Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope that you enjoy this time of food, fun, & fellowship with your family & friends. Happy Thanksgiving.png

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“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company in Shelby, NC, that creates products for HVAC maintenance and more! Find us at cleanac.com, or call us toll free at 800-766-9057.

Fire Prevention Week


Do you know where Fire Prevention Week originated from? 

Check out this story from The National Fire Protection Association.

“Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

Commemorating a conflagration
According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow – belonging to Mrs. Catherine O’Leary – kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you’ve heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O’Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events.

The ‘Moo’ myth
Like any good story, the ‘case of the cow’ has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O’Leary kept her five milking cows. But there is no proof that O’Leary was in the barn when the fire broke out – or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O’Leary herself swore that she’d been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening.

But if a cow wasn’t to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believed that a neighbor of the O’Leary’s may have started the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on October 8, starting several fires that day – in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago.

The biggest blaze that week
While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn’t the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.

Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames were whipping through the area ‘like a tornado,’ some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.

Nine decades of fire prevention
Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they’d been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.  The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.”

Also, Piper Fire Protection has created this free infographic to help you develop an evacuation plan in the event of a home fire. Piper Fire Protection has compiled valuable information on fire times, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and more to help you make the best plan possible. Review the fire safety information we have placed into this free, easy to read infographic and make a plan to escape your home.

Fire Prevention

How Does An Air Conditioner Work?

How Does My AC Work

Back to Basics

Do you know “How Air Conditioners Work?”

When I started working with Controlled Release about 6 years ago, I didn’t have the slightest clue how an Air Conditioner worked. Obviously, that information is vital in the HVAC Industry.

The President of our company, Lynn Burkhart, states all the time that if you don’t know “how or why” something is the way that it is, you aren’t going to understand it at all.

The majority of you may already know how an Air Conditioner works but the truth is there are those few who don’t know how it works (like me 6 years ago).

For those of you who do know, please chime in with comments and links to sites that you feel are super helpful for those of us who are still in the process of understanding the basics. 

If you are one that doesn’t know how an air conditioner works, check out this simple, yet awesome, 2 minute video below created by Genteq Motors that explains “How an Air Conditioner Works”.

You can also check out Genteq Motors on Twitter & Facebook.

Could you imagine what life would’ve been like without technology? We have everything right at our fingertips these days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at CRT. We are more than happy to help in any way we can.

About us

“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company in Shelby, NC, that creates products for HVAC maintenance and more! Find us at cleanac.com, or call us toll free at 800-766-9057.

#MCM Featured Client: Meet Oscar Gomez


We love spotlighting our loyal clients. Each week, we try to do a #MCM or #WCW post. What does that stand for? Man Crush Monday and Woman Crush Wednesday! In the social media world, tons of people post their “crushes” (or people they are fans of) on Mondays and Wednesdays using these #hashtags.

For us, we don’t have a crush on our clients, but we sure are fans of them and their support! These clients are people who have used our products to make their jobs easier and their customers happy.

This week, we’re spotlighting Oscar Gomez of Strategic Filtration Inc out of Houston TX.

Oscar has been with Strategic for 8 years. Strategic Filtration is one of our largest V570 & Pancrete  distributors in the USA & their work is impeccable. Strategic is also a member of NADCA.


Oscar is a working Assistant Manager & has a goal of becoming Manager. We have no doubt he will achieve his goal. Oscar is the type that loves a good challenge, is outgoing, & loves doing anything that is fun. He is dedicated, independent, and loves his job. Thank you Oscar for being our #MCM but even more for being such a loyal client. We appreciate all you guys do for us and for the HVAC industry.

About Strategic Filtration Inc. 

Strategic Filtration Inc. gives you the best dollar value in the business. Their air filtration systems provides the optimal balance of overall quality and intelligent design. Simply good, solid equipment that performs year after year. Strategic Filtration Inc. products maximize efficiency, airflow and filter area to provide the cleanest working environment, longest service intervals and lowest maintenance costs per dollar spent. They strive to MAXIMIZE YOUR RETURN ON INVESTMENT.

Be sure to go check out their website and to like their page on Facebook.

Want to be featured in an upcoming client spotlight? We’d love to spotlight you and your company! Send us an email at social@cleanac.com or comment below with your contact information!

“Perks” of Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

Maintaining your air conditioner is not a good idea, it’s a excellent idea. 

Isn’t is just the most thrilling thing when it’s 100 degrees outside and your Air Conditioner decides to call in sick that day? Leaving you to handle whatever issue is going on and having to call in your local HVAC Contractor. Take a look at the young man below, it’s summer time and he needs not be worried about being cool in the summer. But, for some reason, he is….


How about when it’s winter time. Do you want to be cold & shivering under twenty blankets? Or would you rather be cuddled up on the couch, drinking some hot chocolate, and enjoying family time? Seems like an easy answer, Right? The gentleman in the green jimmies below, is clearly having some HVAC issues and not able to enjoy anything mentioned.


Other than being cool in the summer and warm in the winter, there are a MANY MORE PERKS to maintaining your HVAC system.

Over a years time, dirt builds up on the coil. While the filter helps to slow down the soiling process, the dirt will still find it’s way to your coils. Dirt on coils decreases your airflow, and insulates the coil. As far as the outside coils, they too, become very dirty. Mowing the grass, leaves falling from trees, and wind blowing dust….these all contribute to the dirt build up on the coils.

When regular PM’s are done, you will achieve the following:

  • Preventing costly breakdowns
  • Reducing energy costs
  • Extending the life of the equipment
  • Improving system performance
  • Making the system safer

One of the ways to accomplish these goals are to clean and coat your HVAC system with products that will not eat away at your coils, nor inhibit heat transfer.

Say hello to a Coil Cleaning Kit. It has everything you need to solve any build up problems on your coils. Better yet, it will last a full year. It comes with our Instant Powder Kegs coil cleaner and First Strike Micro Coat easy to use annual coating.

Instant Powder Kegs is a powdered coil cleaner, that is easy to use, clean up and transport. Just mix with water, spray on and rinse.The coil cleaner is removing the dirt and build up on the coils. Then, apply the First Strike Micro Coat which is an annual coating that will repel anything from sticking to your coil. Leaving you with a years worth of protection on your coil. 

To learn more about our coil products, or to share your experiences, comment below. 

About us

“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company in Shelby, NC, that creates products for HVAC maintenance and more! Find us at cleanac.com, or call us toll free at 800-766-9057.