Wifi Thermostat

Is a Wifi Thermostat Right for You?

Many Jacksonville homeowners are incorporating the use of WiFi thermostats into their homes thanks to the many benefits they offer. These connected thermostats allow you to adjust the settings of your HVAC system from a distance, giving you greater control over your unit.

With WiFi thermostats, your home can quickly turn into a smart space. Here are just a few examples of why you should consider upgrading your thermostat to a wifi thermostat.

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How Clean Is the Air in Your Home? Try These Solutions!

Your air conditioning system has a filter that you should change every month in order to keep the system working properly and help to clean the air. While a clean air filter does a good job at removing many particles from the air, many others may get left behind. A standard home air filter can only remove particles up to a certain size, so it may miss bacteria, mold spores, and other harmful contaminants. But we may have a solution to help you get cleaner air. Check out the systems and services we recommend!

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Take Out that Window Unit and Schedule Ductless AC Installation

Summer would certainly seem a lot longer without air conditioning in the house. Some homes aren’t set up to install a conventional central AC system, but homeowners do have other options. One of the most common solutions is a window air conditioning unit, mostly because they are relatively inexpensive to purchase. However, due to the inefficiency and inconsistent cooling of these units, we strongly recommend a ductless system instead for most homes and even single rooms without ducts.

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at A/C Designs Inc. hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

Air Conditioning Repair Tip 4: What Increased Airborne Pollutants Mean

When it comes to air conditioning repair, St. Augustine, FL has unique needs that should be addressed. Florida summers a rife with heat and humidity, which you can avoid by establishing a cool, comfortable environment inside your home. Besides keeping your air conditioning unit in good shape and ensuring that it works at peak capacity, it means sealing leaks around your windows and doors, adding insulation in your attic, and changing the filters in your HVAC system to decrease the amount of airborne pollutants. But what are airborne pollutants and how do they overlap with St. Augustine FL air conditioning repair needs? Here’s a quick primer on what increased airborne pollutants mean.

The phrase “airborne pollutants” refers to any number of particles in the air that are not conducive to overall health. This can include pollen and other allergens; coal and wood particles from fireplaces; tobacco smoke; industrial pollutants; pet dander; and even plan old-fashioned skin cells that we shed every day.

The effects of increased airborne pollutants in your home aren’t usually devastating, but they can have an impact on your overall health and quality of life. If you suffer from allergies, higher pollutant levels in the air can make them worse. Even if you don’t, you can still suffer from an irritated nose and throat, as well as dealing with increased amounts of dust on your furnishings. In the worst case scenario, dust-build-up in your system can interfere with your air conditioner’s ability to function: lowering air flow and increasing strain on your system.

St. Augustine, FL benefits from its coastal climate, which means that its air quality is fairly high. You want the same quality inside your home as out, which you can maintain both by changing the air filters regularly and by scheduling routine maintenance to clean your air conditioning system. Both will reduce the amount of airborne pollutants in your system and make for cleaner air in your home. For these and other St. Augustine, FL air conditioning repair needs, call on AC Designs, Inc.. We can explain what increased airborne pollutants mean, and recommend ways to lower them inside your home.