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3 Reasons to Optimize Your HVAC Equipment

3 Reasons to Optimize Your HVAC Equipment

Homeowners have good reason to want to get the most heating and cooling out of their HVAC equipment: these systems account for up to 48 percent of a typical household’s utility bills, notes the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). However, the benefit of properly maintaining an HVAC unit or upgrading to a high efficiency model isn’t only financial—though that’s certainly a big one. Following are the 3 top reasons to optimize your HVAC.

3. Sustainability: Another big incentive to optimize your HVAC equipment is the environment. The less electricity your home consumes, the lower your household’s carbon footprint. The government offers further cost savings in the form of tax credits to encourage homeowners to reduce energy dependency by boosting efficiency. These tax credits are a way for homeowners to save money while also feeling good about the decisions they’re making for their families and communities. 

2. Convenience: New or properly maintained HVAC equipment doesn’t just save money; it also makes a homeowner’s life easier, as unexpected breakdowns—and the uncomfortable indoor climates that accompany them—are less common.

1. Savings: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asserts that an average homeowner can save as much as $750 every year by opting for an Energy Star HVAC system. However, homeowners do not need to replace their existing equipment to boost efficiency and save. Regular maintenance can help too. Below is an infographic The Refrigeration School developed that is a great source of information on DIY and professional HVAC maintenance.

HVAC Optimization Help

Whether your HVAC equipment is newer or older, maintenance is key to improving efficiency and extending its lifetime. Check out the infographic below and navigate around the website for tips and products that can help you optimize your HVAC system.


Huge thanks to Kathy Jackson with The Refrigeration School for this Guest blog.

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….


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.


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 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.

CRT’s Pancrete Wins “Money-Saving Product” Award!


We are so proud to announce that BUILDINGS magazine has selected our product, Pancrete, as a 2015 Money-Saving Product winner! Pancrete is part of an elite group of 83 products showcased in the magazine’s June 2015 issue. You can find our product under “HVAC Fixes” on page 40 of the print magazine, or you can see it on their website here: http://www.buildings.com/gallery/HVAC-Fixes–2015-Money-Saving-Products/4.aspx. Below is a photo of a fresh, new installation of Pancrete, a self-leveling HVAC pan coating that allows the system to resume operation just 4-6 hours after application! It cures to a smooth enamel surface that resists fungus and bacteria and fills in rusty surfaces, resulting in a finished product that is corrosion-proof even under water.

pancrete new drip pan

Finalists for the awards were evaluated by the BUILDINGS editorial staff for the money-saving qualities they offer to building owners and facility managers in areas such as energy consumption, water savings, lighting, security, roofing, and maintenance.

About BUILDINGS magazine

BUILDINGS magazine serves over 74,000 commercial building owners and facilities management professionals in North America. The monthly publication helps readers make smarter decisions relevant to the management, modernization, and operation of their facilities.

About our company

Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. (CRT) is a chemical manufacturing company based in Shelby, N.C. We’ve been creating independently-certified, green products for HVAC maintenance since 1986. Read more at cleanac.com! Got a question? Contact us toll free at 1-800-766-9057.

Air Conditioners – Fact or Myth?

This super cool infographic from Mike’s Heating and Cooling uncovers the truth behind four myths about air conditioning! Here’s a preview to pique your interest. Check out the full infographic at Air Conditioners – Fact or Myth? on their blog. Thanks for sharing, Mike’s!

AC myths

Infographic provided by Triple “T” Heating and Cooling