Archive | January, 2015

10 Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Air Conditioning Unit

23 Jan
get rid of that old energy burning a/c unit

Only have a new air conditioner installed when you really need one but it is important to buy a new a/c unit at the right time as to not waste money on an old outdated model.

The 2015 SWFL winter season is in full swing. This year, winter runs from December 21 to March 19th.

While people who are staying north for the winter will be experiencing bitter cold and snow, SWFL will enjoy many warm sunny days.

Whether you live in Southwest Florida year round or are a seasonal resident, many of you will have your a/c unit running throughout the year.

The more your air conditioning unit runs, the higher your electric bill.

So, how can you efficiently keep your home cool all year long and still save money on your electric bill?

Start by taking a look at your current a/c unit and ask yourself these questions:

  1. How old is your a/c unit?
  2. Does your a/c unit get regular maintenance?
  3. How often do you change the filter/s in your a/c unit?
  4. Has your air conditioning unit had a major component failure?
  5. Does your a/c unit require frequent repairs?
  6. Does your a/c unit have to work harder to keep your home cool?
  7. Are your electric bills high?
  8. Does your a/c unit have frequent break downs?
  9. Is your a/c unit doing a good job of cooling your entire home?
  10. Are some rooms in your home cooler than others?

If your a/c unit is old and needs frequent repairs, has break downs, is not cooling your home consistently and you have high electric bills, it is probably time to have a newer more efficient unit installed.

Even if your current older a/c unit receives regular maintenance and you change the filters on time, it is using much more electricity than a newer more efficient model.

Replacing your current air conditioner is a big decision but according to FPL, when you upgrade your current outdated air conditioning unit to a new high efficiency model, you can save about $400.00 a year on your electric bill. That is considerable savings!

After you make the decision to purchase a new air conditioning unit there are some other things to consider:

  • What size a/c unit will you need?
  • What is the efficiency rating of the unit you will purchase?
  • What FPL rebates are available?

It is important to hire a Certified Licensed Florida contractor to install your new a/c unit to make sure the work is done correctly. They will also be able to answer all of your questions regarding the correct size unit you will need for your home or business, the efficiency rating and any rebates that are available through FPL.

RDS Air Conditioning specializes in everything to do with a/c units including installation, repair and maintenance. They have a geat reputation in SWFL with many home owners and business owners for providing excellent customer service at a fair price.

RDS is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713

Don’t settle for Less, Use RDS!

Tips for Choosing a Reputable Contractor to Fix, Maintain or Install Your A/C Unit

3 Jan a/c repairman

The average high temperatures in Southwest Florida range in degrees from the 70’s to 90’s depending on the time of year. Of course, temperatures are on the higher end in summer months.

Most homes in Southwest Florida have some type of air conditioning unit to help them stay cool but air conditioning units do not last forever and do need maintenance and repairs over time.

Who do you call when your a/c unit is in need of repairs or routine maintenance is due?

Not all contractors are created equal. Choosing the wrong contractor can be a nightmare. So, how do you know when you have a reputable contractor on your list of companies you call when you need a product or service?

Use these guidelines when choosing a contractor to maintain, fix or install your a/c unit. The contractor you choose should:

  • Be licensed as this shows they went through the licensing process which includes knowledge testing and competency.
  • Own a stable company and has been in business for a number of years.
  • Have a professional appearance (their employees, truck and equipment should be organized and clean).
  • Be available so when you call them. Someone either answers the phone or calls you back in a timely manner.
  • Have a great reputation in the community so that you know they are trustworthy.
  • Work hard to provide excellent customer service.
  • Do honest repairs and will only recommend what is necessary.
  • Offer a comprehensive maintenance plan to keep your a/c unit running efficiently.
  • Have a nice website where you can learn more about their services, engage with their social media and leave feedback.

It is a great idea to have a relationship with a good contractor before your a/c unit needs repairs because then you won’t have to scramble and choose someone quickly.

Remember, regular air conditioning maintenance will help keep your a/c unit running at full capacity which will extend the life of your unit plus decrease electric bills.

RDS Air Conditioning services Southwest Florida for residential and small commercial air conditioning needs. They have an excellent reputation and meet all of the criteria listed above for a reputable contractor. RDS offers a cost effective comprehensive a/c protection plan plus a maintenance agreement.

We are a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!