A Viking Story

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Since I have been employed here at CRT, I have met some very interesting people. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Adelle from EM Cahill (a long-time client of ours). It began with a simple question, leading to a very interesting story of Viking Reenactments. My interest was immediately peaked!

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Adelle (pictured) has been participating in Viking Reenactments for 6 years as she is a part of the House Hamilton clan. Adelle is getting married this summer & there is a possibility of the ceremony taking place on a Viking ship that is coming over from Norway. How cool is that?

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All of these photos were sent over by Adelle. As you can see there are Viking meals being prepared, heavy combat, and camping (just to mention a few).

Be sure to research Viking Reenactments in your area, I have found them to be quite common in NC/SC. I can’t wait to attend one myself.

 

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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.

CRT’s Take On NADCA

Last week, we had the pleasure of exhibiting at the 2016 NADCA Annual Meeting, held at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, AZ. Many of our clients are NADCA members, so this show is something we look forward to each year. 

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(President of CRT- Lynn Burkhart, Assistant Executive Director- Rachelle Cunningham, and President of KM Facilities- Kevin Uilkie)

NADCA has really stepped up their level of professionalism over the past few years! The Wigwam Resort is an extremely beautiful facility, with great food and exceptionally good service. The exhibit hall was split into 2 different rooms, which was different, but not in a bad way. I saw some of the same old vendors, and was delighted to see some new people too! 

I have been exhibiting at this show for at least 15 years, but have never sat in an any of the meetings or classes. For some reason, this year I sat through a few and actually learned quite a bit. One memorable class was, Dryer Vents: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I know it sounds boring, but by the end of the class, I was freaked out about my dryer’s ventilation and lint content! Who really thinks about that?!? I’ll tell you one thing: sit through that class and YOU will think about it! Between possible carbon monoxide poisoning killing you in your sleep or lint accumulation starting a fire that can burn down your house, EVERYONE should think about that! 25719665891_cb3b5c3959_z.jpg

NADCA is gaining momentum in getting people trained and certified in duct cleaning and air handler restoration. They are truly concerned about scamming companies, who advertise $49 duct cleaning to homeowners, but then go in and quote hundreds of dollars to fix “air duct problems”, and ultimately only pretend to do the work. It was neat to see that NADCA actually worked with the tv show Inside Edition to set up a house to catch these scamming companies. Check it out here: http://ietv.co/1NvorPI

In September, we will be participating in their Fall Technical Training Conference for the first time. I am very excited about being a part of such a great organization!  

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.

What Is Condensation?

How many of us have went out of our way to shop for a glass, tumbler, or cup that will not “sweat”. There is nothing I dislike more than grabbing a cup with water droplets! These water droplets/sweat are also known as condensation.

Condensation can be in many more places than just our favorite tumbler. One major place of concern of condensation is in the HVAC System.

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Condensation occurs when water vapor in the air comes into contact with something cool. Molecules slow down and get closer together & the gaseous water vapors turn back into liquid water drops (condensation). Seems kind of harmless on our cups but in an HVAC System this can cause so much damage and cost a great deal of money.

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Years ago, Lynn Burkhart- President of CRT, visited a very prestigious resort in Florida. An esteemed guest had a not-so-pleasant experience in the resort.  There was a leak on the floor above, this leak damaged several expensive belongings of said guest. Can you imagine the frustration of the guest and embarrassment of the resort?


Do you know how this leak occurred? That’s right. Condensation from the HVAC’s drain pans had overflowed and leaked into the room, from the ceiling. Yikes! There is never a good reason for water to emit from the AC Unit. That is a true sign that the unit needs some TLC (Tender Loving Care). Whether it’s maintenance, repairing, or replacing. 

PM (Preventative Maintenance) is important to the health of your HVAC system. A checkup once or twice a year will help to detect & prevent an issue before it occurs. 

You can also be proactive by providing a time-released drain pan treatment PanGuard (Certified Green) or Algae Guard (EPA Registered) to keep your drain clean & free from over flows.

We’d love to hear any condensation stories you have. Please give us a call, comment, or simply shoot us an email. We look forward to chatting with you. 

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.

27th Annual NADCA Show

 

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Are you attending the NADCA conference in Phoenix, AZ next week?

Be sure to visit us at Booth # 106. 

You can get a one-on-one talk with our Technical Advisor & President of CRT- Lynn Burkhart. As well as, our Assistant Executive Director- Rachelle Cunningham. Tell Rachelle and Lynn that we sent you. 

As always, we will have our infamous ribbons! Take your pick of what best suites you: Dork, Excites Easily, Royalty, OCD, Bored Member, Big Cheese, Glass Half Full, Glass Half Empty, Party Animal, Drama Queen, Detail Oriented, and many more. 

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If you are up for some more serious fun; As a NADCA member, we offer a list of products for Drip Pan Treatment, Drip Pan Refurbishment, HVAC System Sanitizing, Coil Cleaners & Coatings, and Duct Coatings. CRT products can extend the life of your HVAC system and increase your energy efficiency. As well as, reduce maintenance costs. 

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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.

National Geographic: 5 AC Designs Inspired by Nature

More often than not, my favorite response to every question is, “I’ll Google It” or “I can Google faster than you”. Very often I run across a word that I’ve never heard before and have to google the definition.

This week I discovered the word:

Biomimicry

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noun
  1. the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes.

I ran across this word in an article by National Geographic. National Geographic stated, “Designers are turning to biomimicry to develop better cooling technologies. Air Conditioning uses a tremendous amount of energy, but a new group of designers think they can solve that problem by mimicking Mother Nature’s craftiness.” 

Who knew that Nature & Air Conditioning had so much in common.

“These designs suggest some of what could be learned by applying the lessons of biomimicry to the problem of air-conditioning in particular.”

Fire passes over a termite mound. Here is an image of termite mounds that have survived the worst of blistering hot conditions. Thanks to google I found termites have had quite the influence over our ventilation, heating, & cooling.

Many species of termites in the world live in termite mounds. These termite mounds are made up of soil, mud, chewed wood, saliva, and feces. Oddly enough, the combination make the mounds super strong & even fire resistant. The mound will consist of “chimneys” that allow warm air inside the mound to vent upward and outward. Apparently, termites are quite smart. They open and close a series of vents throughout their mound to allow airflow and circulation, keeping the mound from overheating.

Any of this sound familiar? How amazing that these annoying creatures have inspired our ventilation!

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.