-figure savings. Clearly, modern, energy-efficient air filters are the prescription for better financial — and patient — health.
The world leader in air filtration systems, Camfil 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 customers go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information, visit us online, bookmark our blog at http://airfilters.camfilfarr.us, or check us online at www.camfil.us.
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