Direct Air Conditioning Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award


Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Direct Air Conditioning has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

 “Why Direct Air ?? Because We Care !!!”

“Only about 5 percent of the HVAC companies in South Florida have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on

AC Repair Palmetto Bay


road in palmetto floridaWelcome to one of the newest communities in Miami: Palmetto Bay!

Established in 2002, Palmetto Bay has already established itself as one of the more affluent areas in Miami. Prior to incorporation, the area now known as Palmetto Bay suffered a devastating hit when, in 1992, Hurricane Andrew destroyed much of Miami, hitting Palmetto Bay harder than most other areas. The community recovered quickly though, rebuilding residences and businesses stronger than ever.

Today, Palmetto Bay sits west of Biscayne Bay in Southwest Miami, bordered by Pinecrest and South Dixie Highway. It’s home to 24,000 residents, prosperous families of all sizes with multiple high-caliber schools catering to children of all ages. Miami Palmetto Senior High, the area’s zoned high school, is considered one of the top high schools in the city, and has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. government.

Looking for something to do in Palmetto Bay? The area is served by The Falls, a shopping mall with various high-end retail establishments and restaurants. Along South Dixie Highway there are various lodging and retail services, along with a variety of restaurants and shopping venues, from major corporate chains to family-owned enterprises.

Traffic and beautification projects have brightened up the community’s decor, while local movements have raised cultural awareness in the form of weekend family festivities at parks and other participating establishments. Palmetto Bay has also used its newfound status to improve its police force and expand and improve its park facilities, earning it the nickname “Village of Parks”. Palmetto Bay is also notable as the location of The Deering Estate, former home of American businessman and philanthropist Charles Deering. The Deering Estate is currently used for cultural events and can be rented out for private parties and weddings.

Located close to the ocean, the city is wind-blocked by a plethora of greenery, which can make rainy summer days as muggy as ever. Direct AC is here to serve the community though, keeping air conditioners running at high efficiency and cooling the community for years to come.

How Air Conditioning Transformed North America


Air conditioning has had a more profound effect on the United States than any other place in the world. AC has changed where people are willing to live. It has increased productivity, particularly in areas where prolonged summer heat once stifled the ability of individuals to work to their potential.


The most obvious change that air conditioning brought was comfort. From a small apartment to the largest home, individuals no longer had to risk heat exhaustion during 100 degree summer days. They could maintain their normal level of activity without sacrificing their health in the process.


Massive heat waves in modern countries have killed many people. In 2003, some 70,000 Europeans died due to the extreme heat and the lack of air conditioning. The ageing population in the United States can age more slowly, too, without the stress of merciless summer heat. Hospitals can take better care of patients. AC ensures that the hard-working nurses, medical technicians and doctors aren’t under the additional stress of heat exhaustion. Operations and other procedures are safer when the temperature is controlled.

Southern Migration

Nowhere has air conditioning had a more definite effect than the U.S. South. Texas was the first state where half the population had AC. That was 1970. Now the entire South is air conditioned. AC businesses and homes acted like an invitation to the rest of the U.S. After years of losing jobs and people to states with cooler climates, the South has exploded in population.

Business Partner

AC has always been a great business partner. It started with air conditioned theaters, which attracted huge crowds who wanted to cool off as much as they wanted to watch the latest picture show. Shoppers flocked to air conditioned stores, and they stayed longer. Some would argue that the modern mall wouldn’t be possible without AC. Employees become more efficient in the summer when the AC kept them cool. The business high-rise would be a nightmare without AC. Industrial sites could ease their sweat shop image with the introduction of AC to the premises.


Of course, there is always a downside to everything. People stay indoors more than they should, although trends show that is changing with the emphasis on physical fitness and weight maintenance. Then there’s the energy use, but even that is being addressed vigorously by new technologies. There’s greater emphasis on efficiency from modern AC units, and there is renewed emphasis on a diversity of clean energy sources.

Without air conditioning, there would still be life in America, but the pace would slow to a stop in summer, and progress, productivity and health would all take a hit.

How to Make Your Own Portable Dry Ice Air Conditioner


Even though air conditioning has proven itself one of the big breakthroughs of the 20th century, someone occasionally tries to rig up a contraption they think will work better or at least, cheaper. One such do-it-yourself gizmos is a simple dry ice air conditioner. It might seem easy to make, but there are risks and it’s usually self-defeating in the end. To get an idea, here’s some quick instructions along with warnings of where it can go wrong.

Needed Pieces

  • Styrofoam Box with roughly 8 cubic feet of space
  • Metal Canister no more than 1 foot high
  • Small Fan
  • About 4 feet of half-inch diameter vinyl tubing
  • Duct Tape
  • Insulated Gloves

Putting It Together

Starting with the larger Styrofoam box, cut a 2-inch diameter hole in one side, a half-inch diameter hole in the opposite side, and a hole in the top slightly smaller than the electric fan. The fan is placed over this top hole and duct-taped in place. Next, cut a half-inch diameter hole in the side of the metal canister. The canister will hold the dry ice and tubing is inserted, held in place with duct tape, and passed through the smaller hole in the box so it can vent the evaporating dry ice outside. The potential danger here is that dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and changes directly from a solid to a gas. While carbon dioxide isn’t toxic, if it builds up to about 10% of the indoor air, it can cause suffocation. Since the gas generated by this device is cold, if it leaks in the room, it will settle to the floor and easily reach the 10% level. Pets or young children near the floor will be in serious danger. Finally, dry ice is added while wearing protective gloves. At -109 degrees Fahrenheit, dry ice can quickly cause severe frost burns.

Less Than Cheap Cooling

With the fan switched on, air passes over the dry ice canister and is cooled before it flows out through the larger side hole. With this constant movement of warm air, the dry ice will evaporate fairly fast. At $2.00 a pound, this is not necessarily a cheap cooling method. In addition, if there’s no electric outlet, the fan will need batteries that will drain quickly. If there’s an outlet, it probably makes better sense to just get a portable air conditioner unit and plug it in.

Best Ways to Conserve Energy in the Fall


American families spend thousands of dollars each month on utility bills. As the cool weather of fall approaches, many people find themselves spending more to stay warm than they really need to. Energy saving tips for the fall can help you save significant amounts of money while keeping the cold air out.


Fall is the best time to undertake chimney inspection to prepare it for the first fire. Consider hiring a professional for chimney repair and cleaning to rid the chimney of dirt and soot. Chimney experts also inspect vent systems, flues and pipes to ensure they are clean and free of rust.


Schedule a yearly appointment with a heating and air conditioning technician to undertake furnace inspection. HVAC technicians help to prevent gas leaks and ensure that the heating and air conditioning system is in optimal working condition. It is important to inspect the furnace before you turn it on to heat your home.

If you are planning to buy a new furnace, consider buying one that is rated 90 percent or higher in energy efficiency. You can save significant amounts of money by replacing your old furnace with one that is more energy-efficient. Be sure to check for the energy star label when purchasing furnaces and household electrical appliances.


Installing insulation is one of the cheapest means to save energy during fall. Install insulation in the attic, crawl space and basement. You may also blow insulation into the inside of your exterior walls as a heat retention measure during colder months.


Heat escapes from your home through electrical outlets, interior openings and drafty windows. Install foam gaskets behind switches and electrical outlets to retain heat inside the house. Use safety caps and caulk to seal unused outlets and windows spaces respectively. Close windows to retain heat inside the house.

Solar Heat

Be sure to open all curtains and blinds facing the side of the sun. This will help you obtain free solar heating and light during daytime hours. Close all window coverings in the evening to retain heat.

Water Heater

Save money on your heating bill by setting the temperature of your water heater at around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not just an energy saving tip but also a safety tip, especially if you have small children. This water heater temperature setting can prevent serious injuries caused by hot water.