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August 15, 2015

Air Conditioning, Dehumidstats vs. Environment

 

We, as homeowners, living in Southwest Florida have many environmental issues we must contend with – one of which is a major problem, that four letter word MOLD. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you an easy-to-read, valuable resource we found; a book written by Walt Black, a Senior Consultant for American Management Resources Corporation, (AMRC) an environmental health and safety consulting firm located in Fort Myers. This book “A Practical Guide t...

August 1, 2015

We have noticed builders are no longer installing humidistats in their new construction.  Commencing in 2015, we suggest that our clients purchase dehumidifiers for their units, especially if the unit is internal to the building. 

 

Some are purchasing two, one for the master bed room draining into the shower and one for the kitchen draining into the sink.  We suggest that they also set the thermostat to 78 degrees and leave the humidistat in the home position (on or off), fan in” auto” and mode in “cool”.  For a...

May 1, 2015

In preparation for hurricane season, which is June 1 through November 30, we wanted to give you some tips and information regarding your lanai furniture.  Also, hurricanes are not the only reason to bring the furniture in.

 

We suggest and highly recommend, when departing for any reason, that the lanai furniture is always cleaned and put in the unit. We suggest checking the furniture underneath for signs of mildew/mold before bringing it in the unit. Due to the high humidity and rain in Southwest Florida, we have...

May 7, 2014

Annual HVAC inspection

 

Cost: $200-$300, depending on where you live. 

 

How often: at least once a year.

 

When: spring or fall. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, companies aren’t as busy, and you’re not in dire need of heat or air conditioning. 

 

What an inspection might find:The furnace blower is not working properly.   Cost to repair or replace: $100-$150. Possible consequence of letting it go: a broken heat exchanger. Potential savings down the road: $300-$1,000 to replace the heat exchanger or $750...

November 16, 2013

How does that water get on the inside of windows? And what can you do about it?

Condensation on the inside of a window is the result of a higher air moisture content contacting lower temperatures on the glass. The higher the interior humidity and the lower the outside window temperature, the more condensation can occur.

 

Excessive interior humidity can lead to structural damage and health concerns if high moisture levels are sustained inside wall cavities. Wood rot, mold and mildew can result.

  • Check sashes for smoo...

August 13, 2013

WHAT IS THIS WATER ON MY WINDOWS?

Water or frost on windows is condensation. Condensation is formed when warm moist air comes in contact with cooler dry air just as a bathroom mirror will “steam up” after a hot shower. The inside or outside of your window can sweat or fog because of temperature differentials.

 

ARE MY WINDOWS TO BLAME?

Faulty windows do not cause condensation. Glass is usually the place you first notice condensation because glass surfaces have the lowest temperature of any of the interior surfaces in th...

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