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Summer Energy Savings

Posted on: July 2nd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Our wallets can take quite a hit during the hottest months of the year. So the natural question becomes, “How can you keep your energy costs low this summer?”

Turn you air conditioner to about 76 to 78 degrees, or whatever is the highest comfortable setting for you. You can even bump it up to 80 degrees if you’re away from home. A change of just a few degrees can save you 30 percent on your next bill!

Set your ceiling fans to the counterclockwise direction to help you cool off. Make sure to turn them off when not in use.

When you leave for work, close all the curtains. While home, close those on the sunny side of the house.

With everyone heading in and out during cookouts or family gatherings, keep the door closed as much as you can to keep the cool air inside.

Use the stove, microwave, or any other countertop cooking device instead of the oven when possible, as the oven uses a good amount of energy. Speaking of cooking, use glass in the oven if you have it– it holds heat better, so you can lower the temperature.

Turn off the pre-rinse option on your dishwasher and only run it when it is full.

For lighting, use daylight (but not direct sunlight) instead of artificial light, and turn off incandescent lights when they are not needed, as most of the energy they use is given off as heat.

Vacuum the air conditioning air registers to keep them from getting dusty. It is a good idea to do this regularly.

Keep lamps and TVs away from the thermostat, which can sense heat from appliances, thus cause the AC to run longer. Furthermore, reduce the use of appliances that generate heat.

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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!

Front Porch Improvements For This Summer

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical Front Porch ImprovementsIf you’re looking for an easy curb-appeal project this summer that doesn’t involve staying out in the hot sun, how about working on your front porch? This is one of the first areas potential buyers and guests notice, and changes don’t need to be expensive.

A fresh coat of paint on your door can really make it pop. Don’t be timid– try out yellow, red or turquoise! Make sure to check the weather before you get started. You don’t want a major storm blowing through while your paint is drying.

Next, add some flowers. Choose a type that matches the color and style of your house, as well as the size of your porch. When it comes to picking flowers, the options are endless. You can install a flower box underneath your windows, hang baskets of flowers on the sides of the porch, or hang pots from hooks on the ceiling. You can also decorate the porch steps by putting flower pots on each ascending step.

You can also ways to draw attention to your newly painted door by putting tall plants on each side of it or hanging up a summery wreath. You can make your own or buy one that displays flowers, fruits, or leaves to match the rest of your porch.

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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!

Neglecting your HVAC unit by Central Carolina Air Conditioning

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

One of the most important but often neglected pieces of equipment in your home is your HVAC system. What if we told you that an often forgotten piece of your HVAC system could easily get dirty and cost you hundreds more on your electric bills and shorten the life of your unit? DSC04885
Dust and dirt build up on the evaporator coil over time and reduce efficiency. (Note: this is different from the condenser/compressor coils.) The evaporator coil is inside the air handler and it cools the air blown across it and into the house. You may have an idea that something is wrong because your AC unit is not blowing cold air, or the airflow is very weak.

Experts say evaporator coils should be cleaned at least once a year, especially if the filter is not changed regularly—about once a month.
Here’s the thing though—you can save yourself time and money in the first place by simply changing your filter regularly. If, however, it’s been a year (or, let’s be honest, several years) you’ll want to hire a professional to clean the coil, as it is usually located in a spot that is difficult to access, and a professional and check to make sure nothing else is wrong.

If you do decide you’d like to try on your own, it is best to do it only if the coils are not that dirty. You’ll need to turn off the AC and shut the electricity to the air handler off, and you can use a foaming coil cleaner that you’ll spray directly onto the AC coils. You’ll need open the access panel to do this.
After that, it is best if you can start making an effort to change your filter regularly. Simple measures to keep your home cool and your bills low!

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!