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Does your home have Faulty Wire Connections?

Posted on: November 19th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

With the shorter days of winter quickly approaching, many households will be using lights more frequently to brighten their home. Electricity is an integral aspect of a home operating and functioning well. There are potential serious problems if there is a faulty connection. So we’ll highlight the causes of poor wire connections, and also ways that you can spot a faulty connection to prevent any problems that may arise if not fixed:

Causes of poor wire connection:

  • Aluminum Wiring – aluminum used to be popular during the 60’s and 70’s, and it expands and contracts with changes in temperature. This expansion can cause fire hazards.
  • Leaks – Leaks can come from areas like laundry rooms and utility rooms or other areas that often contain moisture.
  • Breaker boxes are usually located in basements, laundry rooms, utility rooms and other areas of the home containing high levels of moisture. The water can collect on exposed wires and over time cause erosion.

Signs of problem breakers:

  • Corroded wires – if there are wires that become discolored, it’s usually a sign of moisture and can pose a threat to safety and efficiency.
  • Frequently tripped breakers – this could be a result of faulty wires, which cause your breakers to constantly trip.
  • Heated hardware – if there are visible signs of heat around your switches, this is an indicator of faulty wire connections.
  • Loose wires – check to see if there are any loose wires by gently tugging on them. Loose wires can lead to weak connections and they can potentially cause circuit overloads.

Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical to conduct an Infra-Red Scan which will test the panel and your whole home for any hot spots in the electrical system. The last thing that you’d want during the holidays with traveling or hosting company is for a faulty wire connection to cause serious problems. Faulty wires can be dangerous and they are one of the biggest causes of fires. We’ll provide peace of mind that your electrical system is running smoothly, so you can focus on the things that mean the most to you during the holiday season!

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

Protecting Your Faucets During Wintertime

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Winter weather can bring potential challenges to your home, one of them being the possibility of frozen outside faucets. Although we’ve come a long way and there have been significant advancements to the kind of faucets that are created, there are still steps to take as a homeowner to ensure that there is no chance of your faucets freezing.

We’ve outlined helpful steps below that will help you to “winterize” your faucets for the cool nights ahead:

  • The first step is to disconnect your garden hose from the outside faucet.
  • Replace your faucet with a sill-cock that is frost-proof. This is essentially a remote control for the water supply faucet valve inside. From this sill-cock, you’ll be able to control the valve inside which supplies water flow to the exterior spout. You’ll be able to leave the water on, because of the downward pitch that will constantly allow water to drain when the faucet is turned off.
  • If you still have a standard sill-cock, this will take more effort to make sure that it doesn’t freeze. The first step is to turn off the water supply from the valve, which is either inside the home or next to the main water valve. After you’ve followed these steps, unscrew the bleeder cap inside the house so that the water can thoroughly drain. The water will either drain from the outside faucet, or it may drain from the main bleeder cap. Finally, make sure the bleeder cap is screwed on and go back outside to turn off the faucet.
  • Insulated faucet covers don’t provide much protection against frost, so it’s not a good idea to rely on this to protect your faucets through the winter.
  • Vacuum breakers can also create problems since they don’t allow water to properly drain out. The rubber seal in the vacuum breaker will often trap water that will not only ruin the vacuum breaker, but also potentially cause a mess when you go to turn the water on in the spring. If you’re lucky enough to have a removable vacuum breaker, go ahead and remove it now that its cold. If you’re stuck with a permanent vacuum breaker, there’s still a way to drain any excess water. Simply look up inside to find the white plastic post inside the breaker. Move the post to the side so that the rest of the water is able to drain out.

If this seems like a daunting task or you don’t have the time, we can do the work for you and provide peace of mind so that you know your pipes and faucets have been properly “winterized”! Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical can also check hot and cold exposed water lines, drain pipes and all other faucets for money wasting leaks!

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

Better Sound Quality, Better Football Season with the Right Electrical Setup

Posted on: October 31st, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

When you invite family or friends over to watch a game, it only takes one side conversation or someone cooking in the kitchen to drown out the calls happening on your television. Flat Screen televisions have dramatically improved our viewing quality, but the sound quality coming from the tiny speakers can be less than stellar. So, there are several ways you can improve your sound quality and avoid that living room noise competition.

If you’re ready to upgrade your sound system in your living room, it’s important to make sure your home can handle it. First, call the electrical department at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. Their technicians will come to your house to make sure your electrical outlets are grounded properly. Once you make sure your outlets are prepared for an additional sound system, you have some pretty simple options.

1. Install a soundbar or soundbase. A soundbar can be propped up on your television stand or mounted on the wall underneath your wall-mounted television. Most require no more than two cables — one to the electrical outlet and one to the television. Soundbars provide better sound quality without taking up too much space.

2. Connect PC Speakers. Whether you have an old set of PC speakers that you can plug into your television, or you have a set of wireless speakers, these might be your least expensive option. If your television has a headphone jack, you can plug the speakers right into it. Some televisions require an adaptor. You might also have to change the audio settings on your television. PC Speakers or wireless speakers will also need to plug into an electrical outlet. But the best part is, you can angle the speakers in the proper direction.

3. Use Bluetooth Headphones. Bluetooth headphones are likely the easiest option, as most newer model televisions pair easily with bluetooth headphones. However, they might not be the most fun option if you’re trying to watch a game with friends or family members!

4. Install Home Cinema Speakers. If you’re looking for full surround sound, home cinema speakers will provide just that. A home cinema speaker package usually consists of five satellite speakers and a subwoofer. You’ll need space to install all of the speakers and a place to put the subwoofer. They also need to be connected to a receiver, but they provide sound from all different directions in your living room.

Want help installing your home entertainment systems?  We can help!  Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric at at 800-461-3010 to setup your appointment today!

Benefits of Using a Humidifier in Your Home

Posted on: October 27th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Now that summer months are in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start considering how your home environment could negatively affect your health. There have been significant advancements with heating and cooling options over the past several years, so it’s time to reap the full benefits of those advancements! Long gone are the days where thermostats where limited to a dial that you had to change to set the temperature. We’ll go over the benefits of a humidifier, and some important things to note when using a humidifier.

Some of the Benefits:

  • They increase comfort levels in your home. Humidifiers also produce moisture in the air, which will enable you rest well with a comfortable night’s sleep.
  • Wintertime sickness is lessened and not aggravated through the use of a humidifier. The dry air is an aggravating factor for the common cold or runny nose during the winter months. With a humidifier, the air in your home will contain more moisture and help with these symptoms all throughout the day.
  • The air will feel more comfortable and also warmer, which means that you can turn down your thermostat in the winter and save some extra money!

Now that you’re aware of the benefits of a humidifier, here are some important considerations as to how to use one:

  • Many humidifiers will measure the humidity level in a room, which comes in handy to know how much humidity is in each room. The optimal level should be 30 percent when it’s cold and 50 percent when it’s hot outside.
  • There are different humidifier options that are beneficial for each type of room in your home. It’s common for homeowners to have a humidifier in multiple rooms of their home.
  • Smaller humidifiers are beneficial for smaller rooms, especially children’s rooms. It’s best to stick with a cool mist humidifier, since it eliminates the chance of children getting burned by a warm mist humidifier.
  • There are console and whole home humidifiers that may be beneficial for larger rooms in the home.
  • If noise is an important consideration for you, there are ultrasonic humidifiers which create the quietest atmosphere.

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can attach a humidifier right to your furnace to ensure optimal comfort during the winter months. With the installation of a humidifier, you’ll be able to turn down your thermostat and save money this winter, and avoid the negative health effects that the dry air brings!

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

Keep Your Family Safe With Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Posted on: October 22nd, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Most harmful situations come with warning signs, such as fires which are accompanied by smoke and fumes. There is one deadly threat that comes without any notable signs. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, which makes it impossible to tell when it has been emitted in your home. Carbon Monoxide is a gas created as the result of fuel that didn’t burn fully. There are multiple appliances such as gas fires, water heaters and cookers that all have the potential to release Carbon Monoxide.  

We’ll highlight a few different ways that you can eliminate the chances of Carbon Monoxide being released in your home, and also how to identify when there has been a Carbon Monoxide leak.

What to Review:

  • Regularly have an inspection conducted on the vents and chimneys to make sure that all the connections are properly secured. During this inspection, make sure that there are no visible signs of rust or stains.
  • Always be sure to install and operate all your appliances according to how the manufacturer’s handbook instructs.
  • Have an annual inspection conducted by a technician to have your heating system, vents, chimney fully checked.
  • Never heat your home using a gas range or stove.
  • When purchasing your appliances, check to verify if they have been approved by the nationally recognized testing laboratory.
  • Never use fuel-powered tools or appliances in enclosed areas.
  • The only sure way to know when there has been a CO leak is to get carbon monoxide alarms and place one on every floor in your home and all the sleeping areas.

Carbon Monoxide can leak through vents and doors as well. So the safest way to make sure that you’re catching any potential Carbon Monoxide gas is to have a detector set-up and periodically inspected.

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can install a new Carbon Monoxide detector and provide a regular check-up to make sure that your batteries are fresh and your detector is within the 3-7 year lifespan for optimal performance!

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

Why You Should be Using a Humidifier

Posted on: October 11th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Now that summer months are in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start considering how your home environment could  affect your health. There have been significant advancements with heating and cooling options over the past several years, so it’s time to reap the full benefits of those advancements! Long gone are the days where thermostats where limited to a dial that you had to change to set the temperature.

You might want to consider utilizing a Humidifier in Your Home and here’s why: 

  • They increase comfort levels in your home. Humidifiers produce moisture in the air, which will enable you to rest well with a comfortable night’s sleep.
  • They help alleviate wintertime sickness.  The dry air is an aggravating factor for the common cold or runny nose during the winter months. With a humidifier, the air in your home will contain more moisture and help with these symptoms all throughout the day.
  • The air will feel more comfortable and also warmer, which means that you can turn down your thermostat in the winter and save some extra money!
  • Moisture in the air from a Humidifier can ease dry skin, dry sinuses and even cracked lips caused by dry air!

Now that you’re aware of the benefits of a humidifier, here are some important considerations as to how to use one:

  • Many humidifiers will measure the humidity level in a room.. The optimal level should be 30 percent when it’s cold and 50 percent when it’s hot outside.
  • There are different humidifier options that are beneficial for each type of room in your home. It’s common for homeowners to have a humidifier in multiple rooms of their home.
  • Smaller humidifiers are beneficial for smaller rooms, especially children’s rooms. It’s best to stick with a cool mist humidifier, since it eliminates the chance of children getting burned by a warm mist humidifier.
  • There are console and whole home humidifiers that may be beneficial for larger rooms in the home.
  • If noise is an important consideration for you, there are ultrasonic humidifiers which create the quietest atmosphere.

Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Electrical and Plumbing today to review your heating and cooling systems.  We can address any areas of concern and how well your systems are working.

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

The “Change Filter” Light is Flashing: What Now?

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

You look up and see a blinking light on your thermostat, “CHANGE FILTER.” Don’t ignore it! These filters protect your indoor air quality, meaning, they keep you and your family healthy! And by keeping them clean, it will save you money on heating and air conditioning in the long run. 

So do you call a professional or start looking up DIY YouTube videos? According to the professionals, if your filter is accessible and you feel comfortable getting to it, you can check to see its condition. The filter looks like a large windowpane. And you should replace it with the same size you already have. However, there’s no need to stick with a certain brand as long as the filter fits correctly. It goes in the same way the old filter was removed and it should be a snug fit. You can also use a permanent marker or pen to write the install date on your new air filter. That way, you won’t have any questions about when you need a new one the next time.

You should change out the standard 1″ wire media air filter every month depending on your lifestyle, especially if you have pets. But there are other types of media air filters that are thicker and take out a higher percentage of dust and contaminants. These filters usually have a longer service life. There are also electric air filters that electronically zap the contaminants and sterilizes the dust mites that survive in climates with relative humidity over 50%.

Benefits of Changing Air Filters:

  • Extends the life of your unit- systems can overheat if air filters aren’t clear and clean which can shut down your entire unit!
  • Keeps Energy Costs Down- if your filter is clean, your unit doesn’t have to work as hard, using less energy to heat and cool your home!
  • Keeps Pet Dander and Allergens at bay- keep your air cleaner by getting rid of unwanted pollutants!
  • Keeps your system clean- don’t let unwanted dirt, dander and other things clog up your system which can cost more in repairs!

When shopping, look at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number, which ranges from 1 to 12. The higher the number, the better the filtration is.  If your filter is in an area where you’re not comfortable reaching it yourself, call Central Carolina Air Conditioning. They will check it out for you and replace it if needed.To schedule an appointment, call Central Carolina Air Conditioning at 800-461-3010.

Tank vs Tankless- which water heater is right for your home?

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Help, I need a new hot water heater! Tank vs. Tank-less?

What Type Do of Water Heater Do You Have?

Whether it’s a cold shower that tips you off, or a wet floor in the garage, the timing of a broken hot water heater is never ideal! And in most cases, there’s no notice your hot water heater is giving up at all. But when it does, you have a couple options. If your broken hot water heater was working sufficiently for you before, you can replace it with a similar hot water heater. If this is a floor standing model, this is likely your most cost-efficient option up front.

Regular Water Heaters

Unfortunately, if you had an older hot water heater that ran the course of its life, you may not be able to find that same model anymore. Additionally, if you have had challenges with the older model keeping up with your household’s hot water demand, you could either increase the water storage size or move to a tank that has a higher recovery rate. But keep in mind, if the size of the hot water tank is different than your original tank, you may have to make modifications to the space in which you install the hot water heater, which is an additional cost.  Gas hot water heaters often cost more than electric hot water heaters so keep that in mind and what you already have set up before purchasing a new one.

Tankless Water Heater Options

Your other option is to install a tankless hot water heater.  Despite the higher price point, they’re often more energy efficient and will likely save you money on your electric bill or gas bill long-term. A tankless water heater is an on demand system. It only heats the water once you turn it on. When it is sitting idle there is no energy used.

If sized properly, tankless hot water heaters can heat your whole house. You can place a hot water coil in your air handler. The tankless heater would circulate the hot water through the coil like a radiator on our car to heat your home. They can heat your home’s hot water as well all at once. Very rarely do you run out of hot water with the tankless heaters.

No matter what type of water heater you need, Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Electric & Plumbing is there to help.  Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010 and we will come out and review options with you on what’s right for you and your home!

 

Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

Posted on: September 25th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

People are often looking for more ways to save money.  Even a few extra dollars of savings a month can accumulate and make a difference. Have you looked into all the areas you could be saving more? Maybe you’ve committed to tuning up your AC unit on a regular basis. This is an important aspect of long term energy savings. But have you considered the thermostat you’re using?

There are a few primary benefits to using a programmable thermostat:

Saves time – Instead of constantly adjusting the thermostat for the time of day and the different seasons, consider a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust based on how you preset it! It can become quite a hassle to constantly adjust the temperature during the day, before bed, right when you wake up or when the seasons change.  By setting the temperature up front, you save time and hassle.

Saves money – With energy bills on the rise, a programmable thermostat is even more beneficial because of how much energy it will save, which translates into money saving. There’s the potential to save up to 2% for every degree you lower or increase your setting. You can adjust the settings to turn off the AC when you are gone, then turn on when you get home, so you’ll also be saving money here as well.

Adjusts to zoned heating and cooling areas – It’s already beneficial to have zones of your home that you can heat and cool according to preferences and use of that space. It’s even more beneficial for these zones to be preset, which allows every square foot of your home to be completely customized with temperature settings.

Maintains a consistent temperature – Instead of fluctuating between too hot or too cold, a programmable thermostat allows you to set and maintain the perfect temperature. It also prevents those spots in your home that can be hot or cold spots.

If you haven’t had a chance start routine maintenance for your heating and cooling systems, don’t worry – it’s not too late! The most significant money savings comes from your air conditioning unit. If it is running inefficiently or breaks altogether, the cost to fix it will be significant. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can come out and check your unit to ensure that it’s running efficiently, and we can continue to provide routine maintenance. We can also install and set your programmable thermostat as well!

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

 

Let Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical help babyproof your home!

Posted on: September 14th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Did you know we could help keep your children and family safe?  We can even help babyproof your home!

Whether you’re a first-time parent or it’s been a few years since you’ve done the baby thing, or you’re a caregiver getting ready for a new addition to your home, you’ll start looking at your house—and all of its dangers—differently. What are the basics of babyproofing? First, think ahead. While your 6 month old may not be able to get to much, your 2 year old will. And we can even help with some of these to give you extra peace of mind!

Tips to Keeping Babies and Young Children Safe In Your Home:

  • Plug all unused electrical outlets with safety covers and move all exposed wires out of reach. This will take some creativity—perhaps you’ll need to move furniture around or go ahead and mount that TV like you’ve talked about for so long! You’ll also want to make sure there are no exposed wires anywhere in or around your home!
  • Move tall lamps behind sturdy furniture such as a couch, or consider getting rid of these lamps altogether.
  • Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure you have enough. There should be one smoke detector in every bedroom and on every level of the house, and one carbon monoxide detector on every level of the house. We are happy to help install these!  And remember that these need to be checked every few months to make sure they are in working condition!
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure it’s locked up or place a sturdy screen around the hearth. If you have a gas fireplace, make sure the gas line isn’t leaking!  Again, give us a call if you have any concerns!
  • Place baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs and in any other areas where you want to keep them out. Think ahead—getting taller gates with high quality latches/locks will save you from going out and buying new gates when your baby is 18 months old.
  • Remove blinds with looped cords and keep curtains and blinds out of babies and toddlers’ reach.
  • Anchor heavy furniture such as dressers to the wall.
  • Cover sharp edges and corners and install locks on the refrigerator, appliances and cabinets you don’t want your little one getting into. Don’t forget the toilets, or you could end up with a pretty big project when they flush their toys down the toilet!

 

Let us help keep your little ones safe!  Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! With our Whole House Agreement, we can service your heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical!  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!