Posts Tagged ‘Hvac maintenance’

The Whole House Program For Easy Home Maintenance

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

 

The Whole House Program for Home Maintenance from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing, and ElectricalElectrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year.

Each year more than 4,000 people are hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning.

A leaky toilet can waste over 73,000 gallons of water a year.

Dealing with home maintenance as a homeowner can be stressful, right?  It doesn’t have to be, with the Whole House Program at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical. Here are some of the common issues homeowners face when their home systems are not checked and maintained—and what this program can do about them.

Your HVAC system is one of the most costly home systems to repair if it is not maintained. Furthermore, you can easily have dirty air pumped throughout the home if the system is not cleaned, which is especially tough on those with allergies and other health issues.

For cooling, we will wash your outdoor unit, do a leak check, replace the filter, check the drain line, and check that all the components are using the proper amount of electricity. We will also inspect the duct system and the safeties. For heating, we will check the burners and heat exchanger.

For plumbing, maintenance and fixing problems early on is crucial to avoid water damage, mold and mildew. Again, not only will you waste money if you leave things alone, but you can also risk your health. In our Whole House program we will check faucets, test the water pressure, check the piping, flush your water tank, and do a dye test on the toilets to check leakage points for signs of wear. We will also investigate suspected stains.

Your electrical system is another major part of your home. Problems that are left alone can lead to fires and injury. We will scan for problem hot spots, check the GFCIs, check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and tighten panel connections. Connections can become loose over time, which is a big hazard for your family.

With the Whole House Program, inspection/cleaning of all of these major systems is included in one package for a low price. Minor repairs are all covered and major repairs are discounted by 30-60%. With one-time visits or individual agreements you’d pay much more. Overtime charges are also much lower than without the program. Sign up today for peace of mind!

 

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!

HVAC Spring To-Do

Posted on: April 15th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Spring is one of those times of the year when you can generally look forward to lower electric bills, as it isn’t too hot or too cold. It is also a great time of year to make sure your HVAC is ready for the summer.

When it is a nice day out, take your hose and wash the exterior condenser unit off to remove dirt and debris from the area. (Turn off the power first and remove leaves and branches from the metal pieces along the exterior.)

Indoors, sweep and dust the area around the indoor unit to help prevent allergens. While inside doing all of that, also check the ducts, condensate drip pan and drain, evaporator coils, and air handler for signs of mold. Small amounts can be cleaned on your own, but hire a professional if you have a big mold problem, as it can cause serious health issues.

Before it gets too hot and sticky, head up to the attic to check that the insulation is near 10 inches thick and provides a good cover in all parts of the attic.

Change your system filter at least once every few months, or every month if you have pets and/or allergies. There are also specific filters that do more than the average filter—look for those geared towards reducing allergies, if that is a concern.

Lastly, have a professional inspect your system twice a year to prevent any major issues popping up suddenly and to ultimately, save you money and time.

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!

Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing… it’s that time of year again. Spring allergy season hits allergy-sufferers hard, particularly those who are sensitive to tree pollen. So how can you make your home more allergy-proof?

Blinds and curtains— Dust your blinds, and while you’re at it, consider replacing horizontal blinds, which gather a lot of dust, with washable roller shades. Wash your curtains, and again, consider buying those with easily washable materials if you haven’t already.

Windows— When the weather is nice, you may be tempted to open your windows. This, however, is not such a good idea during pollen season. Keep them closed and rely on your AC. (This should also keep your electric bill lower.) Clean mold and condensation off of windows.

Carpeting— It is best to avoid carpet if you have allergies, but if you have some carpeting, make sure to vacuum once a week with a HEPA filter and shampoo the carpet often as well.

Air filters— Choose a home air filter for your HVAC system that has a HEPA filter. Change it out regularly. Furthermore, get your HVAC unit inspected twice a year. Also, put small air purifiers in your bedrooms and change those filters regularly as well.

Bedding— Wash bedding once a week in hot water. It is also a good idea to put an allergy cover on your mattress.

Pets— You love Fido, of course. If you suffer from allergies, though, it’s best to keep him out of the bedroom. Even if you aren’t allergic to him, he carries in allergens from outdoors. Also, bathe him once every few weeks.

Entryway— Put a doormat out for everyone to wipe their shoes on. Make sure shoes are taken off right away after coming in.

“Green” cleaning supplies— Harsh chemicals are not only potentially harmful to your plumbing, but they can also make allergies worse, so opt for natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda instead.

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!

Start a Compost This New Year

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

UnknownIf you’re looking for a way to make use of all of those holiday leftovers going bad in your fridge, or perhaps seeking to start a new project in the new year, how about composting? It adds nutrients to your lawn and garden, helps protect your ground, and introduces healthy organisms to the soil. It also lets you make use of waste instead of throwing it out or shoving it down the sink and possibly clogging up your pipes!

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Use a container with a lid or a specific compost pail and keep it under the sink for your kitchen waste. Leaves and grass clippings are also great     for compost.
  • Start your compost pile on bare earth. Then lay a few inches of twigs. Add the compost materials in layers, alternating the moist and the dry materials. Food scraps are moist ingredients and leaves, wood ashes, etc. are dry materials.
  • Keep in mind the pile should have both carbon matter and nitrogen matter. Carbon matter should be the larger group. This includes branches, dried leaves, bits of wood, coffee filters, egg shells, straw, etc. Nitrogen matter includes food scraps and lawn clippings, green leaves.
  • It is a good idea to add manure to activate the compost pile and speed up the process.
  • Keep the pile moist and cover it with wood, plastic sheeting, or even old carpet pieces. This will help to keep in the moisture and heat and to prevent it from being over-watered when it rains. (The ideal is moist but not soaked.)
  • Every few weeks turn the pile with a shovel to aerate it.
  • Whenever you add in new materials, mix them in instead of adding them in layers. You can also purchase a composter. A rotating composter makes the process very easy.

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!

Get Your Roof Winter Ready

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

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With a few days left of 50-degree temperatures, now is the time to check your roof’s condition before harsh winter weather hits. Grab a friend or family member and some sturdy shoes and head on up.

  • If you think you have a leak and the temperatures aren’t going to be low enough to freeze, take a hose up with you and spray to find the leak. This may be time-consuming, but don’t be discouraged, it will be worth it.
  • Clean the gutters again. Plenty of leaves have fallen, so even if you’ve done this once, you may want to check it again because you won’t want to be out there in the snow and freezing cold!
  • Check for dry rot. The plywood may deteriorate if a repair is in the middle of the roof, and the roof will sag and the shingles will crack and then leak. You can prevent this with a ridge vent and soffit vent.
  • Look for proper ventilation and consider rain and ice shields, as well as a drip edge to prevent ice buildup.
  • Do not overlook the rubber boots. You may need a new one because if they dry up they will cause major leaks. To install, you may need to remove some of the shingles and put a better layer of tar underneath.
  • Check the shingles and nails — and don’t forget about the valleys which are common places for leaks.
  • Remove any overhanging tree branches in order to dry out roof mold.

 

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!

Using Space Heaters

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

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If you’re trying to warm up a certain room, a space heater can be a great way to do that. However, the space heater’s effectiveness is dependent on you taking specific precautions while purchasing wisely so you don’t waste electricity (and money).

There are a few different types of heaters that can be used in your home. Electric space heaters are the only unvented space heaters safe for indoor use. They do not pose indoor air quality concerns, but can still be a fire hazard if not used safely. These should be plugged directly into a wall. If an extension cord is absolutely necessary, use a short heavy-duty cord of 14-gauge wire or heavier. Look for a tip-over safety switch that shuts the unit off if it is turned over.

Vented combustion heaters, on the other hand, are made to be put next to an outside wall so the flue gas vent can be installed through a ceiling or wall (unvented combustion units are not recommended for indoor use). Only use the approved fuel and do not overfill the heater or fill when it is still hot. It is a good idea to have a vented space heater inspected by a professional each year to prevent issues that can cause high levels of carbon monoxide to enter your home.

In addition, below are a few more things to consider when buying or using a space heater.

  • Look for newer models that have the up-to-date safety features. They should have the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label.
  • Only buy what you need. You don’t need a huge heater for a small room. Look for a sizing chart on the box.
  • Heaters should be put on level surfaces where they won’t be in anyone’s way. Always keep pets and children far away.
  • Kerosene heaters are not recommended in your home, and in some communities, may even be illegal to use.
  • Remember to install or check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms!

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!

Winter Warning: Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

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

 
Many of us are already turning on the heat—and this is just the beginning of the fall and winter season. When it’s cold outside and your bills start skyrocketing, all you want to do is warm up your house. While it can be tempting to come up with alternative heating solutions, some ideas you may consider can be unsafe.

Though an open flame has obvious safety concerns, carbon monoxide exposure has its own dangers. Persistent carbon monoxide exposure can actually cause memory loss, severe lung injury, brain damage and even death. You can never be too safe when dealing with a substance that can be so dangerous. So how do you keep your house safe?

  • detectorGrills, generators, and any burning devices that run on gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal should not be used inside the house — not even in the garage or basement, or an area that is only partially enclosed.
  • Do not burn anything in a stove or a fireplace that is not vented.
  • A common cause of winter fires — as well as carbon monoxide poisoning — is heating your home with a gas oven. This is very unsafe and should not be done.
  • If you use a space heater, it should be properly vented while in use, according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Do not run a car or truck engine inside the garage that is attached to your house. This is unsafe even if you have left the door open.
  • Make sure to have carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and just outside of any sleeping areas.
  • If your carbon monoxide alarm goes off, you’ll want to move quickly outside and call 911.
  • Even if an alarm doesn’t go off, if for some reason you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous, get medical help quickly.

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!

Why Have Your HVAC Checked?

Posted on: September 28th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

We are all counting pennies these days. And while it’s tempting to let things like HVAC check-ups slide, those inspections can be critical to preventing bigger problems with larger dollar amounts attached to them. Experts recommend having your HVAC system inspected twice a year, just as you test and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

DSC04885Why get the inspections done at these particular times of the year? Simply because it’s best to check things out before seasons that you’ll be using your HVAC heavily — such as mid-summer and mid-winter. Having the inspection done every spring and fall will help keep everything in working order and prevent you from spending more in the long run.

Another benefit to having your HVAC cleaned regularly is monthly electric bill savings. According to the Department of Energy, about 25-40 percent of heating and cooling is wasted in a home. And if a system is dirty, the problem is exacerbated so the system has to work even harder, wasting more of your hard-earned cash.

Seasonal cleanings and check-ups also ensure your indoor air will be cleaner and better for you to breathe. Especially during winter months, when we are inside for longer periods of time, this is important. For those family members or house guests with allergies or asthma, fewer pollutants mean fewer problems.

So you’ve scheduled your HVAC maintenance? What now? When your technician is on site for the inspection, take note of what they’re doing. Good technicians will not only replace your filter, they’ll check on the evaporator coils, ducts, and wiring, as well as your thermostat, among other things. So take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and observe to learn as much as you can about your home’s HVAC system.

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!

Save Money By Using Your Fireplace This Winter

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Depositphotos_11377528_s-2015A wood-burning fireplace brings to mind images of happy holidays, hot chocolate, and relaxing with family and friends. But did you know using your fireplace can save you money by keeping your electric bills lower? Indeed they can, but only if maintained and used properly. So what do you need to know to start saving?

  • Before use, have your chimney cleaned and inspected each year before using it. This will not only keep it in good working condition, but also keep you and your family safe from preventable fires.
  • To maximize savings by using your fireplace, make finding a source of free or inexpensive wood a top priority. If you don’t have wood on your property, chances are, someone you know does. Or, you can check Craigslist and other online resources for wood. Neighbors may have small trees they’d like cut down or branches they’d like picked up, and that’s where you come in. Other sources may have already chopped the wood for you and you’ll just need to pick it up. Remember, the wood usually a few months to dry, so you’ll want to make this a priority. 
  • When your fireplace is in use, close your doors throughout the house. Oxygen and heat are pulled from the inside of the home to the fireplace. If you close the doors to the other rooms, it can help to keep the entire house warmer.
  • If you have a ceiling fan, put it to use! Many ceiling fans come with a backward setting that pulls heat from the ceiling towards the floor. If used along with a fireplace it can help spread the heat around the room.

While you’re getting your fireplace ready, take time to address these additional safety tips: 1) Take time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors each fall 2) Be sure to keep anything flammable far away from the fireplace and 3) Check that the smoke coming out of the chimney is clear or white.

 

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!