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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.

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 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.

 

How To Enjoy Spring in the Triad

Posted on: March 29th, 2018 by Derek Barmer 1 Comment

We’re blessed enough to live in the Triad – with the beach and mountains both within reasonable drive. Greensboro offers fun family activities all year round, but most especially during the spring and summer months. There are plenty of places to go and things to do outdoors and indoors as well, if that’s more your preference.  

If you have appreciation for historic events, then you’ll love the rich historical experiences that Greensboro has to offer. The Guilford Courthouse National Military Park has both inside and outside areas to visit. The Visitor Center hosts artifacts and information on the famous battle, and there’s also a tour road for those looking to take an historic drive. Get a taste of culture by visiting the Greensboro Historical Museum, or the International Civil Rights Museum, located downtown. Also located downtown is the Children’s Museum. This is a great way for your children to expend energy on a rainy spring day.

One of the greatest things about springtime in the Triad is the ability to go fruit picking! There are multiple local farms in the area that enable you to pick your own blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, apples and peaches. With trees and flowers beginning to bloom, there’s no better time to take a stroll through the Bicentennial Gardens or the Greensboro Arboretum. The Benjamin Park and Bur-Mill Park also offer opportunity to get out and enjoy nature.

What better way to relax after an eventful day than to enjoy good food and drinks? Greensboro offers many options. Multiple breweries have recently popped up in the triad. Known for some incredible eateries, there are lots of eclectic options for eating in Greensboro. From fine dining to local hot spots – and cuisine to country fried, Greensboro can satisfy any taste buds.

Also remember Spring is a great time to have your air conditioning unit prepped for Summer! From changing air filters to get rid of dust mites to servicing your unit to keep it in warranty, we can easily and quickly keep your unit running efficiently.  We want to keep your family comfortable and safe this Spring!

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

 

New Year Organization

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

It’s New Year’s resolution time and a great time of year to start fresh. It’s also a time when we often have a lot of stuff cluttering the house—new toys and clothes, wrapping paper, boxes and that box of items you’ve been meaning to give away.  How can you get started organizing?

First, purge. This can easily take weeks or months, but if you want to keep it simple, stick to one closet or room at a time or think about what is taking up the most space in your home and focus your efforts there. Ask yourself: have you worn/used it in the last year? If you were shopping today, would you buy this?

Install hooks in the bathrooms and bedrooms. A rod in the bathroom will only hold one towel—hooks will hold many. Hooks in the bedroom will hold hats, bags and other items. If you have room, you can install some in the closet as well.

Make each closet serve a specific purpose. It is easy for many different items to start cluttering the closets. Make things easier by choosing one closet for cleaning materials, one for blankets and towels, etc.

Shelf dividers, cubbies and thinner hangers will help you organize and save some space. See what is taking up the most space or doesn’t have a proper area and go from there.

Light up your closets. LED lights and track lighting and motion detector lights will make a big difference when you’re getting dressed on those dark mornings.

Put your holiday items away and label their containers.

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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!

 

 

 

Things That Lower Resale Value

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

You may love your home or maybe you see some flaws, but either way, there is plenty to think about when you’re looking to sell. There are some common things that turn many buyers away that you may want to consider if you have the time and resources to make changes.

If you don’t have enough bathrooms or if they are not placed well it can be a turn off for buyers. You need an adequate number relative to the number of bedrooms and they should also be located in convenient areas of the house. You wnt at least one bathroom on every level of the house. Adding an entire bathroom can cost thousands of dollars, but it makes an impact just to put in a half bath. Also consider upgrades to existing bathrooms such as a new vanity.

Distinct décor and colors can put some people off. If you have some bright colors in your rooms or very particular styles, consider making more neutral changes. Conservative is always best.

Some “green” items can be an asset, such as “smart” technology or solar panels. However some don’t want to take on the lease for the panels or the maintenance. Some “green” items such as rain barrels or composting toilets can be a turn off to your average buyer. Think about who will likely want to buy in your neighborhood.

Other things like an awkward layout or a swimming pool may cause your home to sit on the market for longer than expected. Don’t let that deter your from buying what you like, but keep these things in mind when you are looking to sell.

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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!

 

Winter Weather Preps

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

With the coldest months of the year coming up, what can you do to prepare your home for the very low temperatures as well as winter weather?

If you didn’t do this while cleaning the gutters in the fall, trim your trees. No, we aren’t talking about decorating the Christmas tree. Any branches hanging over your house can be weighed down by ice and snow and eventually fall onto your house.

Wrap your water pipes in insulation. Freezing and expansion not only means you might not have running water, but it also means the pipes can burst from the pressure. Also, make sure you know where the water shut-off is in case of an emergency.

Check the items in your garage to make sure they’re winterized. Hoses, lawn mowers, etc. all need to be taken care of over the winter months.

Block drafts. Not only will this help your electric bill, but it will also keep you cozy. This is especially important in older homes or if you have ill-fitting frames.

If you have drafty windows but can’t afford to replace them, get an insulation kit or try caulk or weather-stripping.

Check that nothing is blocking your vents. Don’t forget the air intake vents, because if they’re blocked this can lead to expensive repairs.

Check outside the house for loose siding, shutters, etc. Tighten them up so that strong winds and ice don’t strip them off.

Reverse your ceiling fans to a clockwise rotation to help circulate the hot air near the ceiling back into the room. Most fans should have the option of switching.

Get your furnace inspected. Don’t wait until you have an emergency. Many issues can go undetected until it’s too late.

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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!

 

 

Prevent Laundry Shrinking

Posted on: December 11th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

We’ve all been there—you pull out your shirt or dress or pants from the dryer and see that they’ve shrunk. How can you prevent this? And what do you do if it happens?

It may sound simple, but don’t wash your clothes—or at least those that tend to shrink—very often. The more you wash and dry, the more shrinkage will likely happen. In the colder months, wear under layers so that you can keep your beautiful sweaters and blouses clean.

Wash with cold water, which is not as damaging on the fabrics as hot and warm water. This will also save you some money on heating water.

Use the gentle cycle. This is especially important with cotton, wool and cashmere. Furthermore, hand wash very delicate items.

Air dry your clothing. Loosely woven or knitted items can be rolled out in a towel and left on a flat surface. Don’t hang clothes on hangers because the weight from the water will make the clothes stretch. At the very least, dry on a low setting and take clothes out when they are still a bit damp. This will also save you some money on your power bill and lengthen the life of your dryer.

Wool and cotton items in particular can shrink easily. If you have an item that has shrunk, take the item and soak it in lukewarm water mixed with a capful of baby shampoo for ten minutes. Do not rinse. Squeeze the excess water out and lay it out on a flat surface to dry. While it is still damp, gently stretch the item back to its original form.

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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!