Feature: HVAC Hess – Fact Sheet on the Importance of Cleaning Coils

My inspiration of this blog came from HVAC HESS (The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning High Efficiency Systems Strategy) a ten year strategy under the Nation Strategy on Energy Efficiency (NSEE) that aims to drive long term improvements in energy efficiency of HVAC Systems Australia wide. Their goal is to educate, inform, and encourage energy efficiency in the HVAC Industry. A series of the HESS fact sheets can be found at http://www.ee.ret.gov.au/energy-efficiency/non-residential-buildings/heating-ventilation-and-air-conditioning-hvac/hvac-hess-fact-sheets

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about the price of our Powder Keg being so low. What I didn’t think to mention is why it is so important to clean coils. My ex-husband and several other contractors that I know just rinse their coils off with water. I am here to tell you the reasons why actually cleaning your coil with a cleaner is important in more ways than one! All of what I wanted to say, I found in an awesome article that describes it ALL!

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“ Finned coils are used in a number of different applications in HVAC systems to transfer heat either into or out of air streams.

There are two basic types of coils:

1. Condenser coils – Condenser coils transfer heat into a space. Refrigerant vapor is forced into the coil under pressure, condensing the refrigerant into a liquid, which results in the rejection of heat across the heat exchange surface.
2. Evaporator coils – Evaporator coils do the opposite to condenser coils. Liquid refrigerant is pumped into a low pressure coil, causing the refrigerant to evaporate into a vapor, absorbing heat across the heat exchange surface in the process.
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Over time the surfaces of these coils can become dirty as the air moving over the coils can contain dust, dirt, pollen, moisture and other contaminants. A build-up of contaminants decreases the available surface area for heat transfer, reducing the energy consumption and poor system performance. It is important that air conditioning coils are regularly inspected and indoor air quality; a fact that has led to regular coil cleaning becoming a regulatory requirement in certain circumstances and provides guidance on cleaning.”

Here are all the very important points this article by HVAC HESS hits on regarding why Cleaning Coils is important:

-Energy Efficiency
-System Performance
-Equipment Life Cycle
-Indoor Air Quality
-When and How to Clean

To see this fact sheet please follow the link: http://www.ee.ret.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/09_2013/hvac-fs-cleaning-coils.pdf


Keep in mind that the air you breathe is directly from your coils. I have heard several horror stories about locations of AHU’s that were very neglected. One place – a hospital – so neglected that their were dead animals in the drain pans. The place that should be cleaner than any other place had people breathing the unimaginable. So I pose the question, what are you really breathing?



kdKristen 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

Your Favorite Posts From CRTTIPSTER this Quarter:

1. Tips From The Girls: “Life is…

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is TOO precious, do not destroy it. Life is Life, fight for it.

2. Product Unleashed: Coil Cleaner Low as $3.47 a Gallon

“Did you know that CRT has a coil cleaner? Did you also know that our Powder Keg – coil cleaner is as low as $3.47 a gallon. -Kristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director

Our Powder Keg coil cleaner is in the form of a powder for convenience purposes. It is easy to handle, cheap to ship, and very easy to clean up. All you or the contractors have to do is mix with water at the job site, spray Powder Keg on the coil, and then rinse off. It’s as easy as that.”

3. From the Field: Avoid the Umbrella

“Rihanna, the now 26-year-old found out that papers would soon be signed giving her a $10 million settlement, stemming from bad financial and real estate advice she received in 2009. At the heart of this matter was a $7 million home in Southern California – rotting from water and mold damage!…So now you need to make a choice: Either make like Rihanna and get under your Umbrella ella ella eh eh eh, or protect your investment with PanGuard today!

4. From the Field: Dusty Ducts, Inc.

“Earlier this week, we held an in-house product and application training session with one of our clients, Dusty Ducts, Inc. out of Forest, Virginia. A few days later I followed up with Jessica Borneman to see if there were any questions left unanswered and to see how they viewed the experience.” *View the link to see the Q&A with Jessica.

5. Tips From the Girls: Consequences of NOT Receiving Maintenance

“A dirty air filter can cause all sort of problems in the system’s performance. A dirty air filter decreases the power the engine needs to run efficiently. If left neglected, the dirty air filter will began to leak dust and sand into your engine causing bad seals, oil leaks, and oil burning.

If you were to go for a run, with your hand over your mouth and with your nose pinched shut, how far would you go? Engines need air too.”




CRT-GREEN-LogoControlled 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: CRT Annual Coil Treatment

First Strike Micro Coat is CRT’s annual coil coating. Our coating maintains coil efficiency, prevents frequent cleaning of coils and coil corrosion, no mixing required, and needs applying once a year.

NO gimmick, just great thinking and in our case manufacturing!

You will need a pump-up sprayer, and of course your First Strike Micro Coat.

The application process starts by shutting down your HVAC system, and using Instant Powder Kegs coil cleaner to get all the dirt and dander off of the coils before applying. One thing to be mindful of is to be sure you rinse the coil completely.

Next, (With the fan running and chilled water off), spray First Strike Micro Coat on the coils using your handy dandy pump-up sprayer. Start at the top and work your way across (horizontally) and then down. Keep in mind, that if the chilled water is left on, the condensation from the coil will rinse off the First Strike and the product will not work. Also, having the fan running will pull the product within the interior of the coils.

After that, shut off the fan shortly, go to the downwind side of the coils and spray this part of the coil with the First Strike. (using about 2/3 of the gallon on the upwind part and 1/3 on the downwind side).

Lastly, turn the fan back on until the coils dry. This may take up to three hours or so, depending on humidity and air temperature. Basically, it should take about 30 minutes to an hour. You must wait to turn the chilled water or refrigerant, until the coils completely dry.

As always, we love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to leave comments below.

Please take a look at the video:

shandifix2Shandi 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

Product Unleashed: Coil Cleaner as Low $3.47 a Gallon

After doing some research, I found that coil cleaners are ranging from $10 all the way to $40 for a gallon of cleaner.

Did you know that CRT has a coil cleaner? Did you also know that our Powder Keg – coil cleaner is as low as $3.47 a gallon.

Our Powder Keg coil cleaner is in the form of a powder for convenience purposes. It is easy to handle, cheap to ship, and very easy to clean up. All you or the contractors have to do is mix with water at the job site, spray Powder Keg on the coil, and then rinse off. It’s as easy as that.

Why do you & your clients want Instant Powder Keg?

Powder Form – Mix With Water On Site
• Easy Clean Up If Spilled
• Easier To Haul, Ship, or Store
• Proportion Control
• Low Price per Gallon
• Results Are Impeccable



*Tip of the day: You always want to rinse any coil cleaner off of the coil because if left on, it will start to eat away the fins of the coil (as they are aluminum).

I can’t wait to see how Powder Keg can transform your spring HVAC Cleaning as well as be less costly for you. Give me a call for more info. I can’t wait to hear from you.

kd
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

Tips from The Girls: Consequences Of NOT Receiving Maintenance

As a preventive maintenance manufacturer of HVAC products, we continually preach to our customers the importance of having maintenance done regularly. But, let’s switch gears for a moment!

What would be the results of neglecting this maintenance?

Dirty Air Filter
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A dirty air filter can cause all sort of problems in the system’s performance. A dirty air filter decreases the power the engine needs to run efficiently. If left neglected, the dirty air filter will began to leak dust and sand into your engine causing bad seals, oil leaks, and oil burning.

If you were to go for a run, with your hand over your mouth and with your nose pinched shut, how far would you go? Engines need air too.

Dirty AC Coils
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Just like with a dirty air filter, dirty coils can be devastating to your system as well. With dirty coils left unmaintained, they are unable to provide proper heat transfer. Ultimately, causing your a/c unit to use more energy. More energy means higher utility costs.

Negative effects on indoor air quality is a result as well. As the coil stays moistened with condensation – germs and bacteria are born, which are then released into the air you are breathing.

The aluminum fins of the coil makes it easy for dirt, dust, and debris to stick causing blockages and in return affecting the overall performance and efficiency of your A/C.

AC Blowers
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Typically, a AC blower is protected by the filter. An AC system circulates air through the building duct work via blower fan. If not maintained, the blower fans can get clogged down by dirt, leaks, and even rodents. These issues cause horrible air quality and health concerns in buildings.

Money talks LOUDLY when you get into replacing these parts of your system. While, a new filter is a small price to pay to keep your HVAC system maintained at only 10 dollars each, a blower or coil replacement can be a bit pricey. On average a person would pay $475-$675 in purchasing a new ac blower and could spend anywhere from $1300 to $1500 on a coil replacement.

These reasons and among others are why we stress the importance of preventive maintenance. Save yourself the time, money, health, and a lot of headache. Maintain your equipment!

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

From the Field: You’ll Re-Coil Just at the Thought of This!

Whether you are changing filters, refurbishing or fixing HVAC systems, testing the chemicals in the water or testing for the micro-organisms in the air, there is one thing you know for certain: Nobody really wants the dirty job of cleaning dirty coils in often tight and contaminated spaces.

Dirty coils cost the owners money in system inefficiency and maintenance labor. And these problems can be minor when compared to the potential liabilities of a building airstream contaminated with all that has accumulated on the coils. Yes, that same airstream that just keeps circulating round and round the building, passing through those dirty coils each time.

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Depending on the type of environment, coil cleaning may need to be done every three months or even more frequently (such as in a fast food restaurant where grease is sucked into the air handlers).

This certainly keeps the internal maintenance staff employed, and fills the pockets of contractors who make their money for each visit. But where the company needs to economize on internal labor costs, or where a contractor is on a service contract and gets paid for result rather than the number of visits – there is a far superior solution.

First Strike Micro Coat is a revolutionary product which coats the coils with a transparent, molecular barrier that prevents dirt (and all the rest of those undesirable particles) from sticking. Instead, they just wash into the condensate pan along with the condensation.

This product is so amazing that one hospital was able to reduce their coil cleanings from once every three months to just once every three years!

Are you ready to save money, let us help.

lynnLynn Burkhart is the president of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. The company is available on the Internet at  www.cleanac.com and by phone at (800) 766-9057.

Client Spotlight: Spring into Self Maintenance for your swamp Cooler

Spring into Self Maintenance for your Swamp Cooler

We know that most people never think twice about air conditioning in the middle of winter, but before you know it, spring will arrive. If you live in the southern states, you are already experiencing an increase in temperatures. What does that mean? Air conditioning season is upon us, and now is the best time to get ready for it, and it’s never too early to prepare with Cooler Guard.

If you know anything about evaporative coolers, you know that they tend to develop scale buildup rapidly due to being in contact with flowing water for long hours at a time. Cooler Guard is a self-maintenance product that cleans whatever the water comes in contact with. It is a corrosion preventative that puts an end to scale accumulation. Cooler Guard’s time release qualities ensure that you will never need to deal with scale buildup ever again.

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Business owners are spending unneeded money on descaling and replacement parts when it comes to evaporative coolers. Scaled pad surfaces reduce your evaporative coolers ability to deliver fresh, cool air, and they cause moisture to enter the air stream. Your air quality can also be contaminated when it includes the sludge and deposits in the sump, which pollutes the exact air that enters your home or business. Use of harsh chemicals to remove the buildup can become hazardous. Mold, mildew and other microbes grow inside evaporative coolers, but Cooler Guard can stop scale buildup, as well as, mold and mildew from developing in the first place.

Are you ready for spring? It will be here before you know it. Order your Cooler Guard today, so when it arrives, you can keep scale buildup, mold and mildew in check for the rest of the year!

kmfacKevin Uilkie, K M Facility Services
15136 W Roy Rogers Road
Surprise, AZ 85387

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