This article explains how to examine the air filters currently in your HVAC system and identify more cost-effective options, as well as the expertise and resources needed to effectively manage filters in-house.
Joe W. Fly Co. Key Account Manager Lori Gutierrez explains how to select air filters that will result in the lowest total costs.
Step One: Examining What Kind of Filter Is Currently in the Unit
It is extremely common for building engineers to continue using whatever air filters have been used before, including products that were previously installed or stored at a building, or filters the engineer has used in the past at a different building.
Sticking with what’s been done in the past seems like a safe choice, but it’s often not the best choice. You have many different options when selecting air filters. Consulting a vendor with filtration expertise—having them inspect your unit and recommend the most cost-effective products—can deliver significant value by reducing material, labor, and energy costs.
How to Identify a Better Fit or Calculate a Better Cost Option
There are multiple factors to consider when calculating total cost of ownership for air filters and selecting the right products for your facility. Of course, there’s the initial price—but this is only a fraction of the total lifecycle cost. You also need to consider how often the filter needs to be changed, associated labor and disposal costs, and the impact of your chosen filter on your HVAC system’s overall performance.
The air filter market is constantly evolving. For example, manufacturers have been able to provide higher efficiencies with lower pressure drop, which helps save energy by allowing air to pass through the filter more easily. That’s important because the cost of energy to push air through a filter is typically greater than the price of the filter itself. Higher-efficiency products can also help reduce maintenance costs by better protecting your HVAC equipment.
When Joe W. Fly Co. inspects a unit, we frequently find opportunities for improvement, either by recommending more cost-effective products, or ensuring that air isn’t bypassing the filters. It’s essential to check that there is no air bypass, because there are common issues with the installation of proper fitting filters that escape the attention of building owners and engineers.
You could be purchasing the right filter, but losing filtration efficiency because it doesn’t fit properly. If you have to bend a filter to get it in place, or there are any gaps between filters, the air is going to take the path of least resistance, which means unfiltered particles will enter the building’s air stream.
Unfiltered air can damage your equipment and reduce air quality in your facility, which is a critical issue in sectors such as healthcare and manufacturing. For example, if you’re required to use a HEPA filter—but your filters aren’t sealed properly—you aren’t getting the actual filtration efficiency of a HEPA filter.
The Best Way to Manage Your Facility’s Air Filters
The expense and burden of managing filters with in-house resources is often seen as an unavoidable cost of operating a building—but Joe W. Fly Co. provides a turn-key service for delivery, installation, maintenance, and disposal of air filters for all market sectors in Texas and surrounding states.
We can come into your facility, examine potential issues with air quality and efficiency, recommend solutions, and offer a wide selection of products from multiple top manufacturers. Then we’ll use our own fully-stocked warehouses, trucks, and technicians to provide reliable just-in-time delivery and installation of air filters.
How can Joe W. Fly Co. help you understand your options and select the most cost-effective air filters for your facility? Find out today!