It seems like a no-brainer to use a cheaper air filter if you know you can save $1,000 on material costs this year. But how do you ensure that these short-term savings won’t come with more long-term costs attached? And what if you could save $5,000 this year by investing in better filters and reducing lifecycle costs associated with change-outs and energy efficiency?

Selecting the right HVAC filter can generate long-term savings in several ways. Unfortunately, building engineers often don’t have the filtration expertise to determine the most cost-effective air filter for their building.

In fact, facilities commonly use the same filter, year after year, without seriously evaluating whether it is the best option. Examining the air filters to find savings gets put permanently on the back burner as engineers focus on more visible facility maintenance issues.  

Joe W. Fly Co. Dallas Branch Manager Will Denton explains how using a higher-cost filter can result in substantial savings.

How Better Air Filters Save You Money

Building engineers usually look at air filters as a commodity: something they need to have installed in their HVAC system. From this perspective, using the least expensive filter available seems like an obvious opportunity to generate savings that can be applied in other areas of the building. Sometimes it really is that simple, but in many cases focusing solely on the upfront cost of the filter results in higher total costs over the long term.
It is often possible to significantly reduce the total lifecycle costs associated with each air filter by investing in products that last longer or provide other efficiencies. The labor and disposal costs associated with filter change-outs are substantial, and reducing the number of times filters need to be changed can generate thousands of dollars in annual savings.
Filters also affect your building’s energy efficiency. In many facilities such as hospitals, schools, and complex manufacturing environments, using a better filter can significantly reduce energy costs—which greatly exceed the cost of filtration materials in most cases.

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How to Find the Right Filter for Your Facility

Joe W. Fly Co. helps companies in all market sectors in Texas and surrounding states optimize their air filters to minimize total lifecycle costs. We use our own fully stocked warehouses, trucks, and technicians to provide a reliable turnkey service including delivery, installation, maintenance, and disposal of air filters.
When Joe W. Fly Co. technicians inspect a unit, they frequently find opportunities to save by:
  • Installing filters that cost less and are easier to change and dispose
  • Recommending filters with higher capacity, lower pressure drop, or other benefits
  • Addressing filter-fit or installation issues that reduce efficiency and add costs
Contact us to learn more about how a partnership with Joe W. Fly Co. can help you manage air filtration costs in your facility.

 

 

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.

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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!

 

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.

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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.

Pleated Air Filter

When it comes to commercial HVAC filters, pleated air filters are among the safest choices. Made of woven polyester fabric-like material, these air filters are housed inside a rigid panel that is pleated to increase the surface area. The result is better particulate resistance and enhanced airflow, compared to fiberglass, washable, and other commercial air filter options. Here are five key reasons to choose pleated air filters for your commercial establishment.

1. High Filtration Efficiency
Unlike standard air filters designed to restrict only large airborne particles (usually larger than 3 plus microns in size), high-efficiency pleated air filters, with a 11 to 13 MERV filters, can trap up to 0.3 microns of pollutants such as bacteria and viruses. Consequently, they help users significantly limit allergens and other harmful particulates’ entrance into living or working spaces, and provide more protection to HVAC systems.

2. Optimum Air Flow
Air filters with higher MERV ratings are more efficient in comparison to standard or fiberglass filters, as they restrict more pollutants. They, however, have a high pressure drop, which means high resistance to airflow and therefore reduced heating/cooling efficiency. Pleated air filters, on the other hand, do not have this shortcoming, as their pleated design helps them stop allergens and airborne particles without restricting airflow.

3. Zero Ductwork Modification
In most cases, you don’t have to make any alterations in the ductwork of your furnace or HVAC systems to install pleated air filters. In fact, you can slide a pleated air filter right into the space where the standard flat filter was installed. Consequently, upgrading to pleated air filters give you an easy and effective way to improving the air quality of commercial building, without having to bear any charges apart from the price of the filter.

4. High Durability
All pleated filters, under normal dirt conditions, last up to three to four months and are more durable than any standard filter. The reason behind this is their large surface area that allows for more particulates and dust to settle on the surface before the need to remove the filter. The result is that pleated air filters require less frequent changes than standard filters.

5. Better HVAC Protection
A pleated air filter has an average efficiency of 25 to 30 percent, which can go up to 45 percent in electrostatically charged or carbon pleated filters. In fact, carbon pleated air filters made of fine mesh activated carbon that helps remove malodorous compounds and even odors at low concentration levels. Consequently, they not only help improve the performance of HVAC systems, but also enhance their lifespan.

Conclusion
Pleated air filters are more cost-effective and efficient when compared to most standard commercial filters. Notably lighter on the pocket than HEPA filters, pleated air filter are available in a variety of designs and custom sizes. These filters, however, cannot capture airborne particles smaller than 1 micron in size. The solution, therefore, is to use efficient air purifiers along with high-quality air filters. If you need help, our experts at Joe Fly Co. can guide you in selecting the right air purifier and pleated air filter for your commercial facility. Feel free to connect with one of our representatives for a no-obligation consultation.

HVAC air filter

The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV for short, is an industry rating to determine the effectiveness of air filters. Commonly used to the specify the filtration efficiency  of commercial grade filters, the industry standard rating system allows facility managers to compare different HVAC filters as per their MERV values and choose the one that meets their filtration requirements. To help, here is a summary of MERV ratings according to particle size.

The MERV Rating Chart

MERV Minimum Particle Size Typical Controlled Contaminant
1-4 > 10.0 μm Pollen, dust mites, cockroach debris, sanding dust, spray paint dust, textile fibers, carpet fibers
5–8 10.0–3.0 μm Mold, spores, dust mite debris, cat and dog dander, hair spray, fabric protector, dusting aids, pudding mix
9–12 3.0–1.0 μm Legionella, Humidifier dust, Lead dust, Milled flour, Auto emission particulates, Nebulizer droplets
13–16 1.0–0.3 μm Bacteria, droplet nuclei (sneeze), cooking oil, most smoke and insecticide dust, most face powder, most paint pigments
17–20 < 0.3 μm Virus, carbon dust, sea salt, smoke

MERV ratings usually range between 1-16, but the upper limit has been extended to 20. The MERV rating scale is designed to represent worst-case performance of an air filter that is used for filter particles ranging from 0.3 to 10 micrometers. While the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends using air filters with MERV value 6 or higher, the US Department of Energy recommends products with MERV 13 and LEED recommends filters with at least MERV value 8.

How is the MERV Rating of Air Filter Determined?

Determining the MERV rating of an air filter involves a series of tests. The process includes:

  • Test particles are added into the air in the testing area. These particles are of different sizes and fall into 1 of the 12 categories.
  • The air is passed through the filter that is tested. The density of the particles in the air is measured both before and after the air passed through the filters to determine its efficiency in order to remove the pollutants.
  • The entire process is carried out six times to get six ratings for the twelve categories each.
  • The MERV rating is given on the basis of the worst result.

The Significance of MERV Rating

Maintaining the Indoor air quality is very critical especially in healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical units and several other manufacturing units. The MERV rating assists these facilities to select an ideal filter that removes the impurities from air efficiently. Installing a filter with an MERV rating lower than required may lead to health problems in the facility as the indoor air quality is not clean. Here are the details of which MERV ratings that are ideal for specific sectors:

MERV 1-4

Air filters with MERV 1-4 ratings are recommended for facilities that require minimum filtration. These are used exclusively in residential buildings.

MERV 5-8

Air filters with MERV 5-8 ratings are recommended for residential, commercial and industrial workspaces.

MERV 9-12

Air filters with MERV 9-12 ratings are recommended for residential, commercial facilities and hospital laboratories.

MERV 13-16

Air filters with MERV 13-16 ratings are ideal to be used in hospitals and general surgery units.

MERV 17-20

Air filters with MERV 17-20 ratings are ideal for electronics and pharmaceutical manufacturing units.

Conclusion

MERV rating of a filter is determined through rigorous testing and it gives the performance of a filter in worst-case scenario, which makes it a reliable criteria for air filter selection. It is however essential for commercial establishments and industrial units to understand that highest MERV unit is just one selection criteria. There is a need to pay attention to other factors such as the size of the unit, price factor and the nature of filtration, when choosing an air filter.

Merv 13 Air filter

High efficiency HVAC filters are used by businesses to not only provide a cleaner and healthier environment to the occupants, but also to protect equipment, processes and fixtures. Efficient HVAC filters shield against bioterrorism – one of the reasons why many establishments move air filtration to the forefront of their operating prerequisites. While facility managers are either upgrading their air filtration levels or moving to a new one, there are many others who are unable to unaware of the finer lines of air filtration, such as air pressure drop, and therefore, find it a challenge to select the right one for their needs.

What is Air Pressure Drop?
Air filters are inserted directly into the airflow path of the HVAC system to trap particles flowing through the system. If the air filter is dense and tightly knit, it may trap more particles and this is how the MERV of the filter is also calculated. A filter with high MERV or filtration density often slows down the airflow rate of the HVAC system which is called the air pressure drop.

How Does It Affect Filter Efficiency?
Higher Electricity Consumption
If a facility uses a highly efficient filter such as MERV 13 filter, it may result in higher energy consumption. When a system has a high air pressure drop, the HVAC unit needs to work harder, and therefore, may eventually end up consuming more electricity.

Filter Gets Dirty
The pressure drop created by air filters increases as the filters get dirty. Dust build-up provides less space to the air to flow through the filters and as a result the filters require frequent clean-up.

How to Go About Choosing a Filter?
Let’s look at how to find out whether a filter has a high pressure drop and whether it needs more surface area.
The pressure drop reading of a filter must not exceed the 20% of the maximum static pressure rated for the fan. The rating is present on the data plate of the HVAC equipment. If a fan, for instance, has a maximum static pressure rating of .25 inches, multiply it with .20 to get the ideal pressure drop. The pressure drop of the filter,in the example mentioned above need not be more than 0.05 inches of water column.

There may be instances when you may wonder why is it recommended to buy a high rated MERV filter if it lowers the efficiency of the system? It is important to understand that the problem doesn’t lie only with the filter. The amount of surface area of the filter and the size of the opening of the filter rack play a significant role in determining the pressure drop.
All the filters are not created equal and so even two filters with same MERV rating might have different pressure drops. Pleated filters, for instance, have a high MERV rating but a lower pressure drop than the other types of air filters. A restrictive air filter, on the other hand, has a high pressure drop has the potential to turn a 14 SEER system into an 8 SEER system. When choosing an HVAC system air filter, facility managers need to pay attention to the air pressure drop of the filter, MERV rating and the type of filtration application for which it will be used.
If you have any questions or need expert advice to select the best suitable air filter for your HVAC unit, feel free to speak with one of our representatives.

Torit Powercore Dust Collectors

The development and use of new technologies in industrial and commercial processes has resulted in an increase in the production of smoke, fumes, and dust that are very harmful, especially the contaminants produced during thermal cutting. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set permissible exposure limits on manganese and hexavalent chromium. Though the permissible exposure limit of dusts such as a manganese was lowered by OSHA, EPA continues to focus on the reduction of particulates of 2.5 microns and smaller, making it essential for industrial establishments to use an advanced dust collection system.

The Solution: Torit PowerCore Dust Collector
The Torit PowerCore TG Series collector packages progressive dust and fume collection technology, ideal for facilities involved in thermal spray, laser cutting, welding and plasma cutting applications. Its all-welded housing is easy to integrate into an OEM design or fit as a stand-alone on the floor. The Torit PowerCore Dust Collectors TG Series has up to 65 percent smaller footprint than most of the cartridge collectors. In short, it is smaller, smarter, more effective and efficient than traditional 8-cartridge filter collectors.

Highlights of the Torit PowerCore Dust Collector TG Series
Here are some smart features that give the PowerCore TG an edge over other models:
One PowerCore filter pack is equivalent to up to three traditional cartridge filters
Filter with a high MERV rating of 13
A completely assembled and pre-wired device

Use of Leading Technology
The PowerCore filter packs use a technology that is flame-retardant, Ultra-Web nanofiber technology and Donaldson’s media configuration expertise. When the dirty air enters the open flute, it is forced to pass through the media to the adjacent flute. The flute on the opposite side of the filter is sealed and the filtered air exits through the opening on the clean side of the filter pack.

Better Filter Cleaning
The ZERO-Turn PowerPulse Cleaning technology ensures that maximum cleaning energy is delivered in the straight-line paths through the media and the dust is easily pulsed out of the fluted channels.

Downward Airflow
An EPA-sponsored research reveals that the downward flow of dirty airstream in the PowerCore dust collector results in a superior performance, as it reduces the re-deposition of the dust on the filter packs.

Quiet Fan Packs
The Torit PowerCore Dust Collector uses high-performance fans at the base to reduce the noise produced during operation.

Extra Safety Features
The PowerCore TG range has reinforced housing to support top-mount explosion vents, heat sensors, fire suppression systems, alarm strobes, side-mount explosion vents and many more elements to provide better air purification.

Environment Friendliness
The three powerful components of PowerCore TF filter – TG filter packs with Ultra-Web media, Airflow Controller with VFD and Premium Efficiency Motor allow significant energy savings.

Ease of Maintenance
The PowerCore filter packs are easy to install and remove without the help of any tools. The Low-Inlet box has a dust drawer located at the bottom to collect the dust and it can be detached easily while cleaning.

A Few Last Words
The Torit PowerCore Dust Collector is an ideal filtration system for critical processes where harmful particulates need to be controlled. The heat sensors, fire suppression, inline spark cooler, reinforced housing construction and many more features of the system make it an efficient choice for different types of industrial facilities. If you wish more info on the dust collector, feel free to contact us for a no obligation free consultation.

Air Filter Installation

Increasing competitiveness and proliferation of numerous diseases necessitate facility managers to maintain optimum hygiene levels, with a major challenge being to stop airborne microorganisms. The majority of viruses and bacteria that infect patients exist in the form of air particulates, which often get ignored by patients, doctors as well as administrators. In this article, we discuss how HEPA air filter installation helps improve the hygiene levels in hospitals.

HEPA Air Filters: “The” Solution for Hospitals
HEPA purifiers are capable of extracting and cleaning approximately 99.97 percent of 0.3-micrometer dirt particles. Studies affirm that HEPA purifiers can easily remove up to 94 percent microorganisms, which makes them an ideal choice for healthcare facilities.

Why a Change Might be Imperative?
Against the strongest convictions of facility managers, most of the commonly used air purification solutions, such as ion purifiers, absorbents, and UV lights, fail to completely eliminate microorganisms. Therefore, none of these qualify for the much sensitive and vulnerable environment of healthcare facilities. Moreover, ionizing purifiers release ions that react with air, producing formaldehyde that may have an adverse impact on human health. Ultimately, it is quintessential for hospitals and other health service providers to install an HEPA filtration system, which is efficient to remove all the hazardous microbes and keep the complex cent percent hygiene.
In hospitals, it is quintessential that personnels work in the proper hygiene conditions. HEPA air filters installed have the capacity to effectively detect and track hazardous viruses and bacterium and provide protection to all the hospital staffs and patients as well. Normally, though with all the benefits of normal HEPA filters to detect and trap all the hazardous microbes from the atmosphere, it is important to install an efficient HEPA filter, which have the efficiency to remove individual and small viruses that range from 0.005 to 0.1 micron.

The Last Few Words
Without the installation of modified and an efficient HEPA filters the desired hygiene may be still a far-fetched objective. For the proper air filtration, it is quintessential to consult a reliable air-filtration and environmental specialists that hold an immense experience in providing a heuristic solution. In case, you need an information on our specially designed HEPA filtration system for hospitals, feel free to contact us.

Summary
When it comes to measures for fighting disease and infections in hospitals, specifically attaining maximum hygiene in Operating Rooms, it is essential to purify air from deadly microorganism particulates using HEPA Filters. For more information read here.