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What Is Condensation?

How many of us have went out of our way to shop for a glass, tumbler, or cup that will not “sweat”. There is nothing I dislike more than grabbing a cup with water droplets! These water droplets/sweat are also known as condensation.

Condensation can be in many more places than just our favorite tumbler. One major place of concern of condensation is in the HVAC System.

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Condensation occurs when water vapor in the air comes into contact with something cool. Molecules slow down and get closer together & the gaseous water vapors turn back into liquid water drops (condensation). Seems kind of harmless on our cups but in an HVAC System this can cause so much damage and cost a great deal of money.

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Years ago, Lynn Burkhart- President of CRT, visited a very prestigious resort in Florida. An esteemed guest had a not-so-pleasant experience in the resort.  There was a leak on the floor above, this leak damaged several expensive belongings of said guest. Can you imagine the frustration of the guest and embarrassment of the resort?


Do you know how this leak occurred? That’s right. Condensation from the HVAC’s drain pans had overflowed and leaked into the room, from the ceiling. Yikes! There is never a good reason for water to emit from the AC Unit. That is a true sign that the unit needs some TLC (Tender Loving Care). Whether it’s maintenance, repairing, or replacing. 

PM (Preventative Maintenance) is important to the health of your HVAC system. A checkup once or twice a year will help to detect & prevent an issue before it occurs. 

You can also be proactive by providing a time-released drain pan treatment PanGuard (Certified Green) or Algae Guard (EPA Registered) to keep your drain clean & free from over flows.

We’d love to hear any condensation stories you have. Please give us a call, comment, or simply shoot us an email. We look forward to chatting with you. 

About us

“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company in Shelby, NC, that creates products for HVAC maintenance and more! Find us at cleanac.com, or call us toll free at 800-766-9057.

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.

 

About us

“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company in Shelby, NC, that creates products for HVAC maintenance and more! Find us at cleanac.com, or call us toll free at 800-766-9057.

Your HVAC Coils Need a Strong Cleaning – Here’s Why

You just ate an amazing dinner! Perhaps a mouthwatering steak, garlic mashed potatoes, and whatever fixings are your favorite. Now that your stomach is completely full and happy, it’s time to clean up the kitchen. Imagine all the food that just sat on your plate and in the pots and pans.

Photo: Creative Commons
Photo: Creative Commons

Now imagine that instead of using soap and water to clean all of the dishes, you just simply rinse the dishes with just water. Would you consider those dishes clean? 

Next, imagine that you just finished up a day of working outside in the hot sun. You’re ready to go inside, take a shower and relax for the rest of the night. You go inside and take a shower with just water. Would you consider yourself clean? 

It’s normal to actually wash our dishes with soap to get them clean, and it’s normal to wash ourselves with soap each day.

So what’s the norm for A/C coils? It’s normal that coils be cleaned, not just rinsed, at least once a year! According to energystar.gov, you should get a maintenance checkup on your A/C system every year. And that checkup should include cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils. As Energy Star states:

Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.

If someone suggests just rinsing off your coils, they are cutting corners. Remember, the norm is to use a coil cleaner to clean your coil and then rinse off the coil cleaner. 

Just like you use soap in the shower and soap on your dishes, you should be sure that your coils are cleaned with a coil cleaner each year and not just water

Remember, dirty coils can increase energy usage by 30%! But clean coils save you money.

What are your thoughts on coil cleaning? Do you rinse coils with just water or do you use a cleaner? What type of coil cleaner do you use? Our Powder Kegs powdered coil cleaner is inexpensive, easy to transport and easy to use.

5 Reasons To Clean Your Carpet & HVAC System

Have you ever thought about how dirty your carpet is? What’s more, have you thought about the bacteria living in your carpet? Are you curious about what’s right under your feet, or swirling in the air around you? If so, read on!

According to 50 Random Facts About…Carpet:

  • The virus that causes the stomach flu can survive on uncleaned carpet for over a month! 
  • Every year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under carpet. 
  • Did you know that the 5-second rule is a myth?  Bacteria can live for four WEEKS on carpet. AND thanks to microbial adhesion, germs like salmonella are immediately transferred to food that gets dropped on the floor.
  • All carpet should be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months. 
  • When properly cleaned and maintained, carpeting may improve the quality of air by trapping allergy-inducing dust and allergens. Most people, though, don’t clean their carpets correctly, which can actually make allergies worse.

You may be wondering, what do these random facts have to do with my HVAC system?

  • Much like the carpet being a place for bacteria to adhere to, an HVAC system is the perfect place for bacteria or allergens that can harm you or your family. How does that affect you? The air you breathe comes right out of your heating and air unit.
  • Have you taken a look at your coils lately to see how clean they are? You are breathing the dirt, debris, hair, dander, particles and bacteria that are present on your coils because the air gets pushed through your coil, into your ductwork, and eventually into your home or building. 
  • Take it a step further – check the bottom of your drain pan. Do you see any build-up? That’s the condensation off of your coil. What you see in the bottom of that pan came from the coil. THAT’S what you and your family are breathing. 
  • If you’re concerned about your carpet holding viruses or bacteria, you should be just as concerned about what your HVAC system is harboring! Professionals suggest having your AC unit maintenanced every year, usually at the beginning of spring.

Last but not least: 

  • When properly cleaned and maintained, clean coils and drip pans will improve the quality of air in your home! But just as with carpet, many people don’t get them cleaned. That results in poor air quality and a shortened life for your HVAC unit.

Think about it! To keep you and your family healthy, it just might help to leave your shoes at the door, get your carpet cleaned and get your HVAC system maintenanced by a licensed HVAC professional. It’s never too early to start!