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Prevent Damage from Excessive Rainfall

Posted on: October 15th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Rain can be a good thing for your gardens and grass, but rain in excess can be detrimental and potentially cause serious damage to your home. With the hurricane weather we’ve had recently, it’s important to take adequate measures to prepare your home for the heavy rain flow and protect it from any damage that could occur.

Below are a few things that you should do to your home to prepare for the next big storm:

  • Shut all the doors and windows and make sure that they are securely sealed. Check their seals to make sure that none of them are broken.
  • Clear all debris from window well drains and stairwell drains. With heavy rains, these drains can become a catch basin for water to sit, which can cause damage to the foundation of your home.
  • Bring in any outdoor equipment or lawn tools so they don’t get damaged or rusted from the rain. If you have a grill, cover it with a tarp.
  • Check all your gutters to make sure that there aren’t any branches or debris that would prevent water flowing away from your home.
  • With all the rain, your sump pump will certainly be running. Check the discharge line to make sure that there isn’t anything blocking the line so that the water can be properly pumped away from the foundation of your home.
  • The driveway can be an overlooked location when preparing your home for a heavy rain fall. Seal any open cracks so that there is no water build-up under the driveway. If there are any driveway cracks, water can seep under the driveway and potentially find its way into your basement if you have one.

Now that most of your home is protected, let’s make sure your air conditioning unit is also protected from flooding! Your AC unit may start to accumulate water, which is why there’s a device created to store the extra water, called a drain pan. There’s a possibility that your drain pan could become clogged, or even the drain line. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can install a micro “float” switch that will automatically shut your unit off if the drain pain accumulates water past a certain point. You can have peace of mind that not only your home is protected, but also your unit from any possible water damage.

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

Fun 4th Ideas

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

Earlier we talked about how to prepare for a July 4th party, but today we want to share some of our favorite Pinterest ideas with you to make your party a blast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve never seen this one before but think this would be a ton of fun as a family project to do and then enjoy with everyone!

Painted Lawn Stars

These are fun and easy table decor to make!

Easy DIY Lanterns

Fun DIY July 4th wreath ideas!

How about 4th of July dart game?  We bet this one would be a huge hit!

 

And don’t forget the food!  Here are some great options!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firecracker Jello Shots– can be made alcohol free!

Layered Drink Options! 

July 4th Deviled Eggs are sure to be a hit!

Watermelon Spritzers! 

And what’s not to love about these Firecracker Rice Krispie treats?

 

Don’t forget to have your AC in full working condition when you’re ready to go inside and cool off!  Need a tune up quickly? Give Central Carolina Air Conditioning  a call today at 800-461-3010 to schedule your tune up!

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.

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today 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.

 

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. 

Winterize your Garage Items

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

The items we store in our garages can last longer if we take some steps to store them properly as the weather cools down. Cold and wet garages are not great for your possessions. What are some simple steps to take to winterize the items in our garages?

  • Lubricate your garage door and put (or fix) weather stripping around it.
  • Stretch out your garden hose on a downward slope to drain out all of the water and then coil it up.
  • Clean and sterilize your rake and shovel to get rid of any diseased plant material. Take a bucket or other container and fill it with sand and mineral oil and then dunk any smaller tools into the mixture to prevent rust.
  • Make sure the gutters around your garage—and whole house—are clear to prevent them from leaking and caving in.
  • Clean the grass off of the undercarriage of your lawn mower and sharpen the blades. Also, run in until the gas tank is empty to prevent corrosion.
  • Put extra fuel into a steel jerrican with a flame arrestor and do not store it for more than a month. Gas with ethanol should be mixed with a stabilizer so it doesn’t deteriorate.
  • Clean or replace the air filter in your backpack leaf blower. Drain the fuel. Disconnect the battery cables and replace dirty spark plugs.
  • Get your snow blower ready by changing the dirty oil if you haven’t already. Replace shear pins. Also, check the shave plate for wear and tear.

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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!

 

 

Dishwasher Efficiency

Posted on: September 10th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Washing dishes by hand actually uses more energy than putting a full load in the dishwasher. So don’t hesitate to use yours. However, using it the right way can save you a lot of money.

Before putting dishes into the dishwasher, scrape the bits of leftover food into the trash—not the sink. Not only will you save a little bit of water, but you’ll also prevent your drain from clogging. Over time, clogs in your pipes will cost a lot of money to clear out by a professional.

Only run a cycle when your dishwasher is full capacity. This is important even if you only have one or two people in your home and it takes a few days to have a full load. Some models have a rinse-and-hold feature to eliminate unwanted odor and caked-on food.

Energy companies typically charge more during peak hours, which are when energy is used most often. Start the dishwasher right before bed if you sleep on the late side, or use the delay or timing feature on your dishwasher to start it late at night or early in the morning. Another option is to start it when you first wake up. In fact, this winter if you run your dishwasher in the mornings it may help your heating unit. The small amount of heat created by your dishwasher can help in homes with low ceilings or small living areas.

If you using the aforementioned tip about using the ambient heat won’t help in your home, then let the dishes air dry. This cuts down on the energy used to heat your dishwasher.

If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, look for an energy-efficient model. Regardless, most new models use a fraction of the water that older ones do.

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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!

Smaller Mudroom Options

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

 

 

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical in North CarolinaWith spring showers come muddy dogs and wet shoes. One trendy home improvement project is creating a mudroom. What can you do though, if you don’t have much space, time or money? What are some easy ways to make a small area that acts as a “mudroom”?

One of the most popular ways to create a mudroom-type area is to clear out a space in the garage. You can add sheetrock to bare walls and install hooks, and bring in a bench with outdoor fabric-covered.

If you have a hallway that isn’t used, this can be a great option. You may need to look at narrower benches, but it can make an otherwise unused area very useful. If you have a closet to spare, this can be a mudroom area. You can replace the rod with hooks and shelves.

A nook or corner of a room can also be a great space for this project. Just take a look around your home to see what might be an option.

For any of these areas, keep lighting in mind. Is this area near a window so that you’ll have natural light? Are there outlets available? An easy way to add lighting to an area that doesn’t have outlets is by adding motion-sensing LED lights. Often you don’t even need a drill—just peel and stick!

Another tip— consider an exhaust fan to help with ventilation and preventing the growth of mildew. If you aren’t comfortable installing this, hire a professional.

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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!

Christmas Tree Safety

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

christmas wishesThe sight of a Christmas tree in your home can bring fond memories and a feeling of happiness and excitement. With this piece of holiday decor, though, comes the potential for hazards. Below are a few tips to help make your holiday a safe one:

  • When shopping for a natural tree, look for a tree with vibrant needles that don’t break easily and are hard to pluck. You’ll want one that looks hydrated and the trunk should have sticky sap. All of this means the tree will be less of a fire hazard.
  • Wait to buy your tree if you can —those that are cut early in the season are more likely to dry up before the holiday season is over!
  • Make sure your tree stand can hold plenty of water—preferably at least one gallon. Cut two inches from the base before putting the trunk in, and make sure to water daily.
  • If you take the artificial tree route, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant.
  • Electrical ornaments and lights should not be used on artificial trees that have metallic leaves or branch coverings.
  • Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from sources of heat such as fireplaces, candles, heat vents or space heaters.
  • Don’t use lit candles on the tree.
  • Don’t use any strings of lights that have broken cords or any loose bulb connections.
  • Don’t connect any strings of lights that are not supposed to be connected together.
  • Only use lights that are specifically made for indoor use and check that the lights have been tested by a qualified laboratory.

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!

Thermostat Use & Savings

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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It’s about that time of year when many of us see a big increase in our electric bills… all because we’re trying to stay warm. Using your thermostat wisely though, can help you stay comfortable while also saving money.

A simple tip—lower the temperature just by a degree or two. Each drop of one degree for an 8 to 10 hour time period equals a drop of your energy bill of about one percent. Over time you may easily get used to a drop of 3 or 4 degrees.

Skip the fan “on” setting. If you always run the fan motor, this can increase your bill by $20 or more each month. Instead, the “auto” setting only runs the fan when the system is running. The “on” setting can be used once in awhile if you find some spots in your home are cooler than others.

Consider a programmable thermostat. You can adjust the times that the heating is on with a pre-set schedule. You’ll want to consider the household’s daily routines and when people will not be home. You can also manually override it.

Take a look at the location of your thermostat in your home. It should not be close to drafts, direct sunlight, doorways, windows and furniture.

When going on vacation for a long period of time you can lower the temperature but make sure to keep it above about 55 degrees to prevent issues such as pipes freezing if the temperature outside drops quickly.

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!