Air Filter Logistics – Why Buying Direct Allows HVAC Contractors to Save Big
Whether you are a HVAC technician, a maintenance crew, or a DIY homeowner, an air filter is a nuisance. Air filters are bulky and expensive to store and handle, while the price that can realistically be charged for them to the end user rarely justifies the hassle. However, for an HVAC technician, they are a necessary evil often used as a loss leader in order to get more lucrative maintenance business.
At the end of the day, the air filter business is a logistics business. While we wrote an extensive article on the logistics of the air filter business, at the basic level if you look at the traditional flow of an air filter, from an HVAC contractor the logistics cost of the filter starts with the raw material (bulky) being trucked into a filter manufacturer. After the filter is made, it has to be boxed and shipped out to distribution centers. Once shipped to distribution centers, the filters are touched again, re-packed on to trucks, and sent off to the local distributors / contractors. Those local distributors have to store the filters in their warehouse, and either ship to larger end customers or carry them on install visits.
AirFilterBuy.com is a service that is designed to alleviate the burden by offering direct access to the manufacturer. We are the direct producer of all of our filtration products and we ship directly to the end user, minimizing the logistics costs associated with an air filter purchase. We work with companies throughout the country to provide just-in-time delivery to either the HVAC companies themselves or drop shipped to the companies where the HVAC companies have a maintenance contract, with the filters arriving just in time for installation.
If you have a residential service business, we also offer the ability to drop ship directly to your end users without any pricing included on the packing slip. We offer whole house replacements for over 30 different branded units in Merv 8, 11, and 13 ratings at a fraction of the cost of the OEM filters. Whether you are looking to replace a common Trion Air Bear filter or a less common Trane / Airtite unit, we have a replacement filter that can work for your customer at a fraction of the cost.
We specialize in pleated air filters but carry a wide array of fiberglass filters, bag filters, ring panels, and an assortment of other filtration products. For wholesale pricing, which generally starts with orders of $750 or more, visit our wholesale website at wholesale.airfilterbuy.com. We will then set up a quick phone call to discuss your actual needs. As we explained above, the pricing of an air filter is as much (or more) about logistics as it is raw material costs. We speak with each one of our wholesale customers to get an idea of the type of purchases and quantities that they need so that we can set them up on the most competitive pricing program possible.