Posts Tagged ‘air conditioning maintenance’

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!