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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.

Service

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!

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Seasonal Resident? Keep Mold Away While You are Away!

4 Nov
humidistat keeping mold away

Keep Mold Away While You Are Away

Mold can be a problem especially in tropical climates like we have in Southwest Florida. Many of our residents are part time and live in their Southwest Florida home only during winter months.

Our rainy season lasts 6 months (May thru October) and this is the time of year when there is the most potential for mold growth in your home.

If there is only a small amount of mold, you may not notice it until large mold colonies have grown and spread through your home.

Also, it is not always easy to recognize mold as there are different types of mold: Clusters of small black spots, white and thread like, gray green color, gray brown color, orange color, purple color, pink color, and white color mold.

One of the big reasons mold can grow in your home is from condensation. Condensation happens when there is high humidity in your home. During the long rainy season when there is a lot of rain and hot muggy days, condensation then mold is more likely to occur.

The moisture created from condensation provides a medium for mold to grow.

You may not know mold is in your home especially if it is just starting to grow but you may experience physical symptoms from being exposed to the mold.

Do you have bouts of sneezing, runny nose, sore eyes or nasal congestion? Do you feel better when you are outside of your home? If so, mold could be the culprit. You may smell a “moldy odor” in your home even if you do not see any mold (but it is still there).

A great way to keep mold from forming in your home is to control the humidity. This can be challenging when you are only home part of the year. There is a great thermostat that features a built in humidistat that will kick in when it senses the drop in humidity.

The Homeywell Vision Pro 8000 will help reduce the incidence of mold and also saves you money with electric because you will not have to set your a/c unit as high.

Mold spreads quickly and when you are away from your home for long periods of time especially during the rainy season, you could return to a mold nightmare.

Having a thermostat with a built in humidistat like the Honeywell Vision Pro 8000 installed in your home can give you peace of mind while you are away.

Some features of the Honeywell Vision Pro 8000:

  • Effortless, Menu-Driven Programming – Simplifies programming by responding to your choices
  • 7-Day Programming – Allows separate programming for each day
  • Large, Clear Backlit Digital Display – Easy-to-read in various lighting conditions
  • Change/Check Reminders – Let you know when to service or replace filters, batteries, etc.
  • Precise Comfort Control – Maintains consistent comfort to the highest level of accuracy
  • Built-In Humidity Sensor – Displays current humidity and select models allows you to control dehumidification
  • Real-Time Clock – Keeps time during power failures and automatically updates for daylight savings
  • Multiple HOLD Options – Allows you to override the program schedule as desired, with temporary and vacation hold settings.

For more information on controlling humidity in your home or if you would like a thermostat with built in humidistat installed in your home, contact RDS Air Conditioning. Don’t Settle for Less, Use RDS.

Air Conditioning Maintenance

28 Jun
As you know, air conditioning in South West Florida is an absolute necessity. Without it our homes would be unbearable.

Not only do we need the air conditioning to cool our homes, but it also removes the humidity.

Not to mention, high humidity in your home can cause damage to furniture, electronics and cabinets.

Mold and mildew thrive in high humidity. When your air conditioning system stops working, the heat and humidity build quickly. Every time your system turns on, it moves a lot of air through its coils and this moving air brings dirt and debris along with it, greatly reducing the efficiency of the system, making it work much harder.

Proper maintenance of your air conditioning system will reduce the likelihood of a break down. A complete and thorough tune up will keep your system working efficiently and at full capacity making your home cool and comfortable. Also, routine maintenance of your A/C system can reduce your electric bill and increase the lifespan of your system.

Humidity Control

Before and after cleaning an air conditionerHumidity Control in SW Florida is very important, especially for the part time resident. Electronic thermostats available today combine temperature and humidity settings, so humidity can be controlled more effectively.

This eliminates the need for the old mechanical humidistat and separate thermostat. Now is a good time to get this type of thermostat installed before the hot weather returns!!

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