QUALITY.SAFETY.VALUE.
800.918.3013
border

Energy Cost Savings Through Your Dust Collector

border

Energy Cost Savings Through Your Dust Collector

HOW YOUR DUST COLLECTOR CAN PAY FOR ITSELF

Installing a dust collection system (or updating an old one) is a big investment. Safety, health, and compliance are all important reasons to do so.  Will energy cost savings with this investment benefit your company in the long run? When a company is looking at spending that kind of money, it helps to be able to talk about a more immediate return on your investment.

 

The good news is that your new system can pay for itself in as little as two years by saving you a lot of money on heating and cooling costs.

energy cost

It’s hard to put a dollar amount on employee health, but it’s easy to put a dollar amount on how much you spend heating and cooling your building. If you’re spending that money and then venting heated air outside the building, you’re effectively blowing money out the window.

 

Many of our CMAXX systems have paid for themselves within two years just in energy cost savings. And they will continue to save their owners money for many years of service. Some companies have even been able to find energy conservation incentives that save them money on the immediate cost of a system.

 

Recirculating air back into the facility can be an excellent cost-saving measure, but only if it doesn’t compromise the health of people working there. This means that the recirculated air has to be completely clean and safe.

 

If you’re planning to recirculate air, it’s important to make sure that your system is equipped to handle the type of dust you’re producing. Particles from welding fumes and laser or plasma cutting smoke can be as small as half a micron. This usually requires a filter with a rating of at least MERV 15, meaning it is more than 95% effective for particles down to 0.3 microns. If there might be dangerous or highly regulated materials (such as hexavalent chromium) in the dust, a HEPA filter may be necessary for air that’s going to be returned inside.

 

Besides the savings on energy costs, a system that recirculates air can actually be more efficient. In some ambient systems, the clean air enters at the level where people are working, which moves the dirty air out of the work area and toward the collector. These types of systems are very effective at filtering the air in larger spaces.

 

If a dust and fume collector is something you’re going to need anyway, the tremendous savings in  your energy cost might be what it takes to get that project into the budget. After all, those heating and cooling cost savings will go back into the budget year after year, and that’s something everyone likes to hear.

Choosing the right industrial dust collection system: Vertical vs Horizontal Cartridge Collectors

When choosing a top industrial dust collection system it’s extremely important to do your research on the product. Not only is purchasing a top industrial dust collection system a large investment, there are many different features, designs, cleaning systems, and technologies that different brands offer.

One of the most frequently asked questions among industrial dust collection system purchasers is, “What is the difference between a vertical cartridge collector and a horizontal cartridge collector?”

At Imperial Systems, our preference is the vertical cartridge industrial dust collector design and here are some reasons why:

1. Gravity works in your favor
a. Dust and debris falls off of the cartridge filters instead of laying on the cartridge filter’s media.
 
2. When filter cleaning with pulses of compressed air, dust is blown off and into the hopper instead of on top of the filter below.

dust collector filters

 

3. Natural down-flow with a high entry inlet configuration.

     a. This allows for the natural flow of the air aid in, removing dust laden air from the filter chamber.

Dust Collector Downflow

 

4. No need for rotating dirty filters

     a. Vertical dust collector design allows for even cartridge filter loading.

 

5. Horizontal cartridge filters blind off the top 20% of the filters media from dust laying on top of it.

     a. Since gravity is in a vertical cartridges favor, vertical cartridge filters will prevent a build-up of dust while allowing equal filter media distribution for the incoming dust.

horizontal dust collector

 

6. Changing filters takes a fraction of the time

     a. Allows for a much cleaner process as the vertical cartridge filters don’t have to be pulled out to your body.

 

7. There is only one gasket seal point in a vertical cartridge collector..not two or three.

      a. Horizontal cartridge dust collectors have to be seated properly, they have more potential for dust bypass.

dust collector diagram