When you need to buy an air filter, the first thing you ask potential vendors about is probably the price. This focus on upfront cost is standard within the industry—but the initial purchase price of a filter is typically only a small part of the total cost of ownership over that filter’s lifecycle.

You need to consider other factors when deciding which filter is best for your facility, because your choice can have a substantial impact on your long-term expenses. Beyond the initial purchase price, significant cost factors associated with indoor air filtration include:

Joe W. Fly Co. Key Account Manager Lori Gutierrez explains the largest cost factors related to air filtration—and how to find savings.

Change-Out Frequency

How long a filter lasts is one of the most important factors in calculating total cost of ownership. The efficiency and configuration of your filters can affect how often they need to be changed, and it is often possible to save money by installing filters with a longer lifespan. In addition to purchasing fewer filters, you can save on labor and other expenses.

Shipping, Storage, and Disposal

Air filters are typically bulky and need to be protected from moisture and structural damage during transit. This makes them expensive to ship and cumbersome to store on-site. As a result, facilities rarely stock large quantities of filters—and suppliers often require long lead times to deliver new filters.

You may be familiar with this scenario: having to order filters months in advance and then finding space to store them until they are needed—or rushing to catch up on filter change-outs and maintenance after receiving backordered products.

Disposal of used air filters can also be costly because they take up a lot of space. The more often you have to change out a disposable filter, the more these lifecycle expenses eat into your bottom line.

Energy Efficiency and Maintenance Costs

The impact of poor air filtration on energy efficiency is one of the largest cost factors related to choosing a filter, because the cost of energy to push air through the filter is typically far greater than the cost of purchasing the filter itself. This is especially true with low-efficiency disposable filters.

Inadequate air filtration also results in serious maintenance concerns. If there are gaps in an array of filters because they are the wrong size or not installed correctly, contaminants in the air can slip through and damage expensive components of your HVAC system.



How Joe W. Fly Co. Helps Reduce These Costs

Joe W. Fly Co. provides a broad selection of air filtration products from top manufacturers, as well as a turn-key installation service for facilities in all market sectors in Texas and surrounding states. Our account managers and service technicians take a hands-on approach to finding savings in your system by recommending high-efficiency products, ensuring they are installed correctly, and offering feedback on any components not running at optimal performance.

With eight warehouses throughout the state of Texas, we can provide reliable just-in-time delivery and installation of air filters at your facility—either on a pre-set schedule or on a contingency basis with 24 hours’ notice. Many products have an industry-standard lead time of 5 weeks, but we will typically have the filters you need in stock at our nearest warehouse and be ready to deliver and install the next day, using our own trucks and technicians. We’ll even haul away the dirty, used filters.

Contact Joe W. Fly Co. today to learn more about how we can help reduce the cost and burden of managing air filters in your facility.

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