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* MERV, Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value,
is a number from 1 to 16 that is relative to an 
air filter’s efficiency
, according to a universal
filtration standard. The higher the MERV, the
more efficient the air filter is at removing
particles.

+ Energy Cost Index, or “ECI,” is a filter rating
system that looks at the filter’s efficiency over
its lifetime and the energy required to move air
through that filter. ECI compares filters of similar
construction, under the same conditions of
operation and provides an indicator of true
performance. Specifically, the formula is dollars
per percent of filter efficiency. The lower the
value, the better the filter. A filter with an ECI
of five stars maintains its efficiency over its
life and uses less energy to move air through
the filter. It is in the top 20% of all filters
evaluated. A four star filter has a lower
ECI value, and the pattern continues down
to one star, the poorest performers. 

New “Green” Filter is Unique Among MERV 8s.
Immediate Energy Savings and Low Life Cycle
Cost Generate Strong Contractor Interest

Background:

Research conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicates that a majority
of homeowners are willing to pay more for “green” products.  On February 14, 2008, NAHB launched
a major new initiative to help its members move the practice of green building, and green products,
into the mainstream.  Energy efficiency, and indoor air quality are a major part of the initiative. 

Camfil Farr, a leader in the development of commercial and industrial air filtration products,
has introduced a MERV 8 filter specifically designed to help HVAC contractors take advantage of this
important trend.

Camfil Farr, a world leader in filtration products for residential, commercial and industrial applications, 
has introduced the first true MERV 8*(ASHRAE 52.2-2007) “30/30” air filter.

The 30/30® is a high-efficiency pleated panel filter designed as a strong, value-added upgrade from
ordinary MERV 8s. It has very low initial resistance, and low maintained resistance, to airflow, and the
lowest average pressure drop of any MERV 8 filter.  This translates immediately into savings on heating
and cooling that are both measurable and significant – typically 25% and more for the average homeowner.

The MERV 8 30/30 filter is distinctive in having earned five stars on the ECI (Energy Cost Index+) –
the best-possible performance ranking.  It is positioned to have the lowest life cycle cost of any
medium efficiency filter. 

The design of the Camfil Farr MERV 8 30/30, with its radial pleat design, allows full use of the media
for maximum dust holding capacity.  Tests show the 30/30 has 30% higher dust holding capacity than
conventional MERV 8 filters.  This means a longer service life, and less-frequent change-outs.  

The media for the 30/30 filter is “all-mechanical,” rather than electrostatic, and maintains consistent,
high removal efficiency throughout the filter’s life.  In contrast, other MERV 8s are made with
electrostatically charged media, whose efficiency drops as dust loads.  

Camfil Farr supports its contractor network with a comprehensive Performance Guarantee which
warrants that the 30/30 will maintain its efficiency over time, and last longer, than any pleated
panel filter.  The filter also has very high structural integrity.  The radial media pleats on the 30/30
are secured by a welded wire grid, spot-welded on one-inch centers.  The grid is treated for corrosion
protection and is bonded to the media to prevent oscillation. 

A high wet strength beverage board frame creates a stable, non-yielding media pack.  The media pack
is bonded to the frame and diagonal support members are bonded to each pleat to enhance rigidity
through bridge-style engineering.  Filter bypass is virtually eliminated. The MERV 8 30/30 is guaranteed
to 2.0” w.g. without media pack failure. 

The MERV 8 30/30 is rated for low flammability by Underwriters Laboratories as Class 1 or Class 2,
and is available in 2” and 4” configurations suitable for both residential and commercial use. 
Its classification as a high-quality,  “green” product, and its ability to immediately reduce utility costs,
makes it ideal for homeowners who are looking for ways to be more environmentally conscious,
while getting excellent value in the products they buy.

The Energy Independence and Security Act signed by President Bush in late December,
2007 incentivizes consumers and business owners to upgrade their heating and cooling equipment
to reduce energy consumption.  It also provides a valuable opportunity for contractors to add
high-efficiency air filters to the new package.

The Camfil Farr 30/30 may be used to meet requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council
(“LEED”) in terms of efficiency, energy savings and reduced disposal impact.

 

 

         

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