Holiday Travels by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

house as a giftKeeping Your Home Safe During Holiday Travels

The holiday season has officially started, and for many of us that includes plans to travel. Unfortunately, criminals know that many of us travel during this season, too. So, how can you keep your home safe while you are away? While there is no guarantee, there are a few simple things that you can do to try and deter criminals. Here are a few tips to keep your home safe while you are away:

  • Keep shrubs and bushes in front of windows trimmed so that burglars can’t hide behind them.
  • Keep several lamps and a radio on a timer so that they come on and off during the day. Or purchase a WiFi-enabled outlet and turn them on and off from wherever you are using your smartphone.
  • Stop your mail and newspapers as these are a sure fire way to broadcast that no one is home. Mail can be stopped by visiting usps.com.
  • Never broadcast on social media that you are traveling. Instead wait until you get home from your trip to post those pictures of the people and places you visited. Consider turning off locator services on social media if you plan to post while away.
  • Advise local law enforcement that you will be away and ask them to check your home periodically.
  • Participate in the buddy system with trusted neighbors. Agree to watch each other’s homes while either of you are away. A simple walk around the property can detect any problems early.
  • Leave exterior lights on during the night, and consider installing sensor lights that will come on automatically.
  • Keep holiday gifts out of sight of windows, and never put boxes out at the curbside that tip off criminals to high priced electronics in the home.

Follow these tips to deter criminals from your home this holiday season. We at Central Carolina want to encourage you to take a moment to nominate your favorite hero for our “Heat for Heroes” contest that begins today! We are giving a ceramic heater to 100 deserving 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!

 

Thanksgiving Wishes by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

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Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours

All of us here at Central Carolina would like to wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Whether your family and friends are traveling just down the road, or across the country, we wish you all safe travels. While we try to give thanks for every day, every moment, and everyone in our lives each day, this is one day that we set aside as a nation to ponder our many blessings.

I want you to know that we are thankful for you. Without our loyal customers and supporters we would not be able to run this business, help our customers solve their problems, give to our community, and provide employment opportunities to so many talented people in our community. You make this happen, every day.

I want to encourage you to take a moment to nominate your favorite hero for our “Heat for Heroes” contest! 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!

 

 

The Holiday Season Made Easier by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical

 

christmas tree and giftsMake the Holiday Season Easier on You and Yours

We all have them.  That one person that is so hard to shop for.  You spend countless hours wondering what to get them, then days searching for just the right item.  Only to wonder, did they even like it?  Rather than spending all your free time stressing about it, and searching for the perfect napkin ring or knotted owl, how about considering some alternate gift ideas?

Gifts don’t have to be physical items.  There are many alternatives available in the market today.  Consider:

  • Give an experience. Instead of giving them another item that may end up in the closet, consider making a gift of an experience. You can give the gift of your time (especially if you are on a budget), or you can purchase a hot air balloon ride, or a ride in a racecar, or a spa day. Look on discount sites like Groupon or Living Social for inspiration and discount coupons.
  • Donate to the charity of their choice, with whom you can align your values. This one gets a little tricky. Make sure it is an organization they support, but don’t feel obligated to give to an organization that you can’t support. If in doubt, ask them what organizations they have given to in the past. Most people will share that information and you should be able to find one that appeals to both of you.
  • Close friends and family may consider volunteering together. This allows both of you to forego purchasing and giving gifts, while spending time together giving to the community. A day at the soup kitchen, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army or sorting toy drive gifts can invigorate your soul more than any gift you could purchase.
  • Make a small homemade gift that they will consume and enjoy. Look on popular sites like Etsy for inspiration or Pinterest to find recipes for hot cocoa mix, pancake mix, muffin mix, etc. Often, you can find cute, easy to make packaging ideas too. If crafts aren’t your thing, consider collaborating with a friend to develop gifts together – they do the packaging and you handle mixing the ingredients. People will appreciate your effort.

As Thanksgiving approaches, we want you to know how thankful we are for all of our customers – past, current and future.   One way we want to show our appreciation is through our “Heat for Heroes” contest that will begin in just a few days!  Nominate your favorite hero so that we can recognize them by giving them a ceramic heater.

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!

 

Take Care of Your Faucets by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

Taking Care of Your Exterior Faucets So they Can Take Care of Youfrozen pipes

Many of us have become accustomed to frost-free spigots on the exterior of our house.  They seem to be standard these days.  But did you know, you still have to follow a few simple directions to keep them from freezing and causing you some really big headaches and repair expenses?  First, frost-free spigots require that they be installed in a slightly downward facing direction to properly drain excess water.  The reason is that frost-free spigots have the valve 24 inches further back than a standard spigot.   This means the valve is located on the interior of the structure, which is warmer and less likely to freeze.  The downward angle ensures that all water runs out so that there is no water near the spout to freeze.

In order for the frost-free spigot to function properly, there can be no blockage stopping the flow of water out of the faucet.  So be sure to disconnect all hoses and allow the spigots to drain before your first anticipated frost.  If you don’t have frost-free spigots installed, call the folks at Central Carolina Air Conditioning.  Remember, we offer plumbing services as well.

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

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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!

Don't Let Winter Rob You of Your Cash by Central Carolina Air Conditioning

 

We all know that adding extra insulation helps to keep the heat in and the cold out during the winter. But Depositphotos_11377528_s-2015there are some key areas where you should focus your efforts to insulate – doors and windows. Adding insulation in your attic is a great way to save money and keep your meter from spinning like crazy, but drafts from leaks around windows and doors are a key area of energy waste in the home, especially homes that are over 20 years old and may have “settled”.

So, what should you do to keep your hard earned money in your pocket? Carefully inspect doors by looking for any light or drafts coming through your closed door. You can even light a small candle and carefully move it around the perimeter of the door to detect any drafts. Using painters tape, mark areas where there are drafts. Most hardware stores or online retailers will sell kits for insulating doors including foam tape, rubber gaskets and flanged rubber sweeps. Install as directed in those areas that you marked with painters tape. Inspect windows and window air conditioning units in the same manner. Kits are available to reduce energy loss through windows and air conditioners as well. Just visit your local hardware store or online retailer and inquire.

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!

Central Carolina Air salutes all Veterans Today

Central Carolina Honors All Veterans on Veteran’s Day

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honor our veterans hanging sign illustration design over a white background

Ever wonder why we celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11?  The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, officially ending World War I, known and “The Great War”.  However, fighting effectively ended seven months earlier on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November 11, 1918 when allied nations and Germany agreed to an armistice to temporarily stop fighting.  For this reason, we continue to honor all veterans on the 11th day of the 11th month each year.

Central Carolina Air Conditioning joins millions of Americans today in honoring our country’s veterans who selflessly gave of themselves in order to ensure our freedom. We want to say thank you to all the veterans who have served to preserve our freedom.  One way we want to show our appreciation is through our “Heat for Heroes” contest which will begin in just a few days!  Nominate your favorite hero so that we can recognize them by giving them a ceramic heater.

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!

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Falling Back by Central Carolina Air Conditioning

 

We were talking internally about why we continue to observe Daylight Savings Time as it’s dark in the morning and gets darker sooner at night. alarmclock

Benjamin Franklin proposed Daylight Saving Time in Paris in 1784 while he was as an American delegate. He wanted to move an hour of daylight until the evening for farmers during the long summer days. The United States was slower to adapt the idea until World War I to save on artificial lighting costs and then again after WWII.

There is also an opinion that we moved the clocks around to save electricity. The thinking was that since power usage goes down when we go to bed, that electricity is saved by going to bed an hour earlier in the Spring.

In most homes, 25% of electricity used is by lighting and appliances. This mostly happens when families are at home together at night. In the 1970’s, studies showed that we trim 1% of electrical usage across the US by utilizing Daylight Savings Time.

What about you? Do you think it helps or hurts us in our daily activities?

Halloween Pet Costume Contest

Think you have the cutest pet for Halloween?  Well, we’ll be the judge of that! We will choose several winners and will send out a $5 Starbucks gift card so be sure to enter!

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You can enter below here on our blog or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ccairplumbingelectric?ref=bookmarks

Good luck! Can’t wait to see all those cute pets!