Pollen, most commonly associated with Hay Fever sufferers, can cause significant problems for Building Managers too and not necessarily in the way you might think.
With greater air conditioning requirements and cooling loads during times of increased ambient temperature, HVAC equipment works at a higher capacity to draw in the high volume of air require. As a consequence, pollen, along with insects and other airborne particulates, gets drawn onto condenser and evaporator coils, creating a blanket-like layer across the surface of the coil fins.
Any clogging caused by airborne debris significantly reduces the air passing through the unit, meaning that fan motors and compressors are required to work harder in order to operate correctly. This significantly increases energy consumption, along with the risk of plant breakdown, which could be extremely costly to facilities managers and employees alike. Continue reading
A keen interest in clean air to reduce Food and Beverage contamination.
Camfil received an invitation from Dr.Craig Leadley to make presentations at two Camden BRI site events for the food industry on the importance attached to clean air in food manufacture and the energy and running cost savings that can be made by air filtration in process air plant.
The second presentation was given by Peter Dyment and entitled “Food Industry – Airborne Contamination and Energy use in ventilation systems”. The slides are available and followed on from a previous presentation given by him entitled “Air as a vector of cross-contamination”.
The open forum discussion session afterwards was attended by a large number of food industry experts . The topics of energy reduction, contamination prevention, detection, control and Air handling systems were amongst the most popular for further discussion.
Part of the presentation material covered the Prosafe range of Camfil filters which has been developed especially for more exacting requirements in the food, beverage and Life Science industries.
Reducing the power consumption of HVAC systems with energy efficient filters like Camfil’s that also improve IAQ – is a practical way to mitigate climate change and combat the health threats of indoor air pollution.
The savings are true and tangible if customers make the right decisions and are willing to pay for the best available air cleaning solutions.
The threshold may be slightly higher in terms of filter prices, but the benefits are far greater because quality filters last longer, clean better, save more energy and do not have to be changed as often.
This adds up to a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The economic benefits, measured in terms of energy savings and cost reductions, surpass the initial purchasing cost for higher quality products.
We have our own unique R&D resources, such as our state-of-the-art Technology Centre in Sweden, plus tech centres in other world regions. One primary focus of our research is the overall life cycle performance of our products: how we deliver air quality of maximum benefit while minimizing our environmental impact. Continue reading