Retailers Quest for Energy Efficiency Aided by Camfil Farr Air Filters
Innovative, sustainable air filtration systems let shopping malls, merchants lower costs while maintaining optimal indoor air quality
DALLAS, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Like many other types of businesses, retailers are discovering the benefits of energy efficiency. By lowering energy use they don't just lower their own costs, but carbon emissions and their impact on the environment -- something an increasing number of customers want to see from the companies with whom they do business. Little wonder, then, that so many retailers and shopping malls -- who account for some 20 percent of the energy consumed by commercial users, according to the U.S. Department of Energy -- have actively embraced sustainable products and systems that help them use energy more responsibly while not compromising on performance.
One of the most effective ways in which retailers have saved energy is in their air filtration systems. Industrial air filters do a vital job: They keep indoor air healthful and comfortable. But traditionally designed air filters have marked disadvantages in a sustainability-minded world. They can degrade dramatically in just a short period of time, requiring frequent change-outs (resulting in added costs and waste) and more and more energy to push air through the filter (resulting in growing energy bills). The good news is that innovative, energy-efficient designs -- like sustainable air filtration systems from Camfil Farr, the world's leading provider of clean air solutions -- greatly change the equation. They enable retailers and other businesses to save energy, save costs, and help save the planet -- all while maintaining optimal indoor air quality.
Among the retail industry's biggest proponents of energy efficiency is a Midwest super mall, one of the nation's largest shopping center at 4.2 million square feet. It has inaugurated a host of energy conservation initiatives, including low-flush toilets and skylights, and has become a large-scale user of sustainable air filters, having installed Camfil Farr commercial air filters in its dozens of giant cooling units. The Camfil Farr filter's innovative design -- built to maintain optimal efficiency throughout the product's service life -- requires less energy and less frequent change-outs. That means lower costs, fewer carbon emissions, and less waste.
Indeed, retailers and other users that have switched to energy-efficient Camfil Farr filters (hospitals, manufacturers, office buildings, hotels, and educational institutions among them) have been able to reduce their HVAC energy costs by up to 40 percent. These kind of returns make sustainability-focused products not just a good choice for the planet, but for the balance sheet, as well, with investments often quickly paying for themselves. That's no small thing in a world where budgets can be under as much stress as, if not more than, the environment.
Air filters, of course, are just one element of a well-rounded energy conservation plan. Retailers are also finding benefits in strategies like capturing rainwater for use in flushing toilets, painting store roofs white to reflect sunlight and reduce air conditioning use, installing automatic sensors to turn off lights in stockrooms, and monitoring energy use in real time, instead of relying on monthly reports. Some retailers and malls are even investing in alternative energy sources, like solar and wind power, to provide some of their energy needs. Using all of these resources, the future will be brighter -- but the energy bill lower. It's a win-win scenario. And it's achievable today.
The world leader in sustainable air filtration systems, Camfil Farr 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 Farr customers go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information about our sustainability or Camfil Farr air filters, visit us online at http://airfilters.camfilfarr.us, or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.
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