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How Humidity Affects You and Your Home – What You Can Do…

23 Aug
humidity in your home

What is humidity? How it affects you and what you can do.


You’ve all heard of the old adage, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”

In certain areas of the country, including Southwest Florida, humidity is at a record high.

What is humidity? Simply, it is a quantity representing the amount of water vapor in the air.

Humidity is measured in two ways:

1) Absolute humidity:

The percentage of water vapor actually present in the air.

2) Relative humidity:

Divided by the amount of water that could be present in the air, plus temperature.

Often expressed by weathermen, relative humidity of air is a function of both water content and temperature, expressed in percents.

In more simple terms, how comfortable you feel, in regards to how the temperature relates to that vapor.

Humidity and Air Conditioning

Air conditioners function to cool homes by removing heat and moisture from the air. When humidity levels are excessive, they have to work significantly harder.

That means a/c wear and tear, and higher electric bills.  Plus, you just don’t feel comfortable.

Common Signs of High Humidity in your Home

What are the signs?

* Actually, your skin will give you a clue – Does your skin feel moist or “clammy”? It is a key sign of high humidity.

* Feeling warmer than it should – Ideally, the thermostat in a home should be set between 71 and 78 degrees. This is optimal in terms of comfort and cost. However, this range won’t produce truly comfortable results if humidity levels fall below 50 percent.

* Foggy windows – When humidity is present, it is due to vaporized water in the air. When it becomes bottled up in your home, it may fog up the windows.

* A musty odor – Excessive humidity causes dampness around the home, something you CAN smell.

Damages from Humidity

Mold and mildew thrive in high humidity. and can cause costly damage to furniture, electronics, cabinets and more.

Air Conditioners and Cooling Capacity

Bigger isn’t always better. People often assume that the larger and more powerful an air conditioner, the more effectively it is in cooling and controlling humidity.

That’s not necessarily true. If your air conditioner’s capacity is much larger than needed, it won’t be able to remove moisture as effectively and humidity levels will remain high.

Why? More powerful air conditioners don’t need to run as much, so they don’t get a chance to remove as much moisture from the air. This is why it’s crucial to buy an air conditioner that suits your home.


Servicing your air conditioning unit is critical to battling humidity. At minimum, filters should be changed monthly, an easy do-it-yourself. Full services should be yearly or bi-annually, and can be set up with maintenance agreements that will save you money in utility costs and help you battle humidity.

RDS Air Conditioning specializes in checking and servicing a/c units and is expert at installation, maintenance and repair. Maintenance Agreements are semi-annual and affordable.  RDS even offers an A/C Protection Plan.  Serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor. Lic. #CAC1816713. Don’t settle for less, Use RDS!

Simple Summer Air Conditioning Savings

3 Jul
hot summer sun

Summer heat can be unrelenting but you can still stay cool without breaking the bank

Record high temperatures hit Southwest Florida in late June, and some health experts say 2014 is one of the worst allergy seasons ever so many will be using their air conditioning much more than usual.

Here are some simple summer-specific tips that can save you money on your electric bill and keep you healthier.

  • According to State of Florida energy experts, you can save 15% to 25% just by using ceiling fans with your air conditioning and turning your thermostat to 80 or 81 degrees. You’ll get the same indoor temperature as the recommended 78 degree setting.
  • Don’t kick start your air by dropping that ideal 78 degree temp mark as many are tempted to do. It can almost double your energy bill for that time.
  • Get in the habit of closing all shades and drapes during the blazing heat of the day, and turning off lights when you leave a room. Less light equals less heat.
  •  Move your favorite foods, the ones you take out the most, to the front of the fridge. Less cool air will escape the less time the refrigerator door is open.
  •  Change your air conditioning filter once a month. It will add to energy efficiency, and help with allergies.  Some people prefer to use a hepa filter as it will remove more allergens from the air.
  • Have your a/c ducts cleaned for energy efficiency and to help reduce allergens.
  •  In summer rainy season, yards grow faster and trees lose branches with heavy rains. Clear debris often around your a/c unit for maximum performance. Two feet of clear space is recommended.
  •  Plant shade trees to keep you cool outdoors and shade your roof, but don’t plant them too close to your air conditioning unit.
  • Get out the caulk and weather-stripping to stop air leaks around windows and doors.
  • Check your clothes dryer vent and clean the lint trap or filter often. Make sure the vent is blowing the most hot air and moisture out-of-doors.
  • Use your microwave as much as possible versus your range or oven to keep as much heat as possible out of the kitchen.
  • Never use the “fan” setting on your thermostat. Use “auto” for lower electric bills.
  • Most importantly, get your a/c unit checked and maintenance work done regularly for peak performance.

Be Safe when Outside in the Summer Heat

Watch for signs of hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is defined as elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation that occurs when a body produces or absorbs more heat than it dissipates.

There are three main types of hyperthermia:
– Heat syncope – Sudden dizziness when active during hot weather.
– Heat exhaustion – The body losing the ability to keep itself cool.
– Heat cramps – Painful muscle tightening in stomach, arms or legs.

If you feel any of these signs, get indoors to the cool air immediately and seek medical attention if severe.

It is better to complete outdoor tasks early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s not as hot.

RDS Air Conditioning specializes in maintaining and servicing a/c units and are experts at air conditioning repair.  They will even clean your air conditioning ducts and dryer vent.

Serving all of your air conditioning needs in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor. Lic. #CAC1816713. Don’t settle for less, Use RDS!


How Clean is your A/C Filter and Why You Should Care

13 May
air conditioning filter

Your a/c filter does more than collect dust and dirt.

When was the last time your air conditioning filter was changed?

Do you change your filter every few months or is the time between changes longer?

Some Extended Life filters can last longer between changes but most a/c filters should be changed at least every 60-90 days.

So, how do you know when it is time to change your a/c filter? A visual inspection is the easiest way to know when it is time to change your filter.

Remove your a/c filter and hold it up to the light, if you cannot see through it, you see dust, dirt or it looks dingy and dirty, it is time to replace the filter.

You will probably need to change your a/c filter more often if:

  • You have pets as many shed and/or have dander.
  • Anyone living in your home has allergies, changing your filter every 30 days will help control allergens (you may want to use a hepa filter).
  • You are doing any remodeling projects in your home as extra dust and debris may get into the air.
  • Someone in your home is a smoker.

Changing your air conditioner’s filter on a regular basis not only helps improve the air quality in your home but also helps your a/c unit last longer.

A dirty a/c filter reduces air flow which puts a strain on your a/c unit which causes it to wear out sooner.

When you purchase new a/c filters, it is a good idea to buy a few extra so you will have them on hand when it is time to change your filter.

When you check your a/c filter and see it needs to be changed, you will be able to change it immediately as you will not have to wait until you purchase a new one at the store.

A routine maintenance plan which includes changing your a/c filter regularly will help improve the air quality in your home, plus extend the life of you a/c unit.

If you are told you need a new a/c unit, contact RDS Air Conditioning as we can often make repairs to your existing unit to keep it running and save you money.

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%.