Hiding Unsightly Power Cords

 

Maybe you’re tired of looking at a tangled mess of cords around your TV stand or under your desk. Or, maybe you’re trying to make your home safer (especially important with young children). What are some ways you can hide your electrical cords? Here are some options:

  • First, unplug the appliances, clean up around the area and untangle! You can label the different cords with bread clips or pieces of masking tape that you can label and wrap around the cords.
  • You can clip the cords together with binder clips if you want a hassle-free solution and don’t mind if it doesn’t look perfect. Or, you can use a cord spiral wrap to make the cords blend in better with your background.
  • Use packing tape to affix the cord to the back of a table leg, TV stand, desk, etc. Or similarly, use adhesive hooks/clips.
  • If you have many electronics on your nightstand, put a power strip inside your top drawer to hide it all.
  • A creative, yet simple solution, is to use a box of some sort to put all of the cords into and sit it on your desk, TV stand, or other surface. This won’t hide the entire length of the cords but will make a big difference.
  • If you don’t mind a little bit more work, get a paintable cord cover. Measure the wall to figure out what length you need. You may cut it if needed. All you have to do is mount it to the wall and put the cords in, then paint the cord if you wish.
  • If you don’t mind even more work and you’re very tech savvy, use flat wire on the wall and paint over it. This is exactly what it sounds like—wiring that is flat instead of round. Low-voltage wires look like copper strips encased in film, so they are safe to touch.
  • Lastly, if it’s a wall-mounted TV you have — while probably the most labor intensive but most effective — you can feed cords from your TV through your wall where they will be hidden. If this is the route you choose, you may wish to engage a professional electrician to help.

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!

Prepare for Power Outages with Standby Generators

 

imagesLosing your power is never something anyone wants, especially during the winter months. For some homeowners, a lapse in power is a minor annoyance while for others it can be life threatening. For this and a variety of other reasons, a generator may be a wise purchase for your home.

While you may already have a portable gasoline-powered generator (or have thought about getting one), you may want to consider upgrading. A standby generator can energize your home for days. This is especially useful during extended power outages.

A great option for big families, standby generators are especially beneficial for those with young children or elderly relatives who may rely on medical equipment run by electricity. When looking at sizes, remember that the higher the generator’s capacity, the more circuits it can power. Think about what you’ll need to power.

The standby generator is permanently installed in your yard and is connected directly to your home’s electrical panel. It is powered by an external fuel supply, such as liquid propane, natural gas, or diesel. When you lose power, an automatic switch will start the generator. When power comes back on, the switch shuts down the generator and reconnects your home to the grid. The switch prevents back-feeding electricity, which is unsafe and can start fires.

Look for a trustworthy professional to install yours. The person will need to assess your load needs based on what you’ll want to run electricity to and the starting wattage of appliances that rely on motors. The person will also assess all of the logistics. Keep in mind that you will need some space: it will need to be several feet away from home openings and flammable materials.

If you do end up using the generator, get it serviced if it runs for 24 or more hours continually. Check the engine oil daily while it is being used and run it at less than 75 percent of its rated capacity.

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!

Prevent Home Burglaries

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It’s not something we like to think about, but with a home burglary happening every 13 seconds in the U.S., it’s a good idea to take simple steps to deter criminals. Here are some good starter tips:

  • Lighting is crucial. Install plenty of lighting all around the outside of your home. This goes beyond just turning on the front porch light every night. It is a good idea to have floodlights with motion sensors on every side of the home. You can also use timers that turn on at dusk and off at dawn. If you don’t have electrical wiring in some areas, hire an electrician or consider battery operated LED lights.
  • Speaking of lighting, keep some lights on if you won’t be home for a long time so that it appears someone is home. A TV or radio isn’t a bad idea either. You can even use a timer to mimic human activity.
  • It is easy to leave windows open for much longer than intended when you just wanted to get some fresh air in during those stuffy winter months. Make sure to always close them and lock them back up.

Some additional tips:

  • Use a heavy-duty deadbolt on your front door.
  • Store your valuables in a heavy safe, or even fasten it to the floor.
  • If you don’t have a safe, at least keep your valuables out of sight.
  • Don’t advertise what valuables you’ve recently purchased with their boxes sitting out by the trash—people can easily spot that big TV box and know what you have inside your 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!

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electric

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Do you have ceiling fan that needs updating?  Maybe it quit working several months ago and you are just now finding the time to replace it.  Either way, replacing a fan can be easy for someone with basic electrical skills.  However, be forewarned that fans, especially those with light fixtures attached, can weigh up to 50 pounds and you have to work over your head in order to install and wire them, while on a ladder.  So, if that is not something you do often, you may find that you need to take a lot of breaks or get assistance from someone else in order to get it installed.

How to Replace a Ceiling Fan:

  1. Start by cutting the power off at the circuit breaker.
  2. Place a piece of painters  tape over the circuit labelled ‘off’ so that someone else does not turn it back on accidentally while you are working.
  3. Next, you will need to remove the old fixture.  Most fans have a collar at the top that has to be loosened, then you will see the ball fixture hanging in the bracket.
  4. Before pulling the fan and fixture down, disconnect all wiring.
  5. Once the wire nuts are off, untwist any wires and then remove the old fixture.  Since it will come down in one piece it can be awkward to handle.  Have a friend help you get it down if needed.
  6. Next, you will have to follow the instructions that came with the new one.  Unlike years ago when the lighting kit had to be installed using wire nuts, most now come with plug in capability and if bought as a set, the lighting fixtures are usually pre-installed.  Simply follow the directions that came with the product.
  7. Then turn the power back on at the breaker.  Of course, we at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric are always happy to help you install a fan as well.  Just give us a call!

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!