Lights Camera Action: What’s that smell? Dirty Sock Syndrome

Q: What’s That Smell? A: Dirty Sock Syndrome


Click the above to watch a video on how to get rid of Dirty Sock Syndrome.

Below is a blog written by our Assistant Executive Director- Rachelle Tinley in October 2011. Wanted to reshare this blog for you, in honor of #FBF #FlashbackFriday .

Every year, during the fall and spring months, we get multiple calls from distraught homeowners,worried about foul odors coming from their central heating and air units. One such call came in two years ago, from an older gentleman in Texas.

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For almost an hour, he spoke with our customer service representative, describing his exhausting experience dealing with the stench known in the industry as Dirty Sock Syndrome. Nothing he had done seemed to help, including replacing his unit, cleaning his ducts, cleaning and replacing his carpets, and calling in multiple HVAC contractors looking for an answer. His next step was going to be to sell his house! As a last effort, he called up his unit manufacturer. Amana then told him about our Dirty Sox Kit.

Within a couple of days his local contractor applied the Dirty Sox Kit to his unit. About a month later, our customer service representative received a long, handwritten letter from the man. It was filled with gratitude and praise, not only for the service he received from her, but for the performance of the Dirty Sox Kit. It seemed like the kit was a lifesaver for his family! Our rep was so touched by the letter that she proudly read it aloud, and kept it hung up at her desk.

When homeowners switch their units from cooling to heating, unexpected odor issues can arise. At CRT, we are happy that our low cost, Dirty Sox Kit can solve this problem!

Here is the link to the original blog:
http://crttipster.com/2011/10/18/case-dirtysock/


539149_10151972004281060_1823289601_nKristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Product Unleashed: “CRT’s Dirty Sox Kit Nose Best”

Have you ever walked into a business or home and automatically thought, “Wow! I smell feet.” I can almost, ALMOST guarantee you it is not your clothes, it is not you, it is not the person you are doing business with, or even the homeowner.

In most cases, it is that this individual’s building or home is suffering from Dirty Sock Syndrome. This does not mean that you have dirty laundry of some sort, though, if not contained will eventually transfer to your clothing and other surroundings. Dirty Sock Syndrome is a case where the HVAC system coils and other components have accumulated mold and other fungus due to microbes being in constant moisture from your HVAC’s condensation.

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Because our sense of smell is one of the biggest factors in our sense of comfort, Dirty Sock Syndrome (DSS) can be devastating to a family’s home, or place of business. Would you agree that “Home Sweet Home” does not exist if you too have “Dirty Sock Syndrome”? Home is where we go for comfort, where you raise your children, where you go to rest your head after a long days’ work. Not only will DSS cause you to become aggravated, it could also cause irritation to your nose, eyes, and throat.

If your business attracts Dirty Sock Syndrome (Especially where dealing with the public), it’s a given that inflow will drastically decrease until’ the smell is extinct.

The tricky thing to keep in mind is that a lot of products on the market do not work to eliminate the odor, but instead work as a temporary cover up. So, purchasing the wrong product could ultimately result in spending large amounts of unnecessary money.

The reasons above are why CRT developed an easy to follow, step-by-step, kit to end Dirty Sock Syndrome. CRT’s “Dirty Sox Kit” eliminates the odor by starting at the source of the problem – Ridding the unit of the already settled microbes. After cleaning any remaining debris from the coils with the provided coil cleaner, complete sanitation of the unit. Lastly, apply the coil coating to protect it from bacteria between cleanings.

With only a once a year application! CRT’s Dirty Sox Kit “nose” best!

I have attached step-by-step instructions below. If you have any questions, please leave me comments below. :)

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chasnewChasity Walker, Publicity Manager of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Featuring: Eliminating Dirty Sock Odors – Woodall Heating & Cooling

For the past seven years our Dirty Sox Kit has been cleaning, disinfecting, and protecting HVAC systems. In doing so, it can eliminate dirty gym sock odors, increase air quality in the HVAC system.

I will never forget that awful smell, when entering a local business. It almost made me sick to my stomach. Not to mention, the mold and mildew getting into the air. The President of our company visited a hotel to stay for a little while. He got really sick, and it was due to the mold in the HVAC system.

Here is a letter from one of our valued clients, who uses our Dirty Sox Kits.

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We look forward to continued business with you.We are very pleased with the results of your Dirty Sox Kit. Our technicians have commented on its ease of application and its wonderful results. Our customers are 100% satisfied with the kits application and have said that they have never had fresher smelling air come out of there vents. From customer service all the way through to the application our experience with your company has been exceptional.

Thank you

Carol Woodall

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shandiShandi Maddox, Corporate Client Services Representative of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for VAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Technically Speaking: How far will being lazy get you?

I admit it. I am always looking for ways to do less work and still get my work done. Actually, truth be told, I prefer to sit around with my feet up, while my work is being done.

Can this be done and still keep a job one might ask. The answer is yes, if your willing to put forth a little effort to begin with. My first thought on any given subject of work is “how can I automate this job?”

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I remember several times having to wire up a control system. I had to think a lot, and didn’t necessarily want to do that. My solution, make an easy to use procedure plan for each similar model of system. This shaved off a lot of time and effort. Of course, I had to spend a little time before hand setting it all up, but afterwards, doing this work was a breeze.

Having worked with maintenance staff in large power plants and commercial buildings, I saw things being done that I would never do personally. Once our company Controlled Release Technologies was started, we developed innovations that would take work load off the back of maintenance staff while producing even better results. In the process, the staff was able to have extra time, and the building owners were happy that things were being done.

One example was the replacement of old-fashioned condensate pan treatments. Many buildings as well as residential A/C contractors were having a whale of a time handling the costs of odors, pan overflows, and disgruntled customers who were inconvenienced with damaged carpeting.

Upon inspection, I found that all of the tablets that were being used to handle overflows on the market dissolved quickly in water, so much so that many would dissolve right in front of your eyes in less than one hour. So, when people use this type of tablet, how long do they expect it to last? Of course, in a couple of days, it would be gone. So why were people so surprised they were getting pan overflows and water damage after 3 months?

Shortly after the formation of our company, we developed the first controlled-release product that would release ingredients over a 3 to 6 month period of time, working 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The result: maintenance staff did not have to worry about whether overflows were coming as they never happen. Owners were happy. Customers were relieved.

Contractors saw their reputation get back to where it should be with no complaints in this area, all with cutting back on expensive emergency service calls. And for those with yearly contracts, Algae Guard was a life saver.

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Why does Algae Guard perform so well?

First of all, we engineered the product. It wasn’t “whats on the shelf to repackage” for the cheapest product, or get a 3rd rate solution.

We engineered the product to easily handle 100% outside air at 100% humidity levels and that the unit would run continuously all day long, day in and day out.

The result was that no unit, no matter what geographical location it was in, would ever have dirty or plugged up condensate pans. That was true 25 years ago when we developed the product Algae Guard, and is still true today. Algae Guard has the highest percentage of ingredients of any controlled-released product on the market today.

Check it out on your worst A/C units, and you wont have the odors and biological buildups any more. Best of all, you wont have to clean out the pans, which can be a nasty job!

lynnLynn Burkhart is the founder and president of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. More information about the company, and its products, can be found at http://www.cleanac.com and by calling (800) 766-9057.

Be inspired: Laugh Along With This Baby’s Song – Problem Solved

When you’re having a rough day, what makes you smile? For this baby, it is a Katy Perry song. Watch and laugh along as you see her transform from sad, crying baby to laughing, smiling, and getting her dance on.

How do we flip this around to be HVAC related? We all have a problem. We are all looking for a solution.

Let me just keep it short & sweet by saying: If your HVAC system (whatever part you have) has you in tears, aggravated, or has taken penny after penny out of your sweet pocket; we have something that will dry those tears right up.

Although, it isn’t quite like a Katy Perry song, the solution will have you smiling & getting your dance on.The next time you think about your HVAC problems, I hope you think of this baby and how there is always a solution to any problem. I hope you also consider calling CRT to tell us about what your problem is, we WILL listen.

539149_10151972004281060_1823289601_nKristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina.  CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Lights, Camera, Action: Indications That You NEED HVAC Sanitizer

Fast Attack is CRT’s HVAC Sanitizer with Iodine. In the video below I have spoke about a few indications that you need an HVAC sanitizer applied to your AHU, as well as the steps for the application.

Take a look. If you have any questions for me, you may post them below in the comment section.







chasnewChasity Walker, Publicity Manager of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Product Unleashed: Go With the “Air” Flow!

One of the most common problems associated with dirty coils.

When the HVAC System coils are dirty, you can expect your air flow to affected. Because of the build up on the coils, it will take longer for your system to heat/cool your office, home, etc.

In the case that it takes longer to heat/cool the area, it will then cause your power usage to go up and undoubtedly a higher power bill. With all of the increases that has already taken place, we all could try and save as much as possible. No one wants to waste money, and you don’t have to.

Sickness is also a risk, if the mold and mildew gets into the air stream. This made me think of a story of when the President of our company, was visiting a hotel and became sick, due to mold being in the airstream. Just the thought of the story told, makes me cringe.

Simple things like keeping your HVAC system coils clean, are easy steps to prevent these from occurring.


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Instant Powder Kegs is our easy to use, easy to carry and store, powdered coil cleaner. To learn more about this or any of our other products, give us a call. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Please share your stories and experiences with us, we’d love to hear them.

Until next time….

shandiShandi Maddox, Corporate Client Services Representative of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for VAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

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