Common Home Toxins


We’re so comfortable at home that we typically don’t notice the parts of the house and items in it that can be harmful to us. Here are some common toxins and ways you can make your home safer.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a plastic harmful to human health and the environment and is often found in everyday items such as inflatable toys, mattresses, shower curtains, bath mats, plumbing supplies and flooring. PVC is a known carcinogen that contains phthalates and other compounds that can interfere with development and damage the liver and respiratory and nervous systems. Look for hemp or organic cotton shower curtains, and wood, bamboo, cork, or real linoleum flooring. Try to see what your mattresses and toys contain. Avoid fake leather.
Coal Tar Driveway Sealants contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are toxic compounds that can cause cancer or other genetic mutations. When rain hits your driveway, the toxic chemicals run off into your yard and drinking water supply. Gravel and other porous materials are better alternatives. If you do seal blacktop, pick asphalt sealant and stay away from any product that has coal tar in its name. (Many big stores have already banned it.)

Synthetic Pesticides—chemical weed and bug killers—are best avoided both in the house and yard. They have been linked to cancer and an array of other issues. Indoors, try sealing up cracks and cleaning up any food remnants. Alternatives for the yard include neem oil, pyrethrum, and diatomaceous earth, depending on what insects you want to get rid of. To prevent mosquitoes, dump any standing water and use a natural spray such as those containing garlic.

It is almost humidifier season, and while they’re helpful, if they aren’t kept clean they can disperse microorganisms and minerals into indoor air, causing problems especially for those with asthma and allergies.

There are many more hidden toxins that could be in your home—such as harsh cleaners. It is a good idea to take a look around and see what changes you can make.

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Common Home Cleaning Mistakes

 

 

Inevitably, when you have company over for the holidays, someone will spill red wine on your carpet or drop food onto the floor or counters. If you want to be prepared, take a look at some of these common cleaning mistakes many people make — and learn what to do instead.

images-5Don’t scrub that spill on the carpet — this can actually make it worse. Instead, scrape up as much as you can with a spoon (if you can). Blot the spot with a clean white paper towel or cloth and blot until dry. In addition, could place a pile of books on top of the towels and change them out frequently. Then treat the spot with a stain remover.

Natural cleaning agents like lemon juice and vinegar can be used on many things — but not everything. These acids can damage natural surfaces such as marble, limestone and onyx.

Not all cleaners are disinfectants. If a product has an EPA registration number it is a disinfectant. (It will say something like EPA Reg No.). Also make sure you leave the cleaner on the treated spot for the recommended amount of time.

Practice caution when using abrasive tools. The heavy-duty cleaning sponges can scratch surfaces such as plastic or ceramic cooktops. The magic erasers may damage surfaces like vinyl flooring.

Be aware of what you type of surface you are spraying directly with cleaning products. For glass, wood, stainless steel and electronics, spray a small amount onto a microfiber cloth then wipe the surface. Use a dry cloth to wipe away any excess liquid.

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Save Money By Using Your Fireplace This Winter

 

Depositphotos_11377528_s-2015A wood-burning fireplace brings to mind images of happy holidays, hot chocolate, and relaxing with family and friends. But did you know using your fireplace can save you money by keeping your electric bills lower? Indeed they can, but only if maintained and used properly. So what do you need to know to start saving?

  • Before use, have your chimney cleaned and inspected each year before using it. This will not only keep it in good working condition, but also keep you and your family safe from preventable fires.
  • To maximize savings by using your fireplace, make finding a source of free or inexpensive wood a top priority. If you don’t have wood on your property, chances are, someone you know does. Or, you can check Craigslist and other online resources for wood. Neighbors may have small trees they’d like cut down or branches they’d like picked up, and that’s where you come in. Other sources may have already chopped the wood for you and you’ll just need to pick it up. Remember, the wood usually a few months to dry, so you’ll want to make this a priority. 
  • When your fireplace is in use, close your doors throughout the house. Oxygen and heat are pulled from the inside of the home to the fireplace. If you close the doors to the other rooms, it can help to keep the entire house warmer.
  • If you have a ceiling fan, put it to use! Many ceiling fans come with a backward setting that pulls heat from the ceiling towards the floor. If used along with a fireplace it can help spread the heat around the room.

While you’re getting your fireplace ready, take time to address these additional safety tips: 1) Take time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors each fall 2) Be sure to keep anything flammable far away from the fireplace and 3) Check that the smoke coming out of the chimney is clear or white.

 

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Clean Windows by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric

 

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March has finally arrived and you are likely beginning to plan all your spring and summer activities. Cook-outs, lazy summer afternoons spent rocking on the porch while sipping a tall cold glass of iced tea, and the music of the tree frogs at dusk are all hallmarks of a good Southern summer. So, before you break out the blow up pool toys and rocking chairs, take a minute to get your house in order so that you can enjoy those summer days.

One thing that most of us do to welcome the spring, and the longer days, is to clean the windows. A dreaded chore by many, it can be a quick task with the right tools. First, you’ll need to purchase your supplies if you don’t have them. You will need:

  • A small bucket
  • Squeegee blade (if you have wooden panes that separate window panels choose a small size, otherwise choose the biggest size that will accommodate your windows)
  • A couple of clean cloths or rags for washing the windows
  • White vinegar (1 gallon is enough for most)
  • Newspapers or clean dry rags to dry windows
  • A razor blade and holder (optional)

In the bucket, put one cup of vinegar and about one gallon of hot water. Use rags to wipe windows down with solution, taking care not to get excess water on furniture. Use razor blade if needed to remove sap or paint. Squeegee off excess water solution and polish with newspaper or dry rags. Change water once it becomes dirty.   Clean inside and outside windows, as well as the interior and exterior of storm windows.

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Super Bowl I by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

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The first world championship football game between the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) was played on January 15, 1967. This game, which retroactively became known as Super Bowl I was between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. Close to 62,000 people attended the game held at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

The Green Bay Packers won the game with a score of 35 to the Kansas City Chiefs score of 10. The most valuable player was Bart Starr, the quarterback. The next year the Green Bay Packers defended their title by beating the Oakland Raiders in Miami. Bart Starr was selected as the MVP for that Super Bowl as well. Per NFL photos, tickets to Super Bowl I could be had for $10.

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Security Lighting by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electric

 

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We all know how it feels to get home after a long day at work, in the winter, only to realize that you forgot to leave the porch light on. Fumbling for the keys and trying to get them in the lock while juggling a cell phone, coat and umbrella is frustrating at best. But what if you had the convenience of motion sensitive lights that came on automatically? Or a lighted pathway that came on automatically whenever it got dark?

We often think about security lighting at our businesses, but rarely take time to consider our home outdoor lighting needs. At commercial locations, we recommend lighting the property well so that employees and visitors don’t trip over unseen obstacles, and to deter theft. The same holds true for our homes. Visitors to your home should be able to navigate from the driveway to the door safely. Good lighting design can provide adequate lighting that blends well with the surrounding area and enhances your home’s appeal.

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Happy Birthday Elvis by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

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It has been nearly 40 years since Elvis Presley died and still over six hundred thousand visitors travel every year to Graceland, his Memphis home. It’s hard to believe, but had he lived Elvis would be 81 years old tomorrow. Born January 8, 1935 to a poor family in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis initially worked as a truck driver before hitting it big with “That’s All Right Mama”.

Elvis had a string of hits from the 1950s through the 1970s. He is best remembered for bringing forward rockabillly music that incorporated elements of country, bluegrass and gospel music. In addition, his showmanship on the stage set the crowds afire. Elvis went on to work on the big screen as an actor in the movie “Love Me Tender”. In 1958 he was inducted into the Army and served for two years. When he was released from service his popularity was nearly as high as when he left to serve. Few artists can claim that distinction.

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Holiday Decor by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

fragile boxOrganize Holiday Décor with These Tips

More than likely you have either begun to take down your holiday decorations, or are planning to do it soon. But before you pull out the boxes and tissue paper to start packing, take a minute to prepare and organize your decorations for the next season. Spending a little time now will make next year easier.

Consider how you are storing your Christmas décor. Are you keeping it in the original box? Maybe an old shoe box? Or a shopping bag? Plastic boxes that hold multiple ornaments can be purchased for less than $10 and often include cardboard dividers that can be adjusted to fit all ornament sizes and shapes. Look for bins in holiday colors to make them easy to find. Plastic bins are a great way to store all types of décor because they provide moisture protection and are sturdier than most cardboard boxes. If the décor items are mostly textile products, add a cedar ball or moth balls in order to keep pests out of the bin.

Strings of lights are perhaps the hardest holiday décor item to store because they become tangled so easily. Lights can be stored on specially made light reels that are sold at most retailers for less than $25. Alternatively, use a wire coat hanger to make a square form that you can wrap the light strands around.

Carefully clean any décor items before packing them away so that decorating will be easier the following season. Repair or replace any broken items and dispose of any items that you do not expect you will use again. Check carefully for worn or frayed cords on electrical items and either repair or replace.

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Christmas Wishes by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

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Tomorrow Christians across the globe will celebrate Christmas, and the birth of Jesus Christ. Many religions celebrate holidays at this time of year. There are many unifying themes across all of these celebrations including peace, joy and hope.

We at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric want to wish you peace in this season. May you feel the peace of the overwhelming love of your family and friends as you gather together to celebrate the holidays. May you enter the New Year with a profound sense of calm and resolve.

We wish you joy. Let the smile of a child shine a light in your heart. May the peaceful moments of quiet in the stillness of the winter night continue to inspire awe in your soul.

Finally, we wish you hope. As this year comes to a close a new beginning awaits around the corner. May we all begin that New Year with renewed hope for better things. Some in our community have experienced loss and trials in the past year. May hope spring eternal as you enter this new year.

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Cleaning Your Chimney by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electric

 

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Given that the weather has turned cool, you have probably had the chance to enjoy a crackling fire in the last few weeks. There is nothing quite like cozying up on the couch with someone you love while watching the flames lick at the logs. However, many of us neglect our fireplaces.

Did you know that those fires cause soot that can build up in your chimney into a thick, tarry substance called creosote? This creosote can potentially cause a fire in your chimney. That would certainly put a damper on your relaxing evening by the fire. To clean your chimney, follow these tips:

  • Remove grates and andirons from the fireplace and set outside to clean later.
  • Move a trashcan next to the fireplace.
  • Check ashes to ensure that all embers are completely burned out before shoveling out the ashes.
  • Place a disposable tarp in the fireplace and over the hearth and any flooring to protect it from soot. Cover with newspapers to absorb any liquids and reduce the amount of soot that will get on the tarp.
  • Next, open the flue. Most are on a lever near the fireplace. Using a flashlight look up your chimney while engaging the lever. If you see the small door move, you have found the flue. Leave it open as you finish cleaning the chimney.
  • Using a chimney sweep (nylon or metal wire brush 1 inch larger in circumference than your chimney), scrub the walls to loosen debris. Debris should fall onto your tarp and newspaper for easy disposal.
  • Once you finish sweeping, make a solution of 6 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate, 1 cup of bleach and 1 gallon of warm water into a plastic bucket. Use gloves as this solution is very strong and should be handled with care according to the directions on the package. Use this solution and your brush to scrub the walls of the chimney.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Dispose of the newspapers and tarp carefully by folding all edges inward to form a bundle and contain the mess.
  • Finally, using a nylon brush, clean loose debris from grates and andirons before returning them to the fireplace.

While you can clean your own chimney, you may prefer to call a professional if you are especially sensitive to chemicals, lack the time and patience, or simply don’t want to tackle this job on your own. Look online for chimney sweeps to find a local professional.

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