Tag: air quality

Did You Know: The Dangers of Air Ducts

HVAC system maintenance is super important and can save you tons of money in the long run through more efficient, cleaner systems. But what about your air ducts? AdvantaClean has a great blog post titled “Air Duct Dangers: Are Your Dirty Air Ducts Making You Sick?

Here are some cool facts from the article.

Did you know 1/6 allergy sufferers’ symptoms are “directly linked to the fungi and bacteria found in their air duct systems”?

Or did you know this fact? “In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created every year through everyday living; and these contaminants are pulled into your HVAC system and recirculated up to seven times per day.”

Crazy stuff – just gives you more reasons to keep your ducts clean! Or as HVAC people like to say, “keep your ducts in a row!”

Read more on AdvantaClean’s blog.


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Improve HVAC Maintenance in Plants & Facilities

Our friends over at Mike’s Heating & Cooling recently shared an awesome post by Plant Engineering on Five Tips to Make HVAC Maintenance More Effective. According to Plant Engineering, “Preventive maintenance is key to keeping HVAC systems running effectively and efficiently.”

We also love their advice on how to clean HVAC coils: don’t use pressure washers! 

Why? They can damage the fins on the coil, which can cause you to spend more money to repair them.

Check out their blog post and let us know what you think! 🙂

This month, we’re talking about air conditioning coils, tips and info on how your HVAC can benefit from cleaner coils: more energy efficiency, better air quality and more! Stay tuned for more, and don’t forget – we want to hear YOUR coil cleaning questions and advice.

Tell us how YOU clean coils and what problems you’ve seen with A/C coils.

Share in the comments below or via email: social@cleanac.com.

Top Benefits of Clean A/C Coils

This month, we’re talking A/C coils. Or as Morris-Jenkins calls them, air conditioning teeth! We’ve got tips and info galore on how your A/C can benefit from clean coils.

What do we have for contractors? For starters, share these tips with your customers! Tell them how clean coils can make their home and business better, cooler and more energy efficient. We’ll also have a post soon on the best ways to clean coils. AND we’ll be sharing an infographic on these benefits soon! Stay tuned! Don’t forget to ask us your coil cleaning questions in the comments or via email: social@cleanac.com.

Photo license: Creative Commons CC0.
Photo license: Creative Commons CC0.

If you’ve ever asked a customer, “Do you want a lower energy bill and better air quality?” you know the answer to both is, “Yes!!” Customers want to save money on utility bills and they want the best, cleanest and coolest air for their businesses, homes and families.

What’s one way to give them that? Clean coils! Clean air conditioner coils have a number of benefits. Here are just a few:

  • They make your HVAC unit last longer.
  • They improve airflow and air quality.
  • They improve heat transfer.
  • They cut back on energy costs.

It sure is nice to have a little extra money in your pocket. And not only that, clean coils can prevent a unit from freezing up, a problem that could shut down your cool air for a while and cost you money in repairs. What are other downsides of dirty coils?

  • Decreased airflow
  • Lower air quality
  • Can lead to rusting, bacteria or mold growth
  • Can cause freezing of the unit

To prevent these problems, be sure to get your coils cleaned once a year or every six months. In really nasty environments with lots of dirt and grease, they might need cleaning more often. The best thing is to ask an HVAC professional, and sign up for a regular maintenance program. That way you won’t forget and your air will stay cool and clean.

Cleaning Coils Can Add Business for Contractors

For all our contractor friends, cleaning coils isn’t a tough job. We make a product that does most of the work for you. Powder Kegs are a powdered coil cleaner we make that is much cheaper than other coil cleaners on the market. Just mix it with water in a pump sprayer, spray it on your coils and then rinse off.

Keep in mind, you can add value for your customer by adding coil cleaning to your maintenance programs, if you haven’t already. It’ll keep your client happy, help them save money, and protect their coils from a potential mess. It’s just one more way for your business to grow and help your customers stay cool at the same time!

HVAC Industry News “ASHRAE & IAQA To Join Forces”

July of this year something very important happened in the HVAC world!

ASHRAE, IAQA To Join Forces To Grow Resources For Indoor Air Quality Professionals

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment.

Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. IAQA will operate independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure. Plans call for IAQA headquarters to relocate from Rockville, Md., to Atlanta, Ga., home of ASHRAE’s international headquarters. The agreement was reached between the leadership of both associations and confirmed at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference that concluded earlier this month in Seattle, Wash.

“This merger is beneficial to both ASHRAE and IAQA in that it strengthens the programs and services of both organizations,” Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE president, said. “The work of IAQA complements the work of ASHRAE in its standards, research, publications and educational offerings. We now combine our resources to ensure the industry receives the best indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs possible, which means improved indoor air quality for the world around us.”

Among ASHRAE’s major indoor air quality offerings are Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, and Standard 62.2, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and publications such as the Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning. ASHRAE also recently announced the formation of the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance, which included IAQA as a charter member. ASHRAE also has a strong research program related to indoor air quality with 10 current projects totaling $2.8 million, representing 23 percent of ASHRAE’s research budget.

“This merger allows IAQA to maintain its own brand while also providing its members with enhanced benefits and services,” Kent Rawhouser, president of IAQA, said. “Our strong history of programs and products is expected to not only continue, but to grow as the merger allows us to take advantage of the resources and programs overseen by ASHRAE. Members of IAQA and ASHRAE will work collaboratively to strengthen indoor air quality programs for the industry, and most importantly, for the people who occupy homes and buildings around the world.”

IAQA provides continuing education, conferences and expositions, certification programs, monthly webinars, technical publications and funds indoor air quality related research. IAQA subsidiary, Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO), is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developing organization focused on indoor air quality assessment, remediation and management of indoor environments.

ASHRAE and IAQA programs will be aligned to create high-impact resources for building professionals around the globe.

“Indoor air quality is vitally important to the health and welfare of people worldwide,” Phoenix said. “Air quality systems must work harmoniously with other systems in homes and buildings to ensure a healthy and sustainable built environment.”

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,600 members and more than 20 local chapters across the United States and Canada. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news and at www.ieso.org.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

Reference Article Here:

Controlled Release Technologies Inc. is a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, 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. http://www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.

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If you have odors in your AHU, build up on your coils, corrosion on the inside of your AHU, this product will most definitely help you handle these issues. It’s effective against mold, bacteria, and debris.

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shandiShandi Maddox, Corporate Client Services Representative 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 VAC 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