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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.

 

Your Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned on a Regular Basis

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Spring is here – And so are your allergies.

Forget to clean your nightstand for a few weeks and the layer of dust that will accumulate will not only be noticeable, it will be unhealthy, as well. Forget to have your air ducts cleaned regularly and… Well, you get the picture.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air has been found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air. Allergies, asthma and respiratory problems can be directly attributed to the air you’re breathing in your home. Mold needs moisture, dust and a surface to grow on in order to survive. Cleaning your air ducts on a regular basis will reduce the chances of mold growth. Better Health Magazine states “1 out of 6 people who suffer from allergies do so as a result of the fungi and bacteria in the air duct systems.”

Not only does the air from dirty ducts affect your health, but it affects your wallet, as well. Having clean and efficient air ducts will lower the cost to cool or heat your home. The Department of Energy notes that 25% to 40% of the energy used by your air conditioning is wasted, costing at least $300 per year.

If you’ve got dirty air ducts in your home, you are a victim of:

  1. Allergies, asthma, respiratory problems
  2. Mold growth and harmful bacteria
  3. Higher utility bills

For more information, please visit DirectAC.

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

AC Lingo: What’s a Zoned AC System and Why Do You Need One

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A zoned air conditioning system helps homeowners control temperatures in specific parts of their homes. As a result, the system greatly lowers monthly energy costs.

What Is Zoning

Zoning warms areas where residents spend the most time. It is done by supplementing a heat source using a wood, gas, or pellet burning device.

A zone is a location in a home that has independent cooling or heating. It segments the home into specific areas, which can be managed individually with a controller.

During the last few years, conventional space heating technologies have changed. Consumers needed the most powerful heaters to heat their whole homes. However, because different rooms are different sizes, these systems produced cold and hot spots. Also, powerful heaters create environmental concerns and increase energy costs. These are the reasons why sophisticated engineering encouraged utility companies to use zoned heating solutions.

Why Consumers Need A Zoned AC System

A zoned system is ideal for a home office that needs more conditioning during the day and less at night. The system can also direct air to guest rooms only when guests visit.

Zoning Options

Independent Zoning

There are a few things to consider when selecting an appliance for individual zoning.

Heat Rises

This feature provides a wider distribution of heat if the space heater is installed in a lower level of the home.

Purchase A Heater With Turn-Down Feature

An AC system that has a turn-down feature will provide more even heat throughout the home. As a result, the unit will use less fuel.

Full Home Zoning

A fully zoned system controls air conditioning, heating, and air ventilation. In an average home, normal zoning is a three zone set-up. Normal zoning is great for houses that are 1000 to 2000 sq. feet. Basic home zoning set-up procedures involve upstairs heating, downstairs heating, and hot water heating. Larger houses that are over 2000 sq. feet need systems that include more zones.

Three-Deck Multi-Zone System

Two-deck multi-zone systems are not efficient because they use a combination of cooled and heated air to reach a specific temperature. Three-deck systems, however, do not use simultaneous cooling and heating methods.

DIY Hacks: How to Measure Your Air Conditioner Filter

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When it comes to cooling your home, nothing is better than an air conditioning unit. Occasionally you will have to replace the filter in your system to guarantee that it isn’t congested with dust, dirt and other pollutants from the air. Grab your measuring tape first because you’ll need to measure the size of your filter with these simple steps.

Window Air Units

Locate the Filter

Usually the filter is simply positioned under the front panel of the air conditioner. Open this panel, pull out the filter, and check for dirt and dust.

Make Your Measurements

Sometimes the filter will have the dimensions printed by the manufacturer on the side of it, but sometimes this isn’t the case. If not, use your measuring tape to find the height and width of your filter. Simply purchase one of the same dimensions and install it in the exact opposite steps from how you removed the old one.

Central Air Units

Locate the Filter

On central air systems, the filter is generally located somewhere near the furnace in your home. Find the compartment housing the filter, remove any panel, and gently slide out the filter. Occasionally the company that manufactured your old filter will make your job incredibly easy by printing the dimensions on the cardboard siding of the filter. If this isn’t the case, proceed to the next step.

Measuring Your Filter

Simply lay the filter down, and use your measuring tape to take note of the length, width, and depth of the filter. Generally these numbers are labeled on new filters as height x width x depth (example: 24 x 14 x 1). Always round the number up to a whole number when searching for your new filter, they rarely come in fractional units.

That’s all there is to it. Simply put the newly purchased filter into your system in the reverse steps from what you took while removing it. The average lifespan of a filter is different for everyone based on use, pets, and allergen susceptibility, but a good rule of thumb is to remove it every few months to gauge how dirty it has become.