An air filter is a device made up of fibrous or porous materials that prevent pollutants such as dust, mold, and bacteria from entering the building. Air filters are available in different types such as HEPA/ULPA filters, fiberglass filters, pleated filters, baghouse filters, Carbon filters, and others. These filters are used in multiple buildings like residential, commercial, and industrial and have played an important role in maintaining air quality, despite the increasing air pollution which has been worsening day by day.
The Global Sustainable Air Filters Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 7.64% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-28 due to the increasing awareness of air pollution related to health concerns and to maintain better air quality across the globe. According to WHO, approximately seven million people lost their lives due to diseases & health issues caused by air pollution. Moreover, not only outdoor pollution but also indoor pollution has been a grave cause of concern. Hence, many companies have collaborated with other organizations to increase the production of air filters. For instance, in April 2020, 3M formed a partnership with Cummins to increase the production of HEPA filters for use in 3M’s powered air-purifying respirators. The partnership will help in doubling the current production of filters.
|Study Period||Historical Data: 2018-21|
|Base Year: 2022|
|Forecast Period: 2023-28|
|Regions Covered||North America: US, Canada, Mexico|
|Europe: Germany, The UK, France, Spain, Italy, Rest of Europe|
|Asia-Pacific: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific|
|South America: Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America|
|Middle East & Africa: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, South Africa, Rest of MEA|
|Key Companies Profiled||American Air Filter, Absolent Group, Camfil, Philips, Cummins, Purafil, Nippon Muki Co.Ltd, Daikin, MANN+HUMMEL, Vitesy, Donaldson, Freudenberg SE, Koch, Lydall Gutsche, and others|
|Unit Denominations||USD Million/Billion|
In addition, due to the complex nature of the pollutants present in the air, the traditional air filtering materials produced from non-degradable plastics or glass fibers are facing a challenge in effectively removing the particulate pollutants, such as PM2.5, and gaseous pollutants, including toxic chemicals, and bacteria, among others. The materials used in the traditional filters are also non-degradable and end up in landfills. The bio-degradability feature of the materials used to develop these sustainable air filters makes them a green solution for air filters, which resulted in the rise in demand for air filters.
Furthermore, manufacturers are implementing a variety of sustainable air filtration techniques in a diverse range of end-use industries, such as commercial, industrial, pharmaceutical, and residential. Similarly, the adoption of these air filters has ramped up significantly as a result of advancements in digitization technologies & filter media technology, which are expected to create a variety of opportunities for market participants, thereby boosting market growth.
Key Trend in the Market
The growing adoption of antimicrobial treatment has moderately induced the demand for sustainable air filters during the historical period. However, the developers are currently working on successful antimicrobial treatments. In laboratory settings, existing therapies yield dramatic outcomes, but they only perform slightly well in real-world applications. Additionally, antimicrobial air filters can be used to trap fungi, bacteria, yeast, etc. Therefore, the growing demand for antimicrobial air filters is estimated to impact the market during the forecast period.
Based on Product Type:
Of them all, the HEPA/ULPA has shown considerable growth in the Global Sustainable Air Filters market during the past period. These filters are made from either glass or synthetic materials and are very effective in capturing almost every size of particle present in the air. Moreover, they are also used to capture viruses, bacteria, pollen, PM2.5, allergens, etc. HEPA filters are known to remove at least 99.97% of dust, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm). Hence, all air cleaners & filters require frequent cleaning & replacement of filters to function properly.
Besides, due to all these features, HEPA is most widely used as a primary air filter across households, automobiles, biomedical manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, etc. However, ULPA filters provide better filtration for tobacco smoke, oil smoke, insecticide dust, and carbon dust & are also helpful in containing several viruses. Furthermore, ULPA filters have a MERV rating of 20 & are the highest-quality filters available. As a result, the demand for HEPA/ULPA is anticipated to upsurge in the coming years.
Based on Application:
Among them, the residential application holds a significant share in the Global Sustainable Air Filters market. Indoor air in certain areas is regarded as more harmful than outdoor air. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher in homes than in typical outdoor air. As a result, it is one of the leading causes of ailments such as heart disease, dizziness, fatigue, eye & throat irritation, cancer, respiratory disease, and others. Furthermore, the use of air filters assisted residential consumers in analyzing & managing cost and energy efficiency via air quality management devices.
Moreover, easy access via the app from any location is gaining popularity among residential users and is one of the primary factors driving the increase in sales of sustainable air filters. These air filters have been used not only to improve operational performance but also to provide consumers with a healthy & breathable environment, enhancing the market growth during 2023-28.
Geographically, the Global Sustainable Air Filters Market encompasses five regions:
Of all the regions around the world, North America comprises regional markets of the US, Canada, and Mexico and is anticipated to dominate the Global Sustainable Air Filters market during the forecast period. The market for sustainable air filters is comparatively new & evolving at a steady pace. The stringent rules & regulations implemented by the US & Canadian governments to reduce alarming pollution levels are expected to support market growth during the forecast period. As a result, several major air filtration manufacturers are developing sustainable air filters to gain a firm grip on this market.
Additionally, the spike in demand for air purifiers & other air filtration systems in the region, especially in countries like the US & Canada, is predicted to raise the demand for sustainable air filters for enhanced device performance. Besides, the well-developed infrastructure, innovative technologies, and shift toward air filters made with sustainable materials are also supporting the growth of the market in the region.
Further, due to the rising demand, several companies started to expand their business across the region. Hence, this results in inflating the market growth.
Recent Developments by Leading Companies
Key Driver: Increasing Awareness Regarding Air Quality Management
Air pollution is the world’s biggest environmental health risk, estimated to have contributed to 5 million deaths in 2021 globally. There has also been a strong link between indoor & outdoor air pollution exposure & an increase in the number of diseases. Due to the rising level of air pollution, the demand for air quality management products has increased significantly over the years, and thus has escalated the sales of air purifiers with state-of-the-art air filters. Air filters can help remove & reduce airborne particles, including the minute particles which severely affect an individual's health.
Furthermore, growing consumer awareness of air quality management has aided in the development of air quality management systems such as air filters to reduce airborne contaminants. Meanwhile, companies are working hard to bring new products to market, such as various purification systems for enhanced filtration equipment. Moreover, several players have been working on the mechanical filtration model, which combines pre-filters, HEPA filters, and carbon filters.
As a result, advances in air purification technology have been observed to eliminate particles and bacteria in the residential, commercial, and medical sectors. This indicates a brisk market due to increased awareness of air quality management in recent years, which is expected to continue in the coming years.
Growth Restraints: High Maintenance & Increasing Cost Associated with Air Filter
The total cost of an air filter is composed of the initial investment, maintenance, energy consumption, and disposal costs. Apart from purchasing, the operating & maintenance cost has constrained the users from adopting air filters on their premises, as this cost becomes approximately ten times the original procurement cost of the device in the long run. Thus, the price has been the greatest challenge for the growth of the Sustainable Air Filters market across the globe.
In addition, the high capital investment & presence of fewer manufacturers across the globe have been the prime factor for the surging cost of these devices, thereby hampering the demand for sustainable air filters.
Key Questions Answered in the Market Research Report:
Frequently Asked Questions
A. The Sustainable Air Filters Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 8.28% during 2023-28.
A. Commercial Segments are anticipated to emerge as an opportunity area for the leading players in the market during the forecast period.
A. Digitization of the air filter industry & advancements in filter technologies would drive the Sustainable Air Filters market through 2028.
A. American Air Filter, Absolent Group, Camfil, Philips, Cummins, Purafil, Nippon Muki Co.Ltd, Daikin, MANN+HUMMEL, Vitesy, Donaldson, Freudenberg SE, Koch, Lydall Gutsche, and others, are some of the leading players in the Sustainable Air Filters Market.
A. The growing traction towards antimicrobial treatment is a key trend that would shape the growth of the Sustainable Air Filters Market during 2023-2028.