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Myth debunked: Not all fume hoods are energy spenders!


Sep 09, 2015

Myth debunked: Not all fume hoods are energy spenders!

Fume hoods are literally huge energy spenders, with each one consuming more energy than three average homes in the US. Depending on climate and system design, estimated energy costs for fume hoods range up to US$9000 annually. The cost of running more than three of this device is certainly not a joke. Video below will show how Esco addressed this problem with the engineering of Frontier® Acela™, a high performance low flow fume hood.

Based on the video shown above, here are the hard facts:

  • Estimated annual energy consumption for conventional fume hoods is around US$9,000 based on face velocity of 0.5 m/s (100 fpm) at full sash open position for 1.8 m (72”) hood. 
  • The annual energy consumption of a conventional hood is equivalent to the consumption of around 3 average homes in the US.
  • The Frontier® Acela™, a high performance low-flow fume hood, were engineered to help reduce energy consumption. These efficient hoods operate safely at a reduced face velocity of 0.3 m/s
  • With the reduced face velocity, energy consumption can also be lowered dramatically. 

By using Frontier® Acela™ fume hood in your lab, it is estimated for the exhaust volume to be reduced by 58%. This translates to an annual savings of US$ 5,600.