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There are three very important methods to be familiar with when it comes to Maintenance up-keeps. As with any maintenance up-keep there are a few different approaches you can take. In this blog though, we are defining Reactive, Preventative, and Predictive Maintenance, all in regards to the HVAC Industry.

When a professional sets out into the HVAC world; they should choose which approach is best for the business or consumer; and depict how you are going to save the most money in the long run. A lot of times depending on the approach one takes in the field will help you determine if you are working with a true professional or a stand alone contractor.

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So, to break it down by maintenance approach, we are going to start with Reactive Maintenance, which I believe is the least attractive of the three. Reactive Maintenance is an approach that takes place after the equipment is already at a “no-turn around” type condition and is often times referred to as Management by Crisis – which is when a manager is creating more crisis than he is preventing. This meaning that the equipment is broken down and that there was nothing done before hand to prevent the situation from occurring. These type fixes are going to take the most out of your pocket, and require the most attention (taking you away from greater responsibilities). As a professional, this would not be the most appropriate approach to take.

Preventative Maintenance, however, goes a step above Reactive, and is one that should be done at all times when dealing with HVAC equipment. Preventative Maintenance is making an attempt to at least check the condition of your unit rather there seems to be an issue or not. With HVAC, this approach is important for the simple fact that you can’t always see equipment deterioration or bacteria from the outside. And when you go with the “out of sight, out of mind”, is when we end up with Reactive Maintenance. This approach will help you to stay on top of things, so that you can catch the problem before resulting in system failure. This approach seems to be one of the more popular approaches.

Lastly, Predictive Maintenance, is going to be your worry-free approach, this technique is designed to help you determine the HVAC’s condition and better predict when maintenance should be performed. Basically, you have it on schedule to be repaired before the problem/break has presented itself. While this approach may not be the most popular, it creates the best results and is the best approach to take.

In a nutshell, Predictive Maintenance is going to result in more cost savings over routine or preventative Maintenance procedures, while Preventative does the same over Reactive Maintenance, saving you more over the reactive approach, more so than Predictive over Preventative.

Are you a professional? Which maintenance approach do you prefer? Leave me a comment in the section below.

 

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Chasity Walker, Publicity Manager of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is a 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 ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Hi Friends!

In speaking with my clients, I realize that some of you do not know all of the products that we manufacture.

Below you will find a cheat sheet that was made to show all of CRT products, part numbers, description, and how it is sold. You will also see coverage information and how these products are sold.

We would like for you to be as knowledgeable on our products as possible.

Please let us know what questions you may have on any of these products. We will be happy to help in any way we can.

Also, we welcome you to comment on your experiences with these products.

Product Listing Cheat Sheet PDF created by Kristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director

PRODUCT LINE PART # DESCRIPTION INCLUDES #/CASE INFO FIELD8
Powder Keg Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils PK6 All purpose HVAC Coil Cleaner (in the form of a powder) 6- PK1�s (PK1 is 6- 4 oz resealable bags) PK6 is a case PK6 makes 12-24 gallons
Powder Keg Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils PK12 All purpose HVAC Coil Cleaner (in the form of a powder) 12- PK1�s (PK1 is 6- 4 oz resealable bags) PK12 is a case PK12 makes 24-48 gallons
Fast Attack Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils FA-1 EPA Registered HVAC System Sanitizer 12 8oz bottles Makes 2.5 gallons per bottle
First Strike Micro Coat Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils FSMC-G Evaporator Coil Coating (Annual Application) 1 Gallon 2 Gallons in a case Covers 50 ton
First Strike Micro Coat Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils FSMC- Q Evaporator Coil Coating (Annual Application) 1 Quart 8 Quarts in a case Covers 10-12 ton
First Strike Micro Coat Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils FSMC-P Evaporator Coil Coating (Annual Application) 16 oz spray bottle 12 Pints in a case Covers 3-5 ton
Coil Shield Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils CS-1 Condensor Coil Coating (annual application protects against salt air corrosion) 1 Gallon 2 Gallons in a case Covers 50 ton
Coil Shield Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils CS-Q Condensor Coil Coating (annual application protects against salt air corrosion) 1 Quart 8 Quarts in a case Covers 10-12 ton
Coil Shield Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils CS-P Condensor Coil Coating (annual application protects against salt air corrosion) 16 oz spray bottle 12 Pints in a case Covers 3-5 ton
Dirty Sox Kit Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils DSK Eliminates Dirty Sock Syndrome Includes 4 oz Powder Keg, 1 Pint of Fast Attack, 1 Pint of First Strike Micro Coat and gloves. 1 Kit Covers 3-5 Ton
Clean AC Kit Clean & Protect Evaporator and Condenser Coils IAQ-1 Complete AC Maintenance in a box Includes 4 oz Powder Keg, 1 Pint of Fast Attack, 1 Pint of First Strike Micro Coat , 1 PanGuard (HC8/1.50) and gloves. 1 Kit Covers 3-5 Ton
Drain Ring Clean & Protect Floor Drains DR18 Specialty Floor Drain Product 18� Ring Joined, Packed Flat 24 pcs in case
Reinforced Drain Ring Clean & Protect Floor Drains RDR18 1/1 Specialty Floor Drain Product 18� Ring Joined, Reinforced, Packed Round 24 pcs in case
Flex Seal Protect Ductwork, Walls, and insulation FX5 Flexible White Coating for Ductwork, LOW VOC, Zero Flame Spread 5 Gallon Pail 1 5 Gallon Pail Covers 75- 150 sq feet per gallon (so that is 375-750 sq. ft. per 5 gallon coverage)
Ductile Protect Ductwork, Walls, and insulation DT5 Flexible black coating for use in robotic sprayer in ductwork 5 Gallon Pail 1 5 Gallon Pail Covers 75- 150 sq feet per gallon (so that is 375-750 sq. ft. per 5 gallon coverage)
Bioflex Protect Walls and insulation Bio5 EPA Registered Fungicidal Protective Coating, LOW VOC (NOT AVAILABLE IN CALIFORNIA AND CANNOT BE USED IN DUCTWORK) 5 Gallon Pail 1 5 Gallon Pail Covers 75- 150 sq feet per gallon (so that is 375-750 sq. ft. per 5 gallon coverage)
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins RC6/1.50 Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 1-2 ton, 3 month protection 1 piece 144 pcs in case 1/8� thick, 6� x 1.50
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins RC12/1.50 Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 3-5 ton, 3 month protection 1 piece 144 pcs in case 1/8� thick, 12� x 1.50
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins HC4/.75 Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 3/4 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 4� x .75�
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins HC4/1.50 Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment , 1 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 4� x 1.50�
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins HC6/1.50 Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 1-2 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 6� x 1.50�
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins HC8/1.50 Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 2-3 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 8� x 1.50�
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins HC9/1.50 Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 2-3 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 9� x 1.50�
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins HC12/1.50 Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 3-5 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 12� x 1.50�
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins CU-N2 Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 7-12 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 24 pcs in case 3/4� thick, 12� x 1.50�
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins CU-N Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 20-25 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 24 pcs in case 3/4� thick, 24� x 1.50�
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins CU-S Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 20-25 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 24 pcs in case 3/4� thick, 12� x 3�
PanGuard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins CU-D Time Release Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 40-50 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 24 pcs in case 3/4� thick, 24� x 3�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG4/1.50-R EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 1 ton, 3 month protection 1 piece 144 pcs in case 1/8� thick, 4� x 1.50�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG8/1.50-R EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 2-3 ton, 3 month protection 1 piece 144 pcs in case 1/8� thick, 8� x 1.50�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG12/1.50-R EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 3-5 ton, 3 month protection 1 piece 144 pcs in case 1/8� thick, 12� x 1.50
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG4/.75-H EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 3/4 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 4� x .75�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG4/1.50-H EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 1 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 4� x 1.50�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG5/1.50-H EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 1-2 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 5� x 1.50�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG6/1.50-H EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 1-2 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 6� x 1.50�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG8/1.50-H EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 2-3 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 8� x 1.50�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG12/1.50-H EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 3-5 ton, 6 month protection 1 piece 72 pcs in case 1/4� thick, 12� x 1.50�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG-N2 EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 7-12 ton, 3 month protection 1 piece 24 pcs in case 3/4� thick, 12� x 1.50�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG-N EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 20-25 ton, 3 month protection 1 piece 24 pcs in case 3/4� thick, 24� x 1.50�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG-S EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 20-25 ton, 3 month protection 1 piece 24 pcs in case 3/4� thick, 12� x 3�
Algae Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins AG-D EPA Registered Condensate Drain Pan Treatment, 40-50 ton, 3 month protection 1 piece 24 pcs in case 3/4� thick, 24� x 3�
Cooler Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins E-4000 Time Release Evaporator Cooler Pad Descaler (MUST TURN BLEED OFF), Lasts 30-45 days, Treatment for 4000 CFM (approx 400 CFMS = 1 ton) 1 piece 24 pcs in case 1� thick, 12� x 1�
Cooler Guard Clean & Protect Pans & Basins E-10,000 Time Release Evaporator Cooler Pad Descaler (MUST TURN BLEED OFF), Lasts 30-45 days, Treatment for 10,000 CFM (approx 400 CFMS = 1 ton) 1 piece 24 pcs in case 1� thick, 24� x 1�
Clean Bond Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces CB1 Degreaser, Adhesion Promotor, and Controls Flash Rushing, Part of the prep step for metal 1 Gallon 2 Gallons in a case Covers 250 sq. ft. per gallon
Concrete Prep Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces Prep 3/3 Cleans and preps concrete for a quality finish (in the form of a powder) 3-3oz packs 1 Prep 3/3 3 oz = 1 gallon, covers 150 sq. ft
Concrete Stain Remover Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces CSR 3/3 Deep cleans to remove stains from concrete (in the form of a powder) 3-3oz packs 1 CSR 3/3 3 oz = 1 gallon, covers 150 sq. ft
Panhole Filler Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces PF-1 Undercoat to fill perforations in metal – extra viscous, white coating (cannot be used by itself, has to have Pancrete over it, and is only for the bottom of the pan under Pancrete) 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 gallon 2 – 1 Gallon Kits Covers 100-150 sq. ft.
Panhole Filler Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces PF-Q Undercoat to fill perforations in metal – extra viscous, white coating (cannot be used by itself, has to have Pancrete over it, and is only for the bottom of the pan under Pancrete) 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 quart 6- 1 Quart Kits Covers 25-37 sq. ft.
V570 Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces V570-1 Vertical Resurfacer, White gloss finish for vertical and horizontal surfacers, provides a mildew resistant coating, (would be applied before Pancrete) 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 gallon 2 – 1 Gallon Kits Covers 100-150 sq. ft.
V570 Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces V570-Q Vertical Resurfacer, White gloss finish for vertical and horizontal surfacers, provides a mildew resistant coating, (would be applied before Pancrete) 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 quart 6- 1 Quart Kits Covers 25-37 sq. ft.
V4138 Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces V4138-1 NFPA 90-A compliant finish for vertical surfaces, White gloss finish for vertical and horizontal surfaces, provides a mildew resistant coating, (would be applied before T-84) 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 gallon 2 – 1 Gallon Kits Covers 100-150 sq. ft.
V4138 Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces V4138-Q NFPA 90-A compliant finish for vertical surfaces, White gloss finish for vertical and horizontal surfaces, provides a mildew resistant coating, (would be applied before T-84) 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 quart 6- 1 Quart Kits Covers 25-37 sq. ft.
Pancrete Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces PC5-RB Permanent Resurfacer for use in HVAC Drain Pan and Cooling Towers and other places, Self-leveling, submersible, chemical resistant, anti-corrosion metal resurfacer 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 5 gallons 1- 5 Gallon Kit Covers 25 square feet at 1/4� thick
Pancrete Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces PC2-RB Permanent Resurfacer for use in HVAC Drain Pan and Cooling Towers and other places, Self-leveling, submersible, chemical resistant, anti-corrosion metal resurfacer 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 2 gallons 1- 2 Gallon Kit Covers 10 square feet at 1/4� thick
Pancrete Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces PC1-RB Permanent Resurfacer for use in HVAC Drain Pan and Cooling Towers and other places, Self-leveling, submersible, chemical resistant, anti-corrosion metal resurfacer 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 gallon 2- 1 Gallon Kits Covers 5 square feet at 1/4� thick
Pancrete Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces PCQ-RB Permanent Resurfacer for use in HVAC Drain Pan and Cooling Towers and other places, Self-leveling, submersible, chemical resistant, anti-corrosion metal resurfacer 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 quart 6 – 1 Quart Kits Covers 1.25 square feet at 1/4� thick
Touchstone 84 Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces T84-2 NFPA 90-A compliant, Permanent Resurfacer for use in HVAC Drain Pan and Cooling Towers and other places, Self-leveling, submersible, chemical resistant, anti-corrosion metal resurfacer 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 2 gallons 1- 2 Gallon Kit Covers 10 square feet at 1/4� thick
Touchstone 84 Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces T84-1 NFPA 90-A compliant, Permanent Resurfacer for use in HVAC Drain Pan and Cooling Towers and other places, Self-leveling, submersible, chemical resistant, anti-corrosion metal resurfacer 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 gallon 2- 1 Gallon Kits Covers 5 square feet at 1/4� thick
Touchstone 84 Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces T84-Q NFPA 90-A compliant, Permanent Resurfacer for use in HVAC Drain Pan and Cooling Towers and other places, Self-leveling, submersible, chemical resistant, anti-corrosion metal resurfacer 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 quart 6 – 1 Quart Kits Covers 1.25 square feet at 1/4� thick
No Slip Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces PC1-RB-NS Roll it over Pancrete or T84 for a slip resistant surface 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 gallon Part B contains the no slip in it 2 – 1 Gallon Kits Covers 300 sq. ft.
No Slip Resurface A/C Pans, Basins, and other Metal Surfaces PCQ-RB-NS Roll it over Pancrete or T84 for a slip resistant surface 1- Part A and 1 – Part B to both = 1 quart Part B contains the no slip in it 6 – 1 Quart Kits Covers 75 sq. ft.

 

shandiShandi Maddox, Corporate Client Services Representative of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is a 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 ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Do you have an older drip pan that is severely rusted, and may contain pinhole perforations through the pan bottom and/or sides?

If you do, as Michael Jackson would sing, “You are not alone”.

Since Pancrete is engineered to be a water-like consistency so it can self-level and flow under coils, it may also be able to go through any pinholes (if not blocked) that are present in the pan’s surface. Many pinholes are so small in size they may go unnoticed.

Panhole Filler prevents Pancrete from flowing out pinholes in older water drip pans. It bridges holes up to 100 mils thick (or to give you a better visual- the size of a coffee stirrer stick). This white product is also engineered for health and environment issues by being non-toxic, and chromium free. Additionally Panhole Filler functions as an anti-corrosive primer to further protect the surfaces from deteriorating.

PanHole Filler is applied at 10 mil thickness on the bottom of the drip pan. PanHole Filler is not a standalone product, it does require a top coat of Pancrete prior to the unit being put back into service. It is also recommended that Clean Bond be used as a cleaner and flash rust inhibitor prior to the use of Panhole Filler.

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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 a 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 ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Your water heating system can meet your daily needs without being an energy hog.

Reducing energy consumption to cut expenses and (greenhouse gas) emissions is what wise consumers always seek to know.

So here are four incredibly simple and smart ways to lessen the energy expenditure of our home’s hot water system:

1. Know your water heating system inside out.

This is a must. The less we know something, the more afraid we are to do anything about it. Only when we know more about our system can we begin to make an efficient and effective use of it.

For example, how do you know whether your instantaneous gas hot water system is performing well? If you are clueless about its running cost, you may find it difficult to think of a better alternative to it.

Yet, the more familiar you are with the system, the more significant adjustments or changes you can make. Dust off your water heating system’s instructional manual or do an in-depth online search to get to know your water heater better.

2. Consider energy-efficient alternatives to your hot water system.

The best time to look for better alternatives to your water heating system is definitely not on the same day the system breaks down. If your system keeps pushing your utility bills through the roof, you need to save up fast and invest on an energy-efficient unit to replace it with.

For instance, switching to electric or solar heat pumps from tankless electric water heater (a known power hog) will undoubtedly slash your heating bills. When computing for costs, make sure to include the installation, running, and maintenance costs on top of the item’s price tag.

3. Small changes can cut down your total energy consumption.

Little changes in how we use our hot water system can make a big difference when put together. Below are some of the small things we can do to save energy:

  • Use cold water when washing clothes or dishes.
  • In the cold months, try to skip the bath tub and opt for a shower instead.
  • If you find that your showerhead’s energy efficiency label is poor, don’t hesitate to replace it with a highly efficient model.
  • Consider insulating your hot water lines as well as your storage tank (if you are using a tank-style system) to prevent heat loss.
  • Where the climate is not too cold, you can lower the water heating temperature.
  • Never leave your hot water system on when you are going on a long holiday.

4. Properly maintain your water heating equipment for smooth operation.

 You can only discover faulty and leaky parts of your water heating system upon close inspection. If it has been years since you last checked your hot water pipes and tank location, you have a lot of issues to deal with. You can seek the help of a plumber or a hot water maintenance specialist if you find it tough to do any mechanical work.

Remember that a well-maintained system will work more efficiently and serve your needs longer than you expect. So, make regular maintenance or servicing a must in your priority list.

There are definitely more ways to conserve energy through smarter hot water use so stay curious and keep an open mind. Don’t forget to share with us your energy-saving success at the comment section.

 

 

Rachel Heagney, Freelance writer for Controlled Release Technologies Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is a 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 ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. http://www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.

In todays society, and economical state, everyone wants to get the most bang for their buck. Employers want employees who can multitask, restaurants have created a 2 for 1 menu, and we have Clean Bond

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Clean Bond is our 4 in 1 product, which consists of being a cleaner, degreaser, adhesion promoter and acts as a flash rust inhibitor. Although, Clean Bond can stand alone, in many cases Clean Bond is used to assist in Pancrete applications because of it’s ease of use and time savings on Pan Preparation.

Clean Bond was developed and engineered over 5 years ago and has made its impact on HVAC systems all over the United States. In fact, one of our valued clients provided an awesome Recommendation Letter concerning his company’s success story. 

Check out what Kevin Ulkie said about Clean Bond:

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Let us know if you have any applications or experiences that you would like to share. 

Thanks and make a great day! 

shandi

Shandi Maddox, Corporate Client Services Representative of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is a 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 ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

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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

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.

lynn

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.

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