DIY Tile Backsplash

As we mentioned in previous posts, summertime is often the best season to take on home projects. The long daylight hours are perfect for outdoor and indoor projects alike. One of the indoor projects that adds instant value and appreciation to your home is kitchen tile backsplash. The kitchen and bathrooms are primary areas of the home that everyone looks at when considering buying a home. 

Adding tile to the kitchen is a different process than adding tile to the bathroom. The kitchen does not have any areas that are considered “wet areas” with backerboard. So it will be a simpler process from that perspective, yet still a tedious process that requires patience.  Follow these guidelines for a successful enhancement to your kitchen!


  • Turn off the power to your kitchen.
  • Wipe down and clean all wall areas that will be tiled. A mixture of water and liquid dish soap will remove any stubborn grease stains.
  • Cover your countertops with a drop cloth or some other protective material.
  • Take off all outlet covers and switch plates. Move all the appliances that are close to the areas you will be tiling.
  • Tape off the cabinets and the area where the counters meet the wall. Be sure to also tape off the outlets.


At this point, you’ve prepped your walls and are ready for measuring and the tile installation! Read our next post for how to finish DIY kitchen tile installation! Cosmetic upgrades add great value to your home – however, you can also add value by making sure your home is operating efficiently as well. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical to check on your water heater, drain pipes, exposed hot and cold water lines, faucets for leaks and ventilation systems!

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Keeping Your Home Safe During Summer Storms

In our previous post, we discussed how to keep your home safe during summer vacation. But have you given thought to how you will keep your home safe during the summer storms? Spring and summer bring the highest rate of storms, which can cause some serious property damage. Rest easy knowing that your home is protected and ready for any storms that may come your way, by following these suggested preventative measures! 


  • Know where your shelter is – find the safest place in your home to hide out, during the event that there is a storm.
  • Create an emergency kit with necessities – and store it in the safe place where your family will hide out during a storm. A few of the items you should keep in the kit are non-perishable foods, a flashlight, water and extra clothes.
  • Keep routine maintenance on your roof and foundation.
  • Remove any trees or branches within close range of your home. These are major causes for property damage from high mile winds during the storms.
  • Avoid all metal – it’s also important to stay away from your phone, computer, and any electronics, if possible.
  • Close and secure all doors and windows.


Now that most of your home is protected, let’s make sure your air conditioning unit is also protected from flooding! 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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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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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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How To Beat Spring Allergies

Trees, plants and grass are releasing pollen this time of year, and with that comes the biggest trigger of seasonal allergies. Although you’re not able to fully cure allergies, there are natural and medicinal remedies you can explore to alleviate these symptoms. How do you know if you’re one of those that falls prey to relentless symptoms from allergies? An allergy specialist can help you find out through providing a skin or blood test.

If you are one of the many struggling with allergies, what are the ways to reduce the aggravating and inconvenient symptoms? There are many forms and variations of medicine – both prescription and over the counter drugs. Among these options are Nasal sprays, decongestants, Antihistamine/decongestant combos, eye drops, under the tongue immunotherapy tablets and allergy shots. If you’re looking for a more natural medicinal remedy for your allergies, nasal irrigation is a preferred choice by many.

Medicine isn’t the only method to combat allergy symptoms. There are many other ways you can try to avoid pollen. Pollen spreads quickly when the wind is blowing, so it’s recommended that you stay inside as much as you can on days when the wind is especially strong. This effort may be in vain if you have pollen accumulating INSIDE your home. Maybe it’s time to focus on your home environment and clean the air that is constantly being inhaled by you and your family members.

Dust and vacuum on a regular basis to collect and rid your home of the pollen particles floating around. Doing a monthly change of your air filters will also prevent the accumulation of dust. While cleaning pollen away is helpful, it’s best to go straight to the source of the pollen release before it even lands on your floors and furniture. When is the last time you’ve had your duct system cleaned out?

Every time your air conditioner is running this spring, it is pulling animal dander, pollen, dust, and other airborne contaminants into your duct system. The pollutants are then circulated throughout your home every time the system runs. Let Central Carolina Air Conditioning make your home more comfortable and healthy, by providing an extensive cleaning of your HVAC system. Not only will it help your allergies, or the allergies of family members, but it will also help your pocket book by saving on energy bills!


Call to schedule your appointment now with Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical at  800-461-3010.


How Much Does a Light Bulb Cost?

blulbThe cost of purchasing a light bulb is easy to determine.  You simply look at the label on the shelf.  Pretty straightforward, right?  But there is a hidden cost that many consumers are less familiar with – the cost to operate that bulb and how often you have to replace it.  So, what does it cost to operate each kind of bulb? The Department of Energy provides information on what it costs to operate a light bulb with a 60 watt brightness (or the equivalent in non-incandescent light bulbs).  According to the Department of Energy, based on an energy cost of $0.11 per kilowatt hours (kWh):

  • A 60 watt incandescent that is used for 1,000 hours 60 KWh of electricity, for a total cost of $6.60.  This bulb will normally last for 1,000 hours.
  • A 43 watt halogen bulb will use about 25% less energy.  You can expect to spend about $4.73 to operate for 1,000 hours.  You can expect this bulb to last 1,000 to 3,000 hours.
  • A 15 watt compact fluorescent (CFL) light will cost $1.65 to operate for 1,000 hours and can last for 10,000 hours.
  • A 12 watt light-emitting diode (LED) light is the most efficient bulb on the market today.  At only $1.32 for 1,000 hours of operation, it costs 80% less to operate than the traditional incandescent bulb.  In addition, this bulb will last for up to 25,000 hours.

So, while LED and CFL light bulbs may appear expensive when you are shopping, they represent the best value in the long term, both in terms of costs to operate as well as the expected length of life of the bulb.

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Use a Dehumidifier to Keep You Comfy this Summer

The last few days hcool_down_on_a_hot_summer_day_6472ave been uncharacteristically cool here in the Piedmont Triad of NC.  We’ve had cool, if not even downright cold, weather in the middle of May. In addition to being cool, the humidity has virtually disappeared.  But later this week the moisture is expected to come back, although at much lower temperatures than we expect at this time of year.

While dehumidifiers don’t cool down the air in the room, they do go a long way in making it feel more comfortable during the summer. Humidity can feel sticky and sweaty in the warm summer months and make the heat overwhelming.  By adding a dehumidifier, you remove that extra moisture from the air which makes it more comfortable.  It also reduces the possibility for mold and mildew growth in the longer term.

Select a dehumidifier based on the size of your room.  Most units will list on the box the number of square feet of space that can be treated with the unit.  If you choose to run a dehumidifier, place it in the center of the room (or as close to center as possible).  Run it during the time you are not in the room.  If you run it while you are in there it will continue to work but can also dry out your skin.  Remove and clean the appliance’s filter at least once a month to keep it running efficiently.  Remember to empty the water reservoir when full.  Most units will automatically shut off when the reservoir is full, but you should check the instructions that came with the unit to be sure.

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!

Utilizing a Sump Pump to Keep Your Basement Dry

pumpHave you ever heard of a sump pump?  Probably not if you don’t live in an area where flooding is common.  If you have heard of a sump pump chances are good that you now live, or have lived in an area with a pit in the basement.  These pits collect the extra water that seeps into the basement when we have excessive rain that is unable to run off to the streams, creeks and ponds.

In these cases, sump pumps sit just below the surface of the water collection pit.  When the water rises above a certain level, a water control switch is activated that turns the pump on.  Once this occurs, the pump will automatically turn on and pump the water out of the basement and outside and away from the house and it’s foundation.  This keeps the basement and foundation dry and free from mold.

Most sump pumps are directly wired into the house.  But if you have a finished basement, or expensive equipment, including appliances, in the basement,  consider installing a battery backup to protect your investment.  Test whether or not your sump pump works regularly by simply pouring a bucket of water into the pit to make sure that the sump pump turns on when  you pour the water into the pit.  If the pump comes on, it is working correctly.  If the pump doesn’t come on, you should check the electrical supply to make sure it is working.  Check breakers to make sure they aren’t tripped.  Sump pumps should always be on a dedicate breaker.

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!

Preparing for Spring Wind Storms

This past weekend we had some incredibly strong winds here in the Piedmont Triad. Most whwind damageo have lived in North Carolina for any amount of time know that windstorms are just a part of spring in our state.  The winds that are a hallmark of March often continue here until late April and even into May as weather patterns continue to shift.

So, how can you prepare you and your home for the high winds that come in the early spring?  First,  consider trimming trees and bushes.  Winter weather can wreak havoc on plant material.  Ice accumulations can cause weak branches to break off during the winter, or weaken limbs.  In strong winds these can come down on power and telephone lines, causing a disruption of service.  Start early by removing these before they become a problem.  Small branches can usually be handled by the homeowner but consider a professional for large limbs.

Second, look around your home and identify any objects that could be dislodged by high winds.  Either weight these items down or secure them to larger objects.  Bungee cords are great tools to use to secure things like trashcans to decks or patios.  Items like patio furniture cushions or covers should be brought inside if possible.  If you can’t bring them in consider using rope or bungee cords to secure them to heavier pieces like furniture.

Finally, keep a weather radio at your home and at the ready in the event of storms.  While you may not always have enough warning to secure your property from high winds, we want you to protect your most valuable possessions – you and your family. In the event of a tornado or micro burst go to the innermost room in your home, away from windows and mirrors and in the lowest point in your home.  If you are in a mobile home seek shelter in another structure.  If on the road, stop and seek coverage under a bridge/overpass or even in a ditch, taking care to protect your head until the danger passes.

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!