Tag: benefits

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!

“A Clean Coil is a Happy Coil”: How to Clean A/C Coils

“A clean coil is a happy coil!” according to the ACHR news, which published this very informative article on how to clean A/C coils. Clean coils also extend the life of the HVAC unit AND make it more efficient. Check it out!

http://www.achrnews.com/articles/129792-cleaning-sectional-standard-mechanical-condenser-coils?v=preview

One important thing the ACHR says: you shouldn’t use high-pressure washers, because they can bend the coil fins. We hear a lot of people in the industry do clean coils with pressure washers. Do you?

What are your best tips for cleaning coils? What problems do you run into on the job?

We’ll be doing an article soon on the benefits of coil cleaning and the best ways to clean a coil, and we want to hear your input! 

Click in that box below and comment! Or send us a quick email at social@cleanac.com. We’re also on Twitter: @cleanac. Thank you!

What Size HVAC Do I Need? Part 2: Larger vs. Smaller

This is part two of a three-part series on finding the right size HVAC system for your needs. Read part one here

In part one of our series, we talked about six factors to consider when choosing the right size HVAC for your home. Today, we’ll compare large and small systems and show you the benefits of both.

Larger is Not Always Better

A common misconception is that a larger HVAC system is always better. In fact, the larger the system, the more money you’ll spend on heating and cooling. There are a few reasons people tend to lean towards the “larger is better” mentality. First, their previous HVAC installer said so. Unfortunately, many installers will give you false information specifically to get you to buy the larger system. Your system should be just enough to cool and heat your home, not overdo it. The real reason many installers will give you a larger system is that it will require more maintenance and repairs down the road, leading to more money for their company. It’s a shady, but a common practice.

Larger Systems Require More Energy

As your system starts up, it will pull the most amperage (current) from your home as indicated by the LRA (Locked Rotor Amperage) on the sticker/manufacturer tag on the system. Afterwards, the system will use a continuous flow of significantly less (sometimes up to 75% less) amperage. For example, a system could start up and use 145A for a brief period of time, until the system gets going, then drop down to about 30A continuously. Now imagine the energy usage and strain on your system when it cools the house in a matter of minutes, just to find that it needs to kick on again in about 45 minutes because of the heat/cold outside or poor insulation. Now it has to start up again and pull that 145A current.

Smaller Systems – The Risks and Benefits

A smaller system can take a bit longer to heat or cool your home, but the installer should know if the system has the capabilities to properly regulate your home’s temperature. One problem many find with the smaller systems is that they can be loud when working at their highest capacity, so let your installer know if you prefer a quieter system. Some of the benefits of smaller systems include:

  • Greater energy efficiency: because the system will run at a constant current for longer periods of time.
  • Saves you money: when the system runs at a constant current, it doesn’t have to use extra energy to keep restarting.
  • Low installation costs: the smaller the system, the less expensive to install.
  • Easy to maintain.

The problem with deciding on a smaller system is that you may just go too small. If it’s too small, as you might guess, it can’t properly heat and cool your home because it doesn’t have the power to do so.

The best size system you can get is one that is tailored to your home’s specifications. A properly-sized system is much more efficient and comfortable than any smaller or larger system can ever do.

Stay tuned for part three of this guide on choosing the right size HVAC system for your home! We’ll focus on how you can find an honest HVAC contractor to perfectly size your system and install it.

About the author

This three-part series is written by guest blogger, Ryan Gavin, an associate of Comfort Pro, an HVAC installation company in Reading, PA. Ryan writes on varying topics from how to stay the most comfortable in your home, to technical requirements for HVAC systems.

About us

“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company based in Shelby, N.C., and have been creating independently-certified, green products for HVAC maintenance since 1986. Read more atcleanac.com. Got a question? Contact us toll free at 1-800-766-9057.

From the Field: “2013 New Year, New Outcome!”

shandifix2Your company may have already created a budget for maintenance, and your facility up keep for the year. Some of those may range from servicing and maintaining your HVAC equipment. However, if replacing drain pans are in the plans for the year we at CRT want to remind you of the benefits of Pancrete.

Pancrete is one of CRT’s top selling products for many reasons. This product saves money, because it can be extremely expensive to replace pans. Why not spend thousands less and pour a new pan? Self-leveling Pancrete is your one time permanent solution to leaky, rusty pan conditions.

Here is a recommendation letter from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center that we received stating how pleased they were with the product.

St. Joseph's Hospital

Maybe you have experiences as well, or instances where you could use Pancrete. Feel free to comment below or give us a call for questions about the product. We will be more than happy to help.

Shandi 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 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