Tag: insulation

Water in Ductwork, NOT TODAY!

Have you heard the following things listed OVER & OVER again in regards to your HVAC unit?

“No one wants any sort of strain on their HVAC unit. Strain that could cause many problems that are an extra cost to you. Such as:

-Higher energy bill
-Frequent maintenance on your HVAC unit
-HVAC replacement

There are many ways to keep your HVAC unit stress free. Below are just a few basic steps you can take to keep your HVAC system stress free. Very easy stuff, and they each only take a few moments of your time.

-Keep vents clear
-Keep those coils clean
-Change out the air filters regularly”

BUT, one thing that goes unmentioned quite often is the ductwork. Of course it would. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Did you know, ductwork carries the warmth in the winter and holds the cool air in the summer. Without proper ductwork insulation, the temperature of the air being carried could be lost while transferring from the HVAC unit to the vents in your home. Ductwork can also play a major role in your energy bill. Even the Department of Energy claims so.

So, you see how important ductwork is. What if just a little bit of water entered your ductwork from the HVAC system? It’s just a little water. No biggie, right? Actually, YES! Even the smallest water droplet is a huge deal! To name a few, it can cause the following:

-Rust out metal ductwork
-Breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria
-Decrease Indoor Air Quality greatly
-Water damage
-Degradation & De-lamination

Although, water in the ductwork can cause many problems. Your health alone should be enough reason to want to get your ductwork checked out. Exposure to mold can lead to allergies, infections, rashes, even alzheimer’s. The list just goes on and on.

When water gets in the insulation in your ductwork, those water droplets fly through your airstream. These water droplets create a breeding ground for mold & mildew. Water droplets will wreak havoc on the insulation in the ductwork causing degradation & de-lamination. Not only would this be tearing your insulation apart to later be replaced (more bucks from your pocket) but that delaminated insulation would be freely roaming the air in your home (remember you & your family are breathing this).

Why worry about water in your ductwork causing this step ladder of issues when there is a solution?

For the new home-owner, why not be preventative & go ahead and protect yourself?

Ductile is a coating that protects the HVAC ductwork from degradation and insulation de-lamination. Ductile locks down fiberglass particles that would enter the air stream. Hallelujah!
No stress of your insulation breaking down & no worries about your health. Did you hear that, NO STRESS!

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Contact us for more information on Ductile. Shandi or Candice will be more than happy to give you some information. 800-766-9057 or if you’re like me and prefer email reach out to sales@cleanac.com or custserv@cleanac.com

Technical Corner: Energy Saving Tips

Companies and individuals alike are looking to save money where we can, especially if we don’t have to give anything up to do it.

An important, but very frequently overlooked area is cooling coil efficiencies. Since dirty coils account for up to 30% or more of energy consumption costs, improvements in this area can result insignificant savings each month by improving the bottom line.

What’s the catch you might ask?

None. Dirty coils insulate, and insulation is like wearing a inter coat in the summer and wondering why you are turning up the AC to get cool. Lets just get rid the insulation!

In the old days, getting rid of the dirt ( insulation) meant downtime and maintenance labor for cleaning coils. But there is a much better way.

Patented First Strike MicroCoat is an ultra thin coating that is sprayed onto the coils after cleaning. It keeps coils clean and at high efficiencies for 8 times or more than coil cleaning alone.

No wondering if your coils are clean. No spending valuable maintenance man hours to clean dozens of coils. No odors coming from the HVAC coils.

Can a building really save money by keeping coils clean? Take a look at the ASHRAE Journal published study on dirty coils (one year after cleaning) and significant improvements in energy by the owner. Now, if we were talking about a home AC unit where we save $1 or so, that is one thing. But in commercial buildings the stakes are much higher, and savings of thousands of dollars per amount are more likely.

Call us today for the supporting ASHRAE Journal study.

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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.