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Benefits of Using a Humidifier in Your Home

Posted on: October 27th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Now that summer months are in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start considering how your home environment could negatively affect your health. There have been significant advancements with heating and cooling options over the past several years, so it’s time to reap the full benefits of those advancements! Long gone are the days where thermostats where limited to a dial that you had to change to set the temperature. We’ll go over the benefits of a humidifier, and some important things to note when using a humidifier.

Some of the Benefits:

  • They increase comfort levels in your home. Humidifiers also produce moisture in the air, which will enable you rest well with a comfortable night’s sleep.
  • Wintertime sickness is lessened and not aggravated through the use of a humidifier. The dry air is an aggravating factor for the common cold or runny nose during the winter months. With a humidifier, the air in your home will contain more moisture and help with these symptoms all throughout the day.
  • The air will feel more comfortable and also warmer, which means that you can turn down your thermostat in the winter and save some extra money!

Now that you’re aware of the benefits of a humidifier, here are some important considerations as to how to use one:

  • Many humidifiers will measure the humidity level in a room, which comes in handy to know how much humidity is in each room. The optimal level should be 30 percent when it’s cold and 50 percent when it’s hot outside.
  • There are different humidifier options that are beneficial for each type of room in your home. It’s common for homeowners to have a humidifier in multiple rooms of their home.
  • Smaller humidifiers are beneficial for smaller rooms, especially children’s rooms. It’s best to stick with a cool mist humidifier, since it eliminates the chance of children getting burned by a warm mist humidifier.
  • There are console and whole home humidifiers that may be beneficial for larger rooms in the home.
  • If noise is an important consideration for you, there are ultrasonic humidifiers which create the quietest atmosphere.

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can attach a humidifier right to your furnace to ensure optimal comfort during the winter months. With the installation of a humidifier, you’ll be able to turn down your thermostat and save money this winter, and avoid the negative health effects that the dry air brings!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

Keep Your Family Safe With Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Posted on: October 22nd, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Most harmful situations come with warning signs, such as fires which are accompanied by smoke and fumes. There is one deadly threat that comes without any notable signs. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, which makes it impossible to tell when it has been emitted in your home. Carbon Monoxide is a gas created as the result of fuel that didn’t burn fully. There are multiple appliances such as gas fires, water heaters and cookers that all have the potential to release Carbon Monoxide.  

We’ll highlight a few different ways that you can eliminate the chances of Carbon Monoxide being released in your home, and also how to identify when there has been a Carbon Monoxide leak.

What to Review:

  • Regularly have an inspection conducted on the vents and chimneys to make sure that all the connections are properly secured. During this inspection, make sure that there are no visible signs of rust or stains.
  • Always be sure to install and operate all your appliances according to how the manufacturer’s handbook instructs.
  • Have an annual inspection conducted by a technician to have your heating system, vents, chimney fully checked.
  • Never heat your home using a gas range or stove.
  • When purchasing your appliances, check to verify if they have been approved by the nationally recognized testing laboratory.
  • Never use fuel-powered tools or appliances in enclosed areas.
  • The only sure way to know when there has been a CO leak is to get carbon monoxide alarms and place one on every floor in your home and all the sleeping areas.

Carbon Monoxide can leak through vents and doors as well. So the safest way to make sure that you’re catching any potential Carbon Monoxide gas is to have a detector set-up and periodically inspected.

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can install a new Carbon Monoxide detector and provide a regular check-up to make sure that your batteries are fresh and your detector is within the 3-7 year lifespan for optimal performance!

Give us a call today – to schedule your appointment at 800-461-3010.

Why You Should be Using a Humidifier

Posted on: October 11th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Now that summer months are in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start considering how your home environment could  affect your health. There have been significant advancements with heating and cooling options over the past several years, so it’s time to reap the full benefits of those advancements! Long gone are the days where thermostats where limited to a dial that you had to change to set the temperature.

You might want to consider utilizing a Humidifier in Your Home and here’s why: 

  • They increase comfort levels in your home. Humidifiers produce moisture in the air, which will enable you to rest well with a comfortable night’s sleep.
  • They help alleviate wintertime sickness.  The dry air is an aggravating factor for the common cold or runny nose during the winter months. With a humidifier, the air in your home will contain more moisture and help with these symptoms all throughout the day.
  • The air will feel more comfortable and also warmer, which means that you can turn down your thermostat in the winter and save some extra money!
  • Moisture in the air from a Humidifier can ease dry skin, dry sinuses and even cracked lips caused by dry air!

Now that you’re aware of the benefits of a humidifier, here are some important considerations as to how to use one:

  • Many humidifiers will measure the humidity level in a room.. The optimal level should be 30 percent when it’s cold and 50 percent when it’s hot outside.
  • There are different humidifier options that are beneficial for each type of room in your home. It’s common for homeowners to have a humidifier in multiple rooms of their home.
  • Smaller humidifiers are beneficial for smaller rooms, especially children’s rooms. It’s best to stick with a cool mist humidifier, since it eliminates the chance of children getting burned by a warm mist humidifier.
  • There are console and whole home humidifiers that may be beneficial for larger rooms in the home.
  • If noise is an important consideration for you, there are ultrasonic humidifiers which create the quietest atmosphere.

Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Electrical and Plumbing today to review your heating and cooling systems.  We can address any areas of concern and how well your systems are working.

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

The “Change Filter” Light is Flashing: What Now?

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

You look up and see a blinking light on your thermostat, “CHANGE FILTER.” Don’t ignore it! These filters protect your indoor air quality, meaning, they keep you and your family healthy! And by keeping them clean, it will save you money on heating and air conditioning in the long run. 

So do you call a professional or start looking up DIY YouTube videos? According to the professionals, if your filter is accessible and you feel comfortable getting to it, you can check to see its condition. The filter looks like a large windowpane. And you should replace it with the same size you already have. However, there’s no need to stick with a certain brand as long as the filter fits correctly. It goes in the same way the old filter was removed and it should be a snug fit. You can also use a permanent marker or pen to write the install date on your new air filter. That way, you won’t have any questions about when you need a new one the next time.

You should change out the standard 1″ wire media air filter every month depending on your lifestyle, especially if you have pets. But there are other types of media air filters that are thicker and take out a higher percentage of dust and contaminants. These filters usually have a longer service life. There are also electric air filters that electronically zap the contaminants and sterilizes the dust mites that survive in climates with relative humidity over 50%.

Benefits of Changing Air Filters:

  • Extends the life of your unit- systems can overheat if air filters aren’t clear and clean which can shut down your entire unit!
  • Keeps Energy Costs Down- if your filter is clean, your unit doesn’t have to work as hard, using less energy to heat and cool your home!
  • Keeps Pet Dander and Allergens at bay- keep your air cleaner by getting rid of unwanted pollutants!
  • Keeps your system clean- don’t let unwanted dirt, dander and other things clog up your system which can cost more in repairs!

When shopping, look at the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) number, which ranges from 1 to 12. The higher the number, the better the filtration is.  If your filter is in an area where you’re not comfortable reaching it yourself, call Central Carolina Air Conditioning. They will check it out for you and replace it if needed.To schedule an appointment, call Central Carolina Air Conditioning at 800-461-3010.

Tank vs Tankless- which water heater is right for your home?

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Help, I need a new hot water heater! Tank vs. Tank-less?

What Type Do of Water Heater Do You Have?

Whether it’s a cold shower that tips you off, or a wet floor in the garage, the timing of a broken hot water heater is never ideal! And in most cases, there’s no notice your hot water heater is giving up at all. But when it does, you have a couple options. If your broken hot water heater was working sufficiently for you before, you can replace it with a similar hot water heater. If this is a floor standing model, this is likely your most cost-efficient option up front.

Regular Water Heaters

Unfortunately, if you had an older hot water heater that ran the course of its life, you may not be able to find that same model anymore. Additionally, if you have had challenges with the older model keeping up with your household’s hot water demand, you could either increase the water storage size or move to a tank that has a higher recovery rate. But keep in mind, if the size of the hot water tank is different than your original tank, you may have to make modifications to the space in which you install the hot water heater, which is an additional cost.  Gas hot water heaters often cost more than electric hot water heaters so keep that in mind and what you already have set up before purchasing a new one.

Tankless Water Heater Options

Your other option is to install a tankless hot water heater.  Despite the higher price point, they’re often more energy efficient and will likely save you money on your electric bill or gas bill long-term. A tankless water heater is an on demand system. It only heats the water once you turn it on. When it is sitting idle there is no energy used.

If sized properly, tankless hot water heaters can heat your whole house. You can place a hot water coil in your air handler. The tankless heater would circulate the hot water through the coil like a radiator on our car to heat your home. They can heat your home’s hot water as well all at once. Very rarely do you run out of hot water with the tankless heaters.

No matter what type of water heater you need, Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Electric & Plumbing is there to help.  Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010 and we will come out and review options with you on what’s right for you and your home!

 

Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

Posted on: September 25th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

People are often looking for more ways to save money.  Even a few extra dollars of savings a month can accumulate and make a difference. Have you looked into all the areas you could be saving more? Maybe you’ve committed to tuning up your AC unit on a regular basis. This is an important aspect of long term energy savings. But have you considered the thermostat you’re using?

There are a few primary benefits to using a programmable thermostat:

Saves time – Instead of constantly adjusting the thermostat for the time of day and the different seasons, consider a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust based on how you preset it! It can become quite a hassle to constantly adjust the temperature during the day, before bed, right when you wake up or when the seasons change.  By setting the temperature up front, you save time and hassle.

Saves money – With energy bills on the rise, a programmable thermostat is even more beneficial because of how much energy it will save, which translates into money saving. There’s the potential to save up to 2% for every degree you lower or increase your setting. You can adjust the settings to turn off the AC when you are gone, then turn on when you get home, so you’ll also be saving money here as well.

Adjusts to zoned heating and cooling areas – It’s already beneficial to have zones of your home that you can heat and cool according to preferences and use of that space. It’s even more beneficial for these zones to be preset, which allows every square foot of your home to be completely customized with temperature settings.

Maintains a consistent temperature – Instead of fluctuating between too hot or too cold, a programmable thermostat allows you to set and maintain the perfect temperature. It also prevents those spots in your home that can be hot or cold spots.

If you haven’t had a chance start routine maintenance for your heating and cooling systems, don’t worry – it’s not too late! The most significant money savings comes from your air conditioning unit. If it is running inefficiently or breaks altogether, the cost to fix it will be significant. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can come out and check your unit to ensure that it’s running efficiently, and we can continue to provide routine maintenance. We can also install and set your programmable thermostat as well!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

 

Let Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical help babyproof your home!

Posted on: September 14th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Did you know we could help keep your children and family safe?  We can even help babyproof your home!

Whether you’re a first-time parent or it’s been a few years since you’ve done the baby thing, or you’re a caregiver getting ready for a new addition to your home, you’ll start looking at your house—and all of its dangers—differently. What are the basics of babyproofing? First, think ahead. While your 6 month old may not be able to get to much, your 2 year old will. And we can even help with some of these to give you extra peace of mind!

Tips to Keeping Babies and Young Children Safe In Your Home:

  • Plug all unused electrical outlets with safety covers and move all exposed wires out of reach. This will take some creativity—perhaps you’ll need to move furniture around or go ahead and mount that TV like you’ve talked about for so long! You’ll also want to make sure there are no exposed wires anywhere in or around your home!
  • Move tall lamps behind sturdy furniture such as a couch, or consider getting rid of these lamps altogether.
  • Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure you have enough. There should be one smoke detector in every bedroom and on every level of the house, and one carbon monoxide detector on every level of the house. We are happy to help install these!  And remember that these need to be checked every few months to make sure they are in working condition!
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure it’s locked up or place a sturdy screen around the hearth. If you have a gas fireplace, make sure the gas line isn’t leaking!  Again, give us a call if you have any concerns!
  • Place baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs and in any other areas where you want to keep them out. Think ahead—getting taller gates with high quality latches/locks will save you from going out and buying new gates when your baby is 18 months old.
  • Remove blinds with looped cords and keep curtains and blinds out of babies and toddlers’ reach.
  • Anchor heavy furniture such as dressers to the wall.
  • Cover sharp edges and corners and install locks on the refrigerator, appliances and cabinets you don’t want your little one getting into. Don’t forget the toilets, or you could end up with a pretty big project when they flush their toys down the toilet!

 

Let us help keep your little ones safe!  Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! With our Whole House Agreement, we can service your heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical!  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 Chemical Cleaners Safe On Your Pipes?

Posted on: August 10th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

With so many cleaning products available on the market, and new products releasing constantly, it’s hard to know which ones you should get and which ones actually provide benefit instead of harm. Some of the most popular options on the market are chemical cleaners. While many people think that these are good options, they can actually cause significant damage to your pipes. Many of these chemical cleaners can actually cause your pipes to warp or melt, if they are plastic pipes. When this happens, your pipes can start to leak, which cause even more problems. Chemical cleaners should also never be used for a completely clogged drain. Not only do the chemical cleaners cause damage when they are poured down your pipes, but they are also a more costly option than their alternatives. We’ll explore safer and also cost-effective methods that will clear your pipes! 

  • Use a bent wire hanger. If you’re one of those that has a constant problem with hair getting caught down the drain, using a bent wire hanger can be a great solution! Take the wire hanger and bend it into the shape of a hook, then stick it down the drain to pull out the hair. Oftentimes the hair is only stuck within the first few inches of the pipe, which is why the wire hanger is a good solution.
  • Use an auger. Another method to use that is more extensive than the bent wire hanger is the plumber’s auger. You can often times find this at a hardware store. They are a manually powered tool. You simply push them down the drain until the auger meets some resistance. Once this happens, you will tighten the screw to hold the auger in place. Next you’ll want to push the auger down further by turning the crank. Do this until the auger has broken through the clogged point of the drain.
  • Use home alternative cleaners – These are more eco-friendly and non-toxic. One home alternative cleaner is the enzymatic drain cleaner. They work by producing live enzymes that essentially will eat the clog in the drain. Another household method is vinegar mixed with baking soda. Mix these ingredients together before pouring  down the drain. Then let them sit for an hour or two, or even overnight.

So next time your drain is clogged, avoid putting these harmful chemicals down the drain, and go for one of these alternatives instead. If you’ve been using chemical cleaners, then there is a change that your pipes have warped and are leaking, which could be costing you extra money. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical  to check your drain pipes, and we’ll also check your exposed hot and cold water lines and ventilation systems while we’re there!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

 

 

What To Avoid Putting Down the Drain

Posted on: August 6th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

A significant amount of our time is spent in the kitchen. We gather in the kitchen, which is the heart of our home, to spend time with our family and we also eat our meals there multiple times a day. The kitchen sink is one of the appliances and functions in the kitchen that is used most often. Because of this, it’s even more important to make sure that the sink is functioning properly. Sometimes convenience leads us to put things like leftovers down the drain – but this may not be the best method of disposal. We’ll outline what things you should never put down your kitchen sink.

  • When baking pretty much anything, flour is often involved. This is one ingredient that can cause problems for your drain! Avoid flushing leftover flour down your kitchen sink!
  • If you’re one of those that can’t start the day without coffee, you inevitably have to put those grounds somewhere – but that somewhere should not be the kitchen drain! Opt for throwing out the coffee grounds in a trash can instead 
  • Avoid putting anything down the drain that expands when it’s put in water. A few examples of these foods are chia seeds, corn kernels and cherry pits.
  • You’ll also want to avoid putting any bones down the drain – as this could wreak havoc for your disposal system.
  • Don’t put anything down the drain that will turn into a solid substance after sitting for a while. A primary example of this is oil and fat. They turn into solid substances once they have been sitting, and this could cause damage to your drain if you pour leftover oil or fats from cooking down the disposal.
  • Egg shells are another potentially harmful item to put down your drain. When the eggshells are crushed up, they could cause your disposal blades to become dull.

If you avoid putting these harmful items down the kitchen sink, it’ll allow your drain to work properly and serve its purpose. The kitchen drain is not the only element of the kitchen sink that should be considered. The kitchen faucet could be costing you extra money and could be providing a lower water pressure if there’s a leak. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical your faucet for leaks, and we’ll also to check on your water heater, drain pipes, exposed hot and cold water lines and ventilation systems!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

 

Beware of These Safety Hazards In Your Home

Posted on: July 31st, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Daily life can get busy, which means we often forget to pay proper attention to little things that could potentially cause big problems. Appliances are a common use in every home – and oftentimes we use appliances multiple times a day. We’ll share effective ways that you can practice as part of your daily routine to prevent potential hazards. It only takes one time to start a fire, so the few extra seconds or minutes over the course of the day will be well worth it!

  • When it comes to any appliances that emit heat, such as a computer monitor, screen, clocks, tv, etc. make sure to provide ample space around the appliance so that it does not overheat. Normally a few inches would be enough space to allow for around these appliances.
  • Don’t attempt to fix any appliances yourself, and always read through instructions if you decide to do the initial set-up yourself.
  • While you may know that all electrical appliances should be kept away from water, consider any vents that could also potentially leak. Make sure that your electrical appliances are clear from any spot close to a vent.
  • When using power cords to increase range of use for lights, always make sure that there are no frays or kinks in the cords.
  • Always make sure that the power cords are tucked under the rugs and out of the way so there aren’t any trip hazards.
  • It may be convenient just to grab whichever power cord you see at the store, and going about your shopping trip to complete your shopping list. Take the time to match the power cord to the length and weight that you will need.
  • Be careful with outlets when using power strips so that they don’t become overloaded!
  • When it comes to light bulbs that you use in your home, consider trading out for energy efficient bulbs.
  • Match the light bulb wattage to the fixture.  Using one that emits too much light for the fixture is a possible fire!

   

It’s always important to make sure that your electrical panel is operating efficiently and safely.  Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical to perform a thorough scan throughout your home, looking for any hot spots in your electrical system. We will also test the ground fault outlets to make sure that they are functioning properly. This is especially important for any outlets near water or other hazards!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.