Tag: cooling

National Geographic: 5 AC Designs Inspired by Nature

More often than not, my favorite response to every question is, “I’ll Google It” or “I can Google faster than you”. Very often I run across a word that I’ve never heard before and have to google the definition.

This week I discovered the word:

Biomimicry

bi·o·mim·ic·ry
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noun
  1. the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes.

I ran across this word in an article by National Geographic. National Geographic stated, “Designers are turning to biomimicry to develop better cooling technologies. Air Conditioning uses a tremendous amount of energy, but a new group of designers think they can solve that problem by mimicking Mother Nature’s craftiness.” 

Who knew that Nature & Air Conditioning had so much in common.

“These designs suggest some of what could be learned by applying the lessons of biomimicry to the problem of air-conditioning in particular.”

Fire passes over a termite mound. Here is an image of termite mounds that have survived the worst of blistering hot conditions. Thanks to google I found termites have had quite the influence over our ventilation, heating, & cooling.

Many species of termites in the world live in termite mounds. These termite mounds are made up of soil, mud, chewed wood, saliva, and feces. Oddly enough, the combination make the mounds super strong & even fire resistant. The mound will consist of “chimneys” that allow warm air inside the mound to vent upward and outward. Apparently, termites are quite smart. They open and close a series of vents throughout their mound to allow airflow and circulation, keeping the mound from overheating.

Any of this sound familiar? How amazing that these annoying creatures have inspired our ventilation!

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“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.

 

3 Reasons to Optimize Your HVAC Equipment

3 Reasons to Optimize Your HVAC Equipment

Homeowners have good reason to want to get the most heating and cooling out of their HVAC equipment: these systems account for up to 48 percent of a typical household’s utility bills, notes the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). However, the benefit of properly maintaining an HVAC unit or upgrading to a high efficiency model isn’t only financial—though that’s certainly a big one. Following are the 3 top reasons to optimize your HVAC.

3. Sustainability: Another big incentive to optimize your HVAC equipment is the environment. The less electricity your home consumes, the lower your household’s carbon footprint. The government offers further cost savings in the form of tax credits to encourage homeowners to reduce energy dependency by boosting efficiency. These tax credits are a way for homeowners to save money while also feeling good about the decisions they’re making for their families and communities. 

2. Convenience: New or properly maintained HVAC equipment doesn’t just save money; it also makes a homeowner’s life easier, as unexpected breakdowns—and the uncomfortable indoor climates that accompany them—are less common.

1. Savings: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asserts that an average homeowner can save as much as $750 every year by opting for an Energy Star HVAC system. However, homeowners do not need to replace their existing equipment to boost efficiency and save. Regular maintenance can help too. Below is an infographic The Refrigeration School developed that is a great source of information on DIY and professional HVAC maintenance.

HVAC Optimization Help

Whether your HVAC equipment is newer or older, maintenance is key to improving efficiency and extending its lifetime. Check out the infographic below and navigate around the website for tips and products that can help you optimize your HVAC system.

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Huge thanks to Kathy Jackson with The Refrigeration School for this Guest 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.

“Perks” of Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

Maintaining your air conditioner is not a good idea, it’s a excellent idea. 

Isn’t is just the most thrilling thing when it’s 100 degrees outside and your Air Conditioner decides to call in sick that day? Leaving you to handle whatever issue is going on and having to call in your local HVAC Contractor. Take a look at the young man below, it’s summer time and he needs not be worried about being cool in the summer. But, for some reason, he is….

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How about when it’s winter time. Do you want to be cold & shivering under twenty blankets? Or would you rather be cuddled up on the couch, drinking some hot chocolate, and enjoying family time? Seems like an easy answer, Right? The gentleman in the green jimmies below, is clearly having some HVAC issues and not able to enjoy anything mentioned.

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Other than being cool in the summer and warm in the winter, there are a MANY MORE PERKS to maintaining your HVAC system.

Over a years time, dirt builds up on the coil. While the filter helps to slow down the soiling process, the dirt will still find it’s way to your coils. Dirt on coils decreases your airflow, and insulates the coil. As far as the outside coils, they too, become very dirty. Mowing the grass, leaves falling from trees, and wind blowing dust….these all contribute to the dirt build up on the coils.

When regular PM’s are done, you will achieve the following:

  • Preventing costly breakdowns
  • Reducing energy costs
  • Extending the life of the equipment
  • Improving system performance
  • Making the system safer

One of the ways to accomplish these goals are to clean and coat your HVAC system with products that will not eat away at your coils, nor inhibit heat transfer.

Say hello to a Coil Cleaning Kit. It has everything you need to solve any build up problems on your coils. Better yet, it will last a full year. It comes with our Instant Powder Kegs coil cleaner and First Strike Micro Coat easy to use annual coating.

Instant Powder Kegs is a powdered coil cleaner, that is easy to use, clean up and transport. Just mix with water, spray on and rinse.The coil cleaner is removing the dirt and build up on the coils. Then, apply the First Strike Micro Coat which is an annual coating that will repel anything from sticking to your coil. Leaving you with a years worth of protection on your coil. 

To learn more about our coil products, or to share your experiences, comment below. 

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“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.

What is a Macro Fan?

We always want to stay up to date on new interesting things in the HVAC industry. Just last week, we saw a Facebook picture of a huge fan! We’d never seen anything like it. So, of course, we had to reach out to our client & get some more info.

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Our clients at Woodall Heating and Cooling just recently installed their first 24′ Macro Air Fan. You’re probably asking yourself the same question we were. What is a Macro Fan?

The Macro Fan is an industrial ceiling fan that is used to keep the work place cool at an affordable price.  It is a high-volume low-speed (HVLS) fan.  They are used in commercial and industrial settings.  They are mostly ceiling fans although some come as a pole mounted fan.  They are used to supplement HVAC Systems and help to maintain a constant temperature and humidity.

Blake Woodall said it was a very easy process, they installed it in a warehouse in the city of Alabama. Blake mentioned that they were able to use a scissor lift which really helped them out with the installation. Had they used ladders instead, the process would’ve taken a lot longer.

Blake was excited to let us know that the Macro Fan was a lot less expensive than other fan’s on the market. Some of the features are that it comes with a variable speed motor and a touch screen pad to control it.  Very cool!

If you have any questions on Macro Fan’s, you know who to call. Woodall Heating & Cooling in Enterprise Alabama. Be sure to go check out their Website & Facebook

Do you have any unique applications that you’d like to tell us about? We’d love to hear about it. 

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.

This Crazy Pancrete Installation is Great for Business

The uses of our product, Pancrete, can vary in so many ways! Typically, Pancrete is a product used to resurface rusty, leaking HVAC drain pans. But one client turned his store’s countertop into a Pancrete display!

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Bobby Mantle with Strategic Filtration in Houston, TX, used Pancrete to create a beautiful countertop in his store. He said he decided to use it because it was so beautiful, and it was an easy way to show his clients what Pancrete looks like when installed.

Bobby said it was a very easy process. First, he built the counter out of wood and added a lip to the sides, just enough to pour the Pancrete into. He poured it 1/4″ thick and then caulked the edges to ensure the Pancrete didn’t leak out. It bonded seamlessly to the wood.

His clients love the way it looks and feels, especially with that beautiful blue color. They see it every time they visit his location.

What a cool idea! Have you ever installed a product in an unusual way? Tell us your product stories!

 

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.