Tag: energy

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!

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.

 

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.

Water in Ductwork, NOT TODAY!

Have you heard the following things listed OVER & OVER again in regards to your HVAC unit?

“No one wants any sort of strain on their HVAC unit. Strain that could cause many problems that are an extra cost to you. Such as:

-Higher energy bill
-Frequent maintenance on your HVAC unit
-HVAC replacement

There are many ways to keep your HVAC unit stress free. Below are just a few basic steps you can take to keep your HVAC system stress free. Very easy stuff, and they each only take a few moments of your time.

-Keep vents clear
-Keep those coils clean
-Change out the air filters regularly”

BUT, one thing that goes unmentioned quite often is the ductwork. Of course it would. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Did you know, ductwork carries the warmth in the winter and holds the cool air in the summer. Without proper ductwork insulation, the temperature of the air being carried could be lost while transferring from the HVAC unit to the vents in your home. Ductwork can also play a major role in your energy bill. Even the Department of Energy claims so.

So, you see how important ductwork is. What if just a little bit of water entered your ductwork from the HVAC system? It’s just a little water. No biggie, right? Actually, YES! Even the smallest water droplet is a huge deal! To name a few, it can cause the following:

-Rust out metal ductwork
-Breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria
-Decrease Indoor Air Quality greatly
-Water damage
-Degradation & De-lamination

Although, water in the ductwork can cause many problems. Your health alone should be enough reason to want to get your ductwork checked out. Exposure to mold can lead to allergies, infections, rashes, even alzheimer’s. The list just goes on and on.

When water gets in the insulation in your ductwork, those water droplets fly through your airstream. These water droplets create a breeding ground for mold & mildew. Water droplets will wreak havoc on the insulation in the ductwork causing degradation & de-lamination. Not only would this be tearing your insulation apart to later be replaced (more bucks from your pocket) but that delaminated insulation would be freely roaming the air in your home (remember you & your family are breathing this).

Why worry about water in your ductwork causing this step ladder of issues when there is a solution?

For the new home-owner, why not be preventative & go ahead and protect yourself?

Ductile is a coating that protects the HVAC ductwork from degradation and insulation de-lamination. Ductile locks down fiberglass particles that would enter the air stream. Hallelujah!
No stress of your insulation breaking down & no worries about your health. Did you hear that, NO STRESS!

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Contact us for more information on Ductile. Shandi or Candice will be more than happy to give you some information. 800-766-9057 or if you’re like me and prefer email reach out to sales@cleanac.com or custserv@cleanac.com

Super Cool Time-Lapse Video: Building a Wind Turbine

We love cool science and energy stories here at CRT. Recently, our president came across this time-lapse video from MidAmerican Energy on their recent construction of a wind turbine. You’ll be amazed by the size, scope and sheer numbers of wind turbine construction! Check it out.

Tips for Better AC This Summer

How can you get the best out of your air conditioner this summer? Here are three useful tips from Progressive Heating and Air: Tips for Better AC This Summer

Check out the full article at the link above or see a few quick tips below.

  1. Aim to set your thermostat at 68°F. If it’s lower, you’ll likely end up wasting energy and shortening the life of your system.
  2. Change your air filters each month to prevent clogging that can reduce airflow and efficiency.
  3. Have your unit serviced by a professional HVAC maintenance technician or contractor each year. The best time to do this is spring – before the heat of summer hits. And be sure to call for repairs at the first sign of trouble.

Thanks for reading! 🙂 Check out Progressive’s blog here: https://progressiveac.wordpress.com/