Tag: hvac contractor

Trane Supply’s “Heat up for the Holidays” Promo

Black Friday has come & gone for most of us but not for Trane Supply! Trane Supply has launched a Holiday Promo “Heat up for the Holidays”.

Contact your local Trane Supply to see if they are offering this promo! Your order does have to be placed by December 15, 2015. Go take advantage of this offer from the leading North American supplier of OEM parts and wholesale supplies for residential & commercial HVAC Systems.

Don’t forget to ask them about CRT’s products.

trane_logo_474.JPGGo check out the two links below to find out what the amazing discounts & rewards are.

Contracting Business: ‘Black Friday’ for HVAC Contractors: Trane Supply Launches Holiday Promo

The News: Trane Supply Launches ‘Heat up for the Holidays’ Promotion

 

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.

Building “Cool” Relationships!

Shandi at GSM Services

Meeting new people in the heating and air industry is always a joy for us. Recently, Shandi Maddox, our client representative, was out visiting a few companies in the area and saw GSM Services in Gastonia. She remembered seeing their service vans around town and decided to stop by!

Mark Benton, residential service team leader, recognized Shandi from talking to her before. Shandi got some great feedback from them on our products and company.

GSM Services has been around for a long time – since 1927! In fact, that’s their Twitter handle: @GSMsince1927. If you’re in the Gaston County area, check out their website and Facebook page.

We love getting connected with companies like this, because we want to help them help their customers with our products. Our products are easy-to-use, inexpensive and can save HVAC customers (both residential and commercial) a lot of money.

Let us know if you’re a contractor in the Charlotte, NC, area and would like a visit from Shandi! Or if you’d like to hear more about our products or what we do, check out our website at cleanac.com. Wherever you are, we ship products all over the country.

About us

“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, located in Shelby, N.C. We manufacture products for HVAC maintenance, vertical/horizontal coatings and more! Find us at cleanac.com or call us toll free at 800-766-9057.

A/C Coil Cleaning – an Art or a Science?

As a busy service technician, what’s often the last thing on your to-do list? For some, it’s cleaning the coils on HVAC units.

Why? It’s messy work, can take up your time, and often feels unnecessary. For those reasons, coil cleaning isn’t usually the first thing that comes up in HVAC conversations.

Over the years, we’ve seen several magazine articles on how to clean coils. More than a dozen contractors have done full-scale tests on coil cleaning. Some have even pulled the entire coil out of the unit and immersed it in cleaning solutions. It’s easy to say that coil cleaning is simple and of little consequence. But nothing could be farther from the truth.

In next month’s newsletter and here on the blog, we’ll share with you the best and easiest ways to clean coils, the benefits for you and for the owner, and all kinds of other important factors.

Do you have questions about coil cleaning? How do you clean coils? 

All questions and comments are welcome! 

Drop us a line at social@cleanac.com or comment on this post! We’ll answer your questions in our upcoming newsletter and blog posts.

What Size HVAC Do I Need? Part 3: How to Find an Exact Number

This is the final part of a three-part series on finding the right size HVAC system for your needs. Check out part one here and part two here.

Are you in the process of purchasing a new HVAC system? Then you need to know what size is best for you! How can you find out? We’re here to help. In part one of this series, we talked about six factors to consider when choosing the right size HVAC for your home. In part two, we compared large and small systems to show you the benefits and pitfalls of both. Today, we’ll talk about how you can get the exact number for the size HVAC system you need.

How to Get an Exact Number: The Right Way

The only true way to get a perfect number in tons for your HVAC system is to contact a professional. An honest HVAC installer will take into consideration all of the factors needed to properly estimate your system and find one that works for you. There are load experts who can calculate this for you and will allow you to shop around before contacting an HVAC installer/contractor.

The Wrong Way

As you may already have heard, in this industry, there are a lot of sham contractors out for your money. One common scam is to install a larger system than is necessary. Larger systems cycle more often, causing a frequent need for repairs. On top of this, larger systems are also more expensive to install.

I recommend asking your installer (before any payments are processed) what they use to determine the load and, in turn, the size of the unit. If they have the following formula, you know you’re working with the wrong guy!

Do not use the following formula as it is extremely incorrect. If your installer uses this formula, they will install a much larger system than you need:

(Home sq. footage x 25) / 12,000

If you look at the formula, you’ll notice there is absolutely no consideration for your usage, climate or insulation. The only factor this is based on is your square footage. The number (in tons) this formula will give you is likely about 1 ton over what you actually need. For example, in this formula, a 2000 sq. ft. home would need a 4-ton unit, which is unnecessarily large in most cases. A properly-sized unit may be in the upper 2’s through mid 3’s based on your insulation, climate and usage of heat-generating electronics.

Where Can I Find a Number Online?

There are websites that can provide you with an exact number if you know what your home uses, such as:

But keep in mind, to get the most accurate reading, you’ll need someone to come out to your home and crunch numbers to help you find the best system for you. And remember, don’t fall for the “you can never have too much” saying they may try!

Thank you for reading our series! We hope we helped you understand more about how to find the best sizing for your home’s heating and air conditioning needs. Stay cool, everyone!

About the author

This three-part series is written by guest blogger, Ryan Gavin, an associate of Comfort Pro, an HVAC installation company in Reading, PA. Ryan writes on varying topics from how to stay the most comfortable in your home, to technical requirements for HVAC systems.

About us

“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company based in Shelby, N.C., and have been creating independently-certified, green products for HVAC maintenance since 1986. Read more atcleanac.com. Got a question? Contact us toll free at 1-800-766-9057.

What Size HVAC Do I Need? Part 2: Larger vs. Smaller

This is part two of a three-part series on finding the right size HVAC system for your needs. Read part one here

In part one of our series, we talked about six factors to consider when choosing the right size HVAC for your home. Today, we’ll compare large and small systems and show you the benefits of both.

Larger is Not Always Better

A common misconception is that a larger HVAC system is always better. In fact, the larger the system, the more money you’ll spend on heating and cooling. There are a few reasons people tend to lean towards the “larger is better” mentality. First, their previous HVAC installer said so. Unfortunately, many installers will give you false information specifically to get you to buy the larger system. Your system should be just enough to cool and heat your home, not overdo it. The real reason many installers will give you a larger system is that it will require more maintenance and repairs down the road, leading to more money for their company. It’s a shady, but a common practice.

Larger Systems Require More Energy

As your system starts up, it will pull the most amperage (current) from your home as indicated by the LRA (Locked Rotor Amperage) on the sticker/manufacturer tag on the system. Afterwards, the system will use a continuous flow of significantly less (sometimes up to 75% less) amperage. For example, a system could start up and use 145A for a brief period of time, until the system gets going, then drop down to about 30A continuously. Now imagine the energy usage and strain on your system when it cools the house in a matter of minutes, just to find that it needs to kick on again in about 45 minutes because of the heat/cold outside or poor insulation. Now it has to start up again and pull that 145A current.

Smaller Systems – The Risks and Benefits

A smaller system can take a bit longer to heat or cool your home, but the installer should know if the system has the capabilities to properly regulate your home’s temperature. One problem many find with the smaller systems is that they can be loud when working at their highest capacity, so let your installer know if you prefer a quieter system. Some of the benefits of smaller systems include:

  • Greater energy efficiency: because the system will run at a constant current for longer periods of time.
  • Saves you money: when the system runs at a constant current, it doesn’t have to use extra energy to keep restarting.
  • Low installation costs: the smaller the system, the less expensive to install.
  • Easy to maintain.

The problem with deciding on a smaller system is that you may just go too small. If it’s too small, as you might guess, it can’t properly heat and cool your home because it doesn’t have the power to do so.

The best size system you can get is one that is tailored to your home’s specifications. A properly-sized system is much more efficient and comfortable than any smaller or larger system can ever do.

Stay tuned for part three of this guide on choosing the right size HVAC system for your home! We’ll focus on how you can find an honest HVAC contractor to perfectly size your system and install it.

About the author

This three-part series is written by guest blogger, Ryan Gavin, an associate of Comfort Pro, an HVAC installation company in Reading, PA. Ryan writes on varying topics from how to stay the most comfortable in your home, to technical requirements for HVAC systems.

About us

“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company based in Shelby, N.C., and have been creating independently-certified, green products for HVAC maintenance since 1986. Read more atcleanac.com. Got a question? Contact us toll free at 1-800-766-9057.