This post continues my series on how I have implemented Intercept protective films for my home owners possession protection and how Intercept has limited me from having to buy the same things at the home improvement stores over and over again. Let me tell you about my over 20-year-old air conditioner unit. It is on its last legs. This story is not about the A/C solely, actually it is more about the back-up portable fans I save for when the A/C is down and needs repair.
To refresh your memory about this new Home Owners series, in a recent post I told how the mold and mildew prevention abilities of Intercept film extended the life of the fabric on my outdoor chaise lounge. When put away for the winter, this chaise is stored outdoors under the deck. Every other year there would have to be extensive cleaning to get the grime off, but not this year, because Intercept prevented any microbial attacks on the fabric.
It is only when the central A/C doesn’t work that there's a need for my portable fans. Of course the A/C is going to break down when it is strained during hot weather, like the unseasonably warm days we had in New England recently. When not in use, these fans are stored in the basement under the workbench, typically a dark and humid space - perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew, fungus, and corrosion. The gases that cause corrosion are heavier than other gases in the air and more apt to cause corrosion lower to the ground. In our Liberty Packaging business, we provide Intercept packaging to American manufacturers seeking to store and ship to all places of the world. When we speak with prospective customers to evaluate and solve corrosion issues on large products, we see it is usually around the lower portions of these items where rust forms.
The last time our home central A/C failed three years ago, the service technician was not to arrive for three days. If it is hot, these guys are busy. When bringing out the fans at that time, I found they were a mess. Crud and mildew growth all over them. It took me hours to take apart the fans to clean them. The fan motors have pretty big circuitry so the copper wire can handle some corrosion, but after a while it will short out if unprotected when in storage. I remember being surprised when they actually worked. The fan’s plastic pieces, the screens, knob, and fan blades themselves were stained and ugly. I would never dream of turning them on in this filthy state so air would flow through that mess, only to contaminate the air my family breathes. My family was uncomfortable in our increasingly hot home and I needed these fans to operate. It was irritating to me that I had to spend so much effort to clean the fans. (Why do things break down at the least opportune time, like when everyone is asleep including me?)
Three years ago, after the A/C was repaired and the fans were to go back into storage, I placed them in Intercept film protection. When the need was there again this last time, I opened up the package and these window fans were perfect, ready to use, uncontaminated, safe and clean. Intercept protection - I love it.
Intercept Technology Packaging products fit within a sustainability strategy because they are reusable, recyclable, do not contain or use volatile components (No VOCs, Not a VCI) and leave a smaller carbon footprint than most traditional protective packaging products.