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Front Porch Improvements For This Summer

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical Front Porch ImprovementsIf you’re looking for an easy curb-appeal project this summer that doesn’t involve staying out in the hot sun, how about working on your front porch? This is one of the first areas potential buyers and guests notice, and changes don’t need to be expensive.

A fresh coat of paint on your door can really make it pop. Don’t be timid– try out yellow, red or turquoise! Make sure to check the weather before you get started. You don’t want a major storm blowing through while your paint is drying.

Next, add some flowers. Choose a type that matches the color and style of your house, as well as the size of your porch. When it comes to picking flowers, the options are endless. You can install a flower box underneath your windows, hang baskets of flowers on the sides of the porch, or hang pots from hooks on the ceiling. You can also decorate the porch steps by putting flower pots on each ascending step.

You can also ways to draw attention to your newly painted door by putting tall plants on each side of it or hanging up a summery wreath. You can make your own or buy one that displays flowers, fruits, or leaves to match the rest of your porch.

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Get A Bathroom Upgrade With New Toilet Seats

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

It might be the last piece in your home that you even think about, let alone care to upgrade… but the latest and greatest toilet seats can make your bathroom seem like it’s part of a five-star hotel. What are some of the trendy items for an easy bathroom upgrade?

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Heating, Electrical, and Plumbing bathroom upgrade tips.

Heated toilet seats can start as low as about $80. You know the drill—you go to the bathroom in the middle of a cold night and it can be quite a rude awakening. If that’s ever the case at your house, this might be the perfect toilet for you. Simpler models have only one heating setting, but more expensive models can have several options. Some also have a glow to act as an extra light for your restroom. These seats are easy to install, but you’ll need an electrical outlet nearby.

Bidet toilet seats start at about $250 and give you a cleaning with a stream of fresh water. They are very common in many places outside of the U.S. Not only does it seem very clean, but also think about how much money you can save in toilet paper costs! They do need a water source, so they are a bit harder to install than the heated seats.

Lastly, you already have a smart phone and possibly other smart technology… so how about a smart toilet seat? These can start around $600, but are worth the cost! This type of toilet seat often includes a bidet and a heating element, and you can customize it. Some allow you to make changes per person. Some spray air freshener into the air and cleaner into the bowl before and after each use. Some can raise and lower. Some even spray warm air!! Of course, don’t forget the music, temperature and white noise machine—all part of some models. Professional installation is recommended.

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Setup Your Outdoor Furniture & Dining Area

Posted on: June 4th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Setup Outdoor Furniture Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing, and Electrical in North CarolinaIt is that time of year when we all want to sit outdoors and eat and enjoy each other’s company. How do you set up outdoor furniture to allow for guests? Where do you begin? Here are some simple tips to help you get started before you hit the stores.

  • Think about the flow of traffic. Where will people need to walk? Where are the stairs, gates and tool shed? What items will be movable and what items will be permanent or semi-permanent fixtures?
  • Pick something you want to focus on, such as a table, fire pit or pool. This will help give you a sense of direction and a starting point.
  • Don’t forget to add pieces on which people can put things such as small side tables or ottomans. Often there are plenty of chairs but everything else is lacking.
  • Look at your lighting situation. You don’t want to put all of your furniture in an area where lighting is lacking, unless you’re planning on adding more. Porch lights, decorative string lights, and fixtures along walkways are all great additions.
  • If you have an outdoor kitchen, keep it away from your sitting area, for both safety and aesthetic reasons. If you don’t have an outdoor kitchen yet but are planning to have one it’s best to contact the necessary professionals such as a plumber and an electrician to address your needs.
  • Don’t forget accessories! Pops of color such as pillows and different textures add a lot of character to your outdoor sitting and dining area. Enjoy!

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!

 

Wiring Your Unfinished Garage

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

 

You’re looking around at your unfinished garage and realize you need more outlets and lighting. Before getting started, keep a few things in mind: If you are leaving the walls and ceiling open, you’ll have to use the framing members to protect and support the wires. Do not span stud or joist spaces with wires, and keep the cables closely hugging the studs, plates and ceiling joists.

Always make sure you’re doing everything safely and up to code. If you’re just not sure, don’t hesitate to bring in a professional electrician. Lastly, if you plan to close up the walls later on, you’ll have to rewire. So, what’s next?

You’ll route the cable along studs, top plates and ceiling joists, along the framing member that leads to the next box. Keep cables on vertical surfaces—not on the tops of walls. Plan your wiring and put up all the electrical boxes.

Next, run a cable from one box to another by pulling cable off the coil, stripping at least 8 inches of sheathing off the wires and threading the wires and about 1/2 inch of sheathing through the wire opening in the box.

Untwist the cable and staple, staple, staple! Do this at least every 4 feet to the framing, preferably more.

When you get to the next box, stretch out the cable and mark the entrance point on it, cut the cable about a foot long, strip the sheathing and feed the wires into the box. Nail in the staples near the box.

NOTE: You’ll have to hold all wires at least 1-1/4 inches from the back and front surface of studs and joists.

Electrical boxes may have metal or plastic cable clamps that are built in. Many duplex boxes only have knockouts. Staple cable within 8 inches of boxes without clamps and within 12 inches of boxes with clamps.

And don’t forget: If your garage has a wall made of concrete or is already dry walled, cable installed on these exposed surfaces has to be protected by conduit.

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!

Light Up Your Deck or Patio

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Whether you’re hoping to throw some cookouts this summer or are concerned about your family’s safety while walking outside in the dark, adding lighting around your deck or patio is a great idea. What are some easy options?

  • Low-voltage landscape lighting is a great addition. It won’t light up a large area, but can work well along with other lighting components. They are great to light up a pathway.
  • String lights are increasingly popular, as they create a pretty ambiance and are inexpensive. When shopping, look specifically for outdoor-rated string lights. LED bulbs will last many years. If you’re looking for that softer glow, though, you may consider incandescent bulbs. If you need them far away from an outlet, look for solar options.
  • If you’re looking to cast a glow on an area, sconces are a good idea.  You can get one that mounts onto the house or a lantern-style fixture, which casts a larger glow.
  • If you have an outdoor grilling or kitchen area, overhead lighting is the most useful, instead of decorative mood lighting that is generally more used for the patio or deck.
  • If your house is old, make sure your outlets are upgraded to have the modern safety features. Outdoor outlets should have a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) and a cover that can withstand weather. If you need more outlets in your outdoor area, you may want to contact a professional. It is not recommended to run cords through an open window, as this is not only unsightly but can also be unsafe.

Last but not least, consider using lighting around stairs and other walking areas for safety.

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!

Sunroom Options

Posted on: March 28th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

With warmer temperatures come dreams of a relaxing on a comfortable chair with a great book in beautiful sunroom. But before getting started on this major project, here are some things to think about so you can maintain temperature and save money on your energy bill.

First, decide on the location. Southern exposure means additional cooling could be needed on hot days, eastern means sun in the morning and shade later, western means harsher afternoon sun.

Next, consider materials. Vinyl material for the supports costs the least and don’t need much maintenance. Vinyl is also strong and insulated. Many vinyl supports have an internal reinforcement of aluminum or galvanized steel. Aluminum is more expensive and not as good an insulator as vinyl, however many homeowners use aluminum for the roof structure to provide additional strength. The most costly material for the support is wood. The benefit of wood is it easily lets you attach the screen mesh to the timbers. Wood does require some maintenance.

As for the pretty glass roof, that will cost you. Look for the U-value of the glass or polycarbonate, which is a measure of how much heat the material conducts. You’ll want to choose the lowest possible U value for the most energy-efficient space.

When looking at glass walls, they should be silicone double-sealed, A-rated, and—in order to meet building codes—will be labeled “tempered safety.”

If you can’t choose the optimal location or you want to make sure you have as many comfortable hours in the sunroom as possible, here are some additional things to look into:

-Adding operative skylights

-Putting in ceiling fans to circulate the air

-Installing exterior roof shade tracks which hold rigid exterior
sunscreens

-Using window treatments that can be raised and lowered

-Using a small gas wall heater for the cold months

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!

Reduce Laundry Energy Costs

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

An easy way to reduce your energy costs is to change the way you do your laundry. What are some changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint and put money back into your wallet?

With the warmer weather coming, try line-drying your clothing instead of using the dryer. Drying accounts for up to 90% of laundry energy. If drying outdoors will not work for you, look around your home and see where you can put a drying rack or clothesline. Even if you only hang a few items, it’s better than nothing! You can even hang a few items on your shower rod. Choose the fastest spin cycle on your washing machine to get as much of the water out as you can. Keep racks away from the walls to prevent mold and don’t put items too close together so they dry quickly.

Maintain your dryer. Clean out the lint filter after each use, and deep clean your dryer (including the tubing) once a year. Use the automatic setting instead of the timed setting to avoid over drying.

As for your washer, about 80% of the energy it uses is for heating the water. Wash clothes and other items in cold water as much as possible. This will also help them to last longer. If you need more cleaning, then use a warm pre-soak then wash cold. Wash full loads as much as you can.

If you’re looking to buy a new washer and dryer, look into ENERGY STAR models. These typically use 25% less energy and 45% less water!

A few extra tips: reuse clothing as much as you can before washing, and don’t dry heavy materials or towels with lightweight items.

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!

Deep Clean Your Dryer

Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

To keep your dryer running efficiently and to help keep your family and home safe from a potential dryer fire, thoroughly clean it annually. This is a great project to tackle on a weekend afternoon. Improper dryer ventilation causes 14,000 fires each year!

Over time lint builds up in the inside of your dryer, especially around the drum. With most dryers you can remove the top or front panel by simply removing a few screws, and take your extension on your vacuum to it.

Next up, your dryer ducts. This part is a bit trickier. Unplug your dryer and remove the flexible duct from the back of the dryer with your screwdriver. Use a large cleaning brush to push out any lint from behind your lint trap. Reach into the hole and pull out any buildup and vacuum again there and in the tubing. Be careful with using any sharper tools to get to the middle of the tubing, as they could puncture it. Typically, there is more buildup towards the ends.

Also vacuum where the duct exhaust exits your house. If you find that you have issues with birds/critters, install a bird guard on the outside. Make sure that the screen is not covered with lint, which will prevent any airflow.

Lastly, slide the clamp over the vent to attach and then put the dryer back into place. Run dryer on air fluff for about 10 minutes to let the debris that may be loose escape.

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!

Installing a Wine Fridge

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

 

If you’re planning to head out to the wineries this spring and stocking up on your favorite wines, you might consider a wine fridge. This will keep your wine at the ideal temperature, preserve the flavors, and help you free some space in your fridge or wet bar.

Wine refrigerators come as stand-alone units ranging in size from small to fridges the same size as a regular refrigerator. Most medium-sized wine fridges can fit under a counter. Measure the area (length, width, height, depth) where you plan to install your wine fridge. A common size is between 15 and 30 inches wide.

Ideally, you will not need to wire a new outlet for your wine fridge. See if there is space near the same outlet bay as your kitchen sink, so you can run an extension electrical cord to the outlet for your garbage disposal. Make sure to use a ground protector. Drill a hole through the cabinets for the cord, and leave a space at the back of the wine fridge so there isn’t pressure on the extension cord plug. If you do end up needing to wire a new outlet, buy and install a 110 volt outlet that is standard for most units. It is best to get a professional electrician to do this.

When you install your wine fridge, fit its mounting plates into the provided slots. Plug it in and wait a few minutes and check the temperature gauge. You’ll want about 55 degrees Fahrenheit at 70 percent humidity.

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!

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!