HVAC Optimization Service
Growing emphasis on indoor air quality has resulted in the need for more stringent air filtration requirements in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. In addition to these increased requirements, the cost of replacing filters and expending energy to push air across the filter bank has also become increasingly more prominent in HVAC operational costs. In fact, it is estimated that commercial and residential markets in the U.S. spend over $110 billion in HVAC costs, and over 17% of this amount is expended in the material costs of air filters, the labor required to replace filters, and electricity necessary to push air across the filter bank.
IntraMicron has developed a methodology designed for building operators to realize previously untapped savings in HVAC operation and maintenance. This methodology has been developed and strengthened through rigorous experimentation on equipment designed to simulate both industrial and residential air handling conditions. Since no two buildings have the exact same infrastructure, patterns, and behavior, IntraMicron utilizes real time monitoring of individual air handling units to develop customized solutions necessary to optimize each building's unique HVAC system. These tailored HVAC systems include the use of custom filters designed to optimize each air handler, condition-based maintenance scheduling to utilize labor resources most efficienctly, and multi-element structure arrays that utilize multiple single filters in a pre-fabricated box to greatly increase filtration capacity.
The end result of the application of this proprietary methodology is a full-cost accounting model that combines the total cost involved in HVAC filter procurement, replacement, and usage in terms of material costs, labor costs, and electricity costs in the form of pressure-volume (PV) work necessary to move air across the filter bank. Each cost aspect, or all aspects combined, can be optimized to meet the specific goals of the customer with respect to total ownership cost, air quality, and net energy usage.