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Common Home Toxins

Posted on: September 3rd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments


We’re so comfortable at home that we typically don’t notice the parts of the house and items in it that can be harmful to us. Here are some common toxins and ways you can make your home safer.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a plastic harmful to human health and the environment and is often found in everyday items such as inflatable toys, mattresses, shower curtains, bath mats, plumbing supplies and flooring. PVC is a known carcinogen that contains phthalates and other compounds that can interfere with development and damage the liver and respiratory and nervous systems. Look for hemp or organic cotton shower curtains, and wood, bamboo, cork, or real linoleum flooring. Try to see what your mattresses and toys contain. Avoid fake leather.
Coal Tar Driveway Sealants contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are toxic compounds that can cause cancer or other genetic mutations. When rain hits your driveway, the toxic chemicals run off into your yard and drinking water supply. Gravel and other porous materials are better alternatives. If you do seal blacktop, pick asphalt sealant and stay away from any product that has coal tar in its name. (Many big stores have already banned it.)

Synthetic Pesticides—chemical weed and bug killers—are best avoided both in the house and yard. They have been linked to cancer and an array of other issues. Indoors, try sealing up cracks and cleaning up any food remnants. Alternatives for the yard include neem oil, pyrethrum, and diatomaceous earth, depending on what insects you want to get rid of. To prevent mosquitoes, dump any standing water and use a natural spray such as those containing garlic.

It is almost humidifier season, and while they’re helpful, if they aren’t kept clean they can disperse microorganisms and minerals into indoor air, causing problems especially for those with asthma and allergies.

There are many more hidden toxins that could be in your home—such as harsh cleaners. It is a good idea to take a look around and see what changes you can make.

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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!

 

How You’re Killing Your AC

Posted on: August 5th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Air conditioning units should last for 15 years or more if properly maintained. Most of us, though, aren’t taking the steps we should to take care of this important and expensive part of our home.

Change the filter at least once every few months—more if you have allergies or asthma or have pets. A dirty filter restricts the airflow, reduces the cooling capacity and makes the compressor worker harder and run hotter, Basically, it shortens the life of the unit. This is an easy thing to remember to do!

Twice a year, a professional should come to clean and inspect your system. This should include washing your outdoor unit, a leak check, replacing the filter, checking the drain line, and checking that all the components are using the proper amount of electricity. The duct system and the safeties should also be inspected.

Don’t change the temperature all the time. This may be tempting to do each day depending on whether or not you’re home, or perhaps because you’re trying to get a fast cool down. This is not good for your system, has to work harder to drop the temperature during the lows. That is a lot of wear and tear. You may want to consider other ways to get cooler faster, such as fans, keeping the blinds and curtains closed, and limiting the use of appliances that generate heat such as the oven.

Get an energy audit. Units work much harder than they should because of air leakage. This means more money out the window. Make sure that after this is done you seal up everything properly to make sure the air is no longer escaping.

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!

 

Keep Cool Without Central AC

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

 

We all know central AC is great but can be expensive. What are some other options to look into?

Whole-house fans use 90 percent less energy than air conditioners, and typically cost less than $1000, even with installation. They draw cool morning and evening air through open doors and windows and force the hot air up through the attic and out the roof vents. Good places to put these are the upstairs stairwell or a hallway ceiling with 3 feet of clearance above the fan. The drawbacks are that the inside temperature will only go as low as the outside temperature gets, they can make allergies worse by drawing in pollen, and large fans need quite a bit of ventilation in the attic.

A window AC unit can cool up to 650 square feet, but windows need to be the right size and you’ll need an electrical outlet nearby. They only cost a few hundred bucks.

In-wall air conditioners are similar to window units, but they have vents on the back instead of on the sides and they sit slightly farther from the exterior wall. You will need to cut a hole in the outside wall of your home and may need a new electrical unit. They typically cost less than $800.

Portable air conditioners are easy to use but about twice as expensive than a window unit of the same size, and use more energy. They sit on casters on the floor and vent hot air through a hose running through a window, wall or sliding glass door.

A mini-split system air conditioner is sort of a hybrid of central air and a window unit. A small condenser sits outside and connects to an inside evaporator mounted high on the wall or ceiling. Installation is a bit more expensive than other options.

A few other options to consider: a ventilator fan installed in the wall or floor or a vent or duct booster fan, which sits on a ceiling, floor, or wall register.

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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!

Planning & Budgeting Major Spring Projects

Posted on: February 25th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Spring is often a time when we want to do several home projects as well as home maintenance, especially outdoors. The fact is, this means we’ll also be making a dent in our wallets. That’s why budgeting and planning is a good idea.

So what are some of the major projects people take on and what are the costs you will likely run into? Let’s take a look:

Pressure Washing- 

  • You can buy a decent pressure washer for a few hundred bucks. Those that are gas powered typically have a higher pressure rating than those that are electric, but will cost you more—generally at least $300-$400.
  • Renting a pressure washer will cost you about $40-$80 per day, depending on the type of equipment.
  • Hiring a professional to do the job will cost less than a dollar per square foot, but that adds up fast. This can be especially pricey if you wash your driveway, deck, patio, etc. in addition to your home. Prices can start as low as about 8 cents per square foot.

Lawn Maintenance- 

  • Services including mowing, weeding, trimming and pesticide treatment typically cost about $200-$400 per year. Think about how much time you have to dedicate to this task and how good your equipment is. Many people find that the cost to hire professionals isn’t more than buying and maintaining a quality lawnmower and equipment.

Window Repair- 

  • It typically costs about $3 per square foot to replace ordinary glass. A single pane window is about $50. Costs go up depending on the type of windows, or any other additional work. Rotted wood, broken seals, old weather-stripping will all increase your costs. However, having good seals will reduce your energy bill! On average homeowners pay between $100 and $400 per year on window replacement or maintenance.

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!

Lower Your Energy Bills This Winter

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

 

It may be hard to think about when it’s still so warm out, but cooler weather will be here before we know it. And that means it’s time to get your home ready to keep those energy bills low and your family warm. Here are a few ideas to help you do just that:

• Have your heating system checked by a professional. While you’re at it, make sure to check your heating ducts for any leaks.

• Look for areas where air can leak out of your house. An easy way to identify the location of drafts is to light a candle and move it around windows and doors to  see where it flickers. If you do find holes, seal windows with caulk and buy stick-on weather stripping from the hardware store to fix drafts around your doors.

• Ensure you are properly maintaining your wood burning fireplace and it will be one of the easiest ways to reduce your energy bills. So don’t forget to stock up on that firewood!

• Close the damper on your fireplace if it’s not in use. The chimney allows warm air to escape the room.

• Insulate your attic if you haven’t already done so.

• Purchase a water heater insulation blanket from your local home improvement store. Though these specialty blankets don’t look like the blankets we use in our homes, the idea is the same. This is a surprisingly affordable and smart purchase because it keeps heat in and the hot water heater does not have to turn on as often, saving you money

• Insulate the water pipes. Look for uninsulated hot water pipes along the walls or ceilings. If you don’t know which ones they are, put your hand near them to feel the heat. Polystyrene insulation is an easy fix as it slips on over the pipe and helps the water heater to not work as hard, keeping the warmth in longer.

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 An Air Conditioner Actually Works by Central Carolina Air Conditioning

Posted on: July 24th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Did you know how an Air Conditioner unit actually works?

Obviously it keeps your home cool during the summer. But do you know how it actually works internally do this? DSC04885

Air conditioners move the air in two different directions- indoors and outdoors. In order to cool the air indoors, it operates as a dehumidifier by taking the humid air and reducing its volume causing it to release a portion of its moisture.  Hence the need for drains and pans near or attached to your air conditioning units.

The hotter the day, the harder your air conditioner unit has to operate to cool off the indoor temperature.  There are several major parts to your air conditioning unit that work together to cool off your home. Any of these parts can go out causing your air conditioning unit to stop working.

  1. Evaporator – Receives the liquid refrigerant
  2. Condenser – Facilitates heat transfer from one area to another
  3. Expansion valve – monitors refrigerant flow into the evaporator unit
  4. Compressor – A pump that pressurizes refrigerant

Oftentimes people believe they have to replace their entire air conditioner if it stops working.  We will discuss more how each of these parts work in unison to cool the air in your home.  But in the mean time, know that we are able to review all of these parts to see if only one of these components need replacing first.

Have a question about your air conditioning unit or do you need air conditioning repairs? Call us today to schedule an appointment so we can review and diagnose what’s happening in your home. 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!