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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.

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Warning! Before You Let Anyone Repair, Perform Maintenance on or Install your New A/C Unit, You Must Read This!

11 May
a/c repair

Don’t spend unnecessary money on your a/c unit

Every a/c unit, sometime during the life of the unit, will require repair, maintenance and eventually replacement but what matters most when having a new air conditioning system installed or current unit repaired or maintained?

Here are some considerations:

Your existing ductwork – Is your ductwork adequate to accept a new a/c unit or does it need to be redone? Is the ductwork properly insulated and/or is there damage to the ducts?

The size of your home vs size of the a/c unit – An a/c system should match the size of your home. For example, if an air conditioning system is too large for your home, you will be spending much more on your energy bill then necessary.

Improper Use – Are you using your a/c unit correctly to save energy? Is it running all of the time? Are you using the correct filter/s?

Proper Control – Do you have control over your a/c unit? Does your thermostat allow for you to control the timing of the temperature? For example, if you will be out all evening, can you raise the thermostat to 78 then set the timer to decrease the temperature a few minutes before you return home or control the temperature from an ipad or phone?

Maintenance – Even after having a new a/c unit installed, it is important to continue with regular maintenance to keep your new air conditioning unit running at top performance.

Repair – Is the company repairing your a/c unit reputable? Will they only tell you what is actually needed to complete the repair?

The person installing your new a/c unit – There are a variety of a/c brands to choose from but when deciding on a new air conditioning system beside the brand you choose, who installs your new a/c unit is just as important.

If the person installing your new air conditioner, repairing or performing maintenance is not a licensed certified contractor then you are putting yourself at risk for potential problems and probably paying more than is necessary to install, repair or maintain your a/c unit.

RDS Air Conditioning is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713 and has a great reputation installing new a/c systems plus repairing and maintaining a/c systems for residential and small commercial customers.

If you are considering having a new air conditioning unit installed in your home or business or are in need of a/c maintenance or repair, contact RDS Air Conditioning with any questions or to set up an appointment.

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Out With The Old and In With the New – A/C Unit

12 Mar

old and new a/c unitsMarch 20, 2015 is the first day of spring and summer is close behind.

For seasonal residents in Southwest Florida, this means that season 2015 is coming to an end and you will be returning to your summer homes very soon.

With summer comes high humidity and it is important that your a/c unit is running efficiently so that it will help keep your home at a cool temperature throughout the summer months while you are away.

New compressor technology and updated fan blade shapes make new a/c units less noisy and more energy efficient.

According to This Old House, twenty years ago, a typical system might use 6,000 watts of electricity per hour to cool an average-size house. Today, that same house can be cooled with as little as 1,710 watts per hour, an astounding 250-percent increase in operating efficiency.

When choosing a new air conditioning unit, purchase one with a SEER (seasonal energy-efficiency ratio) of at least 14. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your new a/c unit will run which will result in lower electric bills.
seer-rating-chart

Just as it important to choose the correct air conditioner for your space and needs, the contractor you pick to purchase from and install your new a/c unit should be reputable and available when needed.

RDS Air Conditioning is the Go To A/C Contractor (Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713) serving Southwest Florida. RDS Air Conditioning has a great reputation and you can see feedback from many satisfied customers on their website.

RDS Air Conditioning will be happy to answer any questions you have before purchasing your new a/c unit.

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When is it Time to Upgrade your Current Air Conditioner? Use These Tips to Help you Decide!

6 Feb
new and old air conditioners

Upgrade now and avoid headaches later

Although it is still very cold in most if the northern states, Southwest Florida (SWFL) has the perfect weather.

Season 2015 is in full swing in SWFL and our seasonal residents are enjoying the warmer climate and beautiful beaches.

In a few months season will be winding down as it grows warmer in northern states and SWFL’s seasonal residents will be heading north leaving their Florida homes for the summer.

Summer months in SWFL include sweltering heat and high humidity,  Although people will be leaving, their home will remain here in these hotter temperatures. This is where your air conditioner is very important because everyone leaves their a/c unit running all summer long to help combat problems from arising including mold and mildew.

It can be difficult if your air conditioner breaks down during the hot summer months and you are in another state because you will have to make decisions on repairing or replacing your unit while out of town.

A great way to help avoid this problem is by having your a/c unit serviced just before you leave or replacing your a/c unit before leaving for the summer. So, how do you know when it is time to replace your a/c unit and not just try to repair it?

Use these tips to know when it is time to replace your current a/c unit:

  • If you notice your a/c unit is not cooling as it should or if some rooms in your home are warmer than others.
  • Do you notice your air conditioner is making strange noises and these noises continue even after being repaired.
  • Your a/c unit keeps breaking down and requires frequent repairs.
  • If you have an older a/c unit it can have problems then stop working completely plus older units are less efficient.

Upgrading to a new higher efficiency unit before leaving town will help ensure that your home will stay cool all summer while you are away and when you return next season, your new a/c unit will keep you cool all season long plus you can enjoy it for years to come.

With over 25 years of experience, RDS Air Conditioning has a great reputation providing a/c services for many SWFL home owners and business owners.

If you need a/c repair, a/c maintenance or a new a/c unit installed, RDS Air Conditioning will provide excellent work at a reasonable price and fantastic customer service.

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10 Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Air Conditioning Unit

23 Jan
get rid of that old energy burning a/c unit

Only have a new air conditioner installed when you really need one but it is important to buy a new a/c unit at the right time as to not waste money on an old outdated model.

The 2015 SWFL winter season is in full swing. This year, winter runs from December 21 to March 19th.

While people who are staying north for the winter will be experiencing bitter cold and snow, SWFL will enjoy many warm sunny days.

Whether you live in Southwest Florida year round or are a seasonal resident, many of you will have your a/c unit running throughout the year.

The more your air conditioning unit runs, the higher your electric bill.

So, how can you efficiently keep your home cool all year long and still save money on your electric bill?

Start by taking a look at your current a/c unit and ask yourself these questions:

  1. How old is your a/c unit?
  2. Does your a/c unit get regular maintenance?
  3. How often do you change the filter/s in your a/c unit?
  4. Has your air conditioning unit had a major component failure?
  5. Does your a/c unit require frequent repairs?
  6. Does your a/c unit have to work harder to keep your home cool?
  7. Are your electric bills high?
  8. Does your a/c unit have frequent break downs?
  9. Is your a/c unit doing a good job of cooling your entire home?
  10. Are some rooms in your home cooler than others?

If your a/c unit is old and needs frequent repairs, has break downs, is not cooling your home consistently and you have high electric bills, it is probably time to have a newer more efficient unit installed.

Even if your current older a/c unit receives regular maintenance and you change the filters on time, it is using much more electricity than a newer more efficient model.

Replacing your current air conditioner is a big decision but according to FPL, when you upgrade your current outdated air conditioning unit to a new high efficiency model, you can save about $400.00 a year on your electric bill. That is considerable savings!

After you make the decision to purchase a new air conditioning unit there are some other things to consider:

  • What size a/c unit will you need?
  • What is the efficiency rating of the unit you will purchase?
  • What FPL rebates are available?

It is important to hire a Certified Licensed Florida contractor to install your new a/c unit to make sure the work is done correctly. They will also be able to answer all of your questions regarding the correct size unit you will need for your home or business, the efficiency rating and any rebates that are available through FPL.

RDS Air Conditioning specializes in everything to do with a/c units including installation, repair and maintenance. They have a geat reputation in SWFL with many home owners and business owners for providing excellent customer service at a fair price.

RDS is a Certified Florida Contractor – Lic.# CAC1816713

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Think You Need to Buy a New A/C Unit? Don’t Get Hot Under the Collar, Keep Your Cool!

7 Jun
air conditioner

A new a/c unit is a big expense but don’t make that purchase until it is absolutely necessary.

June 21, 2014 is almost here and we will soon be enjoying the sweltering days of summer, or maybe not.

Most of us do not find comfort in 90 degree weather unless we are spending time at the beach or by the pool.

When you are home and your air conditioner either stops working or is not working properly, the heat from the lazy days of summer can become unbearable.

Replacing an air conditioning unit is a big expense but is eventually necessary as nothing lasts forever but before you purchase a new a/c unit, be sure the old one truly needs to be replaced.

Here are some signs that your current a/c unit may be ready to retire:

  • Temperature inconsistencies – Some rooms in your home are too warm while other rooms are too cold.
  • Your a/c unit is over 10 years old – The average life of an a/c unit is about 10-15 years.
  • Your electric bill is increasing – Your air conditioning unit is becoming less efficient.
  • Too much humidity in your home – Your a/c unit is probably not be working properly.
  • Excessive repairs – Your a/c unit keeps breaking down and needs frequent repairs.

At RDS Air Conditioning, we find that very often, an air conditioning unit can be repaired rather than replaced.

An honest and knowledgeable a/c service provider will tell you when it is time to get rid of your old a/c unit and install a new unit in your home and when it is not worth trying to make repairs.

Whenever you purchase a new air conditioning unit you can expect:

  • To save money right away. You will notice a decrease in your electric bill as an efficient running air conditioning unit uses less energy.
  • You will also notice that all rooms in your home will cool more evenly (as long as the duct work is correctly installed).
  • You will only have to concern yourself with changing the air filters and having your a/c unit maintained twice a year and not deal with break downs or worry about repairs.

Everyone who owns a home with an air conditioning unit and lives there for a length of time, will eventually have to purchase a new unit.

The key is in knowing when your a/c unit truly needs to be replaced or when a repair can hold off that purchase for another year or two. Don’t spend the extra money on a new a/c unit until it is truly necessary.

At RDS Air Conditioning we will never tell you to replace your a/c unit unless we feel it is absolutely necessary. We even offer an a/c protection plan to maintain your a/c unit and if it ever breaks down and needs to be replaced, we will reimburse the unused balance.

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