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

South Florida Outdoor Events in January and February

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While most of the US population is staying indoors to keep warm in the winter months, South Florida residents can take full advantage of the ideal climate these months offer.

1. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is a fun event held in Tampa. On January 31st, the city is practically invaded by colorfully dressed pirates that put on shows and share tasty food and drink.

2. The South Florida Fair begins on January 16th and ends on February 1st. This event offers fun rides and games, good food and various stalls that sell unique crafts. The fair, that has been held for over 100 years, is especially known for its sugary cotton candy and crispy corn dogs.

3. FOTOfusion is an art exhibition held in Palm Beach, that lets photographers present their work. The gallery focuses mainly on digital and multimedia presentations and runs from January 20-24.

4. The Delray Beach Open is a great event for tennis enthusiasts. From February 13-22, Team USA will be playing here in competitive singles and doubles events. The city is also offering many more events during this time to entertain guests of all age groups.

5. The World Series of Poker, held from February 4-16, will be a fun yet nerve-wracking experience for players and viewers alike. Hundreds of players from all over America will come together in hopes of moving forward to the National Championships.

6. The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show will allow International exhibitors to show their work. The result is usually a beautiful array of jewelry, fine works of art, and antiques. Guests can shop there from February 13-17.

7. During the whole month of February, Miami is celebrating romance with Miami Romance Month. During this time, Miami will host various romantic events such as a Valentine’s Day Romantic Canoe Trip and a Culinary Walking Tour of South Beach.

8. The Edison Festival of Light in Fort Myers is a 19 day event, from February 5-13, that celebrates Thomas Edison. Highlights include the Thomas Edison Birthday Party and a Classic Car Show.

9. The Florida Renaissance Festival spans from February 7th to March 15th. This festival enables guests to travel back in time to the 16th Century by exploring an old village.

10. The Miami International Boat Show that is held from February 19-22, lets guests take a peek at the newest cutting edge technology that is being built on boats. The show features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all across the globe.

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.

Understanding Early Mechanical Refrigeration Labs and Tools

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Before today’s modern mechanized age, such ordinary concepts as food refrigeration were out of reach to many. The only way to refrigerate food was to transport ice from a cold climate down to the city where it can be consumed. This was exceptionally expensive and was something that almost nobody could afford. As time went on, refrigeration techniques continue to advance to the point where today there widely used throughout the world. Even those in poor, third world countries are able to use mechanical refrigeration is a cost-effective way of saving money on food. This article will explain how the world got to its current point by refining primitive mechanical refrigeration techniques.

The first artificial refrigerator was created by Scottish scientist named William Cullen, who created the first refrigerator in 1755. This machine was highly experimental, and was not intended for consumer applications. This refrigerator simply functioned within a lab and created a vacuum that created cold air. Another primitive refrigerator was created in 1758 by Benjamin Franklin, who found that rapid evaporation could be utilized in a way that could cool an environment. He began experimenting with alcohol and other rapidly-evaporating substances in a successful attempt to cool water below the freezing point. In his experiments, he was able to get the temperature of his thermometer as low as 7°F, which is far colder than most of today’s consumer freezers. While these early attempts were certainly exciting, it would take further advancement before they would ever be considered as a way to preserve food.

In 1842 a man by the name of John Gorrie built a working refrigerator that was able to cool food even in a tropical climate. Unfortunately for him, the device was a complete failure because customers simply couldn’t understand the reasons why they would need the device to cool their food. At this point in time, most individuals preserved their food with primitive methods that used salt or smoke. Building on Gorrie’s advancement, a man by the name of James Harrison utilized refrigeration technology to build the first refrigerated ship in 1873. This ship, called the Norfolk, was used to ship beef from the United Kingdom to the United States. However, this too was a failure, and it wasn’t until 1881 when William Soltau Davidson built the Dunedin that commercial refrigerated shipping became viable.

In the early 1910’s, General Electic pioneered commercial household refrigeration. As electricity access became more widespread, by 1930 the average price of a refrigerator was cut by nearly half and refrigerator ownership was obtained by more than 30% of households. These refrigerators, under the brand Frigidaire, were a huge commercial success and are one of the main reasons why a electrical refrigerators are still used to this day.

 

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