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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

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.

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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

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The Best Tip for Big Savings on your Electric Bill

11 Nov electric-bill

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, saving means “the act or an instance of economizing.”  Many of us look for ways to “save” everyday. Clipping coupons to save money at the store, saving bags to re-use later and some people even save the little ends of soap and put them in a pump bottle with water to use as hand soap.

You may try to save on your electric bill by turning off lights when leaving a room, turning off ceiling fans, unplugging appliances when you are away but how many of you know that you could save a good percentage on your electric bill each month by doing one other thing? I will tell you that other thing in a little bit.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, half of all energy consumed by Florida households is for appliances, electronics, and lighting. A whopping 27% is used for air conditioning. That is four times higher than the national average. Of course, this high usage is due to our year round weather conditions.  So, air conditioning use is a big part of most Floridan’s electric bill.

Back to the “other thing” that could save you a nice percentage on your electric bill and it has to do with your air conditioner. Having your air conditioner serviced a couple of times a year will save you money on your electric bill plus on having to replace parts and even save on having to replace the whole a/c unit.

How is that for savings? How many coupons would you have to clip to even compare?

So, why does having your a/c unit serviced twice a year make such a big difference on your electric bill? Because these check-ups include cleaning the unit and checking everything out. Check-ups, make your a/c unit run more efficiently and when it runs more efficiently, less electricity is used.

Think of it this way, if you wait a long time to go to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned and checked, it usually takes much longer for them to clean them, your gums are sore and the dentist usually finds something wrong, like a cavity.

If you would go to the dentist twice a year for your cleanings, your gums would not be so sore, it would probably take less time to clean your teeth and if they find anything, it would be easy to treat and cost less since it will most likely be in the early stages.

Having your air conditioning unit maintained will keep it clean, running at full capacity, extends the life of your entire a/c unit and if anything does come up, it is caught early and fixed so that it doesn’t cause more damage.

This time of year many of you are returning to SWFL for the season and this is a great time to have your a/c unit checked out.  Let RDS Air Conditioning make sure your a/c unit will keep you cool and if you do need to put the heat on when we have a few cold snaps, you will feel extra good because your indoor climate will be comfortable plus you will be saving money on your electric bill.

RDS Air Conditioning is a full service certified Florida contractor serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Ft Myers, Florida. Lic.# CAC1816713

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Is Your A/c Unit Protected Against Power Surges?

21 Sep
a/c surge protector

You protect your computer, television and many other electrical appliances in your home but are you leaving something out?

Many people do not think twice about adding a power strip surge protector to their home to protect computers, televisions or many other electronic devices.

Most of these items cost well under $3,000 but an expensive item in your home that is not often protected against power surges is your air conditioning unit.

Basically, a power surge is a spike in the electrical current in your home. Although it is very brief (1/1000 of a second), it can still cause damage to anything in your home that runs on electricity.

Most power surges are caused by lightning but they can also be attributed to faulty wiring or appliances (dishwasher or refridgerator).

Appliances use a lot of energy to start up and shut down which can interrupt your home’s steady electrical flow.

Power surges can degrade the wiring and components in your a/c unit, cause a/c interruptions plus damage and reduce the life of your air conditioning system.

An easy thing that you can do to protect your air conditioner from power surges is to have a surge protector installed on your a/c unit.

A surge protector works by shunting the voltage to ground. A good ground is imperative. Also, it must be installed properly. It is important to have an HVAC contractor install your a/c unit’s surge protector to make sure it is installed properly for correct operation.

Florida has about 1.4 million lightening strikes per year so there are many opportunities for power surges.

Contact RDS Air Conditioning to have a surge protector professionally installed on your a/c unit to protect it against power surges. RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor. Lic. #CAC1816713.

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Hurricanes and Summer Weather in Southwest Florida: Are you Really Prepared for Summer 2014?

19 Jun
summer-storms

Summer comes with heat and hurricanes. What is in store for 2014 and what you can do to make it through.

Make your A/C Unit part of your Hurricane Check List – Four simple steps:

You’ve bought the bottled water, canned goods, found the flashlight and picked up fresh batteries.

Now it’s time to do a check to make sure your a/c unit is up to a weather emergency, whether it be a hurricane, tropical summer storm or flooding.

According to forecasters, 2014 calls for 11 named storms including five hurricanes, two of which are predicted to hit major Category 3 or more status.

There are simple things you can do to be prepared:

  • Make sure your air conditioning maintenance is up to date. It will not only help protect you in the event of a weather emergency, but will save you money every month while keeping you cool.
  •  Get those a/c surge protectors in place. A simple step, they can protect you from the hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes that can occur during the current summer rainy season.
  •  Consider remote access. In the event of an emergency, you may need to be out of your home for an extended period of time. Learn more about the new technologies that can put your mind at ease knowing you can check and control your home’s systems from afar.
  • Always check on your unit immediately after a major weather event. Salt water can be blown long distances from the beach; flood water can do as much or more damage. Remember resulting corrosion can cripple your air conditioning unit.

We can help! Contact RDS Air Conditioning for air conditioning maintenance and a/c surge protection.

SWFL Summer Weather Facts:

  •  The average high temperature for June, July and August is 92 degrees. June on average is the hottest month.
  •  The average low temperature for June is 74 degrees. For July and August it is 75.
  •  August is the wettest month.
  •  The hottest recorded temperature was 103°F set in 1981.
  •  There are more tornadoes per square mile in Florida than any other state, but they tend to be much weaker and shorter in duration than in other states
  •  Florida has more thunderstorms than any other US state. In some areas there are more than 90 thunderstorm days per year.
  •  Florida receives the highest density of lightning strikes in the US. Last year, there were more than 330,000.
  •  The Southwest Florida Water Management District includes the infamous “Lightning Belt” named for the highest number of thunderstorms and lightning strikes.
  •  The earliest a tropical cyclone hit Florida was the Groundhog Day Tropical Storm in 1952. The latest was a hurricane on December 1, 1925.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor. Lic. #CAC1816713. 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!

History of the Air Conditioner

22 Apr
Willis Haviland Carrier

Air conditioners have become more efficient over time

Did you know that the air conditioner has been around since 1902? It was invented by Willis Haviland Carrier who was an electrical engineer.

There was a paper company (Sackett Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Company) in New York and during the summer they had a humidity issue where their paper stock would absorb moisture and there was difficulty with the ink application on the paper.

Carrier came up with the idea to have the air in the building pass over chilled pipes which decreased the humidity in the building and fixed the moisture problem in the paper. An added benefit with this system is that beside eliminating the moisture problem with the paper, it also lowered the air temperature in the building.

Carrier saw the huge potential in this new technology and it wasn’t very long before air cooling technology spread to stores and theaters where patrons could shop or watch a show in cool comfort during summer months.

The air conditioner was first called an “Apparatus for Treating Air”.  It wasn’t until 1906 that Steware W Cramer (who owned a textile mill in North Carolina) coined the term “air conditioning”. The technology behind the air conditioner has not changed very much over the years except major strides have been made with making air conditioning run more efficiently.

With regular maintenance your air conditioner can run efficiently and at peak performance.  It is important to have your a/c unit maintained to catch small problems that may arise and fix them before they turn into a larger problem.  RDS Air Conditioning has a very affordable maintenance package to keep your air conditioner running at peak performance all year long.

Summer is just around the corner so call RDS Air Conditioning today and let us check out your a/c unit so that you can stay cool and comfortable without interruption.

Your A/C Unit Needs Spring Cleaning Too!

3 Mar
half cleaned a/c unit

Don’t forget: Spring Cleaning for your A/C unit too

Air Conditioning Cleaning

March 20, 2013 is the first day of spring and we have survived another Florida winter. Although milder than most of the country, we did experience a few very cold days (compared to the usual for our area). Many of our seasonal residents will be leaving soon so this is a great time for your air conditioner’s annual maintenance service.

Most of us have been switching between cooling and heating (depending on the temperature outside) and now that spring is almost here, we will soon be running the a/c almost every day. There are many parts to your air conditioning unit that need to be cleaned and checked to make sure your a/c unit will work properly all summer long.

There is nothing more uncomfortable then your a/c unit not working when it is the middle of the night or weekend and it is extremely hot outside. If you sign up for the RDS Maintenance Agreement, you will receive priority service if your a/c unit stops working and we will give your a/c unit a tune up and cleaning that will prolong the life of your air conditioning unit and keep it running efficiently.

If you will soon be closing up your home and going north, this is the perfect time for an a/c maintenance service so that everything can be cleaned and tuned up before you leave.

Here are some reasons for a regular a/c maintenance routine:

Regular maintenance keeps your unit functioning at full capacity

Regular maintenance (once or twice a year) can help avoid major expense or having to replace an a/c unit altogether (a little TLC goes a long way)

An a/c unit will burn more electric if not running efficiently and a check up will make sure your a/c unit is not using more electricity then what is needed

Air conditioning maintenance only needs to be done once or twice a year to allow you to enjoy an efficient running unit all year long. Don’t wait until you have a/c trouble that can be avoided with regular maintenance.

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