Tag: indoor air quality

Did You Know: The Dangers of Air Ducts

HVAC system maintenance is super important and can save you tons of money in the long run through more efficient, cleaner systems. But what about your air ducts? AdvantaClean has a great blog post titled “Air Duct Dangers: Are Your Dirty Air Ducts Making You Sick?

Here are some cool facts from the article.

Did you know 1/6 allergy sufferers’ symptoms are “directly linked to the fungi and bacteria found in their air duct systems”?

Or did you know this fact? “In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created every year through everyday living; and these contaminants are pulled into your HVAC system and recirculated up to seven times per day.”

Crazy stuff – just gives you more reasons to keep your ducts clean! Or as HVAC people like to say, “keep your ducts in a row!”

Read more on AdvantaClean’s blog.

 

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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.

Something Interesting: IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR….(AACHOOOO)

It’s that time of year again. A time for travel, shopping, much needed down-time, celebration ,and most of all family gathering.

Most of your down time is going to be spent inside and more than likely there will be a Christmas Tree close by. You may enjoy taking down and putting up an artificial tree, however, you may display the live tree. As beautiful as they are, they may pose a threat to your enjoyment.

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Did you ever wonder why your allergies flared more around this time of year? Well, just maybe you’re experiencing Christmas tree syndrome. Seriously, if you chose to have the live tree, think about it. This tree was cut down and stored with moisture on it, until its owner came to purchase it (you). On this tree, rests pollen, mold (which loves moisture), dust, etc. You bring it into your house and then maybe you don’t dust off your ornaments that you used the previous year. Yet, you decorate the tree and head out to complete your holiday endeavors.

According to WebMD, twelve times during a two week period, researchers measured mold counts in a room containing a live Christmas tree, beginning when the tree was brought inside and decorated. The tree was located 10 feet from a heat vent, and the indoor temperature was maintained at between 65 and 68*F. For the first three days, counts remained at 800 spores per cubic meter of air, then began escalating, rising to a maximum of 5,000 spores per cubic meter by day 14, when the tree was taken down.

How to avoid, or at least decrease the blow or impact of the allergens, well I’m glad you asked. One way to decrease the impact of the allergies, is to display your tree at a shorter amount of time. Shake your tree outside, spray with water and let dry outside, before bringing it in to decorate (WBRC News). Also, clean your ornaments before hanging them on your tree, and refrain from spray on decoration.

Just wanted to share that bit of information, so that you may get the most out of your Holiday and enjoy your family.

Please comment below, letting us know your experience, or if you have anything to add to this to help someone.

From me to you MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

 

shandiShandi Maddox, Corporate Client Services Representative of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for VAC 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 BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

HVAC Industry News “ASHRAE & IAQA To Join Forces”

July of this year something very important happened in the HVAC world!

ASHRAE, IAQA To Join Forces To Grow Resources For Indoor Air Quality Professionals

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment.

Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. IAQA will operate independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure. Plans call for IAQA headquarters to relocate from Rockville, Md., to Atlanta, Ga., home of ASHRAE’s international headquarters. The agreement was reached between the leadership of both associations and confirmed at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference that concluded earlier this month in Seattle, Wash.

“This merger is beneficial to both ASHRAE and IAQA in that it strengthens the programs and services of both organizations,” Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE president, said. “The work of IAQA complements the work of ASHRAE in its standards, research, publications and educational offerings. We now combine our resources to ensure the industry receives the best indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs possible, which means improved indoor air quality for the world around us.”

Among ASHRAE’s major indoor air quality offerings are Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, and Standard 62.2, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and publications such as the Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning. ASHRAE also recently announced the formation of the Indoor Environmental Quality Global Alliance, which included IAQA as a charter member. ASHRAE also has a strong research program related to indoor air quality with 10 current projects totaling $2.8 million, representing 23 percent of ASHRAE’s research budget.

“This merger allows IAQA to maintain its own brand while also providing its members with enhanced benefits and services,” Kent Rawhouser, president of IAQA, said. “Our strong history of programs and products is expected to not only continue, but to grow as the merger allows us to take advantage of the resources and programs overseen by ASHRAE. Members of IAQA and ASHRAE will work collaboratively to strengthen indoor air quality programs for the industry, and most importantly, for the people who occupy homes and buildings around the world.”

IAQA provides continuing education, conferences and expositions, certification programs, monthly webinars, technical publications and funds indoor air quality related research. IAQA subsidiary, Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO), is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developing organization focused on indoor air quality assessment, remediation and management of indoor environments.

ASHRAE and IAQA programs will be aligned to create high-impact resources for building professionals around the globe.

“Indoor air quality is vitally important to the health and welfare of people worldwide,” Phoenix said. “Air quality systems must work harmoniously with other systems in homes and buildings to ensure a healthy and sustainable built environment.”

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of customers and the public. IAQA was established in 1995 and is the nation’s largest indoor air quality trade association with over 2,600 members and more than 20 local chapters across the United States and Canada. More information is available at www.iaqa.org/news and at www.ieso.org.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

Reference Article Here:
https://www.ashrae.org/news/2014/ashrae-iaqa-to-join-forces-to-grow-resources-for-indoor-air-quality-professionals

Controlled Release Technologies Inc. is a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, EnergyStar Partner and 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 BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. http://www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.

Product Unleashed: Importance of A Clean HVAC System – Clean AC Kit

What is the importance of having or providing a clean HVAC System by using the Clean AC Kit? Just to name a few.

For an individual: Yours & your families health, the quality of your air and heat, and a lower power bill. As well as, only one cleaning service call for an entire year.

For a contractor: Happy clients, less service calls (if you do service contracts), quality control, and quick service.

For a building owner or facility manager: Happy, healthy tenants, not to mention the lower guest complaints because of the clean air quality. As well as, lower energy costs.

Not only does it provide the things listed above but it will extend the life of your HVAC unit if used annually. The Clean AC Kit is beneficial to you whether you are a home owner like me, a building owner – facility manager, or you are a contractor.

Please see the attached for info on our kit to HVAC success.

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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 an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and 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 BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com