Tag: Preventive Maintenance

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

“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.

Improve HVAC Maintenance in Plants & Facilities

Our friends over at Mike’s Heating & Cooling recently shared an awesome post by Plant Engineering on Five Tips to Make HVAC Maintenance More Effective. According to Plant Engineering, “Preventive maintenance is key to keeping HVAC systems running effectively and efficiently.”

We also love their advice on how to clean HVAC coils: don’t use pressure washers! 

Why? They can damage the fins on the coil, which can cause you to spend more money to repair them.

Check out their blog post and let us know what you think! 🙂

This month, we’re talking about air conditioning coils, tips and info on how your HVAC can benefit from cleaner coils: more energy efficiency, better air quality and more! Stay tuned for more, and don’t forget – we want to hear YOUR coil cleaning questions and advice.

Tell us how YOU clean coils and what problems you’ve seen with A/C coils.

Share in the comments below or via email: social@cleanac.com.

What Are You Leaving Behind?

What are you leaving behind in your HVAC system?

HVAC preventative maintenance plans are all about meeting the needs of the HVAC system, so it can perform effectively and efficiently. In doing this, clients save money by keeping their power bills down and extending the life of the air handling unit.

In most instances, maintenance involves: changing air filters, inspecting and adjusting belts and blowers, cleaning coils and condensate drip pans, checking thermostats, and making sure economizer dampers are working properly.

 Even if you do all that, you could be missing one crucial step, a step that could knock you out of work for a week. Without sanitizing your condenser and evaporative coils, you can easily get sick from contaminants in the air.

What kind of contaminants? We’re talking about mold. Mold spore growth in HVAC systems is a perfect example of why our product, Fast Attack, exists.

Just cleaning the system won’t keep mold from developing. The system must be sanitized to prevent mold spores from growing in the HVAC system, which for mold spores, is an ideal growing environment.

Here’s what one of our many valued clients had to say about our fantastic sanitizing product, Fast Attack:

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Learn more about our Fast Attack solution today by giving us a call. We’d love to talk with you about what you could be leaving behind.

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Shandi Maddox is a Corporate Client Services Representative at Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, N.C. Contact Shandi at our toll free number: 1-800-766-9057 or via email: shandi@cleanac.com.

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. Visit us at www.cleanac.com.

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