Protect Your AC Unit From Water Damage

Have you accounted for all the things that need maintenance OUTSIDE of your home? The roof can often be forgotten during the hot months, as people are more focused on efficiency of their Air Conditioners and staying cool indoors. The roof should not be neglected, however, because damage during the summer months could cost quite a bit in repairs. Sometimes it’s necessary to call a professional, but in this case, there are a few ways that you can perform maintenance without needing additional help. If you do choose to inspect the roof yourself, take a couple precautions. Wear gloves and watch your foot placement carefully. We’ve provided a checklist below to inspect all aspects of your roof! 

  • First, you will want to check all the gutters to make sure they are clean and without blockage, this way water can flow through them.
  • Obvious signs to look for are any missing shingles or cracks in shingles that need to be replaced.
  • Check the metal strips. Roofs often have a metal strip lining the gutters, so check to see if these have come loose during any summer storms.
  • Any sealants should still be in tact – make sure to fill them if there are any gaps.
  • Water damage can be pricey to fix. Routine summer maintenance on your roof is important to catch any damage hopefully early on. The eaves and overhangs should be checked to make sure there is no water damage.
  • Check for any mold – if there are signs of mold damage, now is the time to call a professional to prevent any further damage.

 

Now that your roof has been checked for water damage, among other things, let’s make sure your air conditioning unit is protected from water damage as well! Your AC unit may start to accumulate water, which is why there’s a device created to store the extra water, called a drain pan. There’s a possibility that your drain pan could become clogged, or even the drain line. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can install a micro “float” switch that will automatically shut your unit off if the drain pain accumulates water past a certain point. You can have peace of mind that not only your home is protected, but also your unit from any possible water damage.

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Beware of Energy Drainers in Your Home

You may not have heard of the term “standby power”, but you’re probably be very familiar with it.  Do you ever wonder why your electricity bill may be higher even though you are conscientious about turning the lights off before you leave your house? Well, standby power is anything that expends energy EVEN when its turned off, but plugged in.

Parents and children alike are spending more and more time on technology, whether it’s watching tv or playing games on an iPhone. These devices require charging, and often frequent charging with how much we use our devices. It’s a common habit to leave our chargers plugged in and other electronics or appliances. 

These are common devices and appliances that expend energy when they’re plugged in:  laptops, cell phones, game consoles, modems, printers, microwaves, toasters and coffee makers. It may not always be a convenient option to unplug a modem and repower every time. It may not even be possible to unplug your washer and dryer that could be blocking the area where they plug in. So we’ve created a list of alternative methods that will help you save energy on the appliances and devices draining power when they’re not used.

  • When it’s possible and not a huge hassle, unplug devices before you leave your home.
  • Consider using a power strip that will make it convenient to turn on off one switch for multiple devices, instead of having to turn off and on all those individual devices.
  • You can also consider getting a Kill-a-Watt meter to test your appliances to see how much electricity they are really using.
  • Invest in cell phone chargers that are automatic energy savers by “unplugging” when you aren’t using them.
  • Energy Star Appliances are the way to go for long term energy savings.

These are great ways to save energy and money, however, one the most significant money savings comes from your air conditioning unit. 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 clean out your air filters, which will improve the quality of air in your home and save you money as well!  Also we can help review your electrical outlets and usage to see how you can further save money!

 

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Need To Replace a Ceiling Fan?

If you’ve had a broken ceiling fan for a while, you probably feel the need to fix it during the heat waves of summer.  This is not a daunting task, if you have basic electrical skills, or can quickly learn basic electrical skills. Allow for some patience during this process, and plan on taking a couple breaks during the fan installment due to the heavy weight of the fans. It’s much easier if you have someone helping you!

Start by turning off all the switches to the ceiling fan, and then cut the power off at the circuit breaker box. (Make sure you have the proper switch, if you are going to control your fan with a wall switch. Depending on the brand of the fan, some may only be set to operate from a preset multi-speed switch).

– Make sure the wires are disconnected before removing the old fixture.  Check the electrical box to make sure that the ceiling is properly suited to hold the weight of a ceiling fan. You will probably find a fan weight rating inside the electrical box that will indicate whether the ceiling can hold the weight of the new fan you wish to install. 

Next, follow the fan instructions for the particular ceiling fan you are about to install. Most ceiling fans come with the light fixtures pre-installed.

-Instructions may require you to cut and strip the fan wires to fit accordingly.                           

-Hang the fan on the hook, if your ceiling plate or mounting bracket comes with a hook to support the wiring.

-While still following the manual instructions, connect wires using a wire connector. There should be no visible wires after the connecting process, except for the green ground wire.

Follow the manual instructions to attach the fan blades, which may need to be screwed on, or clipped on, depending on the fan model.

-If the fan is too wobbly, you can either attach a balancing kit that may be included with your fan, or you can buy them separately.

-Finally, turn switch back on at the circuit breaker. 

If you don’t have time or the patience to install a ceiling fan, give Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical a call and we’d be happy to install it for you! While we’re out there, we can check your Air Conditioning Unit to make sure it’s running efficiently, so that not only your new ceiling fan but also your AC unit are providing the most comfortable atmosphere in your home!

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DIY Backsplash Part 2

 

In a previous post, we explained how to prep your kitchen walls so that they are ready to be tiled for an instant upgrade. Now that your walls are prepped, it’s time for the measuring. You’ll want to start at the focal point of the kitchen which is most often above the oven and under the hood vent. Since you’ll be buying and cutting the tile sheets yourself, you will want the least amount of cutting possible.

 

  • Starting above your stove, measure from the top down where you want the backsplash to stop.
  • At the mark you want the backsplash to stop, screw a scrap piece of wood that will create a level place where the tile will stop. The wood piece will also hold the tile in place while the adhesive dries. (This is for the central part of your wall above the oven, so there is no counter top to keep the tile in place while the adhesive is drying).
  • Find the center of the wall and mark a vertical line for the backsplash. Leave 1/8 inch of space around the junction of the tile and cabinets for expansion. At this point, there should be a horizontal wood board on the wall signifying where the tile stops, and a vertical center line in the middle of the wall.
  • Use a trowel and spread tile adhesive on the wall where you will tile. It’s best to do one portion of the wall at a time and wipe the trowel off with water to prevent the adhesive from drying.
  • Starting at the center line you drew on the wall, apply the first tile sheet and press it with your hand. Use a scrap piece of wood and mallet to firmly press on the tile. If there’s any problem with the tile sticking, this means the adhesive is too thick and you’ll need to scrape off some before re-applying the tile.
  • Use tile spacers to make sure the tile pieces are even, and also a lever throughout the process for precision.
  • Once the tiles have all been laid, allow them to set for 24 hours.
  • Apply grout to the tiles – working in a diagonal motion. After a few hours, wipe off any grout haze that is left on the tiles.
  • After three days, apply a sealant to the grout to prevent any stains.


Although this is a tedious process, the money saved and value added will make the project well worth it! You now have an upgraded kitchen and a new skill! Make sure that your kitchen is not only looking good, but operating efficiently. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical to check your kitchen faucet for leaks. We’ll fix any leaks and save you from expensive repairs down the road and potentially 200 gallons of wasted water per day!

 

 

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Reduce Energy with Healthy Summer Cooking

Summertime is around the corner, and it’s a good idea to start preparing for the delicious yet simple recipes that you can make for your family. There are so many creative and yummy recipes that will involve minimal use of the oven and therefore less heat emitted in your home during the hottest months of the year. Enjoy these healthy summer cooking tips that reduce energy in your home that are good for you and your home.

Now is the time to maximize on the seasonal products that abound at any of your local farmers markets or food stands around town. Here are some ways to make the most of seasonal foods, optimize cooking time and create delicious yet nutritious meals!

  • Create a weekly meal plan based off weekly specials at the grocery store and farmer’s market. Activities usually ramp up during the summer months, and this will minimize the stress of worrying about meals with all the carpooling, vacations and activities you have going on.
  • Use thinner versions of carbs, like lighter pasta alternatives such as spaghetti squash, carrot pasta or cauliflower rice.
  • Load up on the veggies. Make use of your garden produce if you have one. Otherwise, make the most of the local farmers’ produce to create an array of colorful and tasty entrees.
  • Bring out the alternative cooking tools such as your crock pot, rice cooker and microwave oven. Eliminate the extra heat of the oven by using these cooking appliances that save on heat and time!  Throw your meals in the crock pot in the morning and enjoy dinner when you walk in the door!

 It’s not enough to simply keep the oven off during the summer months to keep your home cooler! Make sure your air conditioning unit is functioning properly and efficiently so that you and your family can fully enjoy your home cooked meals in a comfortable and cool environment. With more than 50 years of experience, we can provide any service that your unit needs. Whether it’s preventative maintenance, full replacement, or air conditioning enhancing products and services, we will quickly respond to your needs. Avoid the discomfort of unbearable heat that summer can bring by giving Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical at 800-461-3010.

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Being a homeowner requires a lot of work and seasonal maintenance but is also highly rewarding.  Knowing that you own a place to raise your family and make memories is something that should make you proud! Especially when you consider all the work you put into it to keep your home running smoothly and efficiently. Just when you’ve finished spring cleaning and can finally reap the benefits of your decluttered and clean home, it seems like it’s already time to perform summer home maintenance your home requires.

Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors to ensure that they are working properly and protecting your family from harmful chemicals.

Prep and clean ceiling fans – with the summer heat at its highest, you’ll definitely be getting good use out of your ceiling fans! They have probably accumulated a lot of dust over the months they weren’t used, so clean the tops of the blades to prevent them from spreading dust everywhere when they’re on.

Create a watering schedule for your garden or plants. Although it’s a common practice to water your plants daily, you may want to try watering them every couple days – and drenching them completely. Deeply watering your plants every couple days as opposed to lightly watering every day will allow your plants to grow even stronger and deeper roots.

Clean your grill – you can finally enjoy a BBQ out on the back deck, and practice perfecting your grilled chicken or meat of choice.

Give your windows a good wash. The spring cleaning list was an intense itinerary of items to tackle. If you didn’t get to everything, don’t worry! Now is the time to clean your windows, or any other items that you didn’t get around to during your deep spring cleanout.

Don’t forget about your Air Conditioning filters! Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical to come and replace, and we’ll provide a maintenance check on your air conditioning unit while we’re there!

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Are You Using the Right Lighting in Your Home?

Home Lighting

Our homes are where we often spend majority of our time. The lighting we use should be fulfilling the purpose, function or feel that want in each room. Lighting may not be something that you’ve given much thought to, but it powerfully impacts everything you do, whether you realize it or not. Lighting can make you feel awake and alert, or it can put you in a relaxed and calm mood. We’ll cover the different functions of lighting, and how they correspond with the purpose of each room in your home.

  • General/Ambient Lighting is typically considered as the room’s natural light and works to light up the whole room. Various forms of lighting can be categorized as ambient lighting, such as a pendant light, track lighting or a chandelier.
  • AccentLighting Is there something in a specific room that you’d like to draw attention to and highlight? Maybe it’s a special painting or a bookshelf. Accent lighting will highlight the specific piece or part of the room that you want to focus on.
  • Task Lighting – as the name suggests, task lighting serves a purpose to help you stay focused an accomplish something, whether it’s reading a book or working on a project.Instead of creating a warm ambiance, it does quite the opposite by providing brighter light to ensure you stay awake and focused.

 

As you keep in mind the mood and purpose for each room in your home, you’ll be able to determine which kind of light will optimize the purpose for each room. Below is a general guideline for the lighting that is best to include in each room:

 

  • Kitchen: Combine the use of task lighting and general lighting. The kitchen is often the heart of the home, so you’ll want to provide general lighting that will brighten the space where people often gather. Inlcude some task lighting in the form of track lighting under the countertops so that you’ll have extra visibility to any cooking you need to do on the counters.
  • Living Room: Another common gathering area that will require general lighting in the form of a ceiling light. Add a couple lamps in the corners for those times when you want to create a warmer ambiance.
  • Bathroom: Select lighting that will accurately show skin tone color – this is the room where you get ready, so the lighting should be accurate for getting ready and applying makeup.
  • Bedroom: This is the room in your home that should avoid task lighting. The room where you sleep should be filled with warm lighting that will put you in a relaxed and ready state for bed.

 

While you’re looking for energy efficiency in lighting, why stop there? Let us check your electrical outlets and components to make sure your home is safe.  Also, make sure your whole home is efficient by scheduling a cooling maintenance! Among the many services we offer, we can install a Power Attic Ventilator to reduce air conditioning costs by forcing very hot air trapped in the attic and replace it with cooler air outside. Your unit will run less during the hot summer days, which will result in energy savings for you! Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

Although you may not be able to predict and prepare for any sudden problem in your home, there are certain lengths you can and should go to that will allow you to respond quickly to these problems. Instead of having to run to the closest hardware store every time something breaks in your home, you can be prepared with a tool kit that will help fix most of the minor problems that could arise.

Drills and Bits – Buy a battery-operated drill and a variety of different sized drill bits, and you’ll be all set for multiple fix-up tasks!

Wrench set – Used to unfasten and fasten bolts, a wrench set is a necessary staple in any homeowner’s set.

Hammer – The size of the hammer head should match the size of the nails you buy with it. So a bigger hammer is best used with larger nails.

Tape Measure – This will come in handy during many situations, from measuring your windows for a new set of blinds, to checking square footage of rooms.

Utility Knife – Definitely a necessity – a utility knife will allow you to effectively open any package or box.

Pliers – Used for gripping pipes and twisting wires.

Safety Items – Anytime you perform tasks that require the tools above, it’s best to use the appropriate safety items like gloves, eye goggles, and ear plugs.

Caulking Gun – Use your caulking gun for any gaps or holes that may appear, such as windows or door frames or for filling in holes around your bathroom or shower!

Screw driver set – A variety of screw driver sizes are useful for changing air filters, electrical outlets, cover plates or adjusting furniture and fixtures.

Refer to your tool box to handle all the minor fixes needed in your home. While this tool box will have you prepared for any unexpected minor repairs, you’ll definitely need professional assistance to fix the unexpected larger repairs such as a plumbing or electrical problem. Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical will be there 24/7 to help!

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Keeping Your Home Safe During Summer

School is going to be out soon, which means vacation season is right around the corner. You and your family should be able to enjoy your time away, without worrying about intruders, or other problems at home. How do you ensure that your home is safe and secure to provide peace of mind while you’re away this summer? We’ve got a few tips!

Power off electronics. Eliminate any worry of overheated electronics by turning them all off.

Don’t forget the garage! Thieves often use a universal remote to open garages while home owners are away. Protect your garage from universal remotes by turning off the door.

Lock all doors, windows, and other access points like the cat or doggie doors. Do one final check through your whole home to make sure you don’t miss any windows.

Wait to post on social media. Don’t make it known to the world that you are currently away from your home. It may be a good idea to hold off on posting all your fun vacation pics until you’re back from your trip.

Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to check on your home. Although there is now the option to for your post office to hold your mail from 3-30 days, you’ll want someone to at least pick up any door flyers or the daily newspaper left at your home.

Keep blinds in their usual position so it doesn’t look like you’ve closed up your home to leave for a trip.

Use your app. If you have a home security app, put it to use by controlling things such as your water, appliances and lights.

Don’t hide a spare. Up to 50% of break ins are a result of a hidden key that has been found by burglars.

 

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can provide peace of mind as well, by performing thorough maintenance on your AC unit before you leave. You can rest assured that your family will come back from vacation to a cool and conditioned home!

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