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How to Stop a Hurricane or Severe Storm from Ruining Your Air Conditioner

5 Oct

hurricane with palm trees

As hurricane Matthew pummels the Caribbean and heads towards the Southeast Coast of the United States, many business and homeowners are putting up hurricane shutters and boarding up to protect their properties.

When preparing for a storm protecting your a/c unit is usually not on the list. It can be very costly if your air conditioning
unit is damaged during a hurricane. High winds, debris flying around and if your a/c unit isn’t secured, it can loosen and become a dangerous flying object.

Luckily, it looks like this time SWFL has avoided a direct hit. Follow these tips to prepare your air conditioning unit before and after a hurricane or severe storm:

Before the storm:

  • In Florida, most of us have a split system with an outside unit on the ground. This outside unit should be installed on a concrete slab and tied down with hurricane straps.
  • Take a look around outside of your home or business and remove anything that could be picked up by heavy winds and become a dangerous flying object.
  • Clean up debris around your yard and a/c unit plus trim and dispose of any branches that are hanging near your a/c unit.
  • Often, debris flies around during a hurricane or severe storm so cover your a/c unit with a heavy tarp to protect it from flying debris.
    Make sure your air conditioner is turned off before covering it.
  • There are quite a few electrical components on your a/c unit so install a surge protector that can protect your air conditioner as well as your entire home.

After the storm:

  • Inspect the area surrounding your a/c unit before removing a tarp or turning the unit on. Look for downed power lines, water or debris that are close by. If you notice a downed power line do not go near it and call FPL immediately. Everyone knows downed power lines can be deadly.

Hurricane season 2016 does not end until November 30th and hopefully we will not have to deal with a hurricane anytime in the future but it is a good idea to keep these tips in mind if you ever have to prepare for a hurricane or severe storm.

RDS Air Conditioning would be happy to install a surge protector on your a/c unit to protect it from power surges that frequently occur in our area even when there is no hurricane or severe storm. Also, regular maintenance will help prolong the life of your a/c unit as well as keep it running as efficiently as possible.

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You Will Get a Charge Out of This One…Lightning and You

9 Jul
lightning

Lightning can cause damage in more ways than you may think.  You and your home are at risk.

We are in the midst of Southwest Florida’s 5 month rainy season which lasts from June to October.

It seems like almost daily we experience an afternoon thunderstorm and those bolts of lightning sometimes rival the fourth of July fireworks.

According to Wikipedia, lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge during an electrical storm between electrically charged regions of a cloud, between that cloud and another cloud, or between a cloud and the ground.

The charged regions in the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through this discharge referred to as a strike if it hits an object on the ground, and a flash, if it occurs within a cloud. Lightning causes light in the form of plasma, and sound in the form of thunder.

Lightning may be seen and not heard when it occurs at a distance too great for the sound to carry as far as the light from the strike or flash.

Here are some tips for staying safe during a lightning/thunder storm:

  • Never take a shower or bath or wash dishes during a thunder storm as plumbing is a conductor for electricity and if you are in contact with water and lightning strikes your home or nearby, the electricity could pass through the plumbing to you and that could be very dangerous.
  • If you are stuck outside when a thunderstorm hits, find shelter in a safe place like your car or in a building. Never stand under a tree and stay away from fences and power lines.
  • Stay off of your computer and corded phone until after the storm passes. If you want to use your computer, make sure it is unplugged and running on battery power.
  • If you have a dog outside in a dog house, bring the dog inside as a dog house is not safe during a thunder storm.
  • Do not raise an umbrella, golf club or fishing pole over your head as they act as natural lightning rods.

Florida displays some of the most lethal weather and new research has now pinpointed the exact location that sees the most strikes in the country, and it’s in Southwest Florida.

One thing you can do to help avoid costly damage to your home from lightning is to have a surge protector installed on your air conditioning unit as it will protect your a/c unit against power surges. Lightning is a common cause of a power surge but power surges can also come from inside your home.

Anytime the flow of electricity is interrupted then starts again or when electricity is sent back to the system there is a power surge. Anything that runs on electric in your home can be affected.

RDS Air Conditioning will install a surge protector on your a/c unit to protect it from damaging power surges. Also, if your current a/c unit is in need of repair, maintenance or if you need a new a/c unit installed in your home or business, RDS Air Conditioning is standing by to help.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713. Don’t Settle For Less Use RDS!

Lightning safety source: NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wanna Save Money on Your Electric Bill and Then Some?

31 Oct
hard start kit

Having a hard start kit installed on your a/c unit has may benefits including saving money.

Your air conditioning unit is made up of many different components that all work together to keep your home cool and comfortable.

One component of a central a/c system is the compressor. When your a/c unit starts, the compressor kicks in and uses an extra boost of energy to start your air conditioner.

Your a/c system starts multiple times throughout the day and night. Each and every time your a/c system starts up, the compressor draws a lot of power and this is when your a/c compressor does the most work.

You may want to consider having a hard start kit installed on your a/c unit. A hard start kit lets the compressor start fast while using less power.

The compressor will not have to work as hard each time your a/c starts so less power is used with each start up thus using less power and costing less energy to run.

If you have an older air conditioning system, the older compressor may be sluggish to start.  When your compressor gets weak it is harder to start and will use even more energy (increasing your electric bill).

A hard start kit is good to install on most any central a/c unit even new units.

If you notice:

  • Your lights dim when your air conditioner starts up
  • Your a/c unit not blowing cold air
  • The fan not kicking on

A hard start kit can:

  • Help your compressor start easier and last longer
  • Help your a/c unit cool your home more efficiently
  • Cause less heat / less damage to the compressor and other components of your a/c unit
  • Ultimately cost you less money on your electric bill
  • Help reduce the time for maintenance costs for your compressor or of needing a new compressor down the road

RDS Air Conditoning will install a hard start kit onto your air conditioning system during your next scheduled maintenance, install or repair.

The hard start kit we install is the best available and made in the U.S.A.

With over 25 years of experience, We will be more than happy to handle all your cooling and heating needs. Serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and S Ft Myers, Florida.

We are a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713. Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

Schedule your appointment today!

 

Bet You Didn’t Know that Common Dust and Dirt Can Cause this to Happen…

20 Oct
Before and after of a dirty and clean air conditioner

Maintenance and a clean unit = Better cooling/heating and a longer life for your a/c unit.

Dust and dirt is something that if you found in your home, you would probably clean it up right away. Dust and dirt are not always visible especially when it comes to your air conditioning unit.

Did you know that from your air conditioner running, dust and dirt accumulate in certain areas inside that affect its efficiency?

If left alone, this dust and dirt buildup can cause your a/c unit to lose at least 5% of its efficiency each year. This means a dirty air conditioning unit will not keep your home as cool plus it must work harder to do its job.

You may not even know that your a/c unit is in need of cleaning until it becomes less efficient, you notice your home is not as cool, your electric bill increases or your unit breaks down.

Having your a/c system cleaned and maintained regularly will increase the life of your air conditioning unit and save money on your electric bill because it will be running much more efficiently.

Regular cleaning and maintenance also includes changing your air conditioner’s filter. A helpful tip is to use a permanent marker and put the date on a new a/c filter when you change it out then going forward make sure to change it on time (when you hold the filter up to the light and can’t see through it or it starts to look dingy and dirty). When you keep track of  the dates for a few months, you will have an idea of how
often your filter needs changing.

Most people don’t know exactly how much time there is between filter changes. Keeping track for a few filter changes will let you know exactly how often you need to change your filter and then keep changing it on time to help extend the life of your a/c unit and keep it running efficiently.

Your home or business environment (if you have pets or are in a high traffic area etc…) will dictate how often your filter needs to be changed. If you need hard to find filters for your a/c unit, when you find a place that sells your type of filter, stock up so you will have them on hand for when your filter needs changing.

If you are a seasonal resident returning to Southwest Florida, your a/c unit probably has been running all summer long and is now in need of cleaning and maintenance.

RDS Air Conditioning has been cleaning, maintaining, repairing and installing air conditioning units in SWFL for many years. Give us a call today and we will service your a/c unit.

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!  Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713

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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Common Summer A/C Issues that Can Affect Your Business

27 Apr
girls at a coffee shop

Regular a/c maintenance can help deflect a potential disaster for your business.

A commercial business heavily depends on its air conditioning system, especially during summer months, to keep its employees and customers cool and comfortable.

As a business owner, you usually have no control over how many windows are in your establishment plus these windows tend to be large.

So, your a/c system has to work harder to keep the building cool.

Use these tips to save money on the cost of cooling your business:

  • Have your thermostat checked – Although your thermostat may appear to be working, it may not be working efficiently so ask your a/c contractor to check it out. An inefficient thermostat can cost you hundreds of dollars each year.
  • Change your a/c filter regularly – If your a/c unit is running continuously, your filter may have to be changed as much as 3 times per year for proper air quality and to help keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently.
  • Regular maintenance – Scheduling regular maintenance for your a/c unit will ensure it is working properly. If your compressor starts to drag, your a/c unit will have to work harder which will cost you more in cooling costs. Also, to reduce the risk of shorts in your electrical system and for increased safety, regular a/c maintenence is important.
  • Inside and outside must be maintained – Both, the inside and outside parts of your a/c system need regular maintenance to keep the whole system running efficiently. The outside part (condensor) can accumulate dirt and debris from being outside all of the time and parts needs regular cleaning which are completed during a maintenance visit.

If you notice an increase in your electric bill, it is a big possibility that there is something going on with your a/c unit.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713 who has a fantastic reputation serving Southwest Florida for many years.

We specialize in residential and small commercial air conditioning installation, maintenance and repair.

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Out With The Old and In With the New – A/C Unit

12 Mar

old and new a/c unitsMarch 20, 2015 is the first day of spring and summer is close behind.

For seasonal residents in Southwest Florida, this means that season 2015 is coming to an end and you will be returning to your summer homes very soon.

With summer comes high humidity and it is important that your a/c unit is running efficiently so that it will help keep your home at a cool temperature throughout the summer months while you are away.

New compressor technology and updated fan blade shapes make new a/c units less noisy and more energy efficient.

According to This Old House, twenty years ago, a typical system might use 6,000 watts of electricity per hour to cool an average-size house. Today, that same house can be cooled with as little as 1,710 watts per hour, an astounding 250-percent increase in operating efficiency.

When choosing a new air conditioning unit, purchase one with a SEER (seasonal energy-efficiency ratio) of at least 14. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your new a/c unit will run which will result in lower electric bills.
seer-rating-chart

Just as it important to choose the correct air conditioner for your space and needs, the contractor you pick to purchase from and install your new a/c unit should be reputable and available when needed.

RDS Air Conditioning is the Go To A/C Contractor (Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713) serving Southwest Florida. RDS Air Conditioning has a great reputation and you can see feedback from many satisfied customers on their website.

RDS Air Conditioning will be happy to answer any questions you have before purchasing your new a/c unit.

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