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Learn the Link Between Disease and the Temperature in your Home or Business

15 May
human with arms stretched out

New research is showing how with the touch of a button, you can improve your health.

Many of us here in Southwest Florida are concerned about our health so we try to eat right, exercise and reduce stress. You don’t often hear about your environment being part of this healthy living equation.

There are some health conditions that are prevalent in our society like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer. According to NIH (National Instituites of Health) metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems (such as diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer).

Metabolic risk factors include:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Triglyceride levels (type of fat found in the blood)
  • Low HDL (good cholesterol)
  • A Large Waistline (apple shape)
  • High Fasting Blood Sugar

As human beings, we naturally produce about 100 watts of heat energy just from our basic body processes like pumping blood, digesting, breathing, and bio chemical reactions.  As mammals, our bodies can maintain a comfortable core temperature of 98.6 F (unlike reptiles who are the same temperature as the air around them).

The average adult’s thermoneutral zone (most comfortable temperature) in a climate controlled environment like one with air conditioning is 64.4 – 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This means within this temperature range, the average healthy adult body can still maintain their core temperature without needing assistance (warmer clothing etc).

Many of us spend our time either at home or in a building working where our environmental temperatures are usually set by a thermostat to a temperature that is comfortable and constant (it doesn’t change).

New research shows a link between metabolic syndrome diseases and a comfortable constant environmental temperature. When the human body stays in a thermoneutral environment the body needs to produce little heat to maintain core temperature.

There is a positive link between fluctuating environmental temperatures (throughout the day) and metabolic syndrome. Slightly increasing temperatures in winter and decreasing them in summer just outside of our comfort zone, can have positive affects on our metabolic health and when coupled with diet, exercise, proper sleep, exercise etc, our overall health.

Having a programmable thermostat installed in your home or business will allow you the flexibility to program temperatures in different areas (zones) in your home or business.

RDS Air Conditioning can install a programmable thermostat in your home or business plus assist with ac repair, maintenance or replacement. We are standing by ready to help with all of your air conditioning needs. Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS! GiveSensi™ Wi-Fi Thermostat, us a Call Today.

 

References:

tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09613218.2017.1307647
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_neutral_zone
sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170426092347.htm
nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ms

Do You Know How Temperature Can Affect Your Pet’s Health?

12 Dec
variety of pets looking down

Do you know the correct temperature range for your pet? Too cold or too hot can cause health problems.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, ferret or bird, our pets become part of the family. Some pets are furrier than others and temperature affects them differently depending on how well covered they are.

The annual temperature in our area of Southwest Florida ranges from 65.4°F to 84.8°F but as we all know it can get much colder or hotter.

If your pet is younger, older or has a health condition, they may have a more difficult time adjusting to temperatures and humidity levels than a healthy adult pet.

Here are some optimal air temperatures for some types of pets:

  • Most dogs begin to overheat when the temperature rises above 80ºF. Optimal temperature for a dog will depend on the thickness of its coat and how efficient their breathing. Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers do not have as efficient breathing to keep cool through their primary cooling mechanism (panting).
  • Your indoor cat will usually be comfortable at the same temperature you are.
  • Optimal air temperature for a rabbit is between 50ºF and 70ºF.
  • The optimal indoor temperature for a ferret is between 68ºF and 76ºF.
  • According to Gregory Burkett, DVM, most pet bird’s comfort range is between 65ºF and 80ºF.

It is a good idea to check with your vet to be sure of the best temperature range for your pet.

If your air conditioning or heating breaks down, as you can see, temperatures rising too high or too low can affect your pet. It is a good idea to have regular maintenance performed on your air conditioning unit to keep it running efficiently and to avoid breakdowns to keep you and your pet/s comfortable.

RDS Air Conditioning will maintain, repair or install a new air conditioning system in your home or business. RDS offers a comprehensive affordable maintenance package to take care of your a/c unit all year long. We are a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713.

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Tips to Get your A/C Unit Ready for Summer 2015

5 Jun
man sweating

If your a/c unit breaks down at your home or business, in this heat, you will be very uncomfortable

Summer is just around the corner but we are already experiencing temperatures in the 90’s so your a/c unit is very important for keeping
you cool and comfortable.

If something goes wrong during this intense heat, inside your home or business can become extremely hot and uncomfortable very quickly.

Use these tips to ensure your air conditioner continues to cool your home or business during the summer heat and all year long as well.

Keep filters clean or replace them each month or every three months. If there is a lot of dust in your home (ie, you live near a high construction area or you have pets that shed often), you may have to change them more like every month.

Have the condenser coils and fan cleaned as they tends to accumulate dirt, pollen and debris due to them being located outside all year long. Dirty condenser coils will make your air conditioner run less efficiently, increase your energy bill and can cause your a/c unit to break down.

Remove any leaves, mulch, branches or other debris that may accumulate around the base of your a/c unit which will block air flow and cause your air conditioner to work harder plus diminish the life of your a/c unit.

Have the coolant lines checked because if there is any damage or leaks, coolant can leak out and will cause the air coming into your home or business from your a/c unit to be warmer than it should.

Have a test run on your a/c unit to make sure it is functioning properly and all components are in working order to ensure continuous cooling without a breakdown.

Also, if you are told you need a new air conditioning system, call us at RDS Air Conditioning as we can often get your current a/c unit working again to stave off the big expense of purchasing a new a/c unit.

Many people are engaging in outside activities all summer long and it is a huge inconvenience when you go indoors to cool off and there is no cool air in your home due to a/c trouble.

Having your air conditioning unit serviced and maintained on a regular basis will help your a/c system last longer, avoid a breakdown, run more efficiently and reduce costs on your energy bill.

RDS Air Conditioning Services, Inc. is a family owned and operated business in Estero Florida serving customers in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft Myers and Cape Coral . We provide prompt service with a friendly and respectful attitude and will return your phone call promptly. We are a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713.

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Not Feeling Well? Maybe Your Workplace is to Blame!

15 Apr
man having allergies at work

If you have been suffering at work – this may be the cause.

Most of us go to work everyday and there are a large variety of workplace settings.

Each workplace has its unique environment but one thing they probably all have in common is allergens.

Anything from pesticides to solvents and cleaners to harmful gases and mold spores can be lurking in your work environment.

Although you may not be able to see these things all around you, they can still be there and affect your health.

Did you know that if a co-worker owns a pet, they can bring the pet’s dander to work with them and then you become exposed to it.

If you experience a stuffy nose, dizziness, headaches, burning/itchy eyes, sore throat, fatigue or other symptoms, allergens in your workplace could be the cause.

Clients or customers who visit your workplace to do business can also be affected by allergens lurking there.

So, what can be done to help improve and keep the air quality in your workplace as free as possible from allergens and contaminants?

Here are some tips:

  • Make sure your workplace is well ventilated
  • Have regular maintenance done to your air conditioning system/s
  • Quickly address any leaks, dampness or high humidity
  • Cleaning people should use environmentally and people friendly cleaning products when cleaning your workplace
  • Have an air purifier installed to reduce odors, air pollutants, VOCs (chemical odors), smoke, mold bacteria and viruses

Providing an allergen free workplace for your employees can result in better productivity and less sick days used plus clients or customers will be able to breathe easy when visiting your business.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713 and can install The Air Knight REME air purification system right into your current air conditioning and heating system air ducts where many of these allergen problems start.

Contact RDS Air Conditioning today to improve the air quality in your workplace!

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Is the Air in your Workplace Making you Sick?

5 Sep

commercial air purifierAccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “A variety of vague and hard-to-pinpoint symptoms are experienced by an undetermined, but possibly sizable number of adults and children. Occasionally, they may suggest allergy or asthma, but most often the symptoms are much wider in scope.”

If you own a business, you should consider the people who visit your business including yourself, employees, customers, service techs, other business people, friends and family. How many of them may be affected by the environment in your building?

People with asthma, allergies and/or sensitivities can experience congestion, itchy eyes, runny nose, difficulty breathing or other aggravating symptoms.

There are all types of odors, air pollutants, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), smoke, mold, bacteria and viruses that you probably may not even know exist in your business environment. Walls, furniture, mold and carpets are just some of the things that can be emitting these into your environment.

Employees who have allergies or are sensitive to something in their work environment may miss more days of work or be less productive because they do not feel well and/or are dealing with irritating symptoms.

There are things you can do to help keep your employees, customers and anyone with allergies or sensitivities more comfortable while spending time at your place of business.

1. Use non VOC paint on walls or anyplace where paint is used.
2. Place Eco Friendly furniture in your workplace for employees to use and in your customer waiting area.
3. Install chemical free carpeting or green flooring like cork, natural linoleum or non glued laminate.
4. Have your a/c unit maintained and duct work cleaned.
5. Have an Air Knight REME air purification system installed in your place of business.

The Air Knight REME is designed to help eliminate sick building syndrome by reducing odors, air pollutants, VOCs (chemical odors), smoke, mold bacteria and viruses. The Air Knight REME is easily mounted into air conditioning and heating system air ducts where many sick building problems start.

Living with asthma, allergies or sensitivities is no fun and can be very irritating and debilitating. As an employer, it is important that your employees and visitors to your business feel comfortable and want to return often.

RDS Air Conditioning installs the Air Knight REME for commercial buildings and The Air Knight Residential Air Purification System to purify the air in your home.

RDS Air Conditioning also offers air duct cleaning, a/c maintenance, a/c repair and a/c replacement plus other services.
Serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers, FL.

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How Humidity Affects You and Your Home – What You Can Do…

23 Aug
humidity in your home

What is humidity? How it affects you and what you can do.

 

You’ve all heard of the old adage, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”

In certain areas of the country, including Southwest Florida, humidity is at a record high.

What is humidity? Simply, it is a quantity representing the amount of water vapor in the air.

Humidity is measured in two ways:

1) Absolute humidity:

The percentage of water vapor actually present in the air.

2) Relative humidity:

Divided by the amount of water that could be present in the air, plus temperature.

Often expressed by weathermen, relative humidity of air is a function of both water content and temperature, expressed in percents.

In more simple terms, how comfortable you feel, in regards to how the temperature relates to that vapor.

Humidity and Air Conditioning

Air conditioners function to cool homes by removing heat and moisture from the air. When humidity levels are excessive, they have to work significantly harder.

That means a/c wear and tear, and higher electric bills.  Plus, you just don’t feel comfortable.

Common Signs of High Humidity in your Home

What are the signs?

* Actually, your skin will give you a clue – Does your skin feel moist or “clammy”? It is a key sign of high humidity.

* Feeling warmer than it should – Ideally, the thermostat in a home should be set between 71 and 78 degrees. This is optimal in terms of comfort and cost. However, this range won’t produce truly comfortable results if humidity levels fall below 50 percent.

* Foggy windows – When humidity is present, it is due to vaporized water in the air. When it becomes bottled up in your home, it may fog up the windows.

* A musty odor – Excessive humidity causes dampness around the home, something you CAN smell.

Damages from Humidity

Mold and mildew thrive in high humidity. and can cause costly damage to furniture, electronics, cabinets and more.

Air Conditioners and Cooling Capacity

Bigger isn’t always better. People often assume that the larger and more powerful an air conditioner, the more effectively it is in cooling and controlling humidity.

That’s not necessarily true. If your air conditioner’s capacity is much larger than needed, it won’t be able to remove moisture as effectively and humidity levels will remain high.

Why? More powerful air conditioners don’t need to run as much, so they don’t get a chance to remove as much moisture from the air. This is why it’s crucial to buy an air conditioner that suits your home.

Service

Servicing your air conditioning unit is critical to battling humidity. At minimum, filters should be changed monthly, an easy do-it-yourself. Full services should be yearly or bi-annually, and can be set up with maintenance agreements that will save you money in utility costs and help you battle humidity.

RDS Air Conditioning specializes in checking and servicing a/c units and is expert at installation, maintenance and repair. Maintenance Agreements are semi-annual and affordable.  RDS even offers an A/C Protection Plan.  Serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers.

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

How Clean is your A/C Filter and Why You Should Care

13 May
air conditioning filter

Your a/c filter does more than collect dust and dirt.

When was the last time your air conditioning filter was changed?

Do you change your filter every few months or is the time between changes longer?

Some Extended Life filters can last longer between changes but most a/c filters should be changed at least every 60-90 days.

So, how do you know when it is time to change your a/c filter? A visual inspection is the easiest way to know when it is time to change your filter.

Remove your a/c filter and hold it up to the light, if you cannot see through it, you see dust, dirt or it looks dingy and dirty, it is time to replace the filter.

You will probably need to change your a/c filter more often if:

  • You have pets as many shed and/or have dander.
  • Anyone living in your home has allergies, changing your filter every 30 days will help control allergens (you may want to use a hepa filter).
  • You are doing any remodeling projects in your home as extra dust and debris may get into the air.
  • Someone in your home is a smoker.

Changing your air conditioner’s filter on a regular basis not only helps improve the air quality in your home but also helps your a/c unit last longer.

A dirty a/c filter reduces air flow which puts a strain on your a/c unit which causes it to wear out sooner.

When you purchase new a/c filters, it is a good idea to buy a few extra so you will have them on hand when it is time to change your filter.

When you check your a/c filter and see it needs to be changed, you will be able to change it immediately as you will not have to wait until you purchase a new one at the store.

A routine maintenance plan which includes changing your a/c filter regularly will help improve the air quality in your home, plus extend the life of you a/c unit.

If you are told you need a new a/c unit, contact RDS Air Conditioning as we can often make repairs to your existing unit to keep it running and save you money.