5 Reasons To Clean Your Carpet & HVAC System

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Have you ever thought about how dirty your carpet is? What’s more, have you thought about the bacteria living in your carpet? Are you curious about what’s right under your feet, or swirling in the air around you? If so, read on!

According to 50 Random Facts About…Carpet:

  • The virus that causes the stomach flu can survive on uncleaned carpet for over a month! 
  • Every year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under carpet. 
  • Did you know that the 5-second rule is a myth?  Bacteria can live for four WEEKS on carpet. AND thanks to microbial adhesion, germs like salmonella are immediately transferred to food that gets dropped on the floor.

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  • All carpet should be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months. 
  • When properly cleaned and maintained, carpeting may improve the quality of air by trapping allergy-inducing dust and allergens. Most people, though, don’t clean their carpets correctly, which can actually make allergies worse.

You may be wondering, what do these random facts have to do with my HVAC system?

  • Much like the carpet being a place for bacteria to adhere to, an HVAC system is the perfect place for bacteria or allergens that can harm you or your family. How does that affect you? The air you breathe comes right out of your heating and air unit.
  • Have you taken a look at your coils lately to see how clean they are? You are breathing the dirt, debris, hair, dander, particles and bacteria that are present on your coils because the air gets pushed through your coil, into your ductwork, and eventually into your home or building. 
  • Take it a step further – check the bottom of your drain pan. Do you see any build-up? That’s the condensation off of your coil. What you see in the bottom of that pan came from the coil. THAT’S what you and your family are breathing. 
  • If you’re concerned about your carpet holding viruses or bacteria, you should be just as concerned about what your HVAC system is harboring! Professionals suggest having your AC unit maintenanced every year, usually at the beginning of spring.

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Last but not least: 

  • When properly cleaned and maintained, clean coils and drip pans will improve the quality of air in your home! But just as with carpet, many people don’t get them cleaned. That results in poor air quality and a shortened life for your HVAC unit.

Think about it! To keep you and your family healthy, it just might help to leave your shoes at the door, get your carpet cleaned and get your HVAC system maintenanced by a licensed HVAC professional. It’s never too early to start!

What’s in a name? A sparkling clean HVAC system!

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What’s the one thing that belongs to you, but others use it more than you do? Your name! Perhaps our best-named product, the one we’re most known for, is Pancrete.

Why?

Would you replace your house or your vehicle if one small thing was broken? Of course not! You’d probably just repair it. Replacing things can be very expensive and time-consuming, but repairing and servicing can bring back their shine and make them last even longer.

Pancrete is one way to repair your HVAC system drip pans. It is an amazing product. Instead of getting a whole new HVAC unit just because your drip pan is rusted, why not just resurface? Our product can totally replace the bottom of your drip pan, without the fuss of replacing the entire unit.

Pancrete is a beautiful royal blue color and is very easy to apply. With its fast curing time, you won’t have to leave your unit off while it cures. AND you can put the unit back into service immediately. Check out this beautiful installation:

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The steps to install Pancrete are easy and simple. Here’s a quick guide! First, you have to start cleaning.

  • Remove as much rust and damage as you can.
  • Wash it all off with Clean Bond, which also works as a bonding agent for Pancrete.
  • Spray on Fast Attack to sanitize the area.
  • Make sure there are no holes. If there are, you’ll need to cover them with duct tape or use our Panhole Filler, which, when painted on, can fill holes up to 100 mils.
  • Plug the drain with a cork or piece of plastic tubing coated in Vaseline so that the Pancrete doesn’t stick to it.
  • Paint on V570 and let it dry for 4-6 hours to stop rusting and deterioration.

Then, you’re ready to apply Pancrete!

  • This product is a two-part process. So you’ll mix parts A and B back and forth 20-25 times to make sure it is mixed well.
  • Then, just pour it in the drip pan! Pancrete is self-leveling so all your hard work is done. Now you can sit back and let the product do its job. It takes a total of 6 hours to cure completely depending on the temperature outside, but you can put the unit back into service immediately.

Do you have a success story using our product, Pancrete? We’d love to hear it! Have photos? Please share them. We are so proud to offer a product that saves you time and money.

How You Can Fight Erosion

HVAC chiller barrelIs your HVAC system shielded from erosion?

As cooling towers wash millions of cubic feet of air, they are constantly pulling in abrasive particles. These particles end up in the cooling tower “sump”, where cooling water is being continuously returned to the chiller unit for cooling. Water is pumped from the bottom of the tower so quickly that it can easily reach 1,500 gallons per minute. This tremendous, high-velocity flow, along with those abrasive particles, can cause major problems on internal surfaces. In addition to the erosion caused by recirculated water, the internal system metals are also contending with possible chemical corrosion.

Our product, Ceramic Shield, is an exciting ceramic chiller coating that protects your HVAC barrels. It is lab-engineered to eliminate metal erosion and chemical corrosion on the inside of HVAC chillers.

Here are three reasons you should consider Ceramic Shield.

Ease of Use

Ceramic Shield is easy to use. Upon shutdown of the HVAC chiller, remove end cap bolts and the end cap from the chiller unit. Then, abrade the tube sheet and end cap to remove accumulated debris and rust from the surface. 

Our ceramic chiller coating only requires one coat, not two or more as with other systems. One coat cuts back markedly on the man-hours needed for remediation. It can be applied by trowel or brush, leaving a smooth, non-sagging, crack-resistant surface. 

As the components of Ceramic Shield come pre-certified as to proper ratios, there is no need to accurately measure the ratio needed for the application, saving valuable man-hours. 

Depending upon temperature, within 48 hours after application, the chiller unit can be placed right back into service. 

Low VOCs

Ceramic Shield has low VOCs (volatile organic compounds), meaning its applications are in compliance with existing regulations regarding volatiles, which can be dangerous to human health or the environment. This contributes to the work safety and health of employees. 

Wide Range of Uses

Erosion and corrosion protection are not just for HVAC systems. They can extend to a wide range of applications, such as water boxes and pipe elbows where erosion can occur as a result of high water velocity. 

Have you used Ceramic Shield? Do you need to start? Let us know your thoughts and experiences! As always, we’re available to answer YOUR questions anytime. Comment below or call us at 704-487-0878.

Tips to Cool Your Home & Lower Your Utility Bill

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Are your utility bills already going up this spring? Then check out these tips! Great ways to lower your bills and stay cool with just a few easy changes.

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EnergyStarLogoAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, 43% of our monthly utility bills goes to heating and air conditioning. We are quickly approaching the warm summer months of Arizona. Which means, we are also approaching the months of our highest utility bills with the usual dread we feel at this time of the year.

What can you do to keep your bill low while staying cool at the same time? Here are some tips for simple steps you can take to help control your utility bill during the summer months:

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  • Set your programmable thermostat at 78 degrees when you are at home but raise the temperature a few degrees when you are not at home and during the hours you sleep. You can see a 5-15% savings per year.
  • During the warm months, skip stove-top or oven cooking to remove an indoor heat source. Use your outdoor BBQ grill or…

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Are you at the 2015 NADCA Annual Meeting?

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Are you attending the NADCA conference right now in Marco Island, Florida? Be sure to visit us at Booth 320!

You can talk one-on-one with our President and Technical Advisor, Lynn Burkhart, or our Assistant Executive Director, Rachelle Cunningham. Tell Rachelle and Lynn that we sent you!

Also, be sure to check out our products. We’re a NADCA member and offer products for drip pan treatment, HVAC system sanitizing, coil cleaners, coil coatings, duct coatings and more. CRT products can extend the life of your HVAC system, increase energy efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.

Check us out! We look forward to seeing you.