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Best Way to Prepare for the Miami Summer Heat

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Miami’s heat can be unbearable and sometimes unpredictably scorching, so make sure to get prepare before those hot summer months. Here are the best ways to prepare for the Miami summer heat.

  • Try to say in a much as possible, or at least try to do activities that are indoors. For example, visit a museum, see a movie, visit some art galleries. Or even do some indoors activates like swimming, bowling or rock climbing.

 

  • If you decide to stay home, make sure to call Direct Air Conditioning and have one of their certified and trained experts come over to inspect you air conditioner and get a free estimates. They server Miami and Dade County, they’re fast, and offer same day service. The last thing you need is having air conditioning issues, but if you do they also offer 24 hour, around the clock emergency service.

 

  • Try to say in a much as possible, or at least try to do activities that are indoors. For example, visit a museum, see a movie, visit some art galleries. Or even do some indoors activates like swimming, bowling or rock climbing.

 

  • If you decide to stay home, make sure to call Direct Air Conditioning and have one of their certified and trained experts come over to inspect you air conditioner and get a free estimates. They server Miami and Dade County, they’re fast, and offer same day service. The last thing you need is having air conditioning issues, but if you do they also offer 24 hour, around the clock emergency service.

 

  • If you do plan to go out side make sure to carry plenty of water for the day. If you can’t tolerate so much water get some non-sugary drinks, make lemonade or get some watery fruits and vegetables to snack throughout the day. For example, some high water content fruits and vegetables include: tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, grapefruits, peaches, tangerines, apricot, blackberries apples, and the all time favorite watermelons.

 

  • Carry sun protection essentials like a sunhats, baseballs hats and sunglasses. As well as sunscreen lotions with a SPF of 15 or higher. Remember to put a shot-glass amount of sunscreen on your body 30 minutes before sun exposure and try to reapply the same amount at least every 2 hours.

 

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

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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 AngiesList.com.angies-list

Best Halloween Activities for Miami Residents

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Looking for something fun and spooky to do for Halloween in the Miami area? Look no further. These fun events and activities are sure to appeal to a wide variety of audiences, making this a great resource whether you’re in the mood for family fun or a creepy date night.

House of Horror Amusement Park
Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave., Miami
www.houseofhorrorpark.com

This spooky seasonal park will attract horror lovers and thrill seekers of all stripes. Enjoy not only a two-acre haunted house, but also all the joys of a traditional carnival, including rides, games, and food. And if you’re in the mood for musical entertainment, a concert stage will feature the best acts from all over South Florida.

Miami Halloween Yacht Party Aboard the South Beach Lady
www.halloweenyachtparty.eventbrite.com

Dance the night away this Halloween with a yacht party starting at 11:30 p.m. on Halloween night. This luxury yacht features four levels with VIP areas, eight flat screen TVs, two DJs, and complementary buffet. Costumes are mandatory and tickets are on sale now.

Family Halloween Concert
University of Miami, Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables
www.sundaymusicals.org

This October 24 event features the fun musical stylings of Trout Fishing in America. With their fun lyrics and groovy melodies, your whole family will be dancing their hearts out at this Halloween-themed concert. Adult tickets are $12 and children’s are $10.

Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash
Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway , Miami
www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

If you have young kids, what better place to celebrate the holiday than at the Miami Children’s Museum? This October 24 event features a tame haunted house that’s suitable for children, kids’ experiments at a “mad scientist lab,” and lots of Halloween-themed crafts for your little monsters to enjoy. Round out the day with cookie decorating and a costume parade.

Howl-o-ween at Fairchild
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
www.fairchildgarden.org

Want to get your furry friends in on the fun? Visit Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden on October 31 for a day of fun geared toward your dog.

However you prefer to celebrate Halloween, these fun events are the hottest holiday spots to be in Miami this October.

Water Leaking From Your AC Unit Probably Means….

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The Causes of Water Leakage in an Air Conditioning System

Air conditioning can be a blessing in hot weather, but it can also be a source of frustration when it goes on the blink. Most problems related to faulty AC units stem from water leakage, which at the least can be a nuisance and can even be potentially hazardous.

An air conditioning unit has the joint role of cooling and removing moisture from the air. This process can lead to trouble if the water created by the condensation of moisture is not properly contained. An AC unit is normally equipped with a mechanism to deal with this condition, but dust and other particulates in the air that are also drawn into the system can cause clogging in the drain pipe. This will in turn back up water in the pipe and the pan designed to catch any overflow. Clogged drain pipes are in fact the most common cause of water leakage in AC systems. In some cases, the drain line may have become disconnected or may not have been properly installed. As part of any preventive maintenance service, the drain line needs to be checked and cleaned.

The filter that cleans circulated air is also subject to clogging. A clogged filter can result in the formation of ice on the evaporator coil, leading to the formation of water. Filters on AC units need to be checked periodically and those that appear dirty should be replaced. Ice turning to water can also result from low coolant levels, a condition related to excessive condensation on the coil.

The overflow pan in an AC unit will contain limited amounts of moisture, but it will be unable to accomplish this task if it becomes cracked. A flashlight can be used to check for cracks or holes in the pan which, for these reasons, may have to be replaced.

Some AC systems are designed to automatically turn off if a leak is detected, but a watchful eye for the accumulation of water on the floor or the nearby ground is still the best way to determine whether a unit is operating properly. Although the leaking of water from AC systems is not unusual, it can be an indication of a problem. Regular maintenance is still the best way to assure the proper functioning of any AC system.

5 Touristy Things You Must Do In West Palm Beach

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West Palm Beach is a beautiful community with lots of sunshine and exciting things to do year-round. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure or exciting entertainment, you’ll find it in West Palm Beach. Take a look at five fun things to do in the area.

1. Clematis Street

Clematis Street is in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach. It’s a historic district with beautiful, old architecture and a variety of great things to do. Along the pedestrian-friendly street that starts on the Intracoastal Waterway at Flagler Drive, you’ll find historic landmarks, great shops, world-class restaurants and nightclubs with live music. Clematis Street is a favorite spot with both visitors and locals, where every Thursday night the street is filled with exciting entertainment.

2. Norton Museum of Art

Established in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art is Florida’s largest art museum with more than 500 permanent collections including works by Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe and Matisse. Originally built to display the art collection of Ralph Hubbard Norton, a local industrialist, the museum also houses an impressive collection of contemporary photography, pre-Columbian artifacts and traveling exhibitions. The museum offers free daily tours and special events on Thursday evenings.

3. Lion Country Safari

For a day of adventure, Lion Country Safari offers a 500-acre conservation and animal park with over 900 species of animals that roam freely through the park. As the country’s first drive-through safari, you can see animals in their natural habitat from the comfort and safety of your own car. If you drive slowly, curious animals will approach for an up close look. The park is home to lions, tigers, white rhinos, bison, zebra and chimpanzees. The animals are more active in cool weather, so visit on a rainy or cool day.

4. Peanut Island

This small, man-made island located south of the Blue Heron Bridge, is a popular family-friendly destination. There’s a swimming area with picnic grounds and walking trails that wind through the 80-acre park. On the west side of the island, you can enjoy boating, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing from the pier. On the south side, you can explore the Palm Beach Maritime Museum, the Coast Guard Center and President Kennedy’s bomb shelter. There are no restaurants on Peanut Island, so be sure to pack a lunch, snacks and cool drinks.

5. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

The Kravis Center, located in downtown West Palm Beach, is one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts venues. It’s home to the Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Pops and the Miami City Ballet. With a large amphitheater, concert hall and two small theaters, the Center hosts a variety of name entertainment year-round. You can enjoy jazz ensembles, classical symphonies, rock concerts and Broadway plays and musicals throughout the year. Check the performance calendar for show dates and tickets.