Tag: First Strike Micro Coat

“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….


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.


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. 

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.

From the Field: You’ll Re-Coil Just at the Thought of This!

Whether you are changing filters, refurbishing or fixing HVAC systems, testing the chemicals in the water or testing for the micro-organisms in the air, there is one thing you know for certain: Nobody really wants the dirty job of cleaning dirty coils in often tight and contaminated spaces.

Dirty coils cost the owners money in system inefficiency and maintenance labor. And these problems can be minor when compared to the potential liabilities of a building airstream contaminated with all that has accumulated on the coils. Yes, that same airstream that just keeps circulating round and round the building, passing through those dirty coils each time.


Depending on the type of environment, coil cleaning may need to be done every three months or even more frequently (such as in a fast food restaurant where grease is sucked into the air handlers).

This certainly keeps the internal maintenance staff employed, and fills the pockets of contractors who make their money for each visit. But where the company needs to economize on internal labor costs, or where a contractor is on a service contract and gets paid for result rather than the number of visits – there is a far superior solution.

First Strike Micro Coat is a revolutionary product which coats the coils with a transparent, molecular barrier that prevents dirt (and all the rest of those undesirable particles) from sticking. Instead, they just wash into the condensate pan along with the condensation.

This product is so amazing that one hospital was able to reduce their coil cleanings from once every three months to just once every three years!

Are you ready to save money, let us help.

lynnLynn Burkhart is the president of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. The company is available on the Internet at  www.cleanac.com and by phone at (800) 766-9057.

Technical Corner: Tips for Cleaning Dirty Air Conditioner Coils

It is difficult to clean HVAC coils effectively due in part to coil design.  For multiple row coils, the copper tubing is staggered, and this prevents a stream of water from entering into the coils too deeply.  Usually the water velocity penetrates only the first few inches of a coil to loosen deposits.

Fouled coils lead to increased pressure drop across the coils. When pressure drop increases, more fan horsepower is required. This in turn draws more power, resulting in greater current consumption.

Pressure drop measurements across the coil when it is new are a valuable base line for performance.  Differential pressure that increases by more than one and a half to two times for sure indicates problems with coil cleanliness.

Cleaning coils also plays an important part in air quality.

Here are some rules to follow in cleaning coils:

1)Hot water always works better than cold water when it comes to cleaning.

2)Foaming cleaners, such as our product Instant Powder Keg, are generally better than non-foaming cleaners to remove biofilm and other deposits.

3)Certain areas of the coil may have more deposition than other areas.  A gentle flush of water through the coil may identify areas that are particularly fouled.

4)Cleaning from the bottom of the coil to the top is recommended. Multiple cleanings of the coil may be necessary due to heavy deposition.

5)After completion of cleaning, again run the hose through the coil to see if water now flows freely through areas previously found to be restricted.

6)Coil cleaners may be either acid, neutral, or alkaline in nature.  Many manufacturers call neutral pH or alkaline pH cleaners “non-acid” cleaners. Both acid and alkaline cleaners will attack coil fins, causing pitting and other corrosion. To reduce this problem, coils must be copiously rinsed with water to neutralize any chemical residual left on them.

7)Sanitize the coils using an iodine-based anti-microbial.

8)Apply a molecular coating to the coils, such as our product First Strike Micro Coat, to reduce future build up.

Properly cleaning coils as part of a preventative HVAC maintenance program can save a building owner thousands of dollars.

Lynn Burkhart is the founder and president of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. More information about the company, and its products, can be found at http://www.cleanac.com and by calling (800) 766-9057.

Product Spotlight: The Unseen, Often Ignored HVAC Problem that is Draining Your Wallet

During normal operation of an HVAC system, particles and contaminates enter through the air and build up on the coils. According to the Energy Star Maintenance Checklist, link.

“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.” Constant cleaning of coils by personnel is expensive and time-consuming, and often results in a trade off. Either more money must be spent on preventive maintenance, or more will be spent on energy costs and replacement. For this reason, having dirty HVAC coils is seen as unavoidable.

For treatment, there are numerous coil cleaners including non-acidic, non-caustic and foaming. While all clean coils at different levels of effectiveness, they are only momentarily effective. Once the system starts back up, buildup begins until the next cleaning. For this reason, an effective plan includes applying a preventive product that deters contaminate accumulation.

At CRT, we have developed the following products to protect HVAC systems from unnecessary buildup. By using our Micro Coat Product Line, both condensate and evaporator coils can remain clean and buildup free, prolonging the time between cleanings and saving both time and money.

First Strike Micro Coat
First Strike Micro Coat is an independently GREEN certified coating designed to protect against unnecessary labor and costs. First Strike Micro Coat reduces recurrent deposit buildup on HVAC evaporator coils by providing a clear molecular layer, or micro coating, of protection. Once cleaned, evaporator coils remain clean up to one year or more.

Coil Shield
Coil Shield is a coating designed to protect condenser coils from corrosion. In high salt and industrial areas, corrosive elements are pulled into HVAC condensers. This causes the system to run inefficiently, and eventually leads to condenser replacement. Coil Shield provides a clear molecular layer, or micro coating, of protection that lasts up to one year or more.

Jonathan Dunagin, Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. More information about the company, and its products, can be found at http://www.cleanac.com and by calling (800) 766-9057.

Case In Point: Customer Approved Dirty Sox Kit.

Controlled Release Technologies: 

We are very pleased with the results of your Dirty Sox Kit. Our technicians have commented on its ease of application and its wonderful results. Our customers are 100% satisfied with the kits application and have said that they have never had fresher smelling air come out of there vents. From customer service all the way through to the application our experience with your company has been exceptional.

We look forward to continued business with you.

Thank you

Carol Woodall

Woodall Heating & Cooling