Tag: Dirty coils

“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.

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.

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.

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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!

Clean Coils Lead to Healthy HVAC Compressor.

Keeping the condenser coil and evaporator coil clean is one way to maintain a healthy HVAC compressor. As the blog linked to in this post states, “Dirty coils are a surefire way to damage a compressor and negatively impact compressor efficiency.”

To read more on things that affect and the importance of maintaining your HVAC compressor, click here.

 

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Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina.  CRT is a 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 ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.

Lights, Camera, Action: Dirty Sox Kit

It’s that time of year again….

As you know, everything in a building has a contribution to indoor air quality. However, the HVAC System is the most referenced cause of indoor air quality concerns.

Contaminated outside air, mold and bacteria are thought to contribute to many health issues, which commonly are associated with the HVAC System. One reason being is that the HVAC System provides the perfect environment for mold, and bacteria to grow and become active.

By using our Dirty Sock Kit, your AHU can remain clean and disinfected, also increasing the time between cleanings.

In the Dirty Sock Kit includes a 4 oz Instant Powder Keg (coil cleaner), Fast Attack (HVAC sanitizer) to make 1 pint, 1 pint of First Strike Micro Coat Cooling (Coil Protectant) and gloves.

To learn more give us a call, and we will be more than happy to educate and/ or assist you.

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