Camfil-Electrolux Agreement Proves the Importance of Air Filter Life Cycle Costs

While high-efficiency air filters may cost more up front, total cost of ownership is sharply reduced

RIVERDALE, N.J., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A three-year agreement between the appliance manufacturer Electrolux and Camfil -- the world's leading provider of clean air solutions -- highlights the increasing importance of total cost of ownership (TCO). As more companies take a holistic, long-term view of costs, they're discovering that a product's price tag tells only a small part of the story. Indeed, often it is the product with the higher upfront cost that leads to greater overall savings -- making it the wiser investment. This is particularly the case, as Electrolux discovered, when it comes to commercial air filters.

While traditional air filters tend to carry lower initial costs than more sophisticated models -- like the high-efficiency air filters from Camfil -- they also degrade more rapidly, requiring more frequent change outs, as well as more energy to push the air flow through the filter. The result: a surprisingly high total cost of ownership, once replacements, installation, energy use, and disposal costs are factored in.

Yet high-efficiency filters change the equation. Thanks to their innovative design, and their focus on sustainability, Camfil filters use less energy, last longer, and require less frequent replacement and disposal. So a higher upfront price actually leads to cost savings in the long run. By demonstrating this -- showing not just the best-of-breed performance of its air filters, but their total cost of ownership advantage -- Camfil was able to secure the Electrolux agreement, which covers three Electrolux appliance plants in the United States. While unit costs will roughly double, total costs will be reduced in excess of 30 percent.

As organizations ranging from hospitals to manufacturing plants to educational institutions strive to contain costs without sacrificing performance, life cycle cost analysis is enabling them to focus on preferred products. What these organizations are finding is that with the right vendor, total cost of ownership can be lowered even as performance is improved. Camfil's energy efficient, sustainable air filters, for example, have already helped customers reduce their HVAC energy costs by 20 percent, their installation costs by 50 percent, and their disposal costs by 70 percent -- all while maintaining optimal indoor air quality.

To help potential customers understand what savings are possible for their own particular circumstances, Camfil offers its unique Life Cycle Cost software. It enables users to enter their current filter brand, type, operating parameters, and cost to compare the lifetime costs of their existing filters with Camfil air filters.

As companies like Electrolux are discovering, a low initial price may be an enticing proposition, but low long-term costs are a winning one.

The world leader in air 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, or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.

Media Contact: Lynne Laake, Camfil, 888.599.6620,

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