Posts Tagged ‘Winston Salem NC HVAC’

Grilling Safety

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

 

If you’re planning to fire up the grill on July 4th, Labor Day or any other day this summer, make sure you don’t see fire anywhere but the grill by following some simple safety tips.

First and foremost, if you have a gas grill, check for leaks by putting a soap/water solution to the hose with a spray bottle and turning the propane on to see if bubble form. No bubbles = good. Bubbles mean that you should turn it off and check the connections. Also, check the connection points.

If you smell gas, turn off the tank and burners and get the grill serviced before using it again. If the smell continues though, call the fire department.

For charcoal grills, if you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Do not use other flammable liquids. Keep charcoal fluid away from any other sources of heat.

For electric charcoal starters, you’ll likely need an extension cord as their cords are short. Keep in mind that metal parts will be very hot! Hang it up where nobody will bump into it and make sure it isn’t near anything flammable.

If the rain starts or you’re too hot, do not decide to move your grill indoors or anywhere near the house, deck or low-hanging branches.

Keep excited pets and children away from the space around the grill and always have someone watching the grill.

Always clean your grill after using it so that grease or buildup doesn’t stick.

Let coals cool completely after you are done grilling, and then dispose of them in a metal container.

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Don’t Skip These Home Upkeep Items

Posted on: April 8th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Your home maintenance checklist could include dozens and dozens of items, and you can easily get overwhelmed thinking about all of these things. You can, however, skip some of the smaller items or delay them. Others you don’t want to skip. So prioritize: What are some of the most important things to get to this spring and summer, if you only have a limited time?

Fix the caulking around your tub or shower. If it is damaged (cracks, peeling edges and discoloration) it can let water seep into hidden places such as behind your tub. Not only can this damage walls or floors, but it can also lead to mold growth.

Dripping faucets mean money right down the drain. Leaks will only get worse with time. It is often a pretty quick fix, like simply replacing a seal. Even if you have to replace the entire faucet, it will last a long time.

Warmer weather means insects! Seal holes where they can get in to your home. Look around the foundation and around wires and pipes. While you’re at it, check for sources of standing water. Keeping water and moisture away from the home keeps bugs away too, since they need it to survive. (Another reason to fix those plumbing issues mentioned above.) Termites in particular cause billions of dollars in property damage each year.

Get your HVAC system inspected and cleaned regularly. Once every 6 months is a good rule of thumb. This is one of the biggest and most expensive parts of your home to repair or replace if it is neglected.

Replace your furnace filters. It’s easy to do once every few months. This is especially important if you have pets and/or allergies and asthma, in which case you should replace it every month.

Seal your windows properly. Exterior caulk often dries out in the summer, which causes gaps and cracks. All of that cool air will leave your home and empty your wallet! All it takes is some caulking and weather stripping.

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!

Home Automation

Posted on: January 27th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

2016-05-16-1463362284-229977-connecthomWith “smart technology” you can have it all these days. Besides your coffee being brewed before you wake up, you can have lights turned on automatically, and doors locked from a swipe on our phone. What are some ways you can make your life easier if this is something you’ve been thinking about?

Lighting is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make your home a “smart” home. A basic automation system lets you set vacation timers when you’re away, connect lights to morning alarms and set motion detectors outside. All of this can be connected to a smart phone or tablet.

Media centers are another popular choice. With an automated media center you can consolidate your entertainment needs into one location. Some smart devices let you to stream different media in different rooms at the same time.

Your HVAC is also a great aspect of the home to consider making “smart.” A smart thermostat will cost you a few hundred bucks but save you money in the long run. It knows when you leave the house and automatically adjusts the temperature to a predetermined baseline. It also lets you adjust the temperature of your home with a smart phone or tablet — tailored to your schedule if you so desire.

Security is another area in which people are going “smart.” Smart locks connect with your smart phone and automatically lock or unlock depending on your location, while working with your other existing smart-home systems to create a safer home.

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.

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Christmas Tree Safety

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

christmas wishesThe sight of a Christmas tree in your home can bring fond memories and a feeling of happiness and excitement. With this piece of holiday decor, though, comes the potential for hazards. Below are a few tips to help make your holiday a safe one:

  • When shopping for a natural tree, look for a tree with vibrant needles that don’t break easily and are hard to pluck. You’ll want one that looks hydrated and the trunk should have sticky sap. All of this means the tree will be less of a fire hazard.
  • Wait to buy your tree if you can —those that are cut early in the season are more likely to dry up before the holiday season is over!
  • Make sure your tree stand can hold plenty of water—preferably at least one gallon. Cut two inches from the base before putting the trunk in, and make sure to water daily.
  • If you take the artificial tree route, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant.
  • Electrical ornaments and lights should not be used on artificial trees that have metallic leaves or branch coverings.
  • Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from sources of heat such as fireplaces, candles, heat vents or space heaters.
  • Don’t use lit candles on the tree.
  • Don’t use any strings of lights that have broken cords or any loose bulb connections.
  • Don’t connect any strings of lights that are not supposed to be connected together.
  • Only use lights that are specifically made for indoor use and check that the lights have been tested by a qualified laboratory.

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!

Plan for Easy Breathing in Your Home This Winter

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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During the colder months we tend to spend more time indoors with windows closed tight. Although that might keep you warmer, it doesn’t tend to help the air quality inside your home. To protect your air quality, it’s good to understand the impact various issues can have on your indoor environment, especially humidity and indoor pollutants.

In the winter, the humidity level in your home can decrease because the cold outside air doesn’t hold as much moisture. As warmer air escapes the home, colder air from outside replaces it. If the outside temperature is 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit, the recommended relative humidity is 35-40%. If the humidity level drops below 30% you may start to experience nose, throat and eye irritation as well as static electricity. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to place humidifiers throughout the home.

Another concern for your indoor air quality is radon — a radioactive gas produced by uranium decay (Uranium is in soil and rocks.) To prevent radon from entering your home, seal the cracks and openings around the foundation and be sure to properly maintain your HVAC system. If you’re concerned about radon in your home, you can purchase a home test kit from your local hardware store.

While humidity and radon are specific issues that can affect your air quality indoors, remember that pollutants also come from a variety of sources like household chemicals, dust, animal dander, etc. To reduce their impact, make an effort to limit chemical usage since you aren’t opening windows as much and vacuum and dust on a regular basis.

If you suffer from asthma or allergies, air purifiers are a great investment that can make a significant difference in your comfort level indoors. Having your ducts cleaned regularly will also help with allergies and your overall indoor air quality so that you and your guests can enjoy the coming holiday and winter season.

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!

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!

Your Safety Is Important!

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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First, only do business with reputable companies Look for companies that have been in business for a while. Central Carolina Air Conditioning has been serving the Triad community for over 50 years.  We run background checks before hiring and do random drug testing to make sure all of our technicians are quality servicemen. The majority of our technicians are actually friends or family or our current employees who understand the quality of people we hire.

 Also, ask friends for recommendations If you are new to the area and don’t have local contacts to ask, consider asking your real estate agent.  You can also look to Yelp, Angie’s List and Google to get a feel for what level of service a company offers.  Even the best companies will occasionally have one bad review, but if it is a pattern, run for the hills.

Be Smart, Be Safe

So, once you’ve found the right company, how do you know that the person that rings that doorbell is actually from the company?  First, look at the vehicle.  Most companies will put their logo or graphics on the vehicle.  This is a way to identify people associated with their company and also allows them to advertise. 

Second, look at the service person’s attire.  Again, most service providers have a uniform that includes a logo on the shirt or coveralls.  But what is the best way?  Central Carolina Air Conditioning provides this important service because we care about your family’s safety! We now offer a new and improved service for our customers in which we will text or email you a picture of our technician coming to your home in advance so you know who is showing up at your door!

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!