Technical Corner: Where Does the Money Go?

But given all this, are the best maintenance practices being kept regarding HVAC equipment?

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lynnAt times there seems to be a gap between maintenance engineering departments and finance budgeting. While in some cases this is understandable, there are areas that are of vital financial interest to both the building owners, and to those who pay the bills. One major shared interest is HVAC systems.

There is no question that the heating and cooling systems of buildings are a necessary, albeit expensive, item to purchase and install. Most would like to maintain this investment, and to prevent a premature re-investment in replacement equipment. In larger buildings, such a re-investment could easily cost a million or more dollars.

Outside of sustaining the equipment to avoid very expensive replacement, the operating cost of the equipment also involves serious money. According to the engineering society ASHRAE, 50% or more of a buildings’ monthly energy costs originates directly from the HVAC system.

But given all this, are the best maintenance practices being kept regarding HVAC equipment?

Of course, purchasing more efficient equipment markedly helps lower monthly electrical bills, but ASHRAE’s studies show that dirty or fouled cooling coils increase energy costs by 20% or more. Letting coils become dirty and fouled only serves to throw money down the drain, however few buildings pay attention or provide a budget to keep coils clean. Additionally, this puts more stress on the unit, causing it to work harder, and live shorter.

Replacement can be preventable through proper, and not necessarily expensive, maintenance. With that in mind, we here at CRT have built our reputation, providing solutions that directly affect and eliminate the need for air handler replacement.

We can offer economical and effective solutions to put more money into a user’s pocket by cutting operating costs of the HVAC system, while at the same time insuring that air handling equipment will not have to be replaced for a long time. For more information on these solutions, contact our customer service department at 800-766-9057, or visit us on the web at

Lynn 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 and by calling (800) 766-9057.

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