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.

 

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!

 

Home Safety Tips for Halloween

 

It’s that time of year when pumpkins begin appearing around every corner as our signal that fall is near and Halloween is fast approaching. So whether you’re having a big costume party this year or simply getting ready to greet trick-or-treaters at your door, it’s a good idea to make sure your hofirepitme and yard are safe ahead of time.

Amidst all of the Halloween preparations, this is a task that is easy to forget. Here are a few things to remember while setting up:

-Think about how people will be walking when setting up decorations. For example, it wouldn’t be a good idea to use a fog machine in an already dimly lit area or to set up items on the ground right in front of your porch. You can still make decorations visible without putting them in the way.

-Light up the yard and walkway well. This is especially important if there are small hills or dips that could be a hazard. Furthermore, you may want to block off these areas or at least mark them with a sign.

-Don’t overload electrical outlets or use extension cords in areas where people would walk. If you absolutely need to use an extension cord, tape or staple it to the ground.

-Check any electrical decorations you consider buying for certification marks for safety such as UL, CSA, and ETL.

-Use battery-operated candles instead of traditional candles in your jack-o-lanterns as a safer lighting alternative.

-Keep cornstalks and other flammable materials away from any decorations, or fire pits, that do have an open flame.

-Last but not least, make sure your front yard, front porch area and driveway are clear of debris such as tree branches, yard equipment, etc., minimizing items that could cause trick-or-treaters to trip or fall.  You never know which way children will enter your yard and amidst all the excitement, trick-or-treaters are likely to be running with one goal in mind: TREATS!

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!

Clean Windows by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric

 

Clean Your Windows Now!windows

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.

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!

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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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.

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!

New Year, New Goals by Central Carolina Air, Plumbing & Electic

 

new-years-goalsHow to Set New Year’s Goals

The start of the New Year has many of us thinking about the commitments that we will make in the new year to ourselves and others. You may be thinking about losing weight, going after a new position at work, starting your own business, eating better or spending more time with your partner or children. Whatever your goals, make sure that your goals are effective. One way is to make sure you set SMART goals. SMART goals were first described in the journal Management Review by George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham in the early 1980s. SMART goals are:

  1. Specific – think about what you really want to achieve. Make sure your goals align with the desired outcome, and that they address specific areas that require effort in order to get to that outcome.
  2. Measurable – can you measure how well you are doing in achieving the goal? If you are able to see your progress toward the desired outcome, you are more likely to stick with the goal in the longer term.
  3. Attainable – make sure your goals are realistic while also being ambitious. You want to set goals that you know will require a lot of work, but are achievable. For instance, if you know you have five big projects at work in the coming year that will require lots of evening meetings, it may not be appropriate to set a goal of being home for dinner each night at 5 PM.
  4. Relevant – make sure your goals are rewarding. If you aren’t ready to tackle your goals, don’t set yourself up to fail. Instead look for other opportunities to move closer to your desired outcome.
  5. Time- bound – set a timeline for reaching your goals. We have all had the experience of setting goals that we just kept putting off until later. You may even want to add milestones to your goals to track your progress.

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Christmas Wishes by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

Christmas Wishes from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electricchristmas wishes

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.

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!

Furnace Care by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

furnace inspectionTake Care of Your Furnace So That It Can Take Care of You!

The cold weather that marks the transition from fall to winter is descending upon us. There is no better time than right now to check on your furnace to make sure it is in tip-top shape for the coming cold weather. By checking it now you might save yourself the hassle of an emergency call later in the season. Regardless of whether you have an electric or gas furnace, you will want to check, and replace if necessary, air filters. This can boost your efficiency. Filters should be changed monthly, or as soon as they become blocked with dust and particles.

For gas furnaces, check the pilot light to ensure it is lit. Also check any fittings to make sure there are no leaks. While gas has an added odor to make it more detectable, you should always check by spraying a weak soap solution on fittings and looking for bubbles. Check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector too.

If you have an electric furnace, check motors, pulleys and belts for signs of wear. Replace any parts now rather than waiting for them to wear out – and potentially leaving you and your family in the cold. Oil moving parts per manufacturer’s directions. If in doubt about how to service your furnace in preparation for winter, remember that you can call the professionals at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric for all your HVAC needs.

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!