FEATURES & BENEFITS COMPARISON
|Paper is considered a lower initial cost item. Although it can be cleaned, there is a low limit of the number of cleanings. Higher overall cost.||PRICE||Can be competitive in price though sometimes higher initial cost. If cleaning and reusing is achieved, overall cost will be less than paper.|
|Paper has a smooth surface, therefore less capacity than a fibrous felt material. Shorter life span, more servicing and maintenance.||DIRT HOLDING||More surface fibers on felt for greater dirt holding capacity. Longer operating time before servicing, less maintenance.|
|In order for paper media to be equivalent to felt media in dirt holding capacity, you need four times the surface area.||FILTER AREA||One-fourth the surface area needed to be the same as paper.|
|Paper will rip and tear when wet and usually pleats will split, opening up a large area for bypassing.||STRENGTH||Stronger and will accept moisture. Better equipment protection. If bypassing occurs, it would be due to small holes that could eventually be covered by contaminant.|
|Although paper claims to be washable, it will lose strength and should not be cleaned more than 3 times. After the first cleaning, paper loses 25% of dirt holding capacity and 10% after each additional cleaning.||CLEANING||Can be cleaned effectively by compressed air, vacuuming, or by washing in mild soap & water. With regular maintenance, cleaning can be accomplished 10 or more times.|
|Pressure loss through paper is unpredictable. Difficult to schedule proper shut downs for cleaning and replacing.||PRESSURE DROP||Pressure loss is gradual and one can predict reaching a maximum loss so shut downs can be scheduled.|
|A variety of efficiencies are available, but with some limitations.||EFFICIENCY||Efficiencies and a variety of media for chemical and temperature compatibility.|
The Best Reason to use a Synthetic Felt Media is Re-Usability. Typically, customers can expect these filters to be re-washed 6-8 times, some have even reused these 10 times.
Take a look at how to Clean the Synthetic Media Air Filters.