Why You Should Consider a Pressure Reducing Valve

Most people have problems in their showers or sinks with the water pressure being too low – rarely do you hear of them complaining about water pressure being too strong. People generally want as much water pressure as they are able to get from their faucet or shower. Since low water pressure is a common occurring problem, you may be wondering why anyone would want a water-reducing pressure valve. Well, a few of the reasons below may cause you to reconsider: 

  • A pressure reducing valve can be beneficial to your home appliances. These are not cheap items to replace, and it’s important to make sure that your investments in appliances are taken care of. If the water pressure in your dish washer is too high, it could potentially place stress on your appliance, which over time, could require you to replace it. The lifetime of your appliances will significantly diminish if they are constantly under the stress of high water pressure.
  • If any of your water hoses become crimped, they could cause some serious water damage once released. One of the most dangerous water flooding threats to a home is caused by washing machine hoses that burst. Because many people pick up washing machine hoses that can be picked up at DIY stores, this causes even more of a potential flood disaster. Having a pressure reducing valve will ensure that your laundry room doesn’t get flooded.
  • Not only do appliances suffer from a high water pressure, but so do plumbing fixtures. Of course you don’t want shower under a trickling spout, but there’s a balance between having a pressure that’s strong enough to shower under, but also that doesn’t take a toll on your appliances and plumbing fixtures. Your shower should provide the optimum amount of water input that will be enough pressure for you to shower, but not too much that strains your shower head.
  • Installing a pressure reducing valve will help determine the optimal water pressure in your home. Although most people think that they are good judges of the right water pressure, it’s always best to have a professional come out to evaluate and determine what’s best for your home as well as the appliances and plumbing fixtures inside. If you are frustrated with a water pressure that is too low, you don’t have to settle for this.

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can come out to check the water pressure in your home and install pressure reducing valves! While we’re out there, we can also perform dye tests on all your toilets to ensure that there are no water leaks, which equate to money wasting. If your toilets are connected to a septic tank and there’s a water leak, then you could be wasting even more money! Not only can we provide dye tests, but we can also check all the exposed hot and cold water lines to identify and repair any water leaks in your home.

Give us a call today to schedule your appointment! 800-461-3010.

Tank vs Tankless- which water heater is right for your home?

Help, I need a new hot water heater! Tank vs. Tank-less?

What Type Do of Water Heater Do You Have?

Whether it’s a cold shower that tips you off, or a wet floor in the garage, the timing of a broken hot water heater is never ideal! And in most cases, there’s no notice your hot water heater is giving up at all. But when it does, you have a couple options. If your broken hot water heater was working sufficiently for you before, you can replace it with a similar hot water heater. If this is a floor standing model, this is likely your most cost-efficient option up front.

Regular Water Heaters

Unfortunately, if you had an older hot water heater that ran the course of its life, you may not be able to find that same model anymore. Additionally, if you have had challenges with the older model keeping up with your household’s hot water demand, you could either increase the water storage size or move to a tank that has a higher recovery rate. But keep in mind, if the size of the hot water tank is different than your original tank, you may have to make modifications to the space in which you install the hot water heater, which is an additional cost.  Gas hot water heaters often cost more than electric hot water heaters so keep that in mind and what you already have set up before purchasing a new one.

Tankless Water Heater Options

Your other option is to install a tankless hot water heater.  Despite the higher price point, they’re often more energy efficient and will likely save you money on your electric bill or gas bill long-term. A tankless water heater is an on demand system. It only heats the water once you turn it on. When it is sitting idle there is no energy used.

If sized properly, tankless hot water heaters can heat your whole house. You can place a hot water coil in your air handler. The tankless heater would circulate the hot water through the coil like a radiator on our car to heat your home. They can heat your home’s hot water as well all at once. Very rarely do you run out of hot water with the tankless heaters.

No matter what type of water heater you need, Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Electric & Plumbing is there to help.  Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010 and we will come out and review options with you on what’s right for you and your home!

 

Getting the Most From Your Heating System

 

imagesThis is the time of year when most of us see skyrocketing energy bills and are reminded of our to-do list when it comes to checking and maintaining our heating systems. Here are some of the big items to put on your list:

  • Change the filter at least every three months. Change it every 1 to 2 months if you have pets or people in the house with health issues such as asthma. Filters prevent larger particles from entering the system, which would reduce airflow. In addition, a dirty filter exposed to condensation can become damp, meaning mold could be a concern. Make sure to buy the right filter for your particular system.
  • Check that your air ducts and pipes are properly sealed. Ducts are used to distribute conditioned air through the house. Typically about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the system is lost through leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts, which means high energy bills!
  • Remove any dirt or corrosion, and keep the heat exchanger clean. Check manufacturer’s details for what you’ll need. This is best done by a professional if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing.
  • Lastly, an easy tip you or a family member can do is to keep air vents clear and keep furniture away from them.
  • Of course, regularly get your unit serviced by a company you can trust, like Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical! Start 2017 off right by calling us.

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!

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.

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 Clean Your Oven Glass

 

Do you ever clean the glass in your oven and then turn on the oven light and it still doesn’t look good? It could be that you are cleaning the exterior glass and overlooking all the grease on the inside of the door.oven_cleaner_2 (1)

The good news is that it is easy to make that glass sparkle!  To clean that glass, make a paste of baking soda and water.  Take a clean, damp cloth and rub the paste on the inside door of the oven, scrubbing the glass to remove the built up grease.  Let the solution sit for up to 15 minutes to loosen the grease.  Scrub with the baking soda paste a second time.  Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove the paste.  Repeat until all of the paste is removed, rinsing cloth frequently with clean water.  Finally, use a cloth soaked in vinegar to remove the final traces of backing soda and to polish the glass.  This will also serve to deodorize the oven.

If that doesn’t work, then try this method using a product from Norwex we’ve heard works really well. It’s an all natural, non-toxic cleaner for your oven or grill.

Heat your oven to 100-125 degrees and then turn off. Spray the cleaner on the inside of the door and let sit 10-15 minutes. Take a small scrubbing tool (like mesh) and scrub away the filth and grease. Wipe down with a wet cloth to get rid of the soap and grime, and then with a clean, dry cloth.

Won’t it be nice to see the inside of your oven again?

 

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!

Do Rugs Matter? by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Electric & Plumbing

 

Do Rugs Really Matter?rug making

A nice, well placed rug can really bring the room together. It can pick up accent colors in your color palette and pull seemingly different pieces of furniture together into one cohesive look. But, other than looking nice and adding to the look of a room, what do rugs actually do? Here are a few advantages to using rugs in your room:

  • Rugs can add warmth to a room. This is especially important for rooms that are built on a concrete slab. Rugs will actually provide a bit of insulation in the room by trapping air between the fibers. If you have a really cold floor and want to warm it up, look for a rug with a long pile like a shag rug or one with dense wool cut or loop pile.
  • Rugs can provide cushioning for hard floors. Do you have to stand in your kitchen for hours when cooking or doing dishes? A rug and a rug pad can add that extra bit of softness that will help your feet and back feel less achy at the end of cooking your holiday meal. Consider a rubberized, thick pad to provide the most cushioning.
  • Rugs absorb noise. Have you ever walked in an empty house or building that had no furniture, no drapes and no carpeting? Sounds seem to amplify and reverberate off of everything. By incorporating textile products into your home, you can soften the surfaces that sound waves bounce off of and make it just a bit quieter. This is one reason you want to include a rug in a baby’s room if possible.

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!

Re-purposing Furniture by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

 

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Our theme this week is how to find new uses and purposes for old items. Think of it as an up-cycling celebration week here at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical! Some really cool things we have seen done recently include:

  • Using a dresser to make an entertainment center – let your imagination guide the way! Paint the dresser and remove drawers to make room for components or add baskets in place of the drawers for added hidden storage.
  • Use a cut down pallet to make a place to store shoes in a mudroom.
  • Use a French door as a ready-made frame for your favorite photos.
  • Turn a kitchen table over to make a four poster cat bed made for royalty.
  • Cut out the top and center top couple of drawers leaving bottom drawers in a dresser to create a bench with storage for a mudroom.
  • More ideas can be found on most popular social media sites like Pinterest. Let your imagination rule the day!

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!

Installing a Peephole by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

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Installing a Peephole in your Door

We all know that a peephole can provide a lot of security. We teach our kids to never open the door until they know who is on the other side. But, if your front door does not have glass in it or side windows what do you do? Installing a peephole can solve this problem, and is relatively easy for most homeowners.

First, head to your local hardware store and purchase a peephole kit, along with a holesaw sized to accommodate the peephole. These circular saw bits will fit on your standard home drill. Just be sure to purchase the bit that is made to cut through the material your door is made of (metal, wood, etc.).

Follow instructions that come with the kit to install the peephole. A couple of tips to remember are to apply masking tape to the door before drilling with new blades to ensure you get a clean cut. Sandpaper can finish out the rough edges. If children or adults in wheelchairs regularly answer the door, consider installing a peephole at a height that better suits their 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!

Picking Paint by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

How to Pick Paint Colors for your Homeyellow paint

Often when we first purchase our home, we want to go in an repaint everything before we get all moved in and settled in. After all, who wants to move all the furniture again, tape off the trim and cover the floors? Why not do it all at once? While that is a great thing to do, unless you are going to pick one neutral color and paint it throughout the house, you will probably need to live through a couple of seasons to see the way the light plays on the walls, and interacts with your furniture and art before you can pick that color that makes your heart sing.

So, now that you’ve seen how the light interacts with the furniture and art, how do you decide? First, use popular social media sites like Pinterest or Houzz to find pictures of spaces and colors you like. Mark each one clearly so you can go back to it for reference. Narrow down your selections to less than seven colors. Head to your local paint shop and ask for paint chips. Bring them home and using painters tape, put them up on the walls. You may ask for more than one chip so you can look at the color on multiple walls. From there, narrow it down to just three to four colors. Purchase small cans of these paints and paint 24”x24” swatches on the wall so that you can ‘live’ with the color for at least a month to decide if you like it.

Once you have selected your color, don’t forget to select a trim color that accents the color and really makes it pop. Remember to take this opportunity to clean or replace switchplate covers, if needed. This added attention to detail will make your room really come to life!

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!