Lights, Camera, Action: Dirty Sox Kit

It’s that time of year again….

As you know, everything in a building has a contribution to indoor air quality. However, the HVAC System is the most referenced cause of indoor air quality concerns.

Contaminated outside air, mold and bacteria are thought to contribute to many health issues, which commonly are associated with the HVAC System. One reason being is that the HVAC System provides the perfect environment for mold, and bacteria to grow and become active.

By using our Dirty Sock Kit, your AHU can remain clean and disinfected, also increasing the time between cleanings.

In the Dirty Sock Kit includes a 4 oz Instant Powder Keg (coil cleaner), Fast Attack (HVAC sanitizer) to make 1 pint, 1 pint of First Strike Micro Coat Cooling (Coil Protectant) and gloves.

To learn more give us a call, and we will be more than happy to educate and/ or assist you.

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

Product Unleashed: Importance of A Clean HVAC System – Clean AC Kit

What is the importance of having or providing a clean HVAC System by using the Clean AC Kit? Just to name a few.

For an individual: Yours & your families health, the quality of your air and heat, and a lower power bill. As well as, only one cleaning service call for an entire year.

For a contractor: Happy clients, less service calls (if you do service contracts), quality control, and quick service.

For a building owner or facility manager: Happy, healthy tenants, not to mention the lower guest complaints because of the clean air quality. As well as, lower energy costs.

Not only does it provide the things listed above but it will extend the life of your HVAC unit if used annually. The Clean AC Kit is beneficial to you whether you are a home owner like me, a building owner – facility manager, or you are a contractor.

Please see the attached for info on our kit to HVAC success.

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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 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: Bigger Isn’t Always Better!

Often times HVAC are sized improperly. There are many sizes of HVAC units available, but the selection varies with the size of the area to be heated or cooled, and also the climate.

Regarding environmental conditions, for example, a house in Florida would require a different tonnage HVAC unit than one in Wyoming. In Florida we have very high humidity that is, for all intents and purposes, constant throughout the year. Often, we’ve noted that the humidity and temperature often match, e.g. 90 deg F and 90% humidity. Wyoming and other States do not necessarily have this on a continuous basis, although they of course may reach 90% or more humidity on occasions.



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So, is bigger, better when it comes to HVAC units?

The short answer: No.

In Lakeland, Florida in the mid-90s, a government building experienced a major issue with indoor air quality in a government building that attracted the attention of the international press. Within 2-3 years of being occupied, all occupants of this multi-story, marble decorated lobby and wood decorated lobby had to be relocated to other properties. In short, the building became uninhabitable.

As a result of this, dozens of engineers, architects and environmental professionals were called into to investigate this relatively “new” 2 – 3 year old building.

The process of investigations were over a year in making. During this time, there were over ten lawsuits involved, covering virtually all of the vendors.

There were many factors contributing to the IAQ issues, but the main one was the HVAC unit selection. The reason: all of the units were way-oversized.

HVAC serves not only to provide cooling, but also to remove humidity or moisture from the air. Units such as the ones in the Florida example, which are oversized, drop the temperature so rapidly that the moisture removal required to lower the humidity is deficient. Because of constantly high humidity, mold and fungal growth proliferated within the building. An removed occupant stated that there were only two conditions in the building - it was either hot and damp, or cold and damp, but it was always damp. Many occupants developed allergic reactions, and had to be sent home; in short it was a mess.

Of course, HVAC units can be undersized as well. Too small a unit will run frequently, using up a lot of energy, and taking a long time to cool areas down. Running continuously, HVAC units obviously get more wear, and therefore can be expected to not live up to the expected life of the unit – just meaning it will need to be replaced sooner.


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HVAC units are measured in tons. A ton is 12,000 BTU, an acronym for British Thermal Unit. One BTU is the amount of heat required to cool or heat one pound of water one degree. A ton is the amount of heat required to melt a ton of ice in 24 hours – hence the derivation of the word “ton”.

To summarize, how big an HVAC unit needs to be depends upon the area of the country, and the area to be cooled. Large commercial buildings, such as office buildings, have other considerations as well, such as the heat contribution from lighting, office equipment, and occupants. In general, I start at assuming a 25 BTU per square foot requirement, but then again this is an off-the-cuff guess.

All of this assumes that the HVAC unit is running properly, i.e. the coils are clean and free of fouling, no slime in the condensate pans, and air flow is properly balanced. As a note, dirty and moldy coils can insulate the coils of the HVAC unit, making them run longer, and inhibiting moisture removal. Attention needs to be given to these areas. Often, not only in residential but in commercial buildings,not enough attention is given to keeping clean coils. As a practical matter, homeowners many times are forgetful in changing air filters. Commercial buildings often do not have the manpower to change filters on a periodic basis. These factors I’m sure can be a matter for another blog post.

For some of these issues, those interested can contact our customer relations staff, and get more information on handling.

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.

Guest Blog: How to Fix Common Problems with Your Air Conditioner

Air conditioning needs proper maintenance and checkups, even if there is nothing broken. However, we cannot expect that the unit will be working flawlessly all through its economic lifespan. Of course, there are times that your AC unit will stop working one day and it might just be a common problem that you can just fix yourself (read Replacing HVAC vs. Refurbishing HVAC). So it is better that you understand all the common problems in an AC and how to be able to fix them.


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Common Problems


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1. The thermostat is broken – a broken thermostat can cause the whole unit to not function properly. Make sure that you have a reliable and a programmable thermostat. Do a weekly check-up if possible if your thermostat is broken.

2. Circuit Breakers are tripped – If your unit’s circuit breakers are malfunctioning or have tripped, do not just reset the circuit breaker right away. Try to analyze the problem first as to what caused the tripping of the breakers. If it continues to trip again, then have a professional take care of it.

3. Vents are clogged – The outer part of the AC unit is sensitive to nature and often times can be clogged up caused either by grasses, dirt, debris, or other vegetations. The best thing is to get an AC cover. If there are debris stuck in the vents, be sure to call some professional help because it can damage the AC’s capacitor.


Strange Noises in the AC

Oftentimes, if an AC is not performing right, there are noises that you hear. A noise can indicate that there might be a problem in your AC unit.

1. Rattling Sounds – if the AC is rattling or vibrating, then it is more likely that the AC was improperly installed. This is where you need some help with a professional.

2. Squealing noise – Older AC units, they use belts rather than motors and can cause a squealing sound when a belt that is connected to the blower has slipped. What you need to do is turn off your AC and seek a professional’s help.


• AC is Running but it is Not Cooling


This is the most common problem in all households. Check if the AC works on the inside or outside, and in order to do that, here is the check list to help you assess the issue.

o Check the outside or inside unit and hold your hand nearby to feel if there is air coming out or if there is heat leaving.

o Check the two refrigerant lines where you should see large and small lines. Do not touch the small line as that is hot. The large line is usually cold and might have some condensation.

o If the large line is showing that it is frosted, then it means that the air flow across coils from the inside unit is not functioning properly or the refrigerant is low. So the next thing you need to do is turn off the thermostat and then turn the fan on (from auto to on at all times). Let the fan run continuously and shut the compressor off.

o Let the fan run, for 30 minutes and see if there are improvements, especially if the air flows are running through the vents.

o Try to also check the air filters if they are dirty and if dirty, needs to be replaced.

o If it is a refrigerant problem or compressor problem, you will be able to tell if the large line is not cool and the small line is not warm. Call a professional for help.


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• Power Wire Problems


This usually happens when you constantly turn your AC on and offthis can mess up the AC’s compressor and the fan controls. The wires can cause to corrode through the continuous wear and tear. Better to have a professional do an evaluation of your wires to prevent any further damage to your AC unit.


• The thermostat is not Picking Up the Correct Temperature


Just adjust the sensor by bending the wire that holds it in place carefully.


Drainage Problems

A humid temperature can cause clogging in the condensation drainage. Best to check the drain for any clogging problems; if you find out that there is any clogging, then mount the drain at a level.


• AC’s Outside Fan is not Working


This is usually caused by overheating in the compressor.


• AC is not Running


The unit might not be receiving any power, so the best thing to do is check to make sure all wires and cords are plugged in properly.


• Frozen Coil


This is usually caused by air filters being dirty, blocked air in the ducts or has a low Freon. This case, you will need to call a repair man or maintenance guy.

So if you are facing these problems with your AC – may it be an evaporative air conditioning unit or gas ducted AC, you know what to do. May this serve as a guide, but it is best to seek help from the experts if you are not sure about fixing the problems yourself.




cropped-authority-specialist-small-1Rachel Heagney, Administration and Content Auditor at http://www.AuthoritySpecialists.com, and Guest Blogger for Controlled Release Technologies Inc., 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.

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

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