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Data Centers’ Growing Energy Needs Could Be Cut With Camfil Air Filters

By November 20, 2015 No Comments
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Camfil Filtration Systems Keep Data Centers’ Air Clean, Power Bills Under Control

Data centers house the technology that create the Internet and cloud computing. The servers, storage devices and computers in those centers run hot so air conditioning and air circulation systems are needed to cool them down and keep them clean so they can continue to operate.

Camfil, the world’s leader in commercial and industrial air filtration systems, makes filtration systems that keep data centers’ and computer facilities’ air clean and the equipment running while lowering electric bills. Camfil air filtration expert Charlie Seyffer discusses how Camfil filters help keep data centers and the Internet and cloud computing running while also reducing electrical needs in a recent Google+ hangout.

“There are data centers located across the country, over three million of them. Some of them are very small, some could fit in a closet while others take up millions of square feet,” Seyffer says.

The amount of energy to power the servers and computers as well as keep them cool and clean can be substantial. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates,

  • The country’s data centers consume the equivalent of the output of 34 500 megawatt power plants to satisfy their electrical needs.
  • By 2020 data centers will need an additional 17 power plants to meet their expected energy demands.
  • Data centers used 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013 (twice the electricity consumed by New York City) and could use up to 139 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020, a 53% increase.

The infrastructure systems needed to keep data centers and computer facilities running normally consume at least half of the total energy consumed in data centers and server installations, according to a report by the federal Environment Protection Agency published in 2007. The agency stated that those operating the data centers are pursuing energy-efficiency improvements to these infrastructure systems, including improving airflow management.

Seyffer says Camfil filters help the owners and operators of data centers and computer facilities by,

  • Keeping the interior air clean, keeping dust and dirt away from equipment that could cause them to run even hotter and less efficiently, and
  • Doing so in a way that results in the air conditioning or circulation systems using less power.

“If we had the proper filter selection,” Seyffer says, “Some of these facilities could save 30% or more in energy costs. The overall savings to the industry could be $20 billion.”

You can learn more about how Camfil helps data centers and computer facilities keep their air clean while controlling their electrical needs by reading about Camfil’s clean air solutions.

The world leader in air filtration systems, Camfil provides clean air solutions for hospitals, hotels, office buildings, data centers, educational institutions and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. We provide the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality and reduce airborne particulates, all while lowering total cost of ownership. For more information, visit us online at or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.