Increasing utility costs, restricted budgets and environmental concerns challenge facility owners and operators to seek solutions that help save energy and reduce operating costs, while meeting appropriate indoor air quality requirements.
In addition to upgrading to energy efficient air handlers, the choice of replacement HVAC filters may also impact your overall energy savings. Comparing the "Total Cost of Ownership" (TCO) between existing and potential filtration solutions is very useful in determining which HVAC filters to buy.
For more detailed information, download our Technical Brief for Total Cost of Ownership (PDF 916 Kb).
There are five components of the total cost of ownership for HVAC filters
Cost for HVAC filters
+ Cost of associated energy use
+ Cost of labor for installation and replacement
+ Cost of disposal
+ Cost of shipping filters to facility
= Total Cost of Ownership
Let's take a closer look at these components:
Benefits of using Filtrete™
Commercial HVAC Filters
Up to 70% of Total Cost of Ownership for HVAC filters is cost associated with energy use
Biggest component of TCO!
Lower initial and life cycle pressure drop
May potentially reduce energy consumption associated with HVAC operations for buildings.
Initial filter purchasing cost can be as low as 7% of the total operating cost for HVAC air filtration
Initial purchasing cost calculated over filter life can lead to lower total ownership cost
Cost of labor for installation and replacement
Cost associated with the labor of taking used HVAC filters out of air handling units, installing new filters, ensuring sealing of individual filters to minimize air by-pass and transporting used filters to diposal site
Smaller and lighter than comparable products of same efficiency and dust loading capacity
Have integral gaskets
May eliminate the need for separate sealing step
Save labor time
May last longer than competitive filters
Filter disposal cost influenced by factors such as volume, weight, metal content, etc.
Smaller and lighter than competitive deep pleat, pocket or box HVAC filters
(Depending on federal, state and local regulations)
Cost of shipping filters to facility
Key influence factors include filter volume and change-out frequency
Excellent combination of small size and long filter life
Benefits of using Filtrete™ Commercial HVAC Filters
There are several scenarios where tremendous reduction in energy may be achieved by using Filtrete™ Commercial HVAC Filters.
When replacing filters with higher pressure drop
When replacing filters which do not maintain low pressure drop over time and
When replacing a pre- and primary filter combination, with a combined pressure drop that is much higher
Energy cost is proportional to the average pressure drop of the filter over the time period assessed. The difference in energy cost of two different filter systems is proportional to differences in their respective average pressure drops.
3M has developed the "Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)" tool to compare various commercial HVAC filters with the Filtrete™ Commercial HVAC filter solutions and to quantify the TCO savings when using Filtrete™ Commercial HVAC Filters.
The TCO tool analyzes each of the total cost of ownership components and projects cost savings over a defined assessment period, most often one year. Customers can get a "summary of results", containing projected annual TCO savings per filter, per air handler and for the entire building.
One of our sales representatives will be happy to assist you with questions you might have regarding total cost of ownership for HVAC filters, and how 3M can contribute to energy cost savings for your building(s).
Call us at 1-800-648-3550 or contact us via e-mail.
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