What Are You Leaving Behind: Opportunities

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Have you ever made a trip to Walmart or your local grocery store? 

How many times have you went in with the mindset of what you need to get, only to return home and realize the ONE thing you went for you FORGOT! 

P.S If you don’t have to make trips to your local store, give me a call with your secret because we spend a fortune at Walmart. 

Okay, back to the moral of the story. 

In the HVAC world the possibilities are endless! We all know that there are so many things that can be done to prevent problems from occurring inside the HVAC System. My question for you is, do you look for the ways to prevent these problems from popping up? 

I would guarantee that a Contractor makes several visits out to job sites to check things out, maybe even do a quote. How many times have you went to check out a job, only to leave and realize that you could’ve prevented your client from having to spend thousands of dollars later on down the road, by offering them a simple, easy, preventative maintenance fix NOW. 

Today, everyone has an “I want it now” type of mentality. Well, why not use that mentality when trying to save and prolong your HVAC equipment. 

Don’t take a trip to your Air Handler and forget to remember ways to help your client out. 

If you are a client, don’t forget to ask if there are other ways your contractor can help you out. 

Did you take a thorough look at everything and make sure that you checked every nook and cranny? Give the quality of work that the client and the HVAC system deserves. 

In the months to come, we are going to be using the “What Are You Leaving Behind” as one of our blog categories because let’s face it. The HVAC system is an entire world of possibilities and opportunities. 

For instance, if the HVAC system is being looked at for a condensate drain pan leak; you have the solution to stop the pan from leaking. But did you walk away without suggesting a solution to keep the pan from corroding (which is more than likely the reason the pan leaked in the first place)?

I would love to hear some feedback on what other things you offer as a Contractor when you go to visit your clients and help them out. 

I would also love some feedback from the clients and how their Contractors have helped them out or maybe haven’t helped them out. 

Just like you leaving the grocery store and thinking, “Did I forget anything?”. Do the same thing when leaving the HVAC System- “Did I forget anything?”. 

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

Technically Speaking: Why Use CRT Solutions in your HVAC Air Handler?

There are 100s of commodity products on the HVAC market.  In a world where A=A  prevails, that is where one product is the same as another which is the same as another and on and on and on, is there any room for exceptions to this rule?

After all the marketing hype is read or listened to,  and “it’s just as good as…” statements are over, the fact remains we all like to get a product that produces in full the results we want with no excuses why it doesn’t work.  It holds true at home, and especially holds true at work.

We don’t want odors inside the air handlers.  We don’t want to see buildup of slime or dirt in the air handler condensate pan because its not sanitary, but also because we know someone has to clean the biological soup mess out.  And if you’re still going through this as part of maintenance, you shouldn’t be wasting your time.

CRT products are engineered to be the best on the market.  They always have been, and are still the best today.

Why?   Take HVAC pans for example.

Microbials are always a factor in condensate drain pans.  They grow easily in condensate pans because the dark and humid conditions are perfect for their growth.  They can cause dirt particles to stick together, and plug up the condensate drain lines – water then overflows onto the floor.  If you are an owner, this can be quite upsetting, as the water could ruin carpeting on floors below, or can get into the concrete under the HVAC unit, where mold continues to grow along with odors.

Its natural for firms to present solutions for this by adding an anti-microbial to kill bacteria and fungal growth within the condensate pan.  Although its seemingly good idea, it almost never works.

Why?

Did you know that all microbials can’t be killed by a very low dosage of anti-microbial?   Some may be killed at a small dose of anti-microbial like 5 parts per million (a ppm is a measure of the dosage weight per unit of water flow).

Many others will not be killed unless the dosage rate is over 450 ppm, or some 90 times more.  Therefore, the majority of users do not get enough dosage to handle the varying types of microbes in the condensate drain pan.

Further more, there is another factor – the amount of condensate water flow through the unit.  A small “through-the-wall” PTAC unit of 1 ton, can flow up to 2 gallons of condensate per day.   A larger unit such as a 50 ton unit can flow can flow as much as 200 gallons per day or more.  So here, there is over a 100 times difference in water.   Think of it like taking an aspirin when you have a headache.  Mix the aspirin in a glass of water and drink the water.  Your headache will be addressed.  Now, take this same tablet and mix it evenly in 100 glasses of water.  Drink one glass. You have only taken 1/100th of the aspirin.  Will your headache go away?  Most likely not.

So the lesson is you need to have enough “mass” or weight of the product per volume to work.  If you don’t have it, its not going to work Its as simple as that.

Thats the reason why tossing in small tablets into a large air handler condensate pan does not produce results expected.  Perhaps the user feels better emotionally because he did something, but still, the results are second rate.

CRT’s Algae Guard, the first timed-released product of its type on the market, handles all of this in the background,  Users are 100% certain they will experience zero overflows, and that they won’t be cleaning condensate pans.  Odors arising from the microbes disappear because they are not there.

Furthermore, we have sized out the mass or weight of the product to specifically handle all tonnages of air handlers, so there is absolutely no question the Algae Guard will perform -  no excuses.  You have 100% certainty with Algae Guard.

Although we have well over a decade of field use with this product, we always update formulations to coincide with the latest technology we develop.  Algae Guard today is far better than it was even ten years ago!

We are always here to answer questions on this and other other products we manufacture.  We are all about performance.

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Lynn 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.

Something Interesting: IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR….(AACHOOOO)

It’s that time of year again. A time for travel, shopping, much needed down-time, celebration ,and most of all family gathering.

Most of your down time is going to be spent inside and more than likely there will be a Christmas Tree close by. You may enjoy taking down and putting up an artificial tree, however, you may display the live tree. As beautiful as they are, they may pose a threat to your enjoyment.

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Did you ever wonder why your allergies flared more around this time of year? Well, just maybe you’re experiencing Christmas tree syndrome. Seriously, if you chose to have the live tree, think about it. This tree was cut down and stored with moisture on it, until its owner came to purchase it (you). On this tree, rests pollen, mold (which loves moisture), dust, etc. You bring it into your house and then maybe you don’t dust off your ornaments that you used the previous year. Yet, you decorate the tree and head out to complete your holiday endeavors.

According to WebMD, twelve times during a two week period, researchers measured mold counts in a room containing a live Christmas tree, beginning when the tree was brought inside and decorated. The tree was located 10 feet from a heat vent, and the indoor temperature was maintained at between 65 and 68*F. For the first three days, counts remained at 800 spores per cubic meter of air, then began escalating, rising to a maximum of 5,000 spores per cubic meter by day 14, when the tree was taken down.

How to avoid, or at least decrease the blow or impact of the allergens, well I’m glad you asked. One way to decrease the impact of the allergies, is to display your tree at a shorter amount of time. Shake your tree outside, spray with water and let dry outside, before bringing it in to decorate (WBRC News). Also, clean your ornaments before hanging them on your tree, and refrain from spray on decoration.

Just wanted to share that bit of information, so that you may get the most out of your Holiday and enjoy your family.

Please comment below, letting us know your experience, or if you have anything to add to this to help someone.

From me to you MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

 

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

Lights, Camera, Action: “Unheard of – Prevent Rusting”

What about the vertical surfaces inside the HVAC system that are rusting? Why protect the bottom of a drain pan if you aren’t going to protect the sidewalls as well.

Sure, you could go ahead and pour Pancrete in the bottom of your pan and solve the leaking problem, but what happens when the vertical surfaces rust away leading to more holes and unwanted leaks?

There is a solution to your problem! However, don’t just take my word for it….check out our V570 vertical resurfacer.

All of our top selling clients ALWAYS use V570 with the Pancrete. Wanna chat with them about the end results and how its made them thousands of dollars, give me a call & I can link you with someone who is in your field and knows firsthand what it’s like to use the V570 vertical resurfacer to prevent rust and corrosion in the HVAC system.

If you didn’t see a video link above, follow this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJEYBgahrKY

P.S. In the video you can see the weather is cloudy with a chance of meatballs today in good ole’ Shelby NC!

If you’ve used V570, I would love to hear any feedback you have.

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Kristen 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

Feature: NFPA 90A Requirements Led Us to Improvements

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The information above was taking from www.live-safe.org. As you have already read on the importance of checking and maintaining fire alarms for your safety, it’s also equally of importantance to take special cautions in areas where fires are known to take placeanywhere that electricity and wires are associated and/or where water and chemical resistance is needed.

Because of the concern and incidents over the years regarding fires and damage, CRT took the extra steps to ensure your investment is secure. Beyond, Pancrete and V570, air handler refurbishment coatings, that I am sure you have heard of (if not, you can refer to the links I’ve added); CRT developed versions of both product to be rated and approved by NFPA 90A requirements, the products were given the title of, T84 and V4138.

While reaching NFPA 90A requirements is one of biggest improvements in the development of T84 and V4138, some other improvements to take into account are: longer working time, better adhesion and penetration characteristics, and the ability to meet and exceed all fire and smoke codes that may be in effect in various locations.

As an end user, this product would bring you great peace, in knowing that you went that extra mile to keep and hold your investment at the highest standard as well as protecting it. As a contractor, it is a MUST that you check with building codes before taking on any new projects; not taking the right procedures could leave you with multiple fines to be paid, especially if their were to be a lost from not following codes.

If you have any questions on any of the products I have talked about in the above blog, please leave me a comment in the section below. I look forward to helping you on your journey. :)

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

Happy Thanksgiving from CRT.

We thank you all for your support over the years and we hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

Ps. Eat until’ you drop! :)

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Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. is 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

HVAC Industry News “ASHRAE & IAQA To Join Forces”

July of this year something very important happened in the HVAC world!

ASHRAE, IAQA To Join Forces To Grow Resources For Indoor Air Quality Professionals

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment.

Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. IAQA will operate independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure. Plans call for IAQA headquarters to relocate from Rockville, Md., to Atlanta, Ga., home of ASHRAE’s international headquarters. The agreement was reached between the leadership of both associations and confirmed at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference that concluded earlier this month in Seattle, Wash.

“This merger is beneficial to both ASHRAE and IAQA in that it strengthens the programs and services of both organizations,” Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE president, said. “The work of IAQA complements the work of ASHRAE in its standards, research, publications and educational offerings. We now combine our resources to ensure the industry receives the best indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs possible, which means improved indoor air quality for the world around us.”

Among ASHRAE’s major indoor air quality offerings are Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, and Standard 62.2, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and publications such as the Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning. ASHRAE also recently announced the formation of the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance, which included IAQA as a charter member. ASHRAE also has a strong research program related to indoor air quality with 10 current projects totaling $2.8 million, representing 23 percent of ASHRAE’s research budget.

“This merger allows IAQA to maintain its own brand while also providing its members with enhanced benefits and services,” Kent Rawhouser, president of IAQA, said. “Our strong history of programs and products is expected to not only continue, but to grow as the merger allows us to take advantage of the resources and programs overseen by ASHRAE. Members of IAQA and ASHRAE will work collaboratively to strengthen indoor air quality programs for the industry, and most importantly, for the people who occupy homes and buildings around the world.”

IAQA provides continuing education, conferences and expositions, certification programs, monthly webinars, technical publications and funds indoor air quality related research. IAQA subsidiary, Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO), is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developing organization focused on indoor air quality assessment, remediation and management of indoor environments.

ASHRAE and IAQA programs will be aligned to create high-impact resources for building professionals around the globe.

“Indoor air quality is vitally important to the health and welfare of people worldwide,” Phoenix said. “Air quality systems must work harmoniously with other systems in homes and buildings to ensure a healthy and sustainable built environment.”

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,600 members and more than 20 local chapters across the United States and Canada. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news and at www.ieso.org.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

Reference Article Here:
https://www.ashrae.org/news/2014/ashrae-iaqa-to-join-forces-to-grow-resources-for-indoor-air-quality-professionals

Controlled Release Technologies Inc. is a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, 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. http://www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.