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How Much Does a Light Bulb Cost?

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

blulbThe cost of purchasing a light bulb is easy to determine.  You simply look at the label on the shelf.  Pretty straightforward, right?  But there is a hidden cost that many consumers are less familiar with – the cost to operate that bulb and how often you have to replace it.  So, what does it cost to operate each kind of bulb? The Department of Energy provides information on what it costs to operate a light bulb with a 60 watt brightness (or the equivalent in non-incandescent light bulbs).  According to the Department of Energy, based on an energy cost of $0.11 per kilowatt hours (kWh):

  • A 60 watt incandescent that is used for 1,000 hours 60 KWh of electricity, for a total cost of $6.60.  This bulb will normally last for 1,000 hours.
  • A 43 watt halogen bulb will use about 25% less energy.  You can expect to spend about $4.73 to operate for 1,000 hours.  You can expect this bulb to last 1,000 to 3,000 hours.
  • A 15 watt compact fluorescent (CFL) light will cost $1.65 to operate for 1,000 hours and can last for 10,000 hours.
  • A 12 watt light-emitting diode (LED) light is the most efficient bulb on the market today.  At only $1.32 for 1,000 hours of operation, it costs 80% less to operate than the traditional incandescent bulb.  In addition, this bulb will last for up to 25,000 hours.

So, while LED and CFL light bulbs may appear expensive when you are shopping, they represent the best value in the long term, both in terms of costs to operate as well as the expected length of life of the bulb.

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!

Your Safety Is Important!

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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First, only do business with reputable companies Look for companies that have been in business for a while. Central Carolina Air Conditioning has been serving the Triad community for over 50 years.  We run background checks before hiring and do random drug testing to make sure all of our technicians are quality servicemen. The majority of our technicians are actually friends or family or our current employees who understand the quality of people we hire.

 Also, ask friends for recommendations If you are new to the area and don’t have local contacts to ask, consider asking your real estate agent.  You can also look to Yelp, Angie’s List and Google to get a feel for what level of service a company offers.  Even the best companies will occasionally have one bad review, but if it is a pattern, run for the hills.

Be Smart, Be Safe

So, once you’ve found the right company, how do you know that the person that rings that doorbell is actually from the company?  First, look at the vehicle.  Most companies will put their logo or graphics on the vehicle.  This is a way to identify people associated with their company and also allows them to advertise. 

Second, look at the service person’s attire.  Again, most service providers have a uniform that includes a logo on the shirt or coveralls.  But what is the best way?  Central Carolina Air Conditioning provides this important service because we care about your family’s safety! We now offer a new and improved service for our customers in which we will text or email you a picture of our technician coming to your home in advance so you know who is showing up at your door!

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!

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet

Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you have cracked cover plates on your light switches or outlets?  Do you have outlets that don’t work?  It is really simple and easy to replace those old electrical outlet switches as well as the cover plates.

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet:

First, disconnect the outlet or switch from the power supply.  Cut the power supply at the fuse box by flipping the circuit breaker or removing the fuse.  Use a piece of painters tape or masking tape to cover the switch.  Clearly write, ‘No power’ on the tape to prevent someone else from turning on the power while you are working on it.

Next, remove the cover plate from the outlet or light switch that you will be working on.  Use a screwdriver to loosen the bolts that hold the wires to the poles on the outlet/switch.  When removing the outlets or switch, make note of which wire connects to which pole.  It is sometimes helpful to use masking/painters tape to label what the connections were.  Most often, the connections will match in terms of color with red connecting to red; white to white; black to black; etc.   Your new outlet should look a lot like the one you removed.

Make the same connections to the new unit that were on the old unit.  Most outlets do not come with separate instructions so you will need to rely on your labeling in order to make sure you make the right connection.  You can really improve the look of a room by ensuring all covers match and are clean by replacing them.

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!

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: May 31st, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you have ceiling fan that needs updating?  Maybe it quit working several months ago and you are just now finding the time to replace it.  Either way, replacing a fan can be easy for someone with basic electrical skills.  However, be forewarned that fans, especially those with light fixtures attached, can weigh up to 50 pounds and you have to work over your head in order to install and wire them, while on a ladder.  So, if that is not something you do often, you may find that you need to take a lot of breaks or get assistance from someone else in order to get it installed.

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan:

  1. Start by cutting the power off at the circuit breaker.
  2. Place a piece of painters  tape over the circuit labelled ‘off’ so that someone else does not turn it back on accidentally while you are working.
  3. Next, you will need to remove the old fixture.  Most fans have a collar at the top that has to be loosened, then you will see the ball fixture hanging in the bracket.
  4. Before pulling the fan and fixture down, disconnect all wiring.
  5. Once the wire nuts are off, untwist any wires and then remove the old fixture.  Since it will come down in one piece it can be awkward to handle.  Have a friend help you get it down if needed.
  6. Next, you will have to follow the instructions that came with the new one.  Unlike years ago when the lighting kit had to be installed using wire nuts, most now come with plug in capability and if bought as a set, the lighting fixtures are usually pre-installed.  Simply follow the directions that came with the product.
  7. Then turn the power back on at the breaker.  Of course, we at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric are always happy to help you install a fan as well.  Just give us a call!

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!

Do Fans Keep Your Cool in the Summer?

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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We often hear the question – do ceiling fans really keep you cooler in the summer?  Do box fans or rotary fans keep you cooler?  Fans are cheap to operate.  They are simply motors attached to blades spinning in the air.  That is much cheaper to operate than a condenser and fan combination.  But, does the cooling effect of a fan negate the heat created by operating the motor to run the fan?

While spinning blades don’t actually cool the air by themselves, they do ‘move’ the air.  This means that although the air is not getting any cooler, the fact that the wind is flowing against your skin and working with evaporation, or sweat, it makes you feel cooler.  This reduces body heat and allows your body to cool quicker.

Both ceiling fans and box fans, as well as your central air conditioning unit, can create this effect.  Use the fan setting on your central air conditioning unit to take advantage of this effect.  By using your central air conditioning unit for the fan effect, you reduce the heat created by ceiling and box fans.

Also consider adding fans in upper levels of your home in order to circulate air more thoroughly in your home.  Remember that hot air rises and in a multilevel open space, a fan can keep that heat, and air conditioned air, circulated so that both areas are comfortable.  If you have a hot spot in your home, call the professionals at CC Air to rebalance your central air conditioning so that each room feels absolutely perfect!

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!

 

Use a Dehumidifier to Keep You Comfy this Summer

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

The last few days hcool_down_on_a_hot_summer_day_6472ave been uncharacteristically cool here in the Piedmont Triad of NC.  We’ve had cool, if not even downright cold, weather in the middle of May. In addition to being cool, the humidity has virtually disappeared.  But later this week the moisture is expected to come back, although at much lower temperatures than we expect at this time of year.

While dehumidifiers don’t cool down the air in the room, they do go a long way in making it feel more comfortable during the summer. Humidity can feel sticky and sweaty in the warm summer months and make the heat overwhelming.  By adding a dehumidifier, you remove that extra moisture from the air which makes it more comfortable.  It also reduces the possibility for mold and mildew growth in the longer term.

Select a dehumidifier based on the size of your room.  Most units will list on the box the number of square feet of space that can be treated with the unit.  If you choose to run a dehumidifier, place it in the center of the room (or as close to center as possible).  Run it during the time you are not in the room.  If you run it while you are in there it will continue to work but can also dry out your skin.  Remove and clean the appliance’s filter at least once a month to keep it running efficiently.  Remember to empty the water reservoir when full.  Most units will automatically shut off when the reservoir is full, but you should check the instructions that came with the unit to be sure.

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!

Air Purifier – Do You Need One?

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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year has been counted as a tough one for many with outdoor environmental allergies.  Here in North Carolina we had a relatively mild winter coupled with an early warm up that really extended the growing season for many grassed, weeds and trees.  While the yellow powder that defines a North Carolina spring allergy season that is just the pollen from the pine trees.  There are tons of other allergens floating around in the air along with that yellow dust!

So if you have seasonal allergies you might be wondering about an air purifier for your home of office.  Home purifiers come in all shapes and sizes to suit your needs.  You can opt for a tabletop unit to keep by your bed to make nighttime easier, or a console unit to keep the living room a safe place during the height of the season.  You can also opt for a whole house purifier that can give you peace of mind throughout your home.

Be forewarned though – even whole house units are only as good as the seal you keep between your conditioned (and controlled) space and the outside.  Leaky doors and windows will allow pollen in, and don’t forget you and your family members (including the furry ones) bring it in with every trip.

Also, try to estimate the amount of upkeep that will be required.  All purifiers have filters – some are washable and reusable and some are disposable.  You may extend the life of a disposable by vacuuming it but you do so at the expense of air quality as you can never vacuum them as clean as a fresh new one.  Purchase a unit that you will have the time and resources to adequately service.

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!

Insulation Improvements for Your Home

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Many older homes have less insulation than those built today.  Adding a little insulation, even to a newer home can pay for itself in just a few years through improved energy efficiency and reduced waste.

First, you will want to determine what kind of insulation you currently have and where it is in your home.  A qualified home energy auditor can help you do this.  Many energy companies provide this as a free service, you just have to call and make an appointment for them to send someone out.  As part of the energy assessment, they will look at areas of your home that need to be sealed.

If you want to forgo the route of making an appointment with an energy auditor, you will need to figure out where your home is and isn’t insulated, where it should be and what type of insulation you have.  You will also need to determine the R-value of your insulation, as well as the thickness.  While insulation between rooms can provide sound control, and keep different rooms different temperatures, the most critical walls are those between un-conditioned space and conditioned space, like exterior walls, floors, rooks, etc.

Next, use a tool like the home energy saver to calculate the right insulation to install, and determine how long it will take to save enough money to pay for it.  The home energy saver calculator is made available by the US Department of Energy with support from several conservation and cooperative groups.  You can find it at  http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer/.

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!

Utilizing a Sump Pump to Keep Your Basement Dry

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

pumpHave you ever heard of a sump pump?  Probably not if you don’t live in an area where flooding is common.  If you have heard of a sump pump chances are good that you now live, or have lived in an area with a pit in the basement.  These pits collect the extra water that seeps into the basement when we have excessive rain that is unable to run off to the streams, creeks and ponds.

In these cases, sump pumps sit just below the surface of the water collection pit.  When the water rises above a certain level, a water control switch is activated that turns the pump on.  Once this occurs, the pump will automatically turn on and pump the water out of the basement and outside and away from the house and it’s foundation.  This keeps the basement and foundation dry and free from mold.

Most sump pumps are directly wired into the house.  But if you have a finished basement, or expensive equipment, including appliances, in the basement,  consider installing a battery backup to protect your investment.  Test whether or not your sump pump works regularly by simply pouring a bucket of water into the pit to make sure that the sump pump turns on when  you pour the water into the pit.  If the pump comes on, it is working correctly.  If the pump doesn’t come on, you should check the electrical supply to make sure it is working.  Check breakers to make sure they aren’t tripped.  Sump pumps should always be on a dedicate breaker.

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!

Carbon Monoxide Detectors – What you need to know!

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless gas that can have deadly consequences.  This gas is produced when fuels detectorlike wood, charcoal, kerosene, propane or natural gas are not completely burned.  Also, equipment with internal combustion engines can produce carbon monoxide gas.

Most cases of CO poisoning occur because of malfunctioning appliances and heaters.  Gas appliances should be checked by a professional at least yearly to ensure that they are functioning properly and not producing carbon monoxide gas.   In between annual  tune ups and check, owners should check equipment monthly to look for obvious wear and damage.

A second leading reason for carbon monoxide poisoning is the use of internal combustion engines in confined spaces.  Severe weather, like we typically see here in North Carolina during the spring and summer may have you looking to hook up a generator.  While this is a great way to keep the power on during storms, always make sure to keep it outside and away from open windows/doorways to keep fumes out.  Also, never allow your car to run while in a garage.

Because the gas is colorless and odorless, and the result of poisoning are increased fatigue and confusion,  a detector (with fresh batteries) is the single best way to protect you, your family and your pets from poisoning.  Good quality detectors can be purchased at most home improvement stores or online.  Look for two in one carbon monoxide/smoke detectors if you want to install only one unit.  Elderly residents and those that meet certain income guidelines may even be able to get detectors for free through the fire department.

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!