Thermostat Control At My Fingertips

Do you remember the stone age of no remotes? Remember when we used to actually get up to change the channel & the volume on our television? What a pain! What an inconvenience!

Did you ever anticipate that one day we would be able to control basically EVERYTHING by technology. Where does that technology lie? Usually, in our hands – our phones or tablets – RIGHT AT OUR FINGERTIPS!

Seems as if The Jetsons predicted quite a few things that would be a reality! Check out this smart watch!

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One new technology I personally LOVE in my home is our wifi enabled thermostat. I used to have to get up when I was cold or warm to change the temp. Now, I can open up an app on my Iphone and change the temperature in seconds. Last year, our local alarm company- 24/7 suggested installing a wi-fi thermostat. We heeded to their advice. They installed our thermostat & we have been enjoying it ever sense.

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We personally purchased a Radio Thermostat CT50e Wifi (pictured). The thermostat itself was only $110 via Amazon .

What a small investment to produce such happiness & ease!It is so exciting to have the option of controlling our heating & cooling when we are out of town or from the comfort of our couch. Not to mention the cost of savings on our power bill from this switch!



  • Puts energy savings at your fingertip with one touch Away button, and even shows you how much you might save.
  • Customizes your thermostat with pre-built energy saving programs that you can fully control.
  • One app for all thermostats. Whether it’s the upstairs thermostat, or a vaca home across the country.
  • Radio Thermostat can be shared with family, guests, house sitters, and anyone else you invite. It can be easily unshared when the guests leave.
  • Built in preferences that adjusts it Energy Star recommended settings with ease of drag and drop control.

Aside from me & my husband having a thermostat temperature war! This thermostat has been nothing short of amazing for our family.


So, what are you waiting for? Make the switch to a wifi thermostat. You won’t regret it!



Consistency is KEY

“Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’. Its about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

I hate to disappoint The Rock but  – The ONLY THING I consistently do is drink my coffee every morning. However, The Rock would be very happy to know that I have not only found success by drinking my coffee but also that greatness comes from me drinking my coffee!

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On a more serious note. In my seven years of working at Controlled Release Technologies, one specific client of ours has stood out for their consistency. I believe they have set the bar and hung the moon for success in this area.

Here is how they did it! Read on my friends. 

EM Cahill has released 64 quarterly newsletters since 2001. Not only have they released that amount of newsletters but they have also released them consistently. We can add organization to their list of traits because you can see their newsletter directory here

“In the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, EM Cahill sends out a quarterly newsletter titled “The IAQ Review”. The main purpose of their newsletter is to keep their clients informed on the many changes happening in the industry. New products, testimonials, and ongoing filter trials are just a few of the many great topics they’ve introduced in the past.”

Now my favorite part…

“The IAQ review has been consistently released every three months for the past 15 years.”

Did you catch the word consistently? Most importantly did you catch “the past 15 years” part?

How many of us could use improvement in this area of our lives? How much more successful could we be if we were a little bit more consistent. As companies and individuals, we should strive (and always be looking) for ways to not only succeed but be GREAT!

One of my favorite quotes is by William Shakespeare. I did a blog several years ago about greatness. You can check it out here

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It’s normal to hear “Be Different” or “Dare To Stand Out” today. However, I challenge each of us (in this case) to follow suite of EM Cahill by being consistent.

We want to also extend an extra special thanks to EM Cahill for setting the example for us in this industry and including us as a feature. In this day and time, relationships like this mean the world to us. It’s not just a B2B relationship but a FRIENDSHIP.


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At Controlled Release Technologies our mission is to provide all HVAC users with innovative, proactive solutions to preventable HVAC problems.







When did the First Air Conditioning Happen?

It is difficult for most of us to imagine life without air conditioning.   Modern AC units have come a long way over the past 30 years.  Precise temperature control, humidity control and quietness of operation are all things we have been accustomed to.

But what did our great grandparents do to get comfortable?   And how about their great grandparents – certainly air conditioning was not available then.

Or was it?

Air conditioning can be traced back to the days of the Egyptians, perhaps even before.

Source: Did You Know?  pin via Scott Heating and Cooling via Pinterest

They used a method we can easily understand today. Early cultures, say 2,000 years or so ago, hung wet cloth or wet reeds in their window openings.  Why?

Modern day example: Drive down the highway, roll your window down, and put out your hand.  You hand will feel cool.  Wet your hand first, and you will find that it is even colder than before.

The reason this occurs of course is because water on your hand is evaporating from its surface, and this evaporation causes one to feel colder.   The less moisture or humidity the air holds, the more evaporation occurs.

So you see, any light breeze produced by the wet reeds produced the same type of cooling for Egyptians.  You didn’t need to be rich or a political leader in those days to enjoy basic cooling.

 In Arizona or New Mexico,  temperatures get can get up to 115 degrees.  The climate is so dry, there is almost no humidity. Use of cooling by evaporation is very common in these climates because it is so effective. With no complicated air conditioners, an evaporative cooler can drop the temperature from 115 degrees down to the 70s without too much effort.

Here, water is dripped over pads that can look like woven straw.  Air is blown over. Sound familiar? 

Evaporative coolers work by merely by having a fan blow over a “pad” similar to straw which has water dripped on it. The water evaporates by the fan blowing air, and immediately the air gets colder.

Seems the Egyptians were an inspiration for our modern day cooling system. 

It’s nothing short of amazing to walk from an outside temperature of 110 degrees  into a building cooled by this method and immediately see temperatures in the 70s or low 80s.


At Controlled Release Technologies our mission is to provide all HVAC users with innovative, proactive solutions to preventable HVAC problems. 

7 Years & Counting

What do you know about your heating & air?

If you’re anything like me, the only thing I used to know about my air conditioner was to turn it on or off.

In 2010, I started working for Controlled Release Technologies. From that moment on, everything I had ever thought about HVAC has changed (for the better).

Fast forward 7 years of being with CRT and a part of the HVAC Industry!

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Here are just a few of the many things I have learned.

  • How vast the HVAC industry is. 
  • How the system works.
  • Why it is important to maintain the HVAC unit.
  • How to protect investments.
  • How our products help with preventative maintenance.

Thankfully, I have had the honor of  working among the most knowledgable people in the industry & every single day I get to learn about HVAC and meet new individuals. By far, my favorite thing about working for Controlled Release these last 7 years has been creating life-long relationships with my “friends” (not clients but friends). I look forward to the years to come!


Instead of Replacing – Resurface & Recycle

You’ve seen them. Drain pans covered in rust, holes in the bottom, leaking water all over the area. But it can be costly to replace the entire drain pan, or worse, the entire unit. Instead of replacing, we developed a way to resurface and recycle. Keep your drain pan, and make it fresh as new. This family of products will beautifully resurface a drain pan and its surroundings, without costing you an arm and a leg.



We cannot wait to hear from you! Call us at 800-766-9057 or email us at to get information on our resurfacing products V570 & Pancrete.



Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., is a manufacturer of innovative, proactive HVAC maintenance products, industrial coatings, a top-of-the-line floor coating, and more.We look at HVAC industry challenges from the standpoint of innovation opportunity. Opportunities that have become game changer for our clients.  Our goal, always to help people – business owners, facility managers, contractors and distributors – solve the problems with their systems and make them better and longer-lasting.