Kimberly-Clark has added a new line of high-efficiency filtration media for Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system air filters.Based on the company’s patented, bicomponent, nonwoven technology, the new media are ideal for a range of HVAC filter styles delivering MERV 11-15 performance.
The media deliver both high initial and high sustained particle capture efficiencies, helping to deliver excellent indoor air quality (IAQ) and keeping HVAC components clean for more efficient and less costly operation.It also maintains a low airflow resistance, which reduces energy costs, as the HVAC system does not need to run as hard to deliver the required amount of air to the building.
The new media can be used in a variety of filter types, including pockets/bags, rigid cells, mini-pleats, v-banks, and aluminum separator filters. Use areas for HVAC filters made with the new media include commercial and institutional buildings, industrial filtration systems, gas turbine filtration systems, paint booths, laboratories, air purifiers, offshore oil rigs and more.
The 100% synthetic media are thermally bonded to prevent fiber shedding during manufacture or in use. This is an advantage over micro-fiberglass media, which can be more easily damaged during manufacture, transport or installation, potentially causing the tiny glass fibers to shed and become airborne and respirable.
The new media feature a mix of fiber diameters in a gradient density structure, with more loosely packed fibers on the upstream side and more densely packed fibers on the downstream side to aid in particle capture efficiency and prevent face-loading of the filter.The composite structure is highly durable and tear-resistant, making it less susceptible to damage during converting, transportation and installation.
The media’s fibers are made from chemically inert polymers, making it completely safe to handle. In addition, the fibers are hydrophobic, preventing moisture absorption and resisting microbial growth.
The media can be thermally, adhesively, ultrasonically or stitch-bonded, providing a wide range of converting options.It is also pleatable with pre/post heat.