Tag: HVAC System

What Is Condensation?

How many of us have went out of our way to shop for a glass, tumbler, or cup that will not “sweat”. There is nothing I dislike more than grabbing a cup with water droplets! These water droplets/sweat are also known as condensation.

Condensation can be in many more places than just our favorite tumbler. One major place of concern of condensation is in the HVAC System.

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Condensation occurs when water vapor in the air comes into contact with something cool. Molecules slow down and get closer together & the gaseous water vapors turn back into liquid water drops (condensation). Seems kind of harmless on our cups but in an HVAC System this can cause so much damage and cost a great deal of money.

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Years ago, Lynn Burkhart- President of CRT, visited a very prestigious resort in Florida. An esteemed guest had a not-so-pleasant experience in the resort.  There was a leak on the floor above, this leak damaged several expensive belongings of said guest. Can you imagine the frustration of the guest and embarrassment of the resort?


Do you know how this leak occurred? That’s right. Condensation from the HVAC’s drain pans had overflowed and leaked into the room, from the ceiling. Yikes! There is never a good reason for water to emit from the AC Unit. That is a true sign that the unit needs some TLC (Tender Loving Care). Whether it’s maintenance, repairing, or replacing. 

PM (Preventative Maintenance) is important to the health of your HVAC system. A checkup once or twice a year will help to detect & prevent an issue before it occurs. 

You can also be proactive by providing a time-released drain pan treatment PanGuard (Certified Green) or Algae Guard (EPA Registered) to keep your drain clean & free from over flows.

We’d love to hear any condensation stories you have. Please give us a call, comment, or simply shoot us an email. We look forward to chatting with you. 

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.

27th Annual NADCA Show

 

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Are you attending the NADCA conference in Phoenix, AZ next week?

Be sure to visit us at Booth # 106. 

You can get a one-on-one talk with our Technical Advisor & President of CRT- Lynn Burkhart. As well as, our Assistant Executive Director- Rachelle Cunningham. Tell Rachelle and Lynn that we sent you. 

As always, we will have our infamous ribbons! Take your pick of what best suites you: Dork, Excites Easily, Royalty, OCD, Bored Member, Big Cheese, Glass Half Full, Glass Half Empty, Party Animal, Drama Queen, Detail Oriented, and many more. 

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If you are up for some more serious fun; As a NADCA member, we offer a list of products for Drip Pan Treatment, Drip Pan Refurbishment, HVAC System Sanitizing, Coil Cleaners & Coatings, and Duct Coatings. CRT products can extend the life of your HVAC system and increase your energy efficiency. As well as, reduce maintenance costs. 

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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.

“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. 

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.

What is a Macro Fan?

We always want to stay up to date on new interesting things in the HVAC industry. Just last week, we saw a Facebook picture of a huge fan! We’d never seen anything like it. So, of course, we had to reach out to our client & get some more info.

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Our clients at Woodall Heating and Cooling just recently installed their first 24′ Macro Air Fan. You’re probably asking yourself the same question we were. What is a Macro Fan?

The Macro Fan is an industrial ceiling fan that is used to keep the work place cool at an affordable price.  It is a high-volume low-speed (HVLS) fan.  They are used in commercial and industrial settings.  They are mostly ceiling fans although some come as a pole mounted fan.  They are used to supplement HVAC Systems and help to maintain a constant temperature and humidity.

Blake Woodall said it was a very easy process, they installed it in a warehouse in the city of Alabama. Blake mentioned that they were able to use a scissor lift which really helped them out with the installation. Had they used ladders instead, the process would’ve taken a lot longer.

Blake was excited to let us know that the Macro Fan was a lot less expensive than other fan’s on the market. Some of the features are that it comes with a variable speed motor and a touch screen pad to control it.  Very cool!

If you have any questions on Macro Fan’s, you know who to call. Woodall Heating & Cooling in Enterprise Alabama. Be sure to go check out their Website & Facebook

Do you have any unique applications that you’d like to tell us about? We’d love to hear about it. 

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.

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.