Archive | June, 2014

Hurricanes and Summer Weather in Southwest Florida: Are you Really Prepared for Summer 2014?

19 Jun
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Summer comes with heat and hurricanes. What is in store for 2014 and what you can do to make it through.

Make your A/C Unit part of your Hurricane Check List – Four simple steps:

You’ve bought the bottled water, canned goods, found the flashlight and picked up fresh batteries.

Now it’s time to do a check to make sure your a/c unit is up to a weather emergency, whether it be a hurricane, tropical summer storm or flooding.

According to forecasters, 2014 calls for 11 named storms including five hurricanes, two of which are predicted to hit major Category 3 or more status.

There are simple things you can do to be prepared:

  • Make sure your air conditioning maintenance is up to date. It will not only help protect you in the event of a weather emergency, but will save you money every month while keeping you cool.
  •  Get those a/c surge protectors in place. A simple step, they can protect you from the hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes that can occur during the current summer rainy season.
  •  Consider remote access. In the event of an emergency, you may need to be out of your home for an extended period of time. Learn more about the new technologies that can put your mind at ease knowing you can check and control your home’s systems from afar.
  • Always check on your unit immediately after a major weather event. Salt water can be blown long distances from the beach; flood water can do as much or more damage. Remember resulting corrosion can cripple your air conditioning unit.

We can help! Contact RDS Air Conditioning for air conditioning maintenance and a/c surge protection.

SWFL Summer Weather Facts:

  •  The average high temperature for June, July and August is 92 degrees. June on average is the hottest month.
  •  The average low temperature for June is 74 degrees. For July and August it is 75.
  •  August is the wettest month.
  •  The hottest recorded temperature was 103°F set in 1981.
  •  There are more tornadoes per square mile in Florida than any other state, but they tend to be much weaker and shorter in duration than in other states
  •  Florida has more thunderstorms than any other US state. In some areas there are more than 90 thunderstorm days per year.
  •  Florida receives the highest density of lightning strikes in the US. Last year, there were more than 330,000.
  •  The Southwest Florida Water Management District includes the infamous “Lightning Belt” named for the highest number of thunderstorms and lightning strikes.
  •  The earliest a tropical cyclone hit Florida was the Groundhog Day Tropical Storm in 1952. The latest was a hurricane on December 1, 1925.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor. Lic. #CAC1816713. Don’t settle for less, Use RDS!

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Think You Need to Buy a New A/C Unit? Don’t Get Hot Under the Collar, Keep Your Cool!

7 Jun
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A new a/c unit is a big expense but don’t make that purchase until it is absolutely necessary.

June 21, 2014 is almost here and we will soon be enjoying the sweltering days of summer, or maybe not.

Most of us do not find comfort in 90 degree weather unless we are spending time at the beach or by the pool.

When you are home and your air conditioner either stops working or is not working properly, the heat from the lazy days of summer can become unbearable.

Replacing an air conditioning unit is a big expense but is eventually necessary as nothing lasts forever but before you purchase a new a/c unit, be sure the old one truly needs to be replaced.

Here are some signs that your current a/c unit may be ready to retire:

  • Temperature inconsistencies – Some rooms in your home are too warm while other rooms are too cold.
  • Your a/c unit is over 10 years old – The average life of an a/c unit is about 10-15 years.
  • Your electric bill is increasing – Your air conditioning unit is becoming less efficient.
  • Too much humidity in your home – Your a/c unit is probably not be working properly.
  • Excessive repairs – Your a/c unit keeps breaking down and needs frequent repairs.

At RDS Air Conditioning, we find that very often, an air conditioning unit can be repaired rather than replaced.

An honest and knowledgeable a/c service provider will tell you when it is time to get rid of your old a/c unit and install a new unit in your home and when it is not worth trying to make repairs.

Whenever you purchase a new air conditioning unit you can expect:

  • To save money right away. You will notice a decrease in your electric bill as an efficient running air conditioning unit uses less energy.
  • You will also notice that all rooms in your home will cool more evenly (as long as the duct work is correctly installed).
  • You will only have to concern yourself with changing the air filters and having your a/c unit maintained twice a year and not deal with break downs or worry about repairs.

Everyone who owns a home with an air conditioning unit and lives there for a length of time, will eventually have to purchase a new unit.

The key is in knowing when your a/c unit truly needs to be replaced or when a repair can hold off that purchase for another year or two. Don’t spend the extra money on a new a/c unit until it is truly necessary.

At RDS Air Conditioning we will never tell you to replace your a/c unit unless we feel it is absolutely necessary. We even offer an a/c protection plan to maintain your a/c unit and if it ever breaks down and needs to be replaced, we will reimburse the unused balance.

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!