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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.

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!

Life Before Air Conditioning

15 May
sweating without a/c

A tuned a/c unit runs more efficiently!

When it’s hot outside many of us just walk into our homes or a business and almost instantly the cool air starts cooling us down. We don’t even think about it, right?

Well, think about what it would be like without air conditioning.   Here are some cool facts about life without air conditioning.

Before air conditioning:

  • Many industrial workers had the entire month of August off because it would be too hot to work inside.
  • The government would shut down during summer months and re-open when it became cooler outside. Many people blame the invention of the air conditioner on government bureaucracy because with the ability to cool the room, they could stay in session through summer months and have longer sessions.
  • Archetcture and design of buildings have changed.  Brick, breezeways and sleeping porches were designed into homes and buildings to help keep people cool. Many modern structures would be unbearable without air conditioning in the summer.
  • When hospitals became air conditioned, the cool air helped patients with diseases and new born babies live longer by decreasing bacteria and advancing surgical technologies.
  • There was no effect of a/c on education.  Although school would let out for the summer due to the sweltering heat, when air conditioning came along, schools were still out of session during summer months.

So, next time you walk out of the heat into a nicely air conditioned area, remember how far we have advanced over the years with daily comforts.

Another good thing to remember is that your air conditioner should be checked out twice a year so that you can continue to enjoy the cool, all summer long without interruption.

A cleaned and tuned a/c unit runs more efficiently and uses less electricity. Call RDS Air Conditioning today and we will gladly come to your home or business to tune up and clean your a/c unit.

Reduce Asthma Triggers in your Home

18 Feb
air purification

Which side of this picture represents your home’s air quality?

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about 25 million Americans have asthma and 60% of those are allergy related. 1.7 million emergency room visits and 10 million out patient visits each year are due to asthma related problems. Asthma costs almost 18 billion dollars each year.

According to Cleveland Clinic there are a variety of Asthma triggers to include:

  • Indoor allergens: animal dander, molds, dust mites, cockroaches
  • Weather: Changes to humidity, temperature and cold air
  • Strong emotions: Crying, laughing or yelling really hard and anxiety
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Infections: Colds, flu, viruses and sinus infections
  • Strong odors: Cleaning products, perfumes etc.

An air purifier is a great way to help reduce many of the allergens in your home that can trigger an asthma attack. There are many air purifiers on the market. If noise and space are a factor, you may want to consider an air purifier that is not visible and makes no noise.

We install the Air Knight system for residential or commercial use. The Air Knight Residential Air Purification System will reduce bacteria, odors, viruses, mold, smoke and VOC’s (chemical odors- from paint, cleaning products etc..) from your home. This home air purifier easily mounts onto your air conditioning and heating air ducts.

Inside of these air ducts is where most of these problems start but with the Air Knight Air Purifier, an advanced oxidation process is created. This process consists of: Hydro-peroxides, super oxide ions and hydroxide ions. All friendly oxidizers (they revert back to oxygen and hydrogen after the oxidation of the pollutant.

An asthma attack can be very uncomfortable, scary and dangerous. The key to living with asthma is to set up your environment to help avoid attacks and the Air Knight system can help remove many triggers from your home or business.

If you would like more information or to have an Air Knight air purifier installed contact RDS Air Conditioning.

View a video that shows how the Air Knight system works.

Don’t settle for less, use RDS!

A Cool Garage Space

26 Jan air conditioner

Living in Florida, garage space is hot and stuffy most of the time.  Many people have more garage then is needed or do not utilize that space to its full capacity because of the sweltering heat.  How many of you could use some extra work space? Maybe you have a hobby or make crafts but have never thought about turning your garage into an area where you can have your own space to work on projects and create things.

Here are some other creative ways people can use a garage space:

  • Yoga area
  • Home gym
  • Office space
  • Sewing space
  • Game room
  • Man cave/woman cave
  • Art studio
  • Build a climbing wall
  • Play area

As you can see there are many ways a garage can be used. So, what about the sweltering heat? RDS has a handy air conditioning unit that we can install in your garage to keep it cool all year long. You will be the envy of your friends when they see your cool garage space and how creative you have been to fix it up and how comfortable it is with your new a/c unit.

Call RDS Air Conditioning and take the first step in having an a/c unit installed in your garage so that you can create your ultimate garage space. By the way, this unit is more affordable then you may think.

 

 

 

What is your indoor air quality?

31 Aug
Air Knight Residential Air Purifier

Maintain good air quality in your home

Most people go about their daily routine without ever thinking about the quality of the air in their home.   According to the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), mold, dust mites, pet dander (skin flakes), droppings and body parts from cockroaches, rodents and other pests or insects, viruses, and bacteria are all sources of poor indoor air quality. Many of these biological contaminants are small enough to be inhaled.

Did you know that the saliva from your pet dries then can become airborne?  As much as you may love Fido or Fluffy, do you really want to breathe in their saliva?  Most of our homes contain some of these: Pollens, bacteria, virus’, odors, smoke and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).  If these things are floating around in the air microscopically, we are inhaling them without even realizing the dangers.

These toxins can cause asthma, dizziness, watery eyes, shortness of breath, fever and even digestive problems to name a few.  Southwest Florida is warm most of the time which helps bacteria grow and thrive.  A central air system can become a breeding ground for all types of microbes.  So, what can you do to stay cool and maintain good indoor air quality?

There is an easy solution to help you breathe easier and not worry about what is floating around in the air in your home.  The Air Knight, an excellent home air purifier easily mounts onto your existing air conditioning and heating air ducts.  This air purifier works so well it will help keep your air germ free as well as household surfaces like tables and counters.

RDS Air Conditioning works hard to keep your air conditioner running at peak performance.  Check out all of our services.

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