Archive | September, 2013

Do You Know What Happens if Lightning Strikes Anywhere Near Your A/C Unit?

25 Sep
lightning and your a/c unit

Florida is well known for its lightning storms. Is your a/c unit protected?

Living in Florida is great as we have the perfect weather in fall and winter, summers are hot but many people are a close drive to the beach and you can always find a pool to “cool off” in.

Another thing that goes along with living in a tropical climate is storms. Florida is well known for having rain storms with lots of thunder and lightning.

Last year in Southwest Florida there were over 330,000 lightning strikes. Lightning as it streaks across the sky can be exciting to watch but lightning can also cause damage to electronics, appliances and even to your air conditioner.

A power surge can damage your a/c unit’s compressor, burn wires and fry the fan motor. A lightning strike does not have to hit your a/c unit directly to cause damage. A nearby lightning strike can damage your a/c unit.

Often, in cooler winter weather people in Southwest Florida will turn their a/c unit off and open the slider or windows to enjoy the cooler air. When lightning damages an air conditioner during this time, the owner may not find out there is a problem for a few weeks if they have not been running their a/c unit.

A good way to prevent power surge damage to your a/c unit that can be costly to repair is to have a surge protector installed on your air conditioner. A surge protector will protect your a/c unit from power surges during a storm.

Many people have a busy life and having a surge protector installed now will give you peace of mind as it will be one less thing you have to think about when a storm hits and creates a power surge.

Call RDS Air Conditioning to have a surge protector installed to protect your air conditioner from power surges.

If you haven’t had your a/c unit checked in awhile, RDS Air Conditioning has an affordable maintenance package to get your air conditioner tuned up and ready for the season.

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

Is your Home Sick and Making you Sick Too?

3 Sep
sick home

Your home may be harboring mold, mildew and bacteria without you even knowing.

What makes a home sick?

According to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, a sick house is a house with a serious air quality problem.  A source of the problem could be your air conditioner.

Mold and spores can grow in your a/c duct.  Exposure to these spores over time can cause allergies and symptoms including headaches, skin disorders, watery eyes and fatigue.

Florida has a humid climate and if there is moisture in your a/c duct, this becomes the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria to grow in your a/c system.

When bacteria and mold are in your a/c duct, it spreads throughout your home via your air conditioning system and anyone in your home is exposed to these pathogens.

What can be done to make a sick home healthy?

  • Have your ductwork cleaned to remove dirt, mold and bacteria
  • Use a good a/c filter and change it regularly
  • Install an air purifier in your a/c unit to filter the air

If you or a family member is experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may want to consider having your a/c system checked out.  RDS Air Conditioning will check your a/c system and with our maintenance package, we will add safe, non-toxic anti-bacterial tablets to keep bacteria out of your a/c system.

If you want to have an air purifier installed or would like more information, contact RDS Air Conditioning.  Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!