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    Home Brew Glycols Explained

    There are many glycol-based thermal fluids available in the market, but the so-called bargain “home-brew” solutions carry many hidden costs.  Save yourself thousands in repair and fluid costs and learn the true value of the DOWFROST™ brands.
     
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When it comes to low-temperature thermal fluids, the availability of cheap home-brew solutions can be very appealing.  However, choosing on a home-brew glycol can have many hidden risks that outweigh any potential savings. 
 
It is important to ask yourself a few questions about any home-brew glycol to ensure you aren’t jeopardizing your equipment, time & money!

Glycol Thermal Fluid Checklist 🗸


    What is the Glycol Purity?

    Many home-brew fluids use recovered waste glycol that may contain impurities if not properly refined.  These contaminants can pose a real danger to equipment lifespan and introduce a food source for biofouling to occur.  Dow fluids utilize virgin glycol material and deliver consistent and reliable performance. 

    Is the Fluid Formulated Correctly?

    Home-brew thermal fluids may have claims of “glycol purchased from dow” but this isn’t a direct indicator that the fluids are properly formulated.  The correct inhibitor package must be used to ensure sufficient protection from corrosion & failure, and to provide long-term operation without required refills. 

    What is the Glycol Purity?

    Many home-brew fluids use recovered waste glycol that may contain impurities if not properly refined.  These contaminants can pose a real danger to equipment lifespan and introduce a food source for biofouling to occur.  Dow fluids utilize virgin glycol material and deliver consistent and reliable performance. 

    Is the Fluid Formulated Correctly?

    Home-brew thermal fluids may have claims of “glycol purchased from dow” but this isn’t a direct indicator that the fluids are properly formulated.  The correct inhibitor package must be used to ensure sufficient protection from corrosion & failure, and to provide long-term operation without required refills. 

    Is Tech Support Available?

    When properly maintained, a thermal fluid should last a considerable amount of time. Does your home-brew source provide technical support for the long-term? How hard is it to get a hold of someone in an emergency? Dow & ChemPoint pride themselves on providing next level service to their thermal fluid customers, offering tech support & free test kits to ensure proper fluid operation. 

    Can you Afford the Risks?

    Home-brew fluids are typically selected due to the savings on a cheaper fluid – however if not properly maintained these fluids can wreak havoc on piping and equipment. Corrosion, leaks and hidden damage can cost a considerable amount of money that dwarfs any savings from the bargain brand solution.

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