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Why is there “water” dripping from that white pipe outside of your home or business…

25 Aug
air conditioning condensate drain line

If this gets clogged, your ac unit will stop working!

Ah, the beaches, the dining and the weather…  Southwest Florida has so much to offer!  But it comes with a price, the HEAT and HUMIDITY. Your air conditioning unit is working very hard to keep your home or business cool and comfortable.

Did you know the high humidity here in SW Florida makes your ac unit work even harder than it would in other climates?

Let’s talk about humidity and the role your air conditioner plays to remove excess humidity from your home or business.

The moment your unit turns on it is moving air through a sealed system to provide you with air that has been filtered, cooled and dehumidified.

Because of this very hard work of producing cold air and removing humidity; as a byproduct, your ac unit produces condensate (water) and this water drops from the evaporator coils into a condensate drain pan which then moves the water through a pipe that is carefully routed to a drain outside of your home or business.  This steady drip is normal.  But, sometimes there’s an issue that occurs…

A common cause of the a/c system to stop blowing cold air is when the condensate drain pan gets blocked up and then the water does not drain through the pipe any longer.  If your air conditioning unit stops blowing cold air and you don’t see that steady drip then it is quite possible your pan and pipe have become clogged.

A safety switch installed inside of the drain pipe will even trip and shut down your unit to help prevent water damage from an overflowing drain pan due to a clogged line.  “Clogged with what?”  We’re glad you asked!  Over time, if not properly treated under a routine maintenance plan, your system becomes susceptible to the growth of algae and mold and your pipe can and will eventually become clogged.

Fortunately, this common breakdown is easily preventable as are most malfunctions we find with poorly maintained a/c systems.  To learn more about what we have to offer to help keep your existing system running in tip-top condition please visit our website or call us today at 239-313-9174. Stay tuned for additional tips and information we hope you may find useful.

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The Evolution of Air Conditioning

30 Jun
first air conditioner

Dr John Goorie’s Air Conditioning Invention

Air conditioning is something that can be found in about 100 million homes across the USA but that was not always the case.

There was a time in our history that people were very uncomfortable when the temperature went up due to air conditioning not yet being invented or not yet developed to the point where it could be easily installed into someone’s home.

Let’s take a look at the evolution of the air conditioner:

1840 – A Floridan named Dr John Goorie, proposed that a cooler environment would help decrease disease and make patients more comfortable in their hospital rooms. He tried to accomplish this by having ice shipped in from frozen lakes and streams up north but that became too expensive. Next, he started fiddling around with the concept of an artificial cooling system.

1851 – Dr John Goorie secured a patent for a compressor that was powered by a horse, wind and utilized water or steam. Although his financial backer died before this invention could come to market, the foundation for modern style air and refrigeration was set.

1904 – Willis H Carrier filed a patent for an apparatus for treating air. His system controlled humidity by using cooling coils. He eventually left his job and with six other engineers formed Carrier Engineering Corporation.

1904 – The first time the public was exposed to the comforts of having cooled air was at the St Louis World Fair. Organizers for the fair used mechanical refrigeration to cool the 1,000-seat auditorium at the Missouri State Building.

1922 – 1925 – The first early public cooling systems were in the movie theater where crowds would flock to watch movies while sitting in the comfort of cool air. These early units were heating systems modified with refrigeration equipment (huge sized systems) that cooled to some degree but not evenly. Some areas of the room would be hot and some cold.

1929 – Frigidaire came up with a split level unit for home use but still it was too expensive, heavy and required a separate condensing unit.

1930 – 1931 – General Electric produced 32 prototypes of a room cooler that was self contained which was an improvement on Frigidaire’s model from the year before.

1932 – H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman built units that could fit on a window ledge but were too expensive so not many were purchased.

1947 – Engineer Henry Galson developed a better more compact ac unit that was spin off of the window ledge unit but was less expensive so he set up production lines with multiple manufacturers and for the first time the public could enjoy the comfort of cool air without having to make expensive changes to their homes.

1960 – Most new homes were being equipped with central air conditioning and window units were very affordable.

1970 – After the energy crisis hit, new laws were passed to reduce energy consumption which included new regulation on energy efficiency standards for air conditioning units.

Since 1992 conservation standards from the Energy Department for manufacturers of residential central air conditioners and heat pumps have been issued. New a/c units are much more efficient than they were in 1990 utilizing 50% less energy to operate.

What will happen with the future of air conditioning? As we all know new technologies are always on the horizon in many different industries including HVAC so we will see what comes down the pipeline in the future.

If your ac unit is in need of maintenance, repair or you need a new system for your home or business, give us a call. Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS!

We are a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713

 

 

 

 

Sources: Dept of Energy
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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

Are you stressed out? Are your home appliances contributing to your stress?

18 Jan
stress thermostat

Let RDS Air Conditioning help reduce your stress

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress can be defined as the brain’s response to any demand or change.
Changes can be positive or negative, as well as real or perceived and can be mild or major.

Also, not all stress is negative.

For example, winning the lottery is stressful and that can be a positive stress because then you can pay off bills and perhaps if you make good choices with your new wealth, have an easier life.

The National Institute of Mental Health says that there are at least 3 types of stress and they all have physical and mental health risks associated with them.

1. Routine stress – The day to day stressors including family and work.

2. Negative change stress – Stress from acquiring an illness or getting divorced.

3. Traumatic stress – Where one is in danger of being seriously injured or killed such as in war, a major accident, natural disaster or assault.

Stress has negative affects on the body and systems. Although stress affects people differently there are common ways humans experience
stress:

  • Digestive symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feelings of anger

People who are under chronic stress have more colds and virus’ plus the flu vaccine is even less effective.  If you are stressed out or have chronic stress here are some tips to help:

  • Have a good support system – Be in touch with friends and family or other people in your life you can talk to who usually help you to feel better.
  • If you feel like things are too much seek out a qualified mental health professional.
  • Make time for relaxing and enjoyable activities.
  • Try to eliminate stressors in your life.
  • If you or someone close to you is in crisis, call the toll-free, 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

A survey was done with over 1000 homeowners in the USA to find out the average stressors a homeowner experiences and what they worry about most in their home.

34% said that the biggest potential stress for them is the breakdown of a major home appliance and that it would need to be repaired. In 2014, 68% of these homeowners reported that they had to repair or replace a major appliance or home system.

52% tried to make the repair themselves which caused even more damage or they wasted money and an air conditioning problem accounted for 21% of these.

It is hard for people to quickly make big changes even to eliminate or cut down on stress so if you start with smaller changes and keep removing stressors from your life
or learn better coping strategies, your stress level will probably diminish.

Having a good a/c person you can rely on if anything goes awry with your a/c unit can at least help eliminate this stress. RDS Air Conditioning is standing by ready to help solve your a/c issue.

If your air conditioner needs maintenance or repair or if you need a new a/c unit, contact RDS Air Conditioning a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713.

Serving Ft Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs and Naples Florida.

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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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