Posts Tagged ‘HVAC’

Winter Weather Preps

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

With the coldest months of the year coming up, what can you do to prepare your home for the very low temperatures as well as winter weather?

If you didn’t do this while cleaning the gutters in the fall, trim your trees. No, we aren’t talking about decorating the Christmas tree. Any branches hanging over your house can be weighed down by ice and snow and eventually fall onto your house.

Wrap your water pipes in insulation. Freezing and expansion not only means you might not have running water, but it also means the pipes can burst from the pressure. Also, make sure you know where the water shut-off is in case of an emergency.

Check the items in your garage to make sure they’re winterized. Hoses, lawn mowers, etc. all need to be taken care of over the winter months.

Block drafts. Not only will this help your electric bill, but it will also keep you cozy. This is especially important in older homes or if you have ill-fitting frames.

If you have drafty windows but can’t afford to replace them, get an insulation kit or try caulk or weather-stripping.

Check that nothing is blocking your vents. Don’t forget the air intake vents, because if they’re blocked this can lead to expensive repairs.

Check outside the house for loose siding, shutters, etc. Tighten them up so that strong winds and ice don’t strip them off.

Reverse your ceiling fans to a clockwise rotation to help circulate the hot air near the ceiling back into the room. Most fans should have the option of switching.

Get your furnace inspected. Don’t wait until you have an emergency. Many issues can go undetected until it’s too late.

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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!

 

 

Clean Air Ducts

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

About once a year it is a good idea to clean out your home’s air ducts. (Let’s be honest, most of us have never—or very rarely—done this.) It can help to only keep your home cleaner but also help those who have allergies and asthma and households with pets. It also helps your system last longer, thus saving you money. How do you do it?

Lift up or unscrew the registers and wash them with soap and hot water and let them air dry.

Next, use a dryer vent brush attached to a cordless drill to clean inside the ducts. Then, use your vacuum cleaner hose with the dust brush attachment to get down further down into the duct and vacuum up anything that has been dislodged.

You can also use a damp microfiber cloth to get down into the duct and wipe the interior. You can also use an all-purpose cleaner with the cloth. Make sure to rinse it out often during the process.

Lastly, wipe off the floor and wall around the duct.

You can also consider installing vent register filters. These are helpful if you have furry animals that shed a lot and children who may drop things into the floor registers!

You’ll get to most of the dirt and dust with the steps above. However, if you want to go even further, remove end caps from rectangular duct work, slide the drives off the duct and pull the cap out. You can again use your vacuum hose here. You can also remove the basement registers to get more access to the main trunk line.

This is a good time to remember to change your HVAC’s air filter and get your system inspected.

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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!

 

Caring for You by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 15th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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With all of the gifts to purchase and wrap, décor to set up, parties, celebrations , and time with close family and friends, it can be easy to find yourself frazzled and weary at the end of the day during the holiday season. Take a moment to do something nice for yourself. You may find that as your energy begins to fade doing a little something for yourself will give you enough energy to get those last few items crossed off your to-do list.

While a day at the spa may be exactly what the doctor ordered, you can find a little peace in some very simple things. Here are a few suggestions for how you can sneak in just a little ‘me’ time during the busy holiday season:

  • Take a leisurely bath with a beverage of your choice. Make it extra indulgent by lighting candles, playing soft music and including your favorite bubble bath or bath salts.
  • Download a meditation app on your smartphone and listen to it at night before bed. Meditation apps are available to help you sleep, reduce your worries, even help with time management. Many are even free!
  • Consider hiring someone to help with the cooking or cleaning. Think outside the box for this one. You don’t have to hire a professional cleaner or chef, consider paying neighborhood teens to help you clean out the garage, dust, vacuum, bake or set up décor. You will be providing them with an opportunity to earn money while learning important life skills. It will also help you check items off your to-do list.
  • Consider purchasing ready-to-bake meals to ease the burden of preparing dinner each night. These meals are available from many restaurants if you call in advance.
  • Partner with a friend to give each other a break. If you hate to wrap presents but love to bake, find a friend that loves to wrap presents and let them wrap yours while you bake cookies and cakes for you both.
  • Let it go! The holiday season is really about the joy that comes from our faith, family and friends. If it isn’t important, just let it go. No one will remember the cranberries on the kitchen ceiling from the blender accident. They will remember the warmth and kindness that you showed them during their first Christmas in a new town.

Don’t forget to nominate your hero for our “Heat for Heroes” campaign. We are giving away 100 ceramic heaters to heroes in our community in need throughout the month of December to honor those who have served our community.

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!

Furnace Care by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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The cold weather that marks the transition from fall to winter is descending upon us. There is no better time than right now to check on your furnace to make sure it is in tip-top shape for the coming cold weather. By checking it now you might save yourself the hassle of an emergency call later in the season. Regardless of whether you have an electric or gas furnace, you will want to check, and replace if necessary, air filters. This can boost your efficiency. Filters should be changed monthly, or as soon as they become blocked with dust and particles.

For gas furnaces, check the pilot light to ensure it is lit. Also check any fittings to make sure there are no leaks. While gas has an added odor to make it more detectable, you should always check by spraying a weak soap solution on fittings and looking for bubbles. Check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector too.

If you have an electric furnace, check motors, pulleys and belts for signs of wear. Replace any parts now rather than waiting for them to wear out – and potentially leaving you and your family in the cold. Oil moving parts per manufacturer’s directions. If in doubt about how to service your furnace in preparation for winter, remember that you can call the professionals at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric for all your HVAC needs.

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 Hanukkah by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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Today marks the beginning of Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah), an eight day Jewish celebration which commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. Sometimes called the Festival of Lights, it is celebrated by lighting the menorah, exchanging small gifts and eating traditional foods.

The events that inspired Hanukkah took place in about 200 BC when Antiochus IV Epiphanes took over control of Judah, present day Israel, and outlawed Judaism. By 168 BC, his soldiers had massacred thousands in Jerusalem and he set up an alter to the Greek god Zeus, and sacrificed pigs in the Second Temple. In response, Judah Maccabee led the Jewish revolt and within a few years had defeated Anticohus’ forces. He called on followers to cleanse the Temple, and relight the menorah. According to the Talmud, there was only enough olive oil to burn the menorah for one day, but through a miracle, the menorah burned for eight nights. This led to the modern day eight-night celebration.

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!

Pet Safety by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: December 3rd, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

01faab088d6493db62ece4ef9a149fa7061c96fa19Caring for Pets During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with those we love – including our furry family members. While you are decorating this holiday season keep these tips in mind to keep Fido and Felix safe:

  • Some plants may be poisonous for pets. Either forgo them altogether or place them out of reach of pets. Poinsettia, holly, pine needles, mistletoe and lilies are just a few examples. For a complete list go to aspca.org and search for toxic plants.
  • Keep tinsel and ribbons up high so that pets can’t reach them. If eaten, they can get stuck in their intestines and cause blockages.
  • Don’t burn candles unattended or low to the ground since tails can sometime go astray and knock over the candle, or worse, catch the tail on fire.
  • Keep glass ornaments high on the tree, and in case of breakage, clean up the glass shards immediately to keep paws and tummies safe from broken glass.
  • Secure the Christmas tree to a wall or the ceiling in order to prevent it from tipping over on pets.
  • Do not let pets drink water from the base of the Christmas tree. It can contain preservatives which are poisonous, or harbor bacteria.

We want you and your pets to enjoy this holiday season. We hope these tips will help keep all of you safe. I want to encourage you to take a moment to nominate your favorite hero for our “Heat for Heroes” contest that started on December 1! We are giving a ceramic heater to 100 heroes in our community.

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!

Give Your Roof an Annual Physical by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Your roof does a lot for your each day.  It keeps out the rain, shields you from the sun and ensures all your furniture stays dry (at least a working roof does)!  So how can you make sure that it continues to do its job year after year?  Give it an annual physical, of course!  Just like you have to make sure all of your systems are in working order, your house requires constant maintenance too.

Fall is a great time to either inspect your roof yourself, or hire someone to inspect it.  Roofs that are slate are expected to last 100 years or so, but still must be inspected for broken tiles annually to prevent leaks.  Metal roofs are expected to last 40 – 80 years, but should be inspected yearly to check for rust on the metal sheet and around the screws/nails used to secure the sheets.  Wood shakes and architectural shingles will last about 30 years with proper maintenance.  Asphalt shingles, the most popular roof covering, will last 20 years.  Some asphalt shingles will last longer, but you can expect to pay a premium for that type.

Newer roofs, where there is no evidence of leakage, can usually be inspected by homeowners from the ground or on a ladder.  Older roofs, or those with evidence of a leak, should be inspected by a professional who can inspect them from on top of the roof.  Extra care should be taken with slate roofs because they are expensive and fragile. Take care of your roof, and it will take care of you!

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!

Mother’s Day Contest from Central Carolina Air Conditioning

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by CCAir No Comments

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We love our moms and bet you love yours too! So this Mother’s Day we’re running a contest on Facebook and would love for you to enter! You could win a $50 Visa gift card for her!

You can enter your mom by Liking our page and then leaving a comment on one of the Mother’s Day posts.  So come on over and be social with us!

https://www.facebook.com/ccairplumingelectric

Are you saving money?

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by CCAir No Comments

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Many people think they are saving money by not having their heating and cooling units serviced.  However, the exact opposite is true.

Cleaning your heating and cooling units twice a year is like changing your oil in your car.  Do you know why changing the oil is so vital to keeping a clean engine?  Oil in your engine lubricates the metal parts in your engine so the parts work together well.  If you don’t, the oil breaks down over time, causing the metal parts to overheat and even destroy your engine!

Similarly, by maintaining the very units that service your home, you are actually saving money and saving excessive wear and tear on your units.

Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing ways to save money and become more energy efficient in your home!