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31Oct 2017

 

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Schools need an efficient way to disinfect surfaces to reduce the spread of germs. There are a few big challenges: the size of schools themselves, the number of different shared surfaces and areas, and the daily flood of germs that kids spread through coughing, sneezing, and touching.

Cleaning every desk, table and countertop in the building with a spray bottle or sponge is impractical. It takes too much time and distributes cleaning supplies inefficiently. More importantly, wiping surfaces can actually spread germs instead of killing them.

Today, school districts are finding a better solution for disinfecting their facilities.

Electrostatic Misting Is Efficient

The E-Mist Infection Control System uses electrostatic application to improve the consistency and efficiency of chemical surface disinfection. Electrostatic application may sound complicated, but the way E-Mist works is actually very simple. Chemical droplets become positively charged as they are sprayed into the air. The like-charged particles repel each other and are attracted to the neutral or negatively charged surfaces in the school. This causes the droplets to spread out evenly across an entire room—and everything in it. As a result, you get perfect coverage every time while using the minimal amount of chemical.

Any water-soluble cleaning chemical will work in the E-Mist system—you’re not boxed in to paying a premium for one specific brand-name product. That means you choose the most cost-effective option for your school—and save even more because the efficiency of E-Mist achieves optimal results with a lower volume of cleaning product compared to traditional spraying.

E-Mist Is Easy for Your Custodial Staff to Use

The E-Mist system is easy to implement and adopt, and your current staff can be fully trained in E-Mist in as little as 30 minutes. The system can be deployed as a lightweight backpack or on wheels. E-Mist also makes increases the daily efficiency of your custodial team. Electrostatic misting saves a huge amount of time compared to many traditional surface-cleaning practices, and it eliminates straining repetitious activities like squeezing spray bottles and wiping down surfaces.

Users of E-Mist systems work their way seamlessly between classrooms, hallways and other areas of the school, continuously spraying disinfectant from the lightweight, battery-powered dispenser. The charged droplets spread themselves evenly across surfaces, kill germs, and then evaporate. There’s no need to double back to rinse or wipe, which saves time and money, and helps ensure effective sanitization. The E-Mist system itself is also designed to be maintenance free—it just needs to be flushed out with water after each use, and it’s all set for next time.

E-Mist Is More Effective Than Traditional Spray and Wipe Sanitizing

Cleaning chemicals typically have a “contact time” that must to elapse before germs are reliably killed. When wiping is required, this requirement is often not carefully observed as workers are trying to quickly move on to the next classroom. Hasty spraying and wiping simply does not give chemicals the time needed to be effective, which means germs survive and are ultimately spread throughout the school. E-Mist eliminates this issue, because the charged droplets spread themselves evenly and evaporate with no additional human intervention. And because there is no wiping involved, there is no risk of moving contaminants from one surface to another.

Improved Sanitization Can Help Schools Save Money

In addition to saving on cleaning supplies by using less chemical disinfectant, schools districts that use the E-Mist system have the opportunity to boost attendance rates—and state funding. In Texas, student attendance has a large impact on school funding, so the potential benefits from more effective surface disinfection can be substantial.

Without consistent disinfection, germs can spread rapidly in a busy school environment. Each student absence has a cost—causing millions of dollars in lost funding annually for many large school districts in Texas. E-Mist helps reduce not only student absenteeism, but also sick days for teachers, lowering a districts substitute teacher costs. Most importantly, E-Mist reduces the risk and costs associated with emergency school closures during epidemic flus and other contagious outbreaks.

(Read more: How Illness and Absenteeism Cost Texas Schools Millions)

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Learn More About E-Mist Surface Disinfection

Electrostatic technology has been safely used in industry for decades. Now it’s possible for schools, hospitals, and other facilities to take advantage of this innovative technology. In fact, schools in Texas have already started enjoying the benefits of E-Mist. With this year’s flu season just getting started, it’s the perfect time to step up your infection prevention efforts.

Are you ready to learn more about how you can make surface disinfection more effective?

Read the E-Mist FAQ or contact Joe W. Fly Co. to learn how you can affordably deploy E-Mist in your school district.

 

13Sep 2017

 

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The Joe W. Fly Company was founded in 1967 when Joe Fly Sr. (pictured above) started cutting air filters by hand in his living room. Legend has it that one day, Joe cut right through the room’s oriental rug, and his wife, Margaret, told him it was time to get a warehouse. 50 years later, we’re glad he listened.

Today, Joe’s son Joe Fly Jr., grandson Trey Fly, and our entire staff are proud to continue the Joe W. Fly legacy by providing outstanding service to customers and commitment to improving life’s most basic need – clean air.

50 Years of Growth and Service Across Texas

From that first warehouse in Dallas, Joe W. Fly Co. has grown to eight facilities throughout Texas. Our additional branches in Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Waco, College Station, and Harlingen have become vital parts of our operation, helping Joe W. Fly become the largest commercial and industrial HVAC filter distributor in Texas.

Having facilities throughout the state hasn’t only helped grow our business—it’s improved our ability to provide reliable service all of our customers. When we had to build a brand new facility in Dallas after the original warehouse suffered a late-night electrical fire, our other branches stepped up so that we didn’t miss a day of work.

Although we’ve grown to more than 120 employees, we’re still a family company. These values have shaped our company’s work atmosphere and continue to guide our approach to every customer engagement. When you partner with us, we treat you like part of the Joe W. Fly family.

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Joe W. Fly Co’s Dallas Warehouse

Keeping Up With Changing Technology

The products, materials, and technology involved in air filtration and surface cleaning have come a long way since the ‘60s. As a company, we’ve not only adapted to grow in a changing industry, but also strived to bring useful new solutions to the marketplace for our customers. And we work with a wide range of manufacturers and suppliers to ensure that we can always recommend the best products for every customer.

Today we offer an increasingly wide range of cleaning, disinfection, and other environmental services. In addition to serving our core commercial and industrial customers, we’ve increasingly partnered with schools to support wellness in the learning environment, because air purification and surface disinfection are among the first lines of defense against the spread of illness.

That said, we’re still an air filter company at heart, and we keep working to make air filtration as effective as possible in the facilities we serve. Joe W. Fly was the first company to start providing synthetic air filters in Texas, and we started building custom metal filter frames about 30 years ago as a way to lower material costs for our customers. Over time, the ability to supply custom frames for every air handler in customers’ facilities became a major distinction for Joe W. Fly compared to other air filter suppliers.

In addition to saving on materials, our custom frame and media systems help customers eliminate air bypass, resulting in more effective filtration and more efficient energy use. This is an important area for finding savings because of the shift from constant volume drives to variable frequency drives in air handlers. The pressure drop caused by air filters in your HVAC system is a key factor in determining how much energy fans need to use to achieve the necessary air flow.

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Looking to the Future – Together

We’re proud of the work we’ve done helping organizations improve their indoor air quality over the last 50 years. And we’re excited for the innovations in air purification, surface disinfection, and environmental services that will happen in the next 50 years.

We hope you’ll contact us to learn more about how our industry knowledge, family values, and commitment to customer service can benefit you.

 

31Jul 2017

 

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The quality of indoor air and cleanliness of frequently touched surfaces are critical issues for all educational facilities, from the smallest K-12 schools to the largest universities. Unsanitary conditions can lead to the spread of germs and illness among students and teachers. This has multiple negative effects on a school and can even cause costly major outbreaks.

Schools have a difficult mission dedicating the necessary resources to maintenance and janitorial functions at a time when public budgets are tight and competition is increasing in the academic world. However, investing in cleaner facilities can create substantial value for schools—without requiring a large increase in operational costs.

How Illness and Absenteeism Cost Texas Schools Millions

Funding for all public schools is affected by student attendance, although several different methods are used to determine the impact. Texas and many other states use average daily attendance as a factor in determining funding for local school districts. Under this formula, each student absence results in the loss of a certain amount of state funding.

Although health is only one of many reasons that students miss school, illness is a major contributor to absenteeism. Germs can spread rapidly in schools when the proper cleaning and disinfection practices are not followed. The cost of lost funding can add up just as rapidly.

Schools in the Central Texas region lose almost $100 million annually due to student absenteeism, according to an analysis of local data by the E3 Alliance. The group examined 35 school districts and 15 charter schools in Central Texas and found that the region’s 307,000 students accrued 2.4 million absences during a single school year—causing more than $91 million in lost funding at an average cost of $38 per student absence.

The Austin Independent School District, which lost $45 for each absence in the E3 analysis, saved about $2 million by increasing student attendance less than 1%. If the district achieved perfect attendance, its annual funding would increase by at least $50 million.

In the event of a major school-based disease outbreak, schools can incur significant additional costs for clean-up. A recent outbreak of norovirus caused hundreds of student absences at a single Texas elementary school, and at least nine schools in the state were closed for cleaning due to influenza outbreaks earlier in the year.

Closing schools for disinfection after an outbreak is far more disruptive and expensive than taking preventive measures to reduce the risk. For example, a 2015 norovirus outbreak that affected nearly 2,000 students and staff at 19 schools in Washoe County, Nevada resulted in approximately $180,000 in excess cleaning costs.

Cleaner Facilities Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

“Cleaning” doesn’t necessarily always mean the same thing as “disinfecting” or “sanitizing”—and the difference is significant when you’re talking about a classroom or cafeteria that is used hundreds or thousands of students every day. What we all think of as conventional cleaning methods—mopping the floors, washing surfaces with soap and water—are important, but they’re also very labor intensive and can leave germs behind.

Schools can take additional steps to prevent illness, such as implementing a surface disinfection system, without significantly increasing their operating costs. Without the right technology, most districts simply don’t have sufficient janitorial resources to disinfect all of the surfaces in their schools on a regular basis.

There also other smart preventive measures administrators can use to reduce the cost of keeping facilities cleaner. For example, proper air filtration is essential to preventing contaminants from spreading in schools.

The ​EPA offers tips, resources, and other “Tools for Schools” to improve indoor air quality. The agency recommends using filters with a MERV rating in the 8-13 range. The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends MERV 9 or higher as part of its Building Operation and Maintenance Guidelines (§297.5. of the Voluntary Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for Government Buildings).

The National Air Filtration Association recommends that schools aim higher and use filters rated at least MERV 13—both to protect student health and to prevent costly HVAC maintenance issues. It’s also important to note that a filter’s MERV rating is only one factor that affects its efficiency. Filters are only fully effective when they are the right quantity and size, and when they are properly installed and sealed to prevent air bypass.

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Joe W. Fly Co. uses a two-pronged approach to supporting healthy schools: improving indoor air quality with filtration systems and providing electrostatic surface disinfection targeting critical “touch points” such as desks, doors, and tables.

The experts at Joe W. Fly Co. frequently recommend improvements that increase filtration efficiency while saving labor and material costs. Our frame and media system is highly efficient for schools’ maintenance or janitorial teams, and helps guard against dangerous mold growth. Mold thrives in dark, damp conditions whenever it has a food source—which makes disposable filters with cardboard frames highly vulnerable.

Our galvanized steel frames and completely synthetic filters are hydrophobic and antimicrobial—making it extremely difficult for mold to grow. We also offer just-in-time delivery of pre-cut filter media to minimize the amount of labor related to changing out air filters in schools.

Learn how Joe W. Fly Co. can help keep air and surfaces clean in your school.

30May 2017

It’s often difficult for building engineers to identify signs of energy waste within their HVAC system. A lack of time or expertise can prevent them from properly examining their units and finding opportunities to save. This article and video explain how engineers can tell if they are using the wrong size air filter or have the filter improperly installed—and how these factors can cause energy costs to soar. We’ll also discuss common workarounds and the value of having input from air filtration experts.

Joe W. Fly Co. CEO Joe Fly Jr. explains some of the warning signs that can indicate energy is being wasted in your HVAC system.

Common Issues With Filter Sizing, Installation, and Maintenance

The most common issue that causes energy waste is when filters are either the wrong size or not installed tightly. In either case, the issue will lead to air bypass in your HVAC system. Over time, unfiltered air in the system causes evaporator coils to become dirty—which reduces filter efficiency, leaves equipment unprotected, increase the risk of breakdown, and can lead to costly repairs. Other common problems include facilities using the wrong type of filters, not replacing filters that have gotten wet, moldy, or blown through, misplacing clips that hold filters in place, or not repairing broken access doors.

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Recommendations: Identifying and Fixing Air Filter Issues

If you want to get a better idea of what issues are affecting your HVAC system, the first things you should examine are the sizing and installation of your air filters. Specifically:

  1. Make sure there are no gaps allowing air bypass between filters or at the end of filter tracks
  2. Check for “bowing” or other signs that filters are becoming worn out and need to be changed
  3. Dirty evaporator coils are a sure sign that some part of the filter system is not installed correctly

Air bypass between and around the filters.  Bypass could be with the actual filters or with the holding frames/track that the filters go in.  If there is a lot of dirt buildup in certain areas of the evaporator coil, that is usually a pretty good sign there is some bypass present

To ensure each filter is installed properly, you should make sure there is proper gasket with a positive seal and no bypass, and that clips are applied where needed to hold filters steady.  If you or your staff are unsure of how to do this, having a NAFA Certified Technician take a look can help.

Once you’ve identified any issues in your system, it’s time to fix the problems. This could involve:

  1. Getting the correct number and size of filters
  2. Installing a custom filter if needed to fill the track tightly and completely
  3. Adding gaskets or clips to frames or filters where needed to prevent air bypass

How Much Can You Save?

The impact of air filtration issues on energy use is directly related to the heat transfer efficiency of the unit. If the equipment is dirty, partially blocked off from air flow, otherwise obstructed, then the compressor will have to work harder to keep the air properly conditioned—resulting in unnecessary energy use that adds to your facility’s operating costs. When you consider a large building with many units, the cost can be significant. Protecting evaporator coils with proper filtration will also decrease or eliminate the need to clean those coils, which is a significant labor savings year after year.

Ready to learn more about managing your HVAC costs? Contact the filtration experts at Joe W. Fly Co. today.

 

 

27Apr 2017

Most buildings have opportunities for energy savings related to their HVAC system, regardless of size, age, or other factors. Even in brand-new buildings, there is typically something that can be optimized to produce energy savings.  

Two of the most common ways to save energy with air filters are:

  1. Protecting the coils for more efficient heat transfer—helping to keep the facility’s air clean and cool with the least amount of energy used
  2. Reducing overall air resistance to limit the amount of energy needed to power the fan and push air through the filter

Joe W. Fly Co. Austin Branch Manager Hunt Foster explains how air filters and HVAC fans affect energy use and costs.

Fan Efficiency: Constant Volume vs. Variable Frequency

Equipping your system with a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) fan is one way to take advantage of the opportunity for savings. Unlike Constant Volume (CV) fans, a VFD can adjust air flow based on the current needs of the building.

Transitioning from a CV fan to a VFD can be an expensive project, so this should not be considered unless reducing energy costs is an urgent business issue or the organization has significant capital that it is committed to investing in building improvements.

Fortunately, there are many other ways for a company to save on air filtration costs. For example, one of the largest potential areas for improved energy costs with Constant Volume fans is related to the efficiency of the compressor.  

 

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Optimizing Your Air Filters to Protect Equipment

The compressor typically uses more than 50% of all the energy consumed by an HVAC unit, so this is a very important component to consider when attempting to reduce costs.  Keeping the coils clean by protecting them with a properly-fitting filter can help save a lot of energy—and money—over the long term.

Defining the ideal filter for a facility can be a complicated process. The nature of the building, the activities performed by occupants, and government or industry regulations are all important factors.

However, the potential savings associated with identifying and installing the optimal filter can be substantial. When Joe W. Fly Co. technicians inspect customers’ units, they often find opportunities to recommend new products or services that can help increase the system’s efficiency.

Learn more about ways to find savings in your HVAC system.

 

 

24Mar 2017

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is critical for organizations of all kinds. IAQ is a compliance issue in industries such as healthcare and manufacturing, but it is also important for the health and safety of people in all facilities.

The air filters in a building’s HVAC system are one of the most important factors affecting IAQ. These filters are commonly chosen based on their Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV). While this is a useful metric, it is important for building engineers and maintenance teams to understand what this value really means, and how other factors affect filtration efficiency and overall air quality.

The Basics: What Is MERV and Why Is it Important?


Joe W. Fly Co. CEO, Joe Fly Jr., explains how MERV actually works in practice—and how other factors affect indoor air quality.

MERV is a common system used to classify different filters according to their ability to remove particles from indoor air. A filter’s MERV is calculated using tests defined by ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 52.2—“Method of Testing General Ventilation Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size.”.

The key word to understand in MERV is “Minimum”—the standard tells the user what the filter’s efficiency is at its worst. The previous standard measured average efficiency, which provided a much less specific rating of a filter’s performance.

MERV ratings range from 1 to 16. In most commercial buildings, you’ll find filters with a MERV rating around 8. In critical application—for example, a hospital’s surgery center or a semiconductor plant—you’ll find MERVs closer to 14 or 15.

How Does a Filter’s MERV Value Affect a Building’s Air Quality?

In theory, the higher the MERV, the cleaner the air—but in practice, there are many other factors that affect IAQ. Using a filter with higher MERV should help improve the air quality in a building—but only if all of the filters are properly installed and sealed so there is no unfiltered air getting through. Air bypass can significantly reduce the effectiveness of your HVAC filters.

Are Two Filters with the Same MERV Always Equal?

Filters can differ in cost and efficiency even if they have the same MERV. Filters can have different pressure drops—affecting energy use. Dust-holding capacity is another important factor, as it affects how often the filter needs to be replaced.

It’s also important to understand that MERV is a range, so two different filters rated MERV 8 aren’t necessarily 100% equal in terms of filtration efficiency. One filter might be at the lower end of the MERV 8 range, closer to MERV 7, while another filter might be at the higher end of the range, closer to MERV 9.

Is There a Better Way to Evaluate Filter Efficiency?

The best way to understand the MERV of a filter is to look at an independent ASHRAE 52.2 test. Examining the complete result of the ASHRAE 52.2 test provides a more accurate picture of how effective a particular filter is. An independent test can be supplied from any manufacturer.

What Happens if You Mix and Match Different MERV Filters?

Because air takes the path of least resistance, more air will be forced through the filter with the lower MERV—reducing air quality toward the level of the “weakest MERV in the chain.” Using filters that don’t fit together properly also reduces IAQ, because unfiltered air will flow through the gaps.

How Do Gaps Between Filters and Frames Affect IAQ?

Air Quality is severely impacted by gaps in a filter bank. Air always takes the path of least resistance, so unfiltered air will flow through any gaps between filters and/or holding frames. Although the individual filters might be MERV 14, if you tested the entire filter bank, it could be performing as low as a MERV 8 because of air bypass.

How Can You Identify Efficiency Issues in Your System?

Because so many different factors affect IAQ and filter performance, it helps to have your equipment examined by air filtration experts. Joe W. Fly Co. provides free on-site system survey and evaluation, and turn-key filter installation services for organizations across all market sectors in Texas and surrounding state.

 

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23Feb 2017

In most businesses, little thought is dedicated to how HVAC filters are packaged, organized, and stored. However, air filters affect thousands of dollars in operating expenses for many facilities—especially in sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, education, and commercial offices.

Given the scope of the potential savings in labor, materials, and energy, every organization should consider optimizing their HVAC filters.

The Hidden Costs of Organizing and Storing HVAC Filters

Joe W. Fly Co. Dallas Branch Manager Will Denton explains how pre-sorted and labeled filters save time and money for facilities managers.

Companies typically have to buy filters in case quantities. If you need different sizes or efficiencies, it’s often necessary to buy entire cases of each type and have all of them shipped at once. Cases of filters are bulky, hard to store and carry—and they’re organized and labeled in whatever way is most convenient for the manufacturer or distributor, rather than according to the needs of the end user. Most filter manufacturers will not break case quantities or customize packaging or labels.

The way filters are packaged has a considerable impact on the amount of time and labor required for sorting and installation. It takes time to dig through pallets and cases of filters, figure out where things go, and organize leftover products for storage. All of the time and space dedicated to cases of filters adds cost.

The Benefits of Conveniently Packaged and Labeled Filters

When filters are packaged economically, workers can carry and replace more filters in a single trip—resulting in less time spent installing filters and lower labor costs. Also, less warehouse space needs to be used to store filters. A simple change in the way air filters are packaged prior to delivery can save time and money—making more resources available for your core business activities that generate revenue.

Just-in-time filter delivery adds additional value by eliminating on-site storage requirements and long lead times for orders.

How Joe W. Fly Reduces Your Costs With Just-in-Time Delivery of Pre-Sorted Filters

Joe W. Fly Co. optimizes filter deliveries based on what works best for you—we’ll custom package your order by delivering the exact quantity of filters needed, pre-sorted by size and labelled by air handler, mechanical room, or location in the facility.  This saves time for your in-house maintenance crew because they can just pick up the filters and go install them. There’s no need to pull out spec sheets or consult old handwritten notes to figure out where to install filters.

We also provide scheduled just-in-time delivery services to completely eliminate the need for on-site filter storage. Joe W. Fly Co handles all of the required organizational tasks at our facility and then delivers the pre-sorted and labeled filters to you exactly when you need them.

Our experienced technicians can even inspect your HVAC system and recommend different products that can deliver additional savings on filter materials and energy costs. For example, we can measure the filter track and provide a custom-fit filter that will help prevent air bypass—protecting your equipment and potentially avoiding costly maintenance needs.

Joe W. Fly Co. brings three key values to every job:

  1. Air Filtration Expertise
  2. Best Products & Largest Inventory in Texas
  3. Commitment to Optimizing Your System’s Performance

Contact Joe W. Fly Co. to learn more about how we can help maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system—and manage all of the associated costs.

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23Jan 2017

Installing permanent metal filters frames in your HVAC system results in cost savings across all key operational areas associated with filters, including:

  • Filter purchases
  • Storage and packaging
  • Energy efficiency
  • Labor for filter change-outs
  • Maintenance and repairs

Joe W. Fly Co. San Antonio Branch Manager Will Fawcett explains the benefits of installing permanent metal filter frames.

What Is a Permanent Metal Filter Framing System?

Many companies use disposable filters year after year simply because that is what was in their unit when they occupied the building, and they are used to buying a readily available commodity-type product. While continuing to use cheap disposable filters may seem like the most cost-effective option in the short term, there are significant costs associated with storing and handling bulky disposable filters.

You can mitigate these costs by installing a permanent metal frame in your HVAC unit. Metal frames can be used to hold replaceable filter media that is much more efficient than traditional disposable filters—especially with custom frames manufactured by Joe W. Fly Co.

How Custom Metal Frames Reduce Lifecycle Costs for HVAC Filters

A custom-designed metal frame system will typically have lower total costs compared to using disposable filters of comparable efficiency. First of all, you can save on filter purchases with lower-cost filter media. You can also reduce a variety of operating expenses related to your HVAC system.

Labor and storage costs can be substantially lower because media filters are lighter, more compact, and much easier to transport and store. A single worker might easily be able to transport five times as many filters compared to carrying bulky disposables. Engineers also save time because there is no need to use tape or spacers to fill in gaps between filters. And compact media filters take up less room than manufactured disposable filters, persevering valuable storage space in your facility.  

Custom metal frames with media filters also increase energy efficiency and improve indoor air quality by eliminating air bypass in your HVAC unit. This also helps evaporator coils stay clean—reducing maintenance and repair costs over the long term. Companies using permanent metal filter frames can go as long as 10 years without needing to clean their coils.

Metal filter frames become even more cost-effective when paired with a turnkey delivery and installation service that makes new filters available just in time so you receive them exactly when you are ready to change them.  This solution completely eliminates storage and labor issues, while guaranteeing air filters are available when needed and installed correctly in your system.

Why You Should Trust the Filtration Experts at Joe W. Fly Co.

Joe W. Fly Co. has been manufacturing custom metal filter frames since 1995, and we’d love an opportunity to show you how we can make your HVAC system more efficient.

Our experienced account managers and service technicians meet every new challenge with industry-leading skills, knowledge, and commitment to customer service.  Rather than just quote you a price for a product, people will hands-on approach to optimizing your system.  This includes everything from product recommendations to feedback regarding equipment that is not running at optimal performance.

In addition to our filtration expertise, Joe W. Fly Co. has the largest inventory of filters in Texas and surrounding states. Our clients enjoy access to the best products from some of the top filtration companies in the world. Rather than rely on one supplier, we provide the top-performing products in each category—enabling us to provide custom product mixes and routines for each of our customers based on their unique environment.

Contact Joe W. Fly Co. today to learn more about installing custom metal filter frames in your facility.

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15Dec 2016

It’s very common for commercial buildings to have filters of the wrong size installed in their HVAC systems. When Joe W. Fly Co. technicians perform inspections, we see filters that do not fit properly on nearly 100% of our surveys. It is common to see these things on all types of buildings in all industries. And many times, the owner or maintenance manager is not aware there is anything wrong.


Joe W. Fly Co. President Trey Fly explains why building owners and maintenance managers are often unaware of problems with wrong-size filters.

Why Wrong-Size Filters Are So Common in Commercial Buildings

Building engineers or maintenance workers end up using incorrectly sized filters for a variety of reasons. When a new engineer arrives at a building, the norm is to continue using the filters that have been used in the past. When a commercial building is sold, the new owner often inherits these problems.

It’s possible that at some point, a building’s current engineer didn’t have the right size or quantity of filters on hand and was forced to rely on stop-gap measures, such as gaskets and spacers, to block air from bypassing the filters. But these short-term solutions cannot fully alleviate the negative effects of air bypass.

How Air Bypass Increases Costs and Reduces Air Quality

You might have a unit intended to be filled with 5 to 10 filters. Air follows the path of least resistance, so even seemingly-tiny gaps between these filters can let through enough unfiltered air to effectively decrease the MERV level of your filtration system.

When the air in an HVAC system bypasses the filters, the unfiltered air can be harmful to the health of building occupants and the success of critical business processes. This situation can be detrimental in any industry, but it can be severe—even costing millions of dollars in lost product—in highly regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals or semiconductor manufacturing. Expensive lawsuits are also possible if air isn’t properly filtered in health care facilities.

In addition to poor indoor air quality, air bypass can contribute to equipment breakdowns and decreased system efficiency. Coils can become dirty, causing the compressor to work harder to push air through—increasing energy use and costs.

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How to Fix the Problem and Optimize Your HVAC Filters

The only true solution to eliminate air bypass issues is to ensure that the right quantity, size, and efficiency filters are installed—and that they fit properly. Gaskets can be added to the track or holding frame to improve the seal, but it is recommended to avoid using spacers. They often don’t fit perfectly, leaving gaps. Even worse, many times when spacers are removed to change the filter, they are never put back—allowing the problem to become even worse.

Joe W. Fly Co. does more than sell air filters. Our technicians conduct thorough inspections and offer recommendations based on our many years of experience in the filtration market. In many facilities, it’s possible to generate substantial savings by ensuring that the correct sizes and types of filters are used consistently.

Another solution that helps reduce costs is to install a custom metal filter frame in place of the disposable filters used in most facilities. This frame covers the entire filter track and is guaranteed to eliminate air bypass. By ensuring that all of the air passing through your HVAC system is properly filtered, you’ll minimize labor and energy costs, and avoid the burden of having to clean your HVAC coils frequently.

Contact Joe W. Fly Co. today to learn more.

17Nov 2016

In your home, all you have to do to change an air filter is to open the HVAC unit, pull out the dirty filter, and slide in a new one. In large commercial facilities, the logistics are much more complicated. Storing and handling dozens of filters is a costly burden for busy building engineers.


Joe W. Fly Co. President Trey Fly explains how the company’s turnkey solution for managing HVAC filters eliminates long lead times and the burden of on-site storage.

The Burden of Sorting, Storing, and Handling Air Filters

Internal maintenance teams typically have to order full cases of filters from their distributor—much more than they need—and place their orders far enough in advance to account for three to six weeks of lead time. Uncertainty about the delivery date makes it difficult for maintenance supervisors to schedule technicians to do the work. And when the filters finally arrive, you have to sort through the boxes, find the specific sizes and quantities needed, and then find storage space for the excess filters.

Most companies are challenged to stock all of the filters they need on-site: with so many different sizes and bulky disposable frames, there simply isn’t enough space. It’s common for an office building to have 10 different sizes of filters that they need in different quantities, on different schedules. There may be a small number of high-efficiency filters that only need to be changed once or twice per year, but these items move notoriously slowly in most distribution relationships: requiring up to 60 days of lead time.

Each time a filter change-out is coming up, the maintenance technician needs to get their list, place an order, wait, sort through the cases and find the right filters, transport them up to the roof or to another access point, perform the change-out, and dispose of the dirty products. This entire process is costly, labor-intensive, and dependent on unpredictable delivery timelines.

A New Approach to Managing HVAC Filters in Your Facility

Facilities can reduce the headache involved in managing HVAC filters by engaging a supplier that can provide exact quantities and place custom labels on the filters—eliminating complex sorting and organization work when at change-out time. Ideally, the vendor would also deliver and install the filters when needed, and dispose of the dirty ones.

Meet the Filtration Experts at Joe W. Fly Co.

Joe W. Fly Co. has a 24-hour lead time on most products—even high-efficiency filters that other distributors would have to order from a manufacturer. In addition to the largest inventory of in-stock filters in the state of Texas, Joe W. Fly Co. has the manpower, resources, and filtration expertise, to provide a turnkey solution for just-in-time delivery and installation of HVAC filters.

Our technicians are hands-on experts who are 100% focused on air filters. We don’t just deliver products: we’ll examine your HVAC unit, check what filters you’re currently using, and provide options that will be less expensive or more effective. By outsourcing filter management to our team, you’ll save money on labor, storage, and disposal—and free up internal maintenance resources for other critical projects, such as repairs and upkeep for the HVAC system.

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Learn How We Help Optimize Your System

Custom filter frames are a great example of how Joe W. Fly Co. provides cost-effective solutions. The media that goes in our custom frames is pre-cut and delivered the day it needs to be used. This system reduces labor and material costs, and eliminates the burden of on-site storage.

Our frame-and-media system also enables facilities to ensure that each filter is a perfect fit, so they can do away with stop-gap measures such as the use of tape or cardboard spacers. This helps ensure that air goes through the filters, rather than squeezing around the sides. Even small air leaks can significantly reduce the effectiveness of your HVAC filters—letting through unfiltered air that can damage your equipment or create health concerns for workers.

Contact Joe W. Fly Co. to learn more about our turnkey solution for filter management, and how we can help reduce the cost and burden of managing filters in your facility.