Archive | November, 2013

Is Your A/C Filter Doing a Good Job?

22 Nov
hepa filter

Do you think all a/c filters are created equal?

Air Conditioning Filters

Having an air conditioning filter and changing it regularly is extremely important. Filters are responsible for removing dust, allergens and contaminants that are constantly entering your home.

There are a variety of filters including standard, pleated, electrostatic, electronic and HEPA. These filters will remove dirt, dust and other particles that will not only leave air pure and breathable, but will also prevent damage to your air conditioning system.

A standard air conditioning filter has cardboard frames and consists of spun fiberglass. It filters large particles better than small allergens and contaminants. The standard only removes 10 percent of airborne pollutants, is very inexpensive and must be changed every month.

Pleated air conditioning filters are manufactured by folding the filter material back and forth. They are better and have a larger surface area than standard air conditioning filters. They cost a little more, but it’s worth it. The pleated air conditioning filter removes 25 percent more particles in the air than the standard air conditioning filter and only needs to be replaced every 3 months.

The next air conditioning filter is the electrostatic filter.  This filter uses filter media that attracts contaminants with its built in electric charge. These filters remove 90 percent of particles in the air, but are more expensive than the standard and pleated air conditioning filters. The price starts around $30.00, but can reach up to $100.00 or more. Just like the pleated air conditioning filter, you only replace it once every three months.

Electronic air cleaners are similar to electrostatic filters but more effective.  They use a fan that catches up to 95 percent of particles and are usually recommended for people that cope with allergies.

The last filter is the HEPA filter or High Efficiency Particulate Arresting filter and it lives up to its name.  This filter is able to trap up to 99.97 percent of contaminants and particles including pet dander, dust, smoke and fiber. It easily traps particles that are 1/300th the width of a human hair, which makes it the most effective filter of them all.

If you want the best and purest air, it is obvious that HEPA would be the best decision. Surprisingly, most of the population is using the Standard filters that barely take contaminants out of the air. Having a filter is very important for you and your air conditioners health. Remember what you breathe into your lungs goes inside, so use a filter that will effectively clean your air, protect your air conditioner and won’t damage your health.

To help purify the air in your home or business, RDS Air Conditioning can install an air purification system right into you’re a/c duct that can reduce microbes, dust, odors and dangerous VOC’s by up to 99%.

Seasonal Resident? Keep Mold Away While You are Away!

4 Nov
humidistat keeping mold away

Keep Mold Away While You Are Away

Mold can be a problem especially in tropical climates like we have in Southwest Florida. Many of our residents are part time and live in their Southwest Florida home only during winter months.

Our rainy season lasts 6 months (May thru October) and this is the time of year when there is the most potential for mold growth in your home.

If there is only a small amount of mold, you may not notice it until large mold colonies have grown and spread through your home.

Also, it is not always easy to recognize mold as there are different types of mold: Clusters of small black spots, white and thread like, gray green color, gray brown color, orange color, purple color, pink color, and white color mold.

One of the big reasons mold can grow in your home is from condensation. Condensation happens when there is high humidity in your home. During the long rainy season when there is a lot of rain and hot muggy days, condensation then mold is more likely to occur.

The moisture created from condensation provides a medium for mold to grow.

You may not know mold is in your home especially if it is just starting to grow but you may experience physical symptoms from being exposed to the mold.

Do you have bouts of sneezing, runny nose, sore eyes or nasal congestion? Do you feel better when you are outside of your home? If so, mold could be the culprit. You may smell a “moldy odor” in your home even if you do not see any mold (but it is still there).

A great way to keep mold from forming in your home is to control the humidity. This can be challenging when you are only home part of the year. There is a great thermostat that features a built in humidistat that will kick in when it senses the drop in humidity.

The Homeywell Vision Pro 8000 will help reduce the incidence of mold and also saves you money with electric because you will not have to set your a/c unit as high.

Mold spreads quickly and when you are away from your home for long periods of time especially during the rainy season, you could return to a mold nightmare.

Having a thermostat with a built in humidistat like the Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 installed in your home can give you peace of mind while you are away.

Some features of the Honeywell Vision Pro 8000:

  • Effortless, Menu-Driven Programming – Simplifies programming by responding to your choices
  • 7-Day Programming – Allows separate programming for each day
  • Large, Clear Backlit Digital Display – Easy-to-read in various lighting conditions
  • Change/Check Reminders – Let you know when to service or replace filters, batteries, etc.
  • Precise Comfort Control – Maintains consistent comfort to the highest level of accuracy
  • Built-In Humidity Sensor – Displays current humidity and select models allows you to control dehumidification
  • Real-Time Clock – Keeps time during power failures and automatically updates for daylight savings
  • Multiple HOLD Options – Allows you to override the program schedule as desired, with temporary and vacation hold settings.

For more information on controlling humidity in your home or if you would like a thermostat with built in humidistat installed in your home, contact RDS Air Conditioning. Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS.