Water doesn't clean. If water cleaned we wouldn’t need soap in our shower or bath. Would we?
It is fortunate that the South African Facilities Managers Association commissioned the internationally known Scott and Jamieson Company to conduct an in-depth research of the industry. The programme was conducted in 2010 and the final report was presented in March 2012.
One factor is highlighted throughout the research, and we quote:
Technical skills in building maintenance and repair, electrical and lighting, plumbing, IT support and HVAC are severely lacking. The lack of skills in these roles is not particular to FM, but to the entire country
O3 can confirm these findings. They do product demonstrations in cities and towns throughout the country, and they have found that many of the technicians in the HVAC industry lack proper training to do efficient air con maintenance work. There is a belief that spraying a chemical onto an AHU with whatever pressure pump they have been able to pick up at a wholesaler, is sufficient to meet the requirement of the standard air con maintenance contract, which calls for one chemical clean per annum, and 3 additional cleans with water.
No effort is made to assess whether the clean has been successful or not.
Our own feedback from contractors in the air con maintenance industry is that many of them are battling to come to terms with Going Green. There are no guidelines, nor is there any training for them, let alone their technicians, in how to achieve this objective.
The research also highlights the importance of the role that the Green Building Council is playing in the industry. A role which will gain in momentum, particularly with energy saving, and water restrictions The need to curb energy consumption is only exceeded by the urgent need to save water.
Most property management Companies in South Africa include a clause in their air con maintenance programme, in which they state that the AHUs are to be chemically cleaned once per year, and cleaned with water at least three times per year thereafter. But water doesn't clean!
And this in a country where water rationing will almost certainly become common-place throughout.
Studies conducted in the US in November 1997, prove that water doesn't clean coils, and, more importantly, it is a waste of that most precious resource.
Furthermore Metraclark can show from research conducted in the US and in South Africa, that clean AHUs can save 3% and more of the monthly energy consumption. A programme at Gateway in Umhlanga is saving R600,000 per month in energy, of which R180, 000 can be directly attributed to the adoption of the O3 Going Green Programme. And it is costing the contractor R55,000 a year for O3 chemicals to achieve this result
The O3 GOING GREEN programme calls for 1 deep cleaning chemical clean a year, using a 1:1 dilution of the concentrate, and three 1:15 chemical cleans to maintain the level of cleanliness. The 1:15 dilution costs less than R30.00 per 5 litres.
Metraclark is at the forefront of the Going Green campaign, and accepts that it has a part to play in using it's many resources to help contractors everywhere to achieve GREEN status.
No other Company in the industry is better placed to launch a programme to help Air Con Maintenance Contractors, Facilities Managers, and Property Owners, join the O3 Going Green campaign.
Metraclark has agreed to play an anchor role in the O3 GOING GREEN campaign. Management and staff in its 24 branches are geared to helping contractors during the learning curve of how to get the best results from it. The programme itself is very simple, and the benefits are considerable.
Experience has shown that most technicians in the air con maintenance industry have had limited training in how to properly clean a coil, much less clean it cost-effectively. It is not surprising therefore that they have little or no idea how to use an anemometer. To address this problem, Metraclark provides a colour-coded reference card, which, on the one side illustrates how to use an anemometer, how to apply the O3 chemicals, how to effectively rinse down after a clean, and when to take the after readings. On the reverse side it shows the technician which chemical to use in any situation, what dilution to use, and what quantity of O3 will be required to do the job in hand. Click here to download a copy of the card
O3 SmartAir AND O3 SmartFinish - These two chemicals eliminate the need to remove mid-walls off a wall for cleaning, and require no water. They can also be used to clean cassettes, consols, fan coils, condensors, and hideaways. They offer a huge saving in labour costs, while delivering a unit in pristine condition. The cost of chemicals to do this is less than R10 per unit. Click here for a training demo in how to use the products. Use the O3 Mid-wall split and Refrigeration
Metraclark is geared to do demonstrations of the O3 products at no cost to the contractor. We will also be glad to sample the products whenever necessary.
And the O3 GOING GREEN programme itself? Well why don't you click on the link below, and O3 will walk you through it. Allow about 30 minutes of your valuable time. It will be worth it
To read more about the Going Green with O3 Chemicals 2017 click here.
To learn more about how to use O3 chemicals more effectively click here to see our colour-coded reference cards.