CamTester II:A Tool to Evaluate the True Performance and Costs of Air Filters
Camfil’s innovative mobile test unit provides a simple, accurate way to compare air filters -- under actual operational conditions
The right air filter can keep indoor air healthful and comfortable. But it can also keep down costs. That’s because HVAC systems typically account for a significant percentage of a building’s total energy consumption – so energy efficient air filters can really make a dent in expenditures. And that’s true no matter who the user is: a hospital, a manufacturer, an educational institution, or any other type of business. The challenge, however, is finding the optimal air filter: one that provides top-tier performance while providing savings. Making the task harder still is the fact that every operating environment is different. How can users know how a given filter will really measure up?
To help customers make the right choices, Camfil – the world’s leading provider of clean air solutions – has created an innovative tool that eliminates the risks associated from buying filters based solely upon manufacturers’ literature data, but measures them under the actual conditions they will be subjected to in use. The tool – Camfil’s CamTester II – provides a fast, objective way to compare a filter’s actual performance, and focus on the solution that truly provides optimal performance and savings.
A mobile unit featuring a modular design, the CamTester II can be used almost anywhere, and with virtually any filter. For each filter being evaluated, the unit provides pressure drop and energy usage data, and allows operational performance to be compared. The data the CamTester returns allows users to better understand the lifetime costs of each filter.
Life cycle costs – or LCC, as Camfil calls them – are important to know when selecting an air filter, because a filter’s initial price is but a fraction of the total costs it will accrue. Those costs will include replacement and maintenance expenses, as well as energy usage. So a filter that lasts longer and uses less energy than the competition will often be the least expensive purchase in the long run – even if it costs more up front.
Drawing on its industry-leading network of a half dozen global research centers, Camfil has been a leader in manufacturing a new generation of air filters that use less energy than traditional filters – while doing a better job removing harmful particles from the air. Indeed, Camfil’s ‘5-Star’ filters can reduce energy usage by 20 to 40 percent. And with the CamTester II, customers can see that for themselves.
Any industry standard filter – including pleated, box, and HEPA filters – can be evaluated in the CamTester II, and the unit includes an adapter for additional sizes. A unique transparent enclosure lets users view the filter from any angle as it is operating, while an on-board control center shows airflow, watts, and filter resistance.
With the CamTester II, air filter customers can take the confusion out of air filter selection – and the guesswork out of savings.
The world leader in air filters and filtration systems, Camfil provides clean air solutions for hospitals, hotels, office buildings, educational institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. We provide the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality, and reduce airborne infections -- all while lowering total cost of ownership. Camfil customers go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information, visit us online at www.camfil.us or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.
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