Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

Posted on: May 21st, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Although you may not be able to predict and prepare for any sudden problem in your home, there are certain lengths you can and should go to that will allow you to respond quickly to these problems. Instead of having to run to the closest hardware store every time something breaks in your home, you can be prepared with a tool kit that will help fix most of the minor problems that could arise.

Drills and Bits – Buy a battery-operated drill and a variety of different sized drill bits, and you’ll be all set for multiple fix-up tasks!

Wrench set – Used to unfasten and fasten bolts, a wrench set is a necessary staple in any homeowner’s set.

Hammer – The size of the hammer head should match the size of the nails you buy with it. So a bigger hammer is best used with larger nails.

Tape Measure – This will come in handy during many situations, from measuring your windows for a new set of blinds, to checking square footage of rooms.

Utility Knife – Definitely a necessity – a utility knife will allow you to effectively open any package or box.

Pliers – Used for gripping pipes and twisting wires.

Safety Items – Anytime you perform tasks that require the tools above, it’s best to use the appropriate safety items like gloves, eye goggles, and ear plugs.

Caulking Gun – Use your caulking gun for any gaps or holes that may appear, such as windows or door frames or for filling in holes around your bathroom or shower!

Screw driver set – A variety of screw driver sizes are useful for changing air filters, electrical outlets, cover plates or adjusting furniture and fixtures.

Refer to your tool box to handle all the minor fixes needed in your home. While this tool box will have you prepared for any unexpected minor repairs, you’ll definitely need professional assistance to fix the unexpected larger repairs such as a plumbing or electrical problem. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical will be there 24/7 to help!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

Keeping Your Home Safe During Summer

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

School is going to be out soon, which means vacation season is right around the corner. You and your family should be able to enjoy your time away, without worrying about intruders, or other problems at home. How do you ensure that your home is safe and secure to provide peace of mind while you’re away this summer? We’ve got a few tips!

Power off electronics. Eliminate any worry of overheated electronics by turning them all off.

Don’t forget the garage! Thieves often use a universal remote to open garages while home owners are away. Protect your garage from universal remotes by turning off the door.

Lock all doors, windows, and other access points like the cat or doggie doors. Do one final check through your whole home to make sure you don’t miss any windows.

Wait to post on social media. Don’t make it known to the world that you are currently away from your home. It may be a good idea to hold off on posting all your fun vacation pics until you’re back from your trip.

Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to check on your home. Although there is now the option to for your post office to hold your mail from 3-30 days, you’ll want someone to at least pick up any door flyers or the daily newspaper left at your home.

Keep blinds in their usual position so it doesn’t look like you’ve closed up your home to leave for a trip.

Use your app. If you have a home security app, put it to use by controlling things such as your water, appliances and lights.

Don’t hide a spare. Up to 50% of break ins are a result of a hidden key that has been found by burglars.

 

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can provide peace of mind as well, by performing thorough maintenance on your AC unit before you leave. You can rest assured that your family will come back from vacation to a cool and conditioned home!

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Light Bulbs for Each Purpose in Your Home

Posted on: May 13th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

In our previous post, we covered the different functions of lighting, and how they correspond with the purpose of each room in your home. Now that we know what the different forms of lighting there are – ambient/general, accent lighting, and task lighting – we’ll cover the light bulbs that are used for each of these forms of lighting.

 Light Bulbs for each purpose

  •  Incandescent: Although the lighting that incandescent bulbs produce is warm, they are not energy efficient like alternatives on the market today. For that reason, many people are discontinuing the use of these bulbs in their homes.
  • LEDs: You know the kind of lighting you need to finish a late night project or the book you’ve been reading for the past couple nights? This is the kind of light bulb you want to use for that purpose of task lighting that we talked about earlier. Often times harsh and bright, it will illuminate what you need to work on, and last a long time. Since the first release of LED lights, they have now come out with other options available that are warmer and resemble the lighting emitted by incandescent bulbs. Because of the long lifetime that LED lights provide, they can be a pricier option.
  • Halogen is another task lighting option that emits a bright light and saves about 10-20% more energy than the incandescent bulbs.
  • Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs): If you’re looking for a real energy saver – look no further than the CFL bulbs, which use 75% less energy than their counterparts, the incandescent bulbs. Not only do they use less energy, but they also last a long time.

There are a few helpful tips to follow for the use of all the various bulbs mentioned above. According to Energy.gov, incandescent and halogen bulbs should be turned off when they are not being used. This will save on cost and prevent extra heat in a room during the summer time. When using CFL’s, which are different in nature, there’s a different rule to follow. If you’re going to be out of a room for longer than 15 minutes, it’s advised that you turn them off. The longevity of a CFL bulb is different from other bulbs. The lift of a CFL bulb more so depends on how often you turn the bulb on and off, and it not really affected by how long the bulb is used.

When using any form of electricity, it’s always important to make sure that your electrical panel is operating efficiently and safely. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can perform a thorough scan throughout your home, looking for any hot spots in your electrical system. We will also test the ground fault outlets to make sure that they are functioning properly.

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How to Increase Productivity

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

The sun is staying up longer, and weather is getting warmer, often encouraging people to become more productive and active. After the winter months that we spend cozying up, watching movies and drinking hot cocoa, it may be difficult to snap into a productive mindset. So how do you increase productivity this Spring, especially with those home tasks that have been lingering?

  • Get rid of distractions so that you can focus simply on the task at hand. Turn off the TV, power off the radio, or go into a room where there isn’t talking or movement. You know best what causes distractions to you, so tune those out or eliminate them all together.
  • Keep a list. How often have you thought of the things you need to do, yet failed to do some of them simply because you didn’t remember? If it’s not written down, chances are high that you’ll forget. Whether it’s a grocery list, cleaning list or work list, write down all that you need to get done for that day.
  • Accomplish the most important items on your list at the very beginning of the day. We have the most energy at the beginning of the day, so expend this energy wisely. It’s also easy to let things that are toward the bottom of our list slide until the next day(s).
  • Know when to take a break. Do you ever get to the point when you’ve tried to force creativity or spend tedious hours getting something assembled? Sometimes the best solution to finding the genius answer or finishing the project is to simply walk away from it and give yourself a break.
  • Periodically review your goals – What are you working towards? How do all your tasks align with and move you forward toward your end goals? Just a little reminder – make sure they are realistic and achievable so you can actually reach them J
  • Eat for energy. High fiber and high protein foods will fuel your body and stimulate your mind with a boost of energy.
  • Stay organized – when everything has a place, it helps you save time instead of always looking for misplaced items. You can use your extra time on more important tasks.

 

In addition to keeping your home organized, it’s also important to keep your home running efficiently. At Central Carolina Air Conditioning, we can perform thorough preventative maintenance on your systems so that you don’t get to the point of having to replace your systems or lose money due to an inefficient system.

 

Call to schedule your appointment now with Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical at 800-461-3010.

 

Home Maintenance Checklist for every Homeowner

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Are you currently a homeowner, or about to become a homeowner? While it’s a rewarding feeling to own your own home, there are many responsibilities that come along with that accomplishment. There will be plenty of situations that will require the attention of a professional to fix. But what home maintenance tasks should you be able to fix on your own? Here are a few:

 

  • Cut the water supply. This may be one of the first things you learn about your home. Locate the main water valve in your home. The shut-off valve can often be found in the crawl space or basement. When a pipe unexpectedly bursts, you’ll want to go to the shut-off valve and immediately turn it off.

 

  • Unclog drains. Larger tasks will require calling a plumber to fix, however, you can quickly and easily unclog a sink or shower drain. Use a chemical drain cleaner such as Drano, and this will might remedy your clogged drain. There are also alternatives to a chemical cleaner. A drain snake can reach down the pipe and pull out whatever may be clogging it.

 

  • Reset a circuit breaker – which is most likely found in your electrical panel. If the circuit becomes overused, then the breaker trips. To turn the circuit breaker back on, you’ll have to reset it.  Locate the one breaker that is “off”, opposite from the rest of the breakers that are “on.”

 

  • Caulk – throughout the many years of home ownership, you will inevitably have to caulk some part of your bathtub tile or walls. Pay careful attention when completing this task so that you are allocating the proper amount of caulk while squeezing. It’s recommended that you cut the tube at the top at about ¼ inch down so that you will be able to use the perfect amount while squeezing the tube along the portion of the tile or wall that needs to be caulked.

Enjoy the satisfying feeling of maintaining your home by mastering these few home maintenance tasks. For the bigger and more dangerous requests such as faulty shut-off valves, water heater flushes, dye tests, load balancing of your breaker panel and installation services, leave it to the professionals! Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical will help with these more serious maintenance requests.

Give us a call today to schedule your appointment at 800-461-3010

How To Beat Spring Allergies

Posted on: April 26th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Trees, plants and grass are releasing pollen this time of year, and with that comes the biggest trigger of seasonal allergies. Although you’re not able to fully cure allergies, there are natural and medicinal remedies you can explore to alleviate these symptoms. How do you know if you’re one of those that falls prey to relentless symptoms from allergies? An allergy specialist can help you find out through providing a skin or blood test.

If you are one of the many struggling with allergies, what are the ways to reduce the aggravating and inconvenient symptoms? There are many forms and variations of medicine – both prescription and over the counter drugs. Among these options are Nasal sprays, decongestants, Antihistamine/decongestant combos, eye drops, under the tongue immunotherapy tablets and allergy shots. If you’re looking for a more natural medicinal remedy for your allergies, nasal irrigation is a preferred choice by many.

Medicine isn’t the only method to combat allergy symptoms. There are many other ways you can try to avoid pollen. Pollen spreads quickly when the wind is blowing, so it’s recommended that you stay inside as much as you can on days when the wind is especially strong. This effort may be in vain if you have pollen accumulating INSIDE your home. Maybe it’s time to focus on your home environment and clean the air that is constantly being inhaled by you and your family members.

Dust and vacuum on a regular basis to collect and rid your home of the pollen particles floating around. Doing a monthly change of your air filters will also prevent the accumulation of dust. While cleaning pollen away is helpful, it’s best to go straight to the source of the pollen release before it even lands on your floors and furniture. When is the last time you’ve had your duct system cleaned out?

Every time your air conditioner is running this spring, it is pulling animal dander, pollen, dust, and other airborne contaminants into your duct system. The pollutants are then circulated throughout your home every time the system runs. Let Central Carolina Air Conditioning make your home more comfortable and healthy, by providing an extensive cleaning of your HVAC system. Not only will it help your allergies, or the allergies of family members, but it will also help your pocket book by saving on energy bills!

 

Call to schedule your appointment now with Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical at  800-461-3010.

 

How To Organize Your Home Pantry!

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Organizing your home pantry can seem like a daunting task at first. Once it’s done, however, you’ll be able to access anything you need with ease. Don’t know where or how to begin?

We’ll share some some easy-to-follow steps that will help you organize and maximize all the space in your kitchen pantry!

  • Put everything in clear containers and label each container. When everything has a home, you can find whatever you’re looking for quickly.
  • Take a weekly inventory count of your pantry (this will help with your grocery list – more on that later)
  • Create racks and storage units to add more shelves and space for your food. Sometimes the existing shelving units in your pantry don’t provide enough space. It’s time to add some more! Stacking storage units or adding more racks can instantly give you the pantry space you need.
  • Add a shower organizer to the back of the pantry door. The door can often be forgotten about when it comes to your pantry. By hanging a shower organizer, you now have a home for all of your spice jars!
  • Use skirt hangers to hold your chips and keep them from going stale
  • Create a chalkboard pantry door to note your shopping list. By having everything labeled, you can easily take inventory of what you have and what you need. Once inventory is taken, create a list on your pantry door for your next errand run.
  • Combine your packets in one spot. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to rummage around to find that extra seasoning packet to spice up your dinner for tonight! Save some time and effort by collecting any loose packets and placing them in one of the storage racks or units.

Having an organized pantry brings you one step closer to an organized and efficient home. Why stop there? Make sure your whole home is efficient! Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning and we’ll check your plumbing system – including your water heater, drain pipes, exposed hot and cold water lines, faucets for leaks and ventilation systems!

 

Call to schedule your appointment now.  800-461-3010.

 

Jumpstart Your Health at Home

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Many people resolve to prioritize their health during New Year’s resolutions. How many people actually stay on track, or write realistic goals for themselves? Health should be more about a lifestyle and long-term goals, rather than immediate fixes or diets. What comes to mind when you hear the word health? Is it proper nutrition, or more time spent in the gym? Health can be more than that. It starts with your home and the environment in which you live.

Today’s homes are built tighter for energy conservation, which results in less air circulation. This can lead to an accumulation of viruses, toxic molds, pollen and bacteria. There are a few ways you can improve the air quality and environment of your home to minimize these potential hazards.

Here are some ways that you can take measures into your own hands to create a healthier home:

 

  • Dust frequently. Not only does dust irritate allergy symptoms, but it can also contain particles from chemicals that have been used in your home.
  • Test your home for Radon and Lead paint. Both are linked to brain related to brain damage and cancer.
  • Eliminate – or minimize pesticides. They can lead to health problems, so it’s best to avoid them all together. A good alternative to these chemicals is “green” cleaning products. They are made without ammonia and chlorine.
  • Change out your pots and pans. If you’re still using pots or pans made with Teflon for the non-stick appeal, now is the time to switch them out. There’s a number of substitutes – anodized aluminum, cast iron, stainless steel, and enamel-coated iron.

When it comes to mold, your HVAC system can be the biggest culprit. Mold, if left untreated, can pose a serious risk to you and your family’s health. Central Carolina Air Conditioning can provide regular tune-ups to make sure that yours is in good shape! Not only will routine maintenance benefit your family’s overall health, but it will also save you money in the long run preventing your system from getting to the point of needing significant repairs.

 

Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning today to schedule your appointment today! 800-461-3010.

 

Easy DIY Updates

Posted on: April 12th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Need To Update Your Home?

Are you ready for a new look and feel to your home? Maybe it’s time for a home makeover, but you don’t want to spend all that it requires to professionally remodel. There are many fun DIY  ideas that not only provide a refreshed look to your home, but many of them serve a double purpose of adding value as well. With kitchen and bath remodels, you actually add value to your home and we can help!

  • Painting can instantly make anything old and dingy feel new and beautiful. You can start by painting furniture such as chairs and tables. If you feel like repainting multiple rooms in your home, this could be a good way to brighten up each space. However, you can still accomplish a remodeled look by creating a couple accent walls. This will also save you time, energy and money as opposed to painting your whole home.
  • Adding some chair rail in rooms is easier now than ever as many home improvement stores offer stick-on options!
  • Add some art to create new dimension in your main living areas. Hang pictures or paintings that tie in with the desired theme of that room. Hanging art can also cover any eye sores of hanging cords.
  • Update your Hardware on kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Show your personality and style preference by selecting a new set of hardware to instantly give your kitchen and bathroom cabinets a more modern feel!
  • Hang a mirror in a room in your home that may be particularly small. A mirror will create the illusion that your room is bigger than it really is.

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Bathroom Remodels

Don’t forget there are a few quick and easy ways to improve your bathrooms to make a big impact and add value to your home!

  • Trade in your old bathroom faucet with a new and improved faucet! This central piece will transform the overall look and feel of your bathroom.
  • Switch out your toilet to match your new style décor for your bathroom and helps conserve water! .

Need help with remodeling kitchens and bathrooms?  Let Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric help you complete minor or major updates to your kitchen and bathroom as we offer both plumbing and electrical services to help with remodels!

Call to schedule your appointment now.  800-461-3010.

Ready for Spring Cleaning?

Posted on: March 29th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

With the first day of spring behind us, it’s that time of year again! Over the course of the winter months, your home has inevitably accumulated some dirt and is in need of spring cleaning. So, where do you start and what areas of your home need the most attention? The to-do list can seem daunting, and it may be tempting to put off. Your cleaning list will include quick tasks and some tasks that will require a little more time and attention. For starters, let some air fill your home by opening the windows!

This is the best time of year to go beyond the typical floor washing and vacuuming in your house. Let’s go over some of the uncommon chores that get overlooked the rest of the year. Ceiling Fans and vents are probably well overdue for a cleaning. Once these are cleaned, the walls and baseboards can get a good washing.    Although you may frequently wash your bedsheets, the mattress cover and pillows should also be washed at least once a year to get rid of any allergens. This is also a really good time to have your air conditioning unit serviced as we change out air filters to help keep allergies at bay. 

Life gets busy, and most of the time it may seem hard enough to just get the kitchen cleaned.

If you can set one day aside to devote to the yearly clean-out, your whole home will look, feel and run cleanly and efficiently. After lots of wear and tear, your sofas may need some spot-cleaning or vacuuming. The lamps and ceiling fans in every room should also be dusted. Humidifiers can actually make your home sicker, if they aren’t cleaned occasionally – add this to your list of once-a-year cleaning.  

Now is the time to pull everything out of your closets that you can toss, store for next year, or donate.

When it comes to the exterior of the home, it’s time to wash the thresholds and the siding of the home.  Make sure the doors and windows receive some TLC as well by giving them a good wash. Finally, in an effort to welcome springtime in the triad, sweep off your porch and walkways.

You’ll want to get your air conditioning unit serviced now before the dog days of summer start!  Let Central Carolina Air Conditioning Plumbing & Electric inspect and clean your A/C units to keep your unit in warranty and keep your family safe!  Preventative maintenance as important for your A/C unit as it is your car!  Read all the services we perform on your unit here.