At the start of 2017, ISO 16890 was launched to become the new global standard for HVAC air filtration. ISO 16890 will replace the EN 779 classification, which means saying goodbye to the familiar F7 - and all the other G, M and F classes. It's going to completely change how you specify and buy HVAC filters. But what is ISO 16890? Why has ISO 16890 been launched? And what does ISO 16890 mean for you? You can find out below.
Fish may not sound relevant to HVAC filtration, but the filter in your air handling unit was probably tested against just one particle size. And that's exactly what the new ISO 16890 standard seeks to address.
The new ISO 16890 standard will completely transform the way we think about air filters. The good news is that it's going to bring you a number of benefits in the process. But to realize these benefits, you need to understand it. Our guide examines the new ISO filter standard in depth; revealing how it all works, why it's important, how you can benefit and what you need to look for in a compliant filter.
The outgoing EN 779 standard tested a filter with just one particle size. ISO 16890 looks at a filter's ability against a range of different-sized particulate. That means you get a full picture of how an air filter will perform when you install it in your HVAC system.
MANN+HUMMEL's Intelligent Air Solutions team has been involved in developing the new ISO filter standard from the start. And we've put a lot of work into ensuring we're ISO 16890 ready. Part of this is a complete refit of our Swedish test facility, which now boasts 240 m2 of controlled test environment. This means we can recreate as realistic an environment as possible to help ensure our products offer maximum performance in the real world.
Separate the useful from the harmful, but how does an air filter media work?
Ivanka Poljak is a member of the MANN+HUMMEL R&D community specialized in media engineering and development. She will explain us the mechanisms to understand how filtration works.
Magnus Johnsson is a member of the MANN+HUMMEL R&D Community specialized in filter development and testing. He has been involved in the creation of the new filter test norm ISO 16890 and of the required test lab, ready since 2016. He shows us why having a state of the art test lab is so important to be compliant with the ISO 16890. Moreover, the relation with other measuring activities is indispensable to be as near to the real conditions as required.
The new ISO 16890 presented by one of its creators. Thomas Carlsson is the R&D director of the MANN+HUMMEL plant from Svenljunga, Sweden. As a member of the EN norming committees among other institutions he accumulates one experience of more than 25 years in the field of industrial air and he has been active in the creation of the recently vote ISO 16890.