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Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Posted on: May 29th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Being a homeowner requires a lot of work and seasonal maintenance but is also highly rewarding.  Knowing that you own a place to raise your family and make memories is something that should make you proud! Especially when you consider all the work you put into it to keep your home running smoothly and efficiently. Just when you’ve finished spring cleaning and can finally reap the benefits of your decluttered and clean home, it seems like it’s already time to perform summer home maintenance your home requires.

Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors to ensure that they are working properly and protecting your family from harmful chemicals.

Prep and clean ceiling fans – with the summer heat at its highest, you’ll definitely be getting good use out of your ceiling fans! They have probably accumulated a lot of dust over the months they weren’t used, so clean the tops of the blades to prevent them from spreading dust everywhere when they’re on.

Create a watering schedule for your garden or plants. Although it’s a common practice to water your plants daily, you may want to try watering them every couple days – and drenching them completely. Deeply watering your plants every couple days as opposed to lightly watering every day will allow your plants to grow even stronger and deeper roots.

Clean your grill – you can finally enjoy a BBQ out on the back deck, and practice perfecting your grilled chicken or meat of choice.

Give your windows a good wash. The spring cleaning list was an intense itinerary of items to tackle. If you didn’t get to everything, don’t worry! Now is the time to clean your windows, or any other items that you didn’t get around to during your deep spring cleanout.

Don’t forget about your Air Conditioning filters! Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical to come and replace, and we’ll provide a maintenance check on your air conditioning unit while we’re there!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

How To Organize Your Home Pantry!

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Organizing your home pantry can seem like a daunting task at first. Once it’s done, however, you’ll be able to access anything you need with ease. Don’t know where or how to begin?

We’ll share some some easy-to-follow steps that will help you organize and maximize all the space in your kitchen pantry!

  • Put everything in clear containers and label each container. When everything has a home, you can find whatever you’re looking for quickly.
  • Take a weekly inventory count of your pantry (this will help with your grocery list – more on that later)
  • Create racks and storage units to add more shelves and space for your food. Sometimes the existing shelving units in your pantry don’t provide enough space. It’s time to add some more! Stacking storage units or adding more racks can instantly give you the pantry space you need.
  • Add a shower organizer to the back of the pantry door. The door can often be forgotten about when it comes to your pantry. By hanging a shower organizer, you now have a home for all of your spice jars!
  • Use skirt hangers to hold your chips and keep them from going stale
  • Create a chalkboard pantry door to note your shopping list. By having everything labeled, you can easily take inventory of what you have and what you need. Once inventory is taken, create a list on your pantry door for your next errand run.
  • Combine your packets in one spot. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to rummage around to find that extra seasoning packet to spice up your dinner for tonight! Save some time and effort by collecting any loose packets and placing them in one of the storage racks or units.

Having an organized pantry brings you one step closer to an organized and efficient home. Why stop there? Make sure your whole home is efficient! Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning and we’ll check your plumbing system – including your water heater, drain pipes, exposed hot and cold water lines, faucets for leaks and ventilation systems!

 

Call to schedule your appointment now.  800-461-3010.

 

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.

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 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!

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!

Antique Finds by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: February 16th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Antique Finds – How to Rewire a Lampblack lamp against blue wall

Do you enjoy searching through thrift stores, yard sales and consignment stores to find that unique piece that just makes the room? Maybe you found the perfect antique lamp, but found that for whatever reason it didn’t work. Here’s a secret – it is really easy fix!

First, purchase a lamp repair kit. They are available at most hardware and discount stores for less than $15. Next, assemble your tools. You will need an flathead screwdriver, your kit and a pair of pliers to help tighten connections. Make sure your lamp is unplugged and remove the existing cord and socket set. This varies according to each lamp style, but usually it will unscrew just below the harp base. Remove existing cord and set aside in case you need to reference it later.

Now the fun part – assembling the new lamp! Follow directions on the package as they may vary slightly. Basically you will insert the cord through the base to the top of the lamp. Then, you will remove the socket shell and insulating sleeve from the base. Make the wiring connections, taking care to tie the ends in a simple knot before connecting them. This will stabilize the connection. Reassemble, attach a harp and shade.

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!

Picking Paint by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: February 9th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

How to Pick Paint Colors for your Homeyellow paint

Often when we first purchase our home, we want to go in an repaint everything before we get all moved in and settled in. After all, who wants to move all the furniture again, tape off the trim and cover the floors? Why not do it all at once? While that is a great thing to do, unless you are going to pick one neutral color and paint it throughout the house, you will probably need to live through a couple of seasons to see the way the light plays on the walls, and interacts with your furniture and art before you can pick that color that makes your heart sing.

So, now that you’ve seen how the light interacts with the furniture and art, how do you decide? First, use popular social media sites like Pinterest or Houzz to find pictures of spaces and colors you like. Mark each one clearly so you can go back to it for reference. Narrow down your selections to less than seven colors. Head to your local paint shop and ask for paint chips. Bring them home and using painters tape, put them up on the walls. You may ask for more than one chip so you can look at the color on multiple walls. From there, narrow it down to just three to four colors. Purchase small cans of these paints and paint 24”x24” swatches on the wall so that you can ‘live’ with the color for at least a month to decide if you like it.

Once you have selected your color, don’t forget to select a trim color that accents the color and really makes it pop. Remember to take this opportunity to clean or replace switchplate covers, if needed. This added attention to detail will make your room really come to life!

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!

Stress Free Super Bowl Party by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric

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

Hosting a Stress Free Super Bowl Partysb party

With the Super Bowl this weekend, many of us are gearing up to have a couple of friends over to watch the big game. So how can you be a great host, without stressing out? Here are a couple of tips to help you do just that:

  • Ask everyone to bring an appetizer to share – it is best to let your guests know in advance about how many people will attend so that they can plan accordingly as well as any food allergies.
  • Set up a self-serve drink station – grab a cooler or large tub and ice down beer, bottled water and sodas so that guests can serve themselves.
  • Limit alcoholic drink choices – this will not only simplify the time required to make drinks, but ensures that you don’t have to have a ton of mixers and garnishes. Choose one mixed drink that can be made either alcoholic or virgin. Provide ingredients and a recipe and allow guests to make their own.
  • Set up a self-serve food station – allow guests to serve themselves using disposable cutlery, plates and cups.
  • Place trashcans throughout the area guests will occupy – that way they can help with clean up.
  • When guests arrive write their name on their dish – use masking tape to writ their name on it in case it gets left behind.
  • If children will attend consider hiring a babysitter to help entertain them.

Finally, enjoy yourself. The Super Bowl is not meant to be a fussy event. Everyone just wants to enjoy watching the game and cheering on their favorite team.

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!

Fridge Clean Out by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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The holidays are long over and the Super Bowl is this Sunday. So what does that mean? Time to clean out the refrigerator and freezer. In our house, it is really easy to push those leftover containers to the back of the fridge and lose sight of them. Often, by the time we find them we dare not open the container but send the container straight to the trash.

Most refrigerators now have removable shelves and drawers that can easily be washed in the sink with a mild detergent. Consider lining your fridge shelves just like you would line your cabinets, but not with contact paper. Instead purchase refrigerator liner. Some products comes precut in standard dimensions, or you can purchase a roll and cut your own. Liners are available in plastic so that they can be wiped clean or even in durable fabric materials that can be machine washed. This will save time the next time you clean your fridge.

Throw out expired foods or those you know will not be consumed. It’s also a great time to replace the baking soda in the refrigerator and your produce preservative cartridge. If your appliance has a water filter consider changing it as well. Finally pull the condensation tray from under the bottom, empty and clean it. Vacuum any dust on the coils or vents if accessible.

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!