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Have A Barrel of Fun: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by investing in Green certified drain pan treatment today! We will give you a 5% discount to get your lucky streak started off right!

Green certified drip pan treatment, PanGuard, is a timed-released drip pan polymer strip that keeps bacteria running smoothly down the drain; leaving you with spotless pans with no yucky residue that can contribute to overflowing pans, and bad In-door Air Quality. Protect your HVAC pans and environment with one easy step. Simply clean the pan and apply the strip.

 

logoControlled 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.

Whats in a name? That which we call drip pan treatment.

Much like the famous Shakespeare love story of Romeo and Juliet. The story of the two star-crossed lovers are nothing like the love you may possibly have for Algae Guard – drip pan treatment. There is no struggle or tragedy when it comes to our time released drip pan treatment- Algae Guard.

However, there may be a struggle if you are using tablets for your drip pan instead of a time released product such as Algae Guard. Tablets will actually help to deteriorate your drip pan. That is a tragedy!

You don’t want some tragic love story between your drip pans and the products you use, do you? You want the two things to compliment each other, right?
Look no further. Here is a bit of info about Algae Guard.

Algae Guard is a time-released drip pan treatment that keeps the pan clean & free from overflows. Time-released is a process that only allows the ingredients to be released as water flows through the product. Algae Guard is EPA registered and contains a biocide to be effective against mold, mildew, algae, and fungus.

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Ingredient Information

32% active ingredients: broad spectrum micro-biocide
18% other ingredients: blending of wetting agents, surfactants, detergents and corrosion inhibitor
C10 corrosion inhibitor: helps slow the corrosive effects of aggressive condensate water
Physical Characteristics

Slim strip design releases micro-biocides over a greater expanse of the pan surface allowing the condensate to carry the micro-biocides into the entire pan, not just a small area.
Flexible polymer aids in placement of the product into hard to reach places.
Retains a constant weight in water.
Water permeable fabric enclosure helps keep the product intact and visible for easy removal.
Non-dissolving, leaves no chemical residue in the pan.
Engineered for all sizes of air conditioning units.

 

539149_10151972004281060_1823289601_nKristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director of 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

Technically Speaking: Why Use CRT Solutions in your HVAC Air Handler?

There are 100s of commodity products on the HVAC market.  In a world where A=A  prevails, that is where one product is the same as another which is the same as another and on and on and on, is there any room for exceptions to this rule?

After all the marketing hype is read or listened to,  and “it’s just as good as…” statements are over, the fact remains we all like to get a product that produces in full the results we want with no excuses why it doesn’t work.  It holds true at home, and especially holds true at work.

We don’t want odors inside the air handlers.  We don’t want to see buildup of slime or dirt in the air handler condensate pan because its not sanitary, but also because we know someone has to clean the biological soup mess out.  And if you’re still going through this as part of maintenance, you shouldn’t be wasting your time.

CRT products are engineered to be the best on the market.  They always have been, and are still the best today.

Why?   Take HVAC pans for example.

Microbials are always a factor in condensate drain pans.  They grow easily in condensate pans because the dark and humid conditions are perfect for their growth.  They can cause dirt particles to stick together, and plug up the condensate drain lines – water then overflows onto the floor.  If you are an owner, this can be quite upsetting, as the water could ruin carpeting on floors below, or can get into the concrete under the HVAC unit, where mold continues to grow along with odors.

Its natural for firms to present solutions for this by adding an anti-microbial to kill bacteria and fungal growth within the condensate pan.  Although its seemingly good idea, it almost never works.

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Why?

Did you know that all microbials can’t be killed by a very low dosage of anti-microbial?   Some may be killed at a small dose of anti-microbial like 5 parts per million (a ppm is a measure of the dosage weight per unit of water flow).

Many others will not be killed unless the dosage rate is over 450 ppm, or some 90 times more.  Therefore, the majority of users do not get enough dosage to handle the varying types of microbes in the condensate drain pan.

Further more, there is another factor – the amount of condensate water flow through the unit.  A small “through-the-wall” PTAC unit of 1 ton, can flow up to 2 gallons of condensate per day.   A larger unit such as a 50 ton unit can flow can flow as much as 200 gallons per day or more.  So here, there is over a 100 times difference in water.   Think of it like taking an aspirin when you have a headache.  Mix the aspirin in a glass of water and drink the water.  Your headache will be addressed.  Now, take this same tablet and mix it evenly in 100 glasses of water.  Drink one glass. You have only taken 1/100th of the aspirin.  Will your headache go away?  Most likely not.

So the lesson is you need to have enough “mass” or weight of the product per volume to work.  If you don’t have it, its not going to work Its as simple as that.

Thats the reason why tossing in small tablets into a large air handler condensate pan does not produce results expected.  Perhaps the user feels better emotionally because he did something, but still, the results are second rate.

CRT’s Algae Guard, the first timed-released product of its type on the market, handles all of this in the background,  Users are 100% certain they will experience zero overflows, and that they won’t be cleaning condensate pans.  Odors arising from the microbes disappear because they are not there.

Furthermore, we have sized out the mass or weight of the product to specifically handle all tonnages of air handlers, so there is absolutely no question the Algae Guard will perform –  no excuses.  You have 100% certainty with Algae Guard.

Although we have well over a decade of field use with this product, we always update formulations to coincide with the latest technology we develop.  Algae Guard today is far better than it was even ten years ago!

We are always here to answer questions on this and other other products we manufacture.  We are all about performance.

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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.

Technically Speaking: How far will being lazy get you?

I admit it. I am always looking for ways to do less work and still get my work done. Actually, truth be told, I prefer to sit around with my feet up, while my work is being done.

Can this be done and still keep a job one might ask. The answer is yes, if your willing to put forth a little effort to begin with. My first thought on any given subject of work is “how can I automate this job?”

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I remember several times having to wire up a control system. I had to think a lot, and didn’t necessarily want to do that. My solution, make an easy to use procedure plan for each similar model of system. This shaved off a lot of time and effort. Of course, I had to spend a little time before hand setting it all up, but afterwards, doing this work was a breeze.

Having worked with maintenance staff in large power plants and commercial buildings, I saw things being done that I would never do personally. Once our company Controlled Release Technologies was started, we developed innovations that would take work load off the back of maintenance staff while producing even better results. In the process, the staff was able to have extra time, and the building owners were happy that things were being done.

One example was the replacement of old-fashioned condensate pan treatments. Many buildings as well as residential A/C contractors were having a whale of a time handling the costs of odors, pan overflows, and disgruntled customers who were inconvenienced with damaged carpeting.

Upon inspection, I found that all of the tablets that were being used to handle overflows on the market dissolved quickly in water, so much so that many would dissolve right in front of your eyes in less than one hour. So, when people use this type of tablet, how long do they expect it to last? Of course, in a couple of days, it would be gone. So why were people so surprised they were getting pan overflows and water damage after 3 months?

Shortly after the formation of our company, we developed the first controlled-release product that would release ingredients over a 3 to 6 month period of time, working 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The result: maintenance staff did not have to worry about whether overflows were coming as they never happen. Owners were happy. Customers were relieved.

Contractors saw their reputation get back to where it should be with no complaints in this area, all with cutting back on expensive emergency service calls. And for those with yearly contracts, Algae Guard was a life saver.

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Why does Algae Guard perform so well?

First of all, we engineered the product. It wasn’t “whats on the shelf to repackage” for the cheapest product, or get a 3rd rate solution.

We engineered the product to easily handle 100% outside air at 100% humidity levels and that the unit would run continuously all day long, day in and day out.

The result was that no unit, no matter what geographical location it was in, would ever have dirty or plugged up condensate pans. That was true 25 years ago when we developed the product Algae Guard, and is still true today. Algae Guard has the highest percentage of ingredients of any controlled-released product on the market today.

Check it out on your worst A/C units, and you wont have the odors and biological buildups any more. Best of all, you wont have to clean out the pans, which can be a nasty job!

lynnLynn 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.