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Outdoor Starter Projects for Spring

Posted on: March 18th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Now that it isn’t too hot and isn’t too cold out (and the bugs aren’t swarming yet!) you might think about taking a look at your yard and outside of your home and getting some spring projects started. Many of us don’t do anything out there all winter long, right? So what can you start on?

Get your sprinkler system ready. Look for rocks, dirt and other debris that might be blocking the sprinkler heads. Replace any worn, cracked and chipped parts, such as sprinkler heads, nozzles, valves or pipes.  This is not only important so everything works properly and water is distributed evenly, but also so you don’t have an unnecessary increase in your water bill!

Rake the fallen leaves and dead foliage. Remove old mulch to get ready for a new layer. It’s also a good idea to spread a pelletized fertilizer for existing plants. Prune back damaged or dead tree or shrub branches to live stems using a handsaw if possible, as electric shears can create a thick outer layer of growth, keeping out the sunlight.

Compost your yard waste. Dump leaves, cuttings, old mulch, etc. into your compost pile. Shred leaves to accelerate decomposition. Aerate it with a pitchfork every two weeks.

Clean up your walkway, porch and patio. Use a pressure washer on all of these areas. Get some gravel to put in large depressions in the driveway. Remove rotted or damaged pickets and boards. Install new wood in areas where needed. And last but not least, add on a fresh coat of paint or stain.

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!

Fall Weekend Project: Insulate Your Attic by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Now that we’re starting to see a bit of cooler weather break through the hot streak, it is time to think about insulating your attic. This can lower your heating bill this winter by at least 10 percent according to the Department of Energy. Furthermore, it can also help in the upcoming summers by stabilizing the temperature in the home.attic-insulation-installation-service

Blanket insulation is the most commonly used insulation for attics, but you can also consider recycled and natural alternatives as well as loose-fill insulation. Loose-fill can be used in areas where using blanket insulation would be difficult, such as smaller, harder-to-reach spaces. Also, loose-fill insulation is easier to carry into the attic. However, it may take longer.

First you’ll want to measure your attic to see how much you need to buy at the store. The minimum R-value recommended is R-30 for hot climates, R-38 for those in the middle, and R-49 for cold climates.

Once you purchase it, do not open it until you’re inside the attic— or, at the very least, close to it. This way, you won’t have to worry about cleaning up a huge mess later. Make sure to wear protective clothing and eyewear while handling insulation.

Next, roll out the insulation, butted up against each piece. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t gaps. You can cut it to fit as needed. If there is any electrical hardware, cut a big enough hole for it to prevent overheating. Lift any wires above the insulation.

Lastly, you may want to consider insulating the pipes and if you want to convert the attic into a living area, check on the regulations on the amount of insulation required.

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!

Utilizing a Sump Pump to Keep Your Basement Dry

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

pumpHave you ever heard of a sump pump?  Probably not if you don’t live in an area where flooding is common.  If you have heard of a sump pump chances are good that you now live, or have lived in an area with a pit in the basement.  These pits collect the extra water that seeps into the basement when we have excessive rain that is unable to run off to the streams, creeks and ponds.

In these cases, sump pumps sit just below the surface of the water collection pit.  When the water rises above a certain level, a water control switch is activated that turns the pump on.  Once this occurs, the pump will automatically turn on and pump the water out of the basement and outside and away from the house and it’s foundation.  This keeps the basement and foundation dry and free from mold.

Most sump pumps are directly wired into the house.  But if you have a finished basement, or expensive equipment, including appliances, in the basement,  consider installing a battery backup to protect your investment.  Test whether or not your sump pump works regularly by simply pouring a bucket of water into the pit to make sure that the sump pump turns on when  you pour the water into the pit.  If the pump comes on, it is working correctly.  If the pump doesn’t come on, you should check the electrical supply to make sure it is working.  Check breakers to make sure they aren’t tripped.  Sump pumps should always be on a dedicate breaker.

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!

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

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

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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!

Happy MLK Day by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: January 18th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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Martin Luther King day is an American federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of January each year. This holiday is in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday which is on January 15. King was known as the leader of the nonviolent civil rights movement that protested discrimination. The holiday was first observed in 1986.

The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was a result of legislation signed into law in 1994 that encourages everyone to honor King by providing citizen action volunteer service to their communities. Many universities participate in this program and offer special programs in honor of Dr. King.

Did you know? The Japanese city of Hiroshima and the Canadian city of Toronto both celebrate Martin Luther King Day as well, although not as a federal holiday as in the United States.

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Holiday Decor by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: January 5th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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More than likely you have either begun to take down your holiday decorations, or are planning to do it soon. But before you pull out the boxes and tissue paper to start packing, take a minute to prepare and organize your decorations for the next season. Spending a little time now will make next year easier.

Consider how you are storing your Christmas décor. Are you keeping it in the original box? Maybe an old shoe box? Or a shopping bag? Plastic boxes that hold multiple ornaments can be purchased for less than $10 and often include cardboard dividers that can be adjusted to fit all ornament sizes and shapes. Look for bins in holiday colors to make them easy to find. Plastic bins are a great way to store all types of décor because they provide moisture protection and are sturdier than most cardboard boxes. If the décor items are mostly textile products, add a cedar ball or moth balls in order to keep pests out of the bin.

Strings of lights are perhaps the hardest holiday décor item to store because they become tangled so easily. Lights can be stored on specially made light reels that are sold at most retailers for less than $25. Alternatively, use a wire coat hanger to make a square form that you can wrap the light strands around.

Carefully clean any décor items before packing them away so that decorating will be easier the following season. Repair or replace any broken items and dispose of any items that you do not expect you will use again. Check carefully for worn or frayed cords on electrical items and either repair or replace.

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!

Christmas Wishes by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 24th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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Tomorrow Christians across the globe will celebrate Christmas, and the birth of Jesus Christ. Many religions celebrate holidays at this time of year. There are many unifying themes across all of these celebrations including peace, joy and hope.

We at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric want to wish you peace in this season. May you feel the peace of the overwhelming love of your family and friends as you gather together to celebrate the holidays. May you enter the New Year with a profound sense of calm and resolve.

We wish you joy. Let the smile of a child shine a light in your heart. May the peaceful moments of quiet in the stillness of the winter night continue to inspire awe in your soul.

Finally, we wish you hope. As this year comes to a close a new beginning awaits around the corner. May we all begin that New Year with renewed hope for better things. Some in our community have experienced loss and trials in the past year. May hope spring eternal as you enter this new year.

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!