HVAC air filters are critical to the efficient operation of the air handling system of any building. They may help to protect equipment within the air handling system. Beyond the purchasing price, the HVAC filters are also potentially associated with additional operating costs for disposal, energy and labor. Balancing performance attributes with costs incurred during operations is therefore important.
Three fundamental attributes to consider:
Efficiency – What are the environmental needs? Are there any guidelines that need to be met (Joint Commission, LEED)? Does make up or re-circulated air need to be pre-filtered? Are there any occupant complaints?
Initial Pressure Drop – Will existing systems be constrained either from sufficient air flow or energy consumption with higher levels of filtration resistance? Are VAV/VFD capabilities fully utilized in managing energy consumption by using lower resistance filter options?
Filter Loading – Do filter change out schedules become difficult to manage based on time constraints and frequency of change requirements?
3M™ Commercial HVAC Filters are highly engineered to provide the optimum balance of these attributes. Using a full on-site HVAC laboratory testing facility and a rigorous ISO 9001 – 2008 certified manufacturing operation ensure high quality and consistent product performance. Performance that has helped customers realize their improvement initiatives.