Archive for December, 2015

Happy New Years from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Cheers to 2016! We at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric wish you and yours a very happy New Year! We were very blessed in 2015, a year of business growth, personal fulfillment, and joy. We look forward to 2016 and all of the new customers we will serve. We also look forward to partnering with our community again in 2015 to support those causes that our employees, customers, and partners support.

One of our goals for this year is to make sure that this blog is meeting your needs and expectations! Take a minute to post a comment about what topics you would like for us to address in this blog, or take a moment to post a topic suggestion on Facebook. Do you have questions you want answered, just drop us a line. We will do our best to get you and answer and you might be a star in our next blog post!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

New Year, New Goals by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electic

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

new-years-goalsHow to Set New Year’s Goals

The start of the New Year has many of us thinking about the commitments that we will make in the new year to ourselves and others. You may be thinking about losing weight, going after a new position at work, starting your own business, eating better or spending more time with your partner or children. Whatever your goals, make sure that your goals are effective. One way is to make sure you set SMART goals. SMART goals were first described in the journal Management Review by George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham in the early 1980s. SMART goals are:

  1. Specific – think about what you really want to achieve. Make sure your goals align with the desired outcome, and that they address specific areas that require effort in order to get to that outcome.
  2. Measurable – can you measure how well you are doing in achieving the goal? If you are able to see your progress toward the desired outcome, you are more likely to stick with the goal in the longer term.
  3. Attainable – make sure your goals are realistic while also being ambitious. You want to set goals that you know will require a lot of work, but are achievable. For instance, if you know you have five big projects at work in the coming year that will require lots of evening meetings, it may not be appropriate to set a goal of being home for dinner each night at 5 PM.
  4. Relevant – make sure your goals are rewarding. If you aren’t ready to tackle your goals, don’t set yourself up to fail. Instead look for other opportunities to move closer to your desired outcome.
  5. Time- bound – set a timeline for reaching your goals. We have all had the experience of setting goals that we just kept putting off until later. You may even want to add milestones to your goals to track your progress.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Christmas Wishes by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 24th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Christmas Wishes from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electricchristmas wishes

Tomorrow Christians across the globe will celebrate Christmas, and the birth of Jesus Christ. Many religions celebrate holidays at this time of year. There are many unifying themes across all of these celebrations including peace, joy and hope.

We at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric want to wish you peace in this season. May you feel the peace of the overwhelming love of your family and friends as you gather together to celebrate the holidays. May you enter the New Year with a profound sense of calm and resolve.

We wish you joy. Let the smile of a child shine a light in your heart. May the peaceful moments of quiet in the stillness of the winter night continue to inspire awe in your soul.

Finally, we wish you hope. As this year comes to a close a new beginning awaits around the corner. May we all begin that New Year with renewed hope for better things. Some in our community have experienced loss and trials in the past year. May hope spring eternal as you enter this new year.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Cleaning Your Chimney by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 22nd, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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Given that the weather has turned cool, you have probably had the chance to enjoy a crackling fire in the last few weeks. There is nothing quite like cozying up on the couch with someone you love while watching the flames lick at the logs. However, many of us neglect our fireplaces.

Did you know that those fires cause soot that can build up in your chimney into a thick, tarry substance called creosote? This creosote can potentially cause a fire in your chimney. That would certainly put a damper on your relaxing evening by the fire. To clean your chimney, follow these tips:

  • Remove grates and andirons from the fireplace and set outside to clean later.
  • Move a trashcan next to the fireplace.
  • Check ashes to ensure that all embers are completely burned out before shoveling out the ashes.
  • Place a disposable tarp in the fireplace and over the hearth and any flooring to protect it from soot. Cover with newspapers to absorb any liquids and reduce the amount of soot that will get on the tarp.
  • Next, open the flue. Most are on a lever near the fireplace. Using a flashlight look up your chimney while engaging the lever. If you see the small door move, you have found the flue. Leave it open as you finish cleaning the chimney.
  • Using a chimney sweep (nylon or metal wire brush 1 inch larger in circumference than your chimney), scrub the walls to loosen debris. Debris should fall onto your tarp and newspaper for easy disposal.
  • Once you finish sweeping, make a solution of 6 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate, 1 cup of bleach and 1 gallon of warm water into a plastic bucket. Use gloves as this solution is very strong and should be handled with care according to the directions on the package. Use this solution and your brush to scrub the walls of the chimney.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Dispose of the newspapers and tarp carefully by folding all edges inward to form a bundle and contain the mess.
  • Finally, using a nylon brush, clean loose debris from grates and andirons before returning them to the fireplace.

While you can clean your own chimney, you may prefer to call a professional if you are especially sensitive to chemicals, lack the time and patience, or simply don’t want to tackle this job on your own. Look online for chimney sweeps to find a local professional.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Clean Your Gutters by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 17th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

guttersClean Your Gutters Before Old Man Winter Settles In

Next week will mark the official start to the winter season and the end of fall. Since all of the leaves have fallen off the trees, there is no time like the present to get your gutters in shape for winter. While it is important to clean gutters throughout the fall to ensure that water does not back up in them and damage your roof, it is even more important as we approach winter.

Freezing temperatures and water on a roof can combine to cause some real headaches for homeowners come spring. This is because when water backs up in your gutters and infiltrates the roof, it can cause damage, but when that same water freezes, it expands and can cause additional damage.

There are many solutions for cleaning gutters –blowing them out with a leaf blower, using a pressure washer to wash them out, installing guards that keep the debris out, or the old-fashioned method of getting on the roof or a ladder with a pair of gloves and cleaning them out by hand. No matter which method you choose, think safety first. If you don’t have the proper equipment or are unsteady on your feet, you might prefer to hire someone to help you with this chore. Look for landscaping companies or handymen to help you with this.

Don’t forget to nominate your hero for our “Heat for Heroes” campaign. We are giving away 100 ceramic heaters to heroes in our community in need throughout the month of December to honor those who have served our community.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Caring for You by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 15th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

frayed ropeTaking Care of Yourself during the Holiday Rush

With all of the gifts to purchase and wrap, décor to set up, parties, celebrations , and time with close family and friends, it can be easy to find yourself frazzled and weary at the end of the day during the holiday season. Take a moment to do something nice for yourself. You may find that as your energy begins to fade doing a little something for yourself will give you enough energy to get those last few items crossed off your to-do list.

While a day at the spa may be exactly what the doctor ordered, you can find a little peace in some very simple things. Here are a few suggestions for how you can sneak in just a little ‘me’ time during the busy holiday season:

  • Take a leisurely bath with a beverage of your choice. Make it extra indulgent by lighting candles, playing soft music and including your favorite bubble bath or bath salts.
  • Download a meditation app on your smartphone and listen to it at night before bed. Meditation apps are available to help you sleep, reduce your worries, even help with time management. Many are even free!
  • Consider hiring someone to help with the cooking or cleaning. Think outside the box for this one. You don’t have to hire a professional cleaner or chef, consider paying neighborhood teens to help you clean out the garage, dust, vacuum, bake or set up décor. You will be providing them with an opportunity to earn money while learning important life skills. It will also help you check items off your to-do list.
  • Consider purchasing ready-to-bake meals to ease the burden of preparing dinner each night. These meals are available from many restaurants if you call in advance.
  • Partner with a friend to give each other a break. If you hate to wrap presents but love to bake, find a friend that loves to wrap presents and let them wrap yours while you bake cookies and cakes for you both.
  • Let it go! The holiday season is really about the joy that comes from our faith, family and friends. If it isn’t important, just let it go. No one will remember the cranberries on the kitchen ceiling from the blender accident. They will remember the warmth and kindness that you showed them during their first Christmas in a new town.

Don’t forget to nominate your hero for our “Heat for Heroes” campaign. We are giving away 100 ceramic heaters to heroes in our community in need throughout the month of December to honor those who have served our community.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Central Carolina Air Conditioning partners with Urban Ministries

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

We are excited to announce that this year we are partnering with Urban Ministries through the Christmas season. Urban Ministry pantry

We are asking our employees and customers to partner with us to donate canned goods to help fill the pantry at Urban Ministries.

Would you like to partner with us? We would love it if you would like to drop off canned good items at our 1800 Fairfax Road location in Greensboro or give to your technician during your service call.

Suggested items include:

 

Rice

Canned soups

Canned beans

Canned vegetables

Macaroni and cheese

Peanut Butter

Canned jellies

Canned Fruit

Canned meats

Thank you in advance for helping us feed the homeless and others in need this Christmas season!

 

Furnace Care by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

furnace inspectionTake Care of Your Furnace So That It Can Take Care of You!

The cold weather that marks the transition from fall to winter is descending upon us. There is no better time than right now to check on your furnace to make sure it is in tip-top shape for the coming cold weather. By checking it now you might save yourself the hassle of an emergency call later in the season. Regardless of whether you have an electric or gas furnace, you will want to check, and replace if necessary, air filters. This can boost your efficiency. Filters should be changed monthly, or as soon as they become blocked with dust and particles.

For gas furnaces, check the pilot light to ensure it is lit. Also check any fittings to make sure there are no leaks. While gas has an added odor to make it more detectable, you should always check by spraying a weak soap solution on fittings and looking for bubbles. Check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector too.

If you have an electric furnace, check motors, pulleys and belts for signs of wear. Replace any parts now rather than waiting for them to wear out – and potentially leaving you and your family in the cold. Oil moving parts per manufacturer’s directions. If in doubt about how to service your furnace in preparation for winter, remember that you can call the professionals at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric for all your HVAC needs.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Happy Hanukkah by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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Today marks the beginning of Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah), an eight day Jewish celebration which commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. Sometimes called the Festival of Lights, it is celebrated by lighting the menorah, exchanging small gifts and eating traditional foods.

The events that inspired Hanukkah took place in about 200 BC when Antiochus IV Epiphanes took over control of Judah, present day Israel, and outlawed Judaism. By 168 BC, his soldiers had massacred thousands in Jerusalem and he set up an alter to the Greek god Zeus, and sacrificed pigs in the Second Temple. In response, Judah Maccabee led the Jewish revolt and within a few years had defeated Anticohus’ forces. He called on followers to cleanse the Temple, and relight the menorah. According to the Talmud, there was only enough olive oil to burn the menorah for one day, but through a miracle, the menorah burned for eight nights. This led to the modern day eight-night celebration.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Pet Safety by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 3rd, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

01faab088d6493db62ece4ef9a149fa7061c96fa19Caring for Pets During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with those we love – including our furry family members. While you are decorating this holiday season keep these tips in mind to keep Fido and Felix safe:

  • Some plants may be poisonous for pets. Either forgo them altogether or place them out of reach of pets. Poinsettia, holly, pine needles, mistletoe and lilies are just a few examples. For a complete list go to aspca.org and search for toxic plants.
  • Keep tinsel and ribbons up high so that pets can’t reach them. If eaten, they can get stuck in their intestines and cause blockages.
  • Don’t burn candles unattended or low to the ground since tails can sometime go astray and knock over the candle, or worse, catch the tail on fire.
  • Keep glass ornaments high on the tree, and in case of breakage, clean up the glass shards immediately to keep paws and tummies safe from broken glass.
  • Secure the Christmas tree to a wall or the ceiling in order to prevent it from tipping over on pets.
  • Do not let pets drink water from the base of the Christmas tree. It can contain preservatives which are poisonous, or harbor bacteria.

We want you and your pets to enjoy this holiday season. We hope these tips will help keep all of you safe. I want to encourage you to take a moment to nominate your favorite hero for our “Heat for Heroes” contest that started on December 1! We are giving a ceramic heater to 100 heroes in our community.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24-hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!