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Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

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

 

If you’re like many homeowners across the country this time of year, Spring may mean it’s time to put your home on the market. But to get the best price on your beloved abode, you may need to make a few upgrades to get it market ready. To help you, we’ve consolidated a list of the most “bang for your buck” areas of the home to address. So get your pen and paper ready, here we go:

  • Upgrade exterior doors and garage doors. Just a fresh coat of paint and a nice mat at your front door can make a big difference. Also look into lighting. Plenty of lighting is good for all outdoor areas. At the front door, frosted bulbs will provide softer light and less glare.
  • Refinish your floors. If you have wood floors that have been scuffed up, refinish them to make a huge difference in how they look.
  • Carpet clean. If you have carpets, shampoo them or get a professional to do it.
  • Update your kitchen cabinets. Paint them for a cheaper option, or completely start over if you have it in your budget.
  • Upgrade your bathroom by changing out the light fixtures or putting in a new vanity for a more modern look.
  • Replace your windows. Wooden windows usually have a higher return on investment than vinyl or other options. You’ll definitely want to deal with any foggy windows or not-so-good weather-stripping.
  • Cut energy costs. See if your power company will do a free energy audit and see what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. A programmable thermostat, and Energy Star appliances can make a big impact.
  • Keep your lawn and yard tidy. If you’re thinking ahead, plant some flowers.
  • Power wash your siding, walkway, driveway and porch.
  • If your paint colors are a little “out there,” consider painting in more neutral colors that pretty much everyone will like. While you’re doing that, also touch up any chipped areas.

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 Prepare Your Yard for Fall by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

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

Fall is North Carolina is absolutely gorgeous—the colors of the leaves are stunning! For many homeowners, though, they can be quite a nuisance. So how do you keep all those leaves from scattering all over your property and your home and creating a big mess? And how can you actually put the leaves to good use on your lawn and in your garden?raking leaves

If you live in an area that doesn’t have a ton of trees, you can probably get through the season by simply mowing your lawn— leaves included. You’ll want to set the lawn mower to the highest setting to keep from cutting your grass too short so that it doesn’t die. If, however, you live in a more woodsy area and have too many leaves to handle, you have a few options. (Keep in mind most homes within city limits will have strict rules on leaf burning. Even in areas that permit it, expect permits and/or limited time frames when it can be done.)

Tarps- An easier way to rake is to get a big tarp and rake a space to lay it down, and then rake the rest of the leaves onto the tarp. When it is full, pull it to the curb or pour into trash bags, depending on your town’s policies.

Blowers- You’ll have to be cautious not to blow the leaves onto your neighbors’ property or into the street, but this is another easier option. You may want to look for one that has a mulching option. Within the Greensboro City limits for instance, they want you to blown them onto the street and the trucks come along and scoop them up.

Lawn vacuum- This piece sucks up the leaves into a big bag and then you empty it.

Leaf scoops/grabbers- these looks like giant claws and make it easier to grab a bigger pile of leaves at once than you might get with a rake.

If you shred your leaves, you can use them on your lawn and garden! To protect plants, use a 6-inch blanket of leaves. To enrich your soil for next year, mix the leaves into your garden. You can also add them to your compost pile. Remember, water cannot get through whole leaves, so they will need to be shredded to use. You can also add some slow-release nitrogen fertilizers to assist with leaf decomposition.

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!

 

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

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

It may be calmer lately in the Atlantic than expected around this time of year, but NOAA recently released its updated forecast for this hurricane season, and it expects the rest of 2016 to be the most active season since 2012. So, is your home ready for a possible storm? We may not get the bulk of the damage in the Piedmont, but we can certainly see some effects.

A car goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Ocean City, Md. Governors from North Carolina, where steady rains were whipped by gusting winds Saturday night, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

What do you need to do and have?

An important part of preparation is to have an emergency supplies kit. This should include:

-One gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days.

-Non-perishable food (enough for at least 3 days.)

-Pet food

-Can opener

-Battery-powered radio

-NOAA Weather Radio

-Extra batteries

-Maps

-Flashlight

-First aid kit

-Garbage bags

-Maps

-Dust masks

-Contact information for your local emergency management offices, hospitals, Red Cross and you property insurance agent

Another important part of preparation is making an emergency plan. Make sure to pick a meeting place away from home and go over the plan with all family members. This includes your pets and any family members that may have special needs— make sure to have plan in place for their care. Figure out alternative routes to get to your safe place.

It is always a good idea to check out your hazards risks with FEMA’s Map Portal and see your flood risk with the FloodSmart.gov portal.

Before the hurricane hits, bring in any items from outside that can be easily moved by the wind, such as toys, bicycles tools and lawn furniture. Fill your car’s gas tank. Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting so that food will last longer if the power goes out.

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 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!

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!

Heaters and Water Heaters in Attics

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you have a heater or a water heater in your attic?  While not common in temperate climates like we find in North Carolina, it is more common in colder climates where attics are warmer than crawlspaces.  So, what do you need to know if you have an attic installed water heater or heating unit?

First, make sure that the water heater is installed in a pan so that if a leak occurs, the pan will catch the water rather than it leaking into your home.  Second, you will need to check this pan often to catch leaks before they overflow the pan. Consider adding an overflow pipe that flows to the exterior of the home in case the pan fills up.  This will allow the over flow water to discharge to the outside when the pan fills so that you do not have to check it as frequently.

Remember that if the unit breaks, there are challenges to making replacements in the attic space.  Maintenance to prevent breakdowns is critical for this reason.  On water heaters you can consider replacing heating elements rather than the complete unit in order to make the repairs simpler, but remember this can only be done for so long.  Eventually you must replace the vessel itself.

If your heater is in the attic the advice is much the same.  Make sure to keep the equipment well maintained so that you can prevent breakdowns.  Also make sure to allow clearance around the equipment as recommended by the manufacturer.

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!

Tree Roots and Sewer Lines

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do your drains run slow?  You may think that it is a clog, but it could be an invasion of tree roots!  That’s right – the beautiful trees that line your street or your drive can be causing your drains to run slow.  Here’s how it works – tree roots can grow into your sewer lines through small cracks – especially in clay pipes that were popular fifty years ago.  The roots invade through the small cracks and as they grow they can make those small cracks into big cracks, eventually causing a complete blockage when they collapse!

So what can you do?  First, prevention is key – but you don’t have to cut down all your beautiful trees.  Instead, you can put a root killer down the toilet to work through the sewer lines and kill the invasive roots. You will want to be careful though as this is a strong chemical that can  be toxic.  You’ll also want to make sure in advance that you don’t have a pipe collapse or rupture.

Second, consider calling a professional to scope out your pipes.  Most plumbers have tiny cameras that they can send down your pipes to see any blockages and remove them.  These cameras will also give you a good idea of the overall condition of your pipes, which can help you diagnose and prevent future problems.  When in doubt about your pipes, always look to scope them before tackling any repairs.  This way you will know exactly what the problem is and where it is, so that you don’t dig up your entire back yard!

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!