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Save Money By Using Your Fireplace This Winter

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Depositphotos_11377528_s-2015A wood-burning fireplace brings to mind images of happy holidays, hot chocolate, and relaxing with family and friends. But did you know using your fireplace can save you money by keeping your electric bills lower? Indeed they can, but only if maintained and used properly. So what do you need to know to start saving?

  • Before use, have your chimney cleaned and inspected each year before using it. This will not only keep it in good working condition, but also keep you and your family safe from preventable fires.
  • To maximize savings by using your fireplace, make finding a source of free or inexpensive wood a top priority. If you don’t have wood on your property, chances are, someone you know does. Or, you can check Craigslist and other online resources for wood. Neighbors may have small trees they’d like cut down or branches they’d like picked up, and that’s where you come in. Other sources may have already chopped the wood for you and you’ll just need to pick it up. Remember, the wood usually a few months to dry, so you’ll want to make this a priority. 
  • When your fireplace is in use, close your doors throughout the house. Oxygen and heat are pulled from the inside of the home to the fireplace. If you close the doors to the other rooms, it can help to keep the entire house warmer.
  • If you have a ceiling fan, put it to use! Many ceiling fans come with a backward setting that pulls heat from the ceiling towards the floor. If used along with a fireplace it can help spread the heat around the room.

While you’re getting your fireplace ready, take time to address these additional safety tips: 1) Take time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors each fall 2) Be sure to keep anything flammable far away from the fireplace and 3) Check that the smoke coming out of the chimney is clear or white.

 

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!

 

Fall Weekend Project: Insulate Your Attic by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Now that we’re starting to see a bit of cooler weather break through the hot streak, it is time to think about insulating your attic. This can lower your heating bill this winter by at least 10 percent according to the Department of Energy. Furthermore, it can also help in the upcoming summers by stabilizing the temperature in the home.attic-insulation-installation-service

Blanket insulation is the most commonly used insulation for attics, but you can also consider recycled and natural alternatives as well as loose-fill insulation. Loose-fill can be used in areas where using blanket insulation would be difficult, such as smaller, harder-to-reach spaces. Also, loose-fill insulation is easier to carry into the attic. However, it may take longer.

First you’ll want to measure your attic to see how much you need to buy at the store. The minimum R-value recommended is R-30 for hot climates, R-38 for those in the middle, and R-49 for cold climates.

Once you purchase it, do not open it until you’re inside the attic— or, at the very least, close to it. This way, you won’t have to worry about cleaning up a huge mess later. Make sure to wear protective clothing and eyewear while handling insulation.

Next, roll out the insulation, butted up against each piece. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t gaps. You can cut it to fit as needed. If there is any electrical hardware, cut a big enough hole for it to prevent overheating. Lift any wires above the insulation.

Lastly, you may want to consider insulating the pipes and if you want to convert the attic into a living area, check on the regulations on the amount of insulation required.

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!

 

Get Your Home Ready For The Dark by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

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

As daylight saving time ends, we know we’ll likely be outside in the dark pretty soon—whether we are taking out the trash, bringing the kids trick-or-treating, or entertaining guests on the back porch. Many of our homes do not, however, have great outdoor lighting. This is not only important for daily use, but also for any possible emergencies. Where should outdoor lighting go?led

The front door—One fixture with a high-wattage bulb is common, but if you’re looking to remodel, two line-voltage (120V) lanterns on each side of the door, with low-wattage bulbs, are a good way to minimize glare.

Walkway—Low-voltage fixture type of lights come in various styles, with ground stakes and support stems often sold separately, so you can set up different heights. The lamps range from 4 to 20W.

Driveway/garage— Get a few low, shaded low-voltage spread lights. Put lights in the trees, pointed down at the driveway. You may also want a motion sensor light to turn on only when someone enters the space.

Deck or patio—In addition to a floodlight on a wall, you can also add string lights or other decorative lights. You may want to consider lights that are specifically designed to keep the bugs at bay. Or, you can try to put the lights overhead instead of at a low level, to lure them upward. Dimmers are also a good idea so you can adjust the amount of light as needed.

If you’re the handy type, you can have a go at trying to install lighting on your own, but for many homeowners, it may be a good idea to hire a professional for installation.

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!

 

Getting Your Home Vacation Ready

Posted on: July 12th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Are you planning a getaway this summer?  You’ve probably thought about what you need to pack, but have you thought about what vacationyou need to do in your home to get ready for vacation?   If you are like most, you likely haven’t given it much thought.  So, how do you get your home ready?

First, think about what you would do if you had a leak in your home. Of course, you would cut off the water at the main valve to prevent future damage.  You should do the same when you plan to leave for a time.  Cut the water off at the main valve before you leave so that if there is a leak it will not turn into a major headache.  Remember that this will impact your landscape watering and pool water maintenance.  Make arrangements to let your house sitter or landscaper to be able to turn the water on as needed to meet these needs. 

Next, think about ways to save money while you are on vacation.  Shut your ice maker off while you are away.  Why make ice when you aren’t even there?  Shut down any water softening systems to save even more.  Of course, your hot water heater is your biggest opportunity for saving. But cutting it off, you reduce most of your consumption.  Cut this off at the main breaker to prevent it from heating an empty tank and burning out.  Finally unplug any vampire appliances.  These include any appliances that have a clock and draw energy even when not in use.

 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 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.

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How to Keep Your Cool

Posted on: July 7th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments
Now that the weather is heating up and the humidity is climbing, it is really starting to feel like summer here in the Triad of North Carolina.  So, we know your air conditioning is probably running by now cool_down_on_a_hot_summer_day_6472in order to keep your home cool and dehumidified.  But is there anything else you can do to keep your cool in all this heat? YES!  Here are a few tips to help make the most of your precious cool air!
  • Close blinds or curtains during the heat of the day – especially those windows that get the afternoon sun.  While it may seem like a small thing to do, the solar heat that enters your home from the exposure can easily add a few degrees to the temperature in your house.  So make your home a temporary movie theater for the hottest hours of the day.
  • Change your air conditioner filters often.  Dust can accumulate quickly in your home at anytime of the year, but during the summer you want to make sure your system is achieving maximum efficiency. 
  • Service your system as recommended.  This goes without saying, but preventative maintenance is the best value for your dollar.  Preventing failures is a lot less expensive than repairs.  If you purchase a maintenance plan you can also get discounts if repairs are needed. 
  • If you find that you have ‘hot spots’ in your home, rather than turning down the air conditioning call in a professional to balance your air conditioning and consider strategic use of fans to help circulate the air. 
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!

 

Add a Fire Pit to Enjoy Year-Round

Posted on: March 29th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Adding a fire pit to your backyard or deck/patio can provide nearly year-round enjoyment. Not only does a fire pit provide heat, it provides a perfect backdrop for an evening with friends or that special someone. Your kids can even make memories while making s’mores and hot dog dinners.

When deciding to add a fire pit you have a number of choices. Fire pits can be large, and built into the backyard or self-contained and on your deck or patio. They can be wood-fired or fueled by liquid propane. If you decide to build your own in the yard take care to excavate the area and locate it away from any flammable materials including gas lines and low overhanging branches. If you choose a self-contained fire pit make sure you keep water close by in case hot embers pop out onto wood decks.

Be prepared for the upkeep required for fire pits as wood burning ones will need the ashes cleaned out regularly. Gas powered fire pits will require an annual check up to ensure lines are tight and don’t leak. Now break out the marshmallows and start building memories!

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!

Preparing your Containers for Spring Planting

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

 

Spring is just around the corner and if you are either short on space, or just want to beautify your deck or balcony, you will need containerto prepare your containers for their plants. Containers are a bit different from the soil in your garden just because they are smaller, and therefore dry out faster, so you will need to ensure that the water in them is retained for as long as possible without soaking the roots of your plants. Containers also are elevated above the normal soil level , so they don’t benefit from some of the same factors that make garden soil so great – like abundant animal life that adds organic material and aerates the soil.

In order to get your pots in shape for spring begin by cleaning them thoroughly. If your pots contain soil, you’ll want to use an herbicide to kill any weeds or grass. Alternately, you can cover it with a thick clear film for several days to superheat the soil and kill any seeds. Next, scrub the pot clean as it won’t be able to do this once you’ve planted. Consider testing the soil’s pH level to determine if you need to add lime. Kits can be purchased at your local nursery or big box home improvement store.

Add supplements that retain moisture to ensure the safety of the plants through the North Carolina summer heat. Add drainage materials like gravel to the bottom if there are no drainage holes to ensure they drain properly and don’t drown plants. Fill with soil and start planning your garden!

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 Rugs Matter? by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Electric & Plumbing

Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Do Rugs Really Matter?rug making

A nice, well placed rug can really bring the room together. It can pick up accent colors in your color palette and pull seemingly different pieces of furniture together into one cohesive look. But, other than looking nice and adding to the look of a room, what do rugs actually do? Here are a few advantages to using rugs in your room:

  • Rugs can add warmth to a room. This is especially important for rooms that are built on a concrete slab. Rugs will actually provide a bit of insulation in the room by trapping air between the fibers. If you have a really cold floor and want to warm it up, look for a rug with a long pile like a shag rug or one with dense wool cut or loop pile.
  • Rugs can provide cushioning for hard floors. Do you have to stand in your kitchen for hours when cooking or doing dishes? A rug and a rug pad can add that extra bit of softness that will help your feet and back feel less achy at the end of cooking your holiday meal. Consider a rubberized, thick pad to provide the most cushioning.
  • Rugs absorb noise. Have you ever walked in an empty house or building that had no furniture, no drapes and no carpeting? Sounds seem to amplify and reverberate off of everything. By incorporating textile products into your home, you can soften the surfaces that sound waves bounce off of and make it just a bit quieter. This is one reason you want to include a rug in a baby’s room if possible.

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!