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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

How Long Should My Air Conditioning System Last Before Needing to Be Replaced?

25 Feb
air conditioners

To make your ac system last as long as possible, follow these guidelines…

SWFL is a unique area with a subtropical climate and many of our residents are here seasonally.

When it comes to an air conditioning system, many individuals who live up north have the same expectations for their ac systems here in Southwest Florida.

We are often asked, “how long should my air conditioning system last”?

That is a question that can’t be answered simply because there are many variables that come into play:

  • How old is the ac unit?
  • How often is maintenance performed?
  • How often do you change the filter?
  • Do you keep debris away from the outside unit?
  • How often does it run?
  • As soon as you hear a noise or problem, do you get it fixed or let it go until a breakdown happens?
  • Is your ac unit the correct size for the space (not oversized or undersized)?

In SWFL, the average ac unit is running about 3000 hours a year and that will rack up many miles quickly. There are some really good thermostats on the market that feature apps that you can download to your phone to control the temperature from any location.

For example, if you are away from home, you can increase the temperature and when you know you are going to return, open the app on your phone and decrease the temperature to make your home cooler by the time you arrive.

This will save on electricity and the amount of time your ac unit is running. To answer the question how long should your ac unit last before it needs to be replaced? On average is between 8 to 14 years.

In SWFL, ac systems don’t last as long as they do up north due to our sub tropical environment plus chemicals from salt-water, sulphur and farming (many communities are built on old farmland).

To get the most life out of your ac system and to try to make it last as long as possible before having to be replaced:

  • Change the filter on a regular basis – Tip: when you change the filter write the date on the side of the filter facing out so you can easily keep track of the last time it was changed.
  • Regular maintenance – Tip: It is a good idea to sign up for a maintenance agreement so that your ac system will be serviced twice a year.
  • The size of your unit – Tip: Have an HVAC contractor install your ac unit since they can help you decide on the best unit to fit your needs and space.
  • Have problems fixed in a timely manner – Tip: As soon as you hear a noise or detect an issue, call an HVAC contractor to fix it. Letting a problem go on can cause more damage over time.

The life of your ac unit depends mostly on you and how you care for your ac unit once it is installed by having regular maintenance done and having problems that arise fixed right away.

RDS Air Conditioning is ready to help with all of your air conditioning system needs. We install new ac systems in residential and commercial buildings, perform ac repair, ac maintenance and we have many customers in SWFL who depend on us to keep their ac systems running at full capacity.

We also offer a comprehensive maintenance package. Give us a call to get started (239-313-9174). Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

Why You Shouldn’t Let Just Any Contractor Install Your New AC Unit

10 Jan
trane ac unit

Make sure your new ac unit is installed by the right person

In our area of SWFL the outside temperature varies throughout the year. According to US Climate Data, the annual high temperature is 84.8°F, annual low temperature is 65.4°F and the average temperature is 75.1°F.

Although these are average temperatures, if you live in SWFL you know it can get much hotter (summer months) and much colder (winter months) than that.

Over the last few days our overnight and morning temperatures have been in the 50’s and by afternoon it is in the 70’s. So, you may turn on the heat overnight into the morning then switch the thermostat to cool in the afternoon.

It is better to have an efficient system that will keep you both warm and cool as needed.

All ac systems will eventually stop working and get to the point where repair will not help or it would be more cost effective to just replace the whole unit.

When this happens and you need a new HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) it is important to have a certified licensed contractor install your new unit because:

  • Precise calculations must be done to ensure the ac unit chosen and installed will be the best fit for your home or business
  • Correct installation and sealing of all duct-work is needed to send the proper amounts of conditioned air to all rooms in the building
  • Size efficiency and placement of your ac system affects energy used and humidity control
  • Proper installation effects operating efficiency and for achieving performance rating
  • Your system needs the right controls and thermostat and they must be installed properly

Your HVAC system accounts for over 40% of your electric bill so you want a new unit that is the right size and is installed and sealed properly so that you can save on your utility bill each month.

After the installation you want a contractor that will be available for future maintenance (to keep your warranty) and when a repair is ever needed.

It is a good idea to build a relationship with a local contractor you can trust who is reliable, has a great reputation in the community and has been around for a long time.

RDS Air Conditioning has been installing new ac systems plus repairing and maintaining them for over 25 years. Give us a call with any questions about your ac unit or if you would like to set up a new install, service or repair.

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

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.

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

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

Buying a Previously Owned Home? Is it Cool Enough?

18 May
welcome to Florida sign

If you are moving to Florida and buying a home consider this…

We all know Southwest Florida is like living in paradise. We have beautiful beaches, blue skies and wonderful winter weather.

Did you know that 1000 people move to Florida each day? And according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent population estimates, Southwest Florida is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation.

On the flip side, there are many people moving out of Florida each month so this adds up to a lot of people coming and going. All of these people need someplace to live and many will purchase a home.

If you are planning to purchase a previously owned home in Florida there are the usual questions:

  • When was the home built
  • How old is the roof
  • Inspections for plumbing, electrical and structure
  • Check for any leans on the home (make sure deed is free and clear)
  • Bug and rodent inspection
  • Ask about water system and quality
  • Flooding info
  • Zoning
  • Wetland info

It is also important to inquire about the a/c unit. A new a/c unit could be a big expense (if a new unit is needed) so make sure to have the a/c unit checked as well.

If a home is 10 years old and has the original a/c system ask about maintenance history and cooling efficiency but better still have it checked out.

An a/c system may seem fine but you can’t really tell unless you have a professional take a closer look. After the expense of purchasing a home, adding or upgrading furnishings it would be unsettling if the air conditioning unit failed and you had to add the expense of installing a new one.

If the a/c unit is old and in need of repair or replacing, that is something you can use to negotiate when making an offer to purchase a home.

Call RDS Air Conditioning if you would like us to check out an a/c unit before you purchase a home or for maintenance or repair. We install, maintain and service all residential and small commercial a/c units.

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

Common HVAC FAQ’s

8 Feb
questions

Contact RDS Air Conditioning if you have a question that is not answered here.

Q: Why is it recommended that I change my a/c filter on a regular basis?
Changing your filter regularly helps to improve indoor air quality plus keeps your air conditioning system running with proper air flow while reducing airborne allergens and dust.

Q: What can I do to help between regularly scheduled a/c maintenance visits?
Use extra care when trimming weeds near your a/c unit to avoid wire damage. Keep the area around your a/c unit clear of weeds, clutter, and debris as they can interfere with airflow to the unit. Do not let pets urinate on your a/c unit because pet urine causes damage.

Q: Why is my a/c system is freezing up?
It could be a dirty evaporator coil which over time may cause reduced air flow, inadequate cooling and freezing up of the unit. Low refrigerant due to a leak/s in the lines, valves, joints or loose fittings from vibration or friction. Defective blower motor running at the wrong speed or starting and stopping or relay that only intermittently starts can cause freezing of your a/c unit.

Q: What does HVAC stand for?
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.

Q: Why should I replace my current air conditioning system?
If your current a/c system is old, in need of an expensive repair, causes increased energy bills, or isn’t cooling efficiently, it may be time to consider replacing your older unit. Newer a/c units are up to 60% more efficient.

Q: Do I need to be concerned with indoor air quality?
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), air pollutants can be up to 100X higher indoors than outdoors. That is why it is important to use the appropriate a/c filter to fit your needs and change it regularly. Also, you may want to consider an air purification system for your home or business.

Q: How long will my new a/c system last?
The average lifespan for a new a/c system in Florida is 10 to 15 years. Your a/c unit will last the longest with regular maintenance and suggested repairs.

Q: How can I find the system that is right for me?
RDS Air Conditioning will help you choose the most efficient unit that fits your specific needs ie. size and age of your home, number of rooms etc for the best possible price.

RDS Air Conditioning serves Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers, Florida with air conditioning maintenance, repair and new installations for your home or business and is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713.

Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!