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What to Know About Sick Building Syndrome

HVAC air filtersAccording to Forbes magazine, Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors. In the majority of these cases, air quality is far worse inside than it is outside.

“Sick building syndrome” is the name given to a collection of illnesses and symptoms that afflict multiple occupants of a particular building. The symptoms include sinus infections, itchy eyes, scratchy throats, upset stomachs, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue. Complaints of these symptoms and overall discomfort can be localized in a particular room or office, or can be widespread throughout the building.

If this reminds you of your facility, there are luckily steps you can take to address the problem. Poor IAQ (indoor air quality) is very often the culprit behind SBS, and some initial strategies you can use to address it include:

  • Upgrade all HVAC air filters in your facility from MERV 8 to MERV 11 in order to remove as much particle waste as possible
  • Improve ventilation to provide outside air to occupants and to dilute and/or exhaust pollutants
  • Identify the sources of air pollution, then remove or reduce the source

Greenleaf Filtration is sure to carry the replacement HVAC air filter that meets your needs, regardless of how niche your equipment or industry may be.

The Benefits of Donaldson LifeTec® Filters for Food and Beverage Filtration

Donaldson process filtrationDonaldson Filtration Solutions has been providing food and beverage industries around the world with quality filtration products since 1972. More recently, the company has made significant advances in food and beverage process filtration with its new LifeTec® filtration line. These particular industrial process filters contribute to higher flow rates, greater durability, and a longer lifespan than comparable products. They include a range of media options created to remove everything from dirt to bacteria in sterile systems.

If you’re a manufacturer of bottled water, soft drinks, wine, beer or dairy products, you will benefit from the following technology advancements in Donaldson process filtration:

Increased filtration media: These new filters feature up to 20 percent more media area than comparable products. You will also notice higher flow rates, lower pressure drop, and longer life.

High-performance materials: All materials used are developed for direct and indirect food contact in order to satisfy regulatory standards/requirements.

Greater stability: The strong support cage of LifeTec® filters resist damage that leads to media failure, thus increasing reliability and reducing costs.

From pre-filtration to final and low capacity to high, Donaldson has the right products to meet your specific needs. All filters also meet U.S. FDA, CFR Title 21 and 1935/2004/EC requirements for food and beverage applications.

The Benefits of Using Sublime Water Scale Solvent

synthetic lubricantsOver time, the operating efficiency of air compressors, heat exchangers, vacuum pumps, boilers, cooling towers and other water-wetted equipment can decline due to the presence of scale deposits. Minerals such as calcium and magnesium compounds from non-distilled water tends to bind to metal, which leads to lime scale build-up and increased power consumption as the equipment is forced to work harder to operate. However, Sublime Water Scale Solvent is available to return any scaled processing equipment you may have in your facility to top operating efficiency.

Save Money
Sublime offers an instant return on your investment. Lime scale is a costly nuisance, but this descaler can be used to avoid production problems. Without the weight of built-up scale to cause bearing failure in rotating equipment such as pumps and mixers, you can evade possible mechanical failure.

Eco-Friendly
Sublime Descaler is easy to use, biodegradable, eco-friendly, and even exceeds government regulations. When used as directed, it is non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and non-hazardous.

No Downtime
Because it is so safe and versatile, descaling maintenance done with Sublime can often be performed while a system is still in operation, thus eliminating costly downtime.

Reusable
When Sublime changes to a bluish-purple color, you’ll know when it should be discarded. This way, you won’t spend time circulating a depleted solution. On the other hand, if it remains the pale yellow color, you’ll also know when it can be saved and used again.

At Greenleaf Filtration, our chemical descalers, synthetic lubricants, hydraulic oils and more will effectively help you clean and maintain your product line, thus preventing costly downtime. Learn more about our professional chemical descalers and synthetic lubricants here.

Single vs. Multi Bag Filtration Housings

ADonaldson Process Filtrationt Greenleaf Filtration, we take pride in the ability to identify the needs of our customers, in addition to providing the filtration products that will best fit their needs. This includes a wide variety of bag filter housing options, including single bag housings and multi-bag housings.

While single bag housings only hold one filter bag at a time, multi-bag housings carry more than one bag and are geared for more complex or demanding applications. Multi-bag housings also feature advantages such as higher flow rates and less downtime for bag changes, so you’re not spending your time and money on unnecessary tasks.

Multi bag filter housings are intended for applications where the flow rate is too high for a single bag filter housing. That being said, you may not find that multi-bag housings are needed for your facility. With their simpler design, single bag housings are more economically priced.

Our featured manufacturers (Parker, Knight Corporation, Donaldson Process Filtration, and more) offer bag filter housings that ensure years of consistent performance at competitive prices. We stock filter housings for industrial, chemical, gas, pharmaceutical, and food/beverage applications, in addition to cartridge filters and industrial bag filters. No matter the filtration challenges you may face in your company’s chemical production processes, Greenleaf Filtration can provide the products and knowledge you need to achieve better purity and efficiency.

Why Do We Need Sterile Air Filters?

sterile air filtersCertain industries must use sterile air filters in order to keep contamination at bay. Food, pharmaceutical, and beverage industries above all must protect harmful particles or bacteria from spreading throughout their operations.

At Greenleaf Filtration, we carry an ideal selection of sterile air filters. These filter applications are used to ensure no harmful bacteria or other toxins are emitted into the workplace. Whatever kind of work environment you have, you’ll want to use high-efficiency filters to draw out any physical emissions that may have leaked into the building’s air systems.

The last thing you want is a building full of ill employees or a recall of a product that is unsanitary and unsafe. It is important to control the pollutants throughout the inside of your business. Contaminants can leak into the building by a number of entry points. Be sure to investigate how to stop poor quality air from penetrating your workspace environment.

Greenleaf Filtration is the company to contact to ensure high-quality air in your building. Contact us at (888) 974-6171 for more information. Based in Virginia, we serve customers across the United States as well as internationally.

A Variety of Industrial Air Filter Options

air filter supplier RichmondThere is more to purchasing a commercial air filter than meets the eye. Greenleaf Filtration offers a variety of filters and can even customize one to fit your specifications. As a major air filter supplier in Richmond, our goal is to help your company run at its peak performance. We supply filters to many businesses, including automotive, commercial cleaners, hospitals, and schools, among others.

With our comprehensive line of industrial filters, we are sure to have something that fits your needs. Some of the products we most commonly offer our customers include:

  • HVAC filters
  • Liquid process filters
  • Compressor filters
  • Condensate compressor drains
  • Filter housings
  • Hydraulic filters

No matter what industry you’re in, you can depend on our specialized filters to properly remove or reduce the particles contaminating your air. We have supplied numerous air filter applications for a wide variety of industries and manufacturers. You can find the specific brand you need among our vast inventory.

Rely on Greenleaf Filtration to supply you with the filter that suits your industry needs. Browse through our website at GreenleafFilters.net to check out our selections.  We are a well-known filter supplier in Virginia, North Carolina, and throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. We also serve clients throughout the nation and even internationally.

Industrial Bag Filters for Your Business

industrial bag filtersAs a business owner, it is important to choose the right industrial bag filters for your equipment. We carry a variety of bag filters to meet your industry specific needs. Without the proper filters, your equipment will become overloaded and stop working altogether. Protect your large investment by selecting the right bag filters for your machinery.

Ensure your business continues to run smoothly when you choose one of the following filters: classic felt, multifilament mesh filter bags, enhanced vertical pleat, Maxx GF, Visc-Maxx, monofilament mesh filter bags, and X-Tra life filter bags. All of our filters are made from high-quality materials and are designed to be cost efficient without breaking the bank. Keep reading to find out what types of businesses our filters benefit.

Our bag filters are ideal for the following types of businesses:

  • Breweries
  • Dairies
  • Food processers
  • Wine bottlers
  • Printing
  • Nuclear energy
  • Water treatment
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Soft drinks

Remember, selecting the right bag filter will help your business operate more efficiently. Turn to Greenleaf Filtration when you need more industrial bag filters for your business. Visit our website at GreenleafFilters.net to discover more about our wide selection of industrial bag filters and how they can improve your business.

The Different Levels of Pressure Filters

Donaldson filtration systemsWondering which Donaldson filtration system is right for your business? There are different pressure levels of filters including high, medium, and low. Regardless of the PSI level you are working with, these filters can withstand a wide range of pressures for your convenience.

There are three types of Donaldson Filtration Systems:

·     High Pressure Filters: This type of filter is strategically positioned right in the middle of important components like valves, cylinders, motors, and pumps. They can support pressures up to 6500 PSI.

·     Medium Pressure Filters: These filters can be used in situations where the pressure can reach up to 2000 PSI. Spin-on and inline cartridge-style filters are also available in this level.

·     Low Pressure Filters: Last but not least, this filter is the most common. Low pressure filters can withstand pressures up to 350 PSI. They are often used in hydraulic circuits because of the pressure level.

No matter what type of pressure level you are dealing with, the Donaldson Filtration systems have the right filter for your machinery to run your business. Do not forget to select the one that will withstand the maximum level of PSI for your equipment.

The Benefits of Updating Your Building’s HVAC System

HVAC air filtersSome facilities were built or upgraded in recent years, and thus include the latest in technology and systems for occupant safety and comfort. However, some facilities are still using outdated technology in their HVAC units and HVAC air filters. Below are some great benefits you’ll find when making an upgrade to your HVAC system.

Improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Improving the quality of your facility’s air is the main purpose of an HVAC system. Poor IAQ is associated with asthma attacks, headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems, and even carbon monoxide poisoning.

Reduced Costs
Heating and cooling accounts for about 40% of a commercial facility’s electricity costs. You can cut back on these ongoing costs with a more efficient HVAC system that won’t consume as much energy to operate.

Greater Occupant Comfort
There’s no question that proper indoor temperature and ventilation are key to maintaining a comfortable, healthy and productive work environment for the occupants of a building. This doesn’t just apply for humans and animals, either; heavy equipment also requires specific climate conditions to function properly.

Marketing/PR Benefits
Going beyond typical light bulb and recycling initiatives to upgrade your building’s HVAC system can draw environmentally conscious customers to your business, support a positive brand image, and even bring positive attention from local press.

Keeping Wastewater Clean with Oil Water Separators

oil water separatorCompressed air is undoubtedly an essential power source used widely throughout the industry. It is a safe, strong and reliable utility and may even be the most important part of your production processes. However, it also contains dirt, particulates and degraded oil, which all combine to create an unwanted condensate. This condensate is often acidic and can wear away at machinery, block valves and corrode piping. Discharging this contaminated condensate from your compressed air system is also harmful to the environment (and likely illegal). This is why any business that plans to discharge oily or sediment-laden wastewater to sewers must install, use and maintain an oil water separator.

Oil water separators from Greenleaf Filtration are a simple, economic and environmental solution for facility owners. They are installed as part of the compressed air system to reduce the oil concentration in the condensate that is collected. This means that the condensate is now permitted for discharge, while the concentrated oil that is collected is disposed of separately (and economically).

Your facility can save maintenance costs and help protect the environment with an oil water separator. They’re simple to install, operate and maintain, and will help ensure that your facility is meeting trade effluent regulations.