This past Wednesday I received a newsletter from my client Bond Water Technologies, Inc. I was very intrigued by one of their featured story about Cicada’s. These insect’s only come out every 13-17 years, you would never think that they would be bothersome to our HVAC units. Well, think again! These Cicada’s while interesting to us are not interesting to our valuable cooling towers and drain pans. Bond Water Technologies tells us how to be proactive about the arrival of these locusts. Please read Bond’s interesting article below. You can also visit their website @ www.bondwater.com
Like it Or Not The Cicadas Are Coming!
Are your cooling towers ready for the unwanted flying pests?
Cicadas (sometime referred to as locusts) spend most of their life underground feeding on various tree roots within the eastern part of the U. S. After 13 or 17 years (there are two kinds), Cicadas can emerge from the ground in tremendous numbers and are active for approximately 4-6 weeks while they complete their life cycle. Although they seem to be much more prevalent in rural areas compared to urban settings, they can be quite the nuisance for cooling tower air intakes, suction strainers, distribution pans and tower sumps. Because cooling towers operate as giant air scrubbers, sucking in the air surrounding it for cooling purposes, it would follow that these pests (in part or in whole) may be somewhat unwelcome and challenge cooling capacities just as we hit the hottest time of the year!
Building owners and operating personnel can take preventative measures by consulting now with equipment manufacturer for recommendations on possibly wrapping their cooling towers or air intake areas with wire or screen mesh to keep the energy robbing pests out of the system. Increasing dispersant’s and chemicals biocide, adjusting filtration equipment, more attention to inspections of internal tower areas or strainers and consulting with your water treatment representative are all prudent measures to take into consideration.
Have you received any visits from the Cicada’s yet? Please tell us how you were able to weather the Cicada storm by commenting.
Kristen Davis, Preferred Client Services 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