Blog

Welcome to Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.’s blog- BOB’S RED TRUCKS! Whether it be keeping you cool in the summer or warm in the winter, we’re in the business of making sure you and your family are comfortable and safe. However, maintaining your comfort and safety after our technicians leave your home or work space requires some basic HVAC knowledge, and that is where BOB’S RED TRUCKS blog comes in! We hope you find this space a great resource for learning all things HVAC.

FUN FACT FRIDAY

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- AUGUST: MY HVAC SYSTEM HAS AN ODOR. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- AUGUST: MY HVAC SYSTEM HAS AN ODOR. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

By: Patricia Cermignano Your HVAC system is intended to keep your home comfortable and your indoor air clean. While regular maintenance of your HVAC system helps to maximize the life expectancy of your system, there are scenarios where your HVAC system malfunctions, and the only clear indicator of a malfunction is a very distinct odor. For August's Tech Tip of the Month, we wanted to educate and inform you on four distinct HVAC odors that a homeowner should never ignore and what to do should you smell these odors in your home.   Rotten Egg Odor- What: As natural gas is odor...

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS AND SMART THERMOSTATS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS AND SMART THERMOSTATS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano As technology continues to evolve, it should not come as a surprise that the design and functionalities of thermostats have progressed over time as well. While both Programmable Thermostats and Smart Thermostats help to regulate temperature and to manage your energy bills, there are significant differences between the two types that are important for you to understand.   Programmable Thermostats- Programmable Thermostats are thermostats designed to adjust and change temperature throughout a house according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at ...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- HEAT PUMP

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- HEAT PUMP

By: Patricia Cermignano Did you know that a heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that is used to provide cooling in the warmer months and also has the ability to provide heat during the cooler months? Heat pumps are a good solution for your home comfort system because they help provide both heating and cooling and are an efficient alternative to electric heat. As we are quickly approaching those in between season months, we wanted to focus our August Product of the Month on heat pumps.   How Does a Heat Pump Work? Heat Pumps work in conjunction with either an air handler or fur...

WILLIS CARRIER- THE HISTORY OF A COOL MAN

WILLIS CARRIER- THE HISTORY OF A COOL MAN

By: Patricia Cermignano As we celebrated the 115th anniversary of modern-day air conditioning last week, we wanted to take time to provide a brief history of the "Father of Air Conditioning"- Willis Carrier.   Willis Carrier- Early Years- Willis Carrier was born on November 26, 1876 in Angola, New York to Duane Williams Carrier and Elizabeth R. Haviland. In 1901, Willis Carrier graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Engineering. Lifetime Milestones- 1901- Willis Carrier began working at Buffalo Forge Company- a supplier of forges, fans and hot blast heaters. Ju...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JULY: HOW CAN I REDUCE MY AIR CONDITIONING ENERGY COSTS?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JULY: HOW CAN I REDUCE MY AIR CONDITIONING ENERGY COSTS?

By: Patricia Cermignano Have your utility bills been higher than expected this summer? As we have had many people call our office this summer asking us how they can reduce their energy costs, we sat down with our technicians and created a list of our top five energy saving tips for our July Tech Tip of the Month.   Upgrade to a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner- Replacing your older, more inefficient air conditioning system with a new, high-efficiency system can help reduce your summer utility bills by nearly one-third. It is important that you consult a qualified HVAC technician to en...

ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANERS AND AIR FILTERS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANERS AND AIR FILTERS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano Did you know that the average person breathes in nearly 2,000 gallons of air a day? Did you also know that indoor air is said to be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air? What this means is that the air people breathe in often contains bacteria, contaminants, pollen and viruses. Electronic Air Cleaners and HVAC Air Filters have proven to be a solution to help clean and improve indoor air quality. A common question we are asked when our bi-annual Energy Savings Agreement forms get mailed each fall and spring is what is an Electronic Air Cleaner and how is it different...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- AIR CONDITIONER

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- AIR CONDITIONER

By: Patricia Cermignano Most people tend to think that an air conditioner cools a house by pushing cold air through a duct system throughout an occupied space; however, an air conditioner operates exactly opposite that. By definition an air conditioner is "a system that removes heat from an occupied space, leaving the space cool and comfortable." While it is important to understand what an air conditioner does, it is of equal value to know how an air conditioner works. This is why we wanted to focus our July Product of the Month on Air Conditioners!   How Does an Air Conditio...

THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED BY A HOMEOWNER ABOUT HVAC

THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED BY A HOMEOWNER ABOUT HVAC

By: Patricia Cermignano Whether you are a new homeowner or have owned a house for years, homeowners often have many questions regarding their HVAC systems. Below, we provide answers to the top five questions we commonly hear homeowner ask us:   1. Does a larger HVAC system offer better performance? The answer to this question is simple- No! If you get a system that is too large, the HVAC system will heat or cool your home faster than an adequate sized system; however, it will operate in short cycles which causes the system to start and stop more frequently which results in a higher en...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JUNE: WHAT DO I DO IF THERE IS NO COOL AIR COMING FROM MY HEAT PUMP

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JUNE: WHAT DO I DO IF THERE IS NO COOL AIR COMING FROM MY HEAT PUMP

By: Patricia Cermignano Have you ever come home from being out all day to a house that is sweltering hot only to find out that your heat pump has stopped working? While the first thing that comes to mind is that there is a serious issue with your heat pump, it is important to go through a few troubleshooting tips first before assuming the worst. The technicians at Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. have created a list of troubleshooting tips that they recommend you try as soon you sense that there may be an issue with your heat pump: Check your thermostat settings to ensur...

"AUTO" THERMOSTAT SETTING VS. "ON" THERMOSTAT SETTING- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano Most people have been told to keep their thermostat setting on "Auto" instead of "On", but is there really a significant difference between the two settings? The answer to this question is YES!   "Auto" The "Auto" thermostat setting means that the fan in your HVAC system runs automatically when heating or cooling your home. The fan in your HVAC system turns on and runs when it is working to reach the desired temperature that the thermostat is set for. Once the desired temperature has been reached, the fan turns off and on...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- AIRADVICE

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- AIRADVICE

By: Patricia Cermignano Did you know that the EPA has found that indoor air is estimated to be 2-5x worse than outdoor air? It is projected that at least 90% of homes have at least one indoor air quality (IAQ) issue. While many consumers want to improve their homes' indoor air quality, the problem is that most people do not know how to address these issues. Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. is committed to making your home comfortable and to help raise awareness about IAQ. That is why our company has invested in AirAdivce for Homes™ analyzers. The AirAdi...

CONCERNED ABOUT MOLD GROWTH? HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

CONCERNED ABOUT MOLD GROWTH? HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

By: Patricia Cermignano Mold is a natural part of the environment. When found outdoors, mold plays an important role in nature by helping break down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. However, when mold is found indoors, it should be avoided at all costs. Mold reproduces by means of tiny spores that are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air. Once mold spores travel into the indoor air and land on a wet surface, mold will begin to grow. While there are many different types of mold, all of them require water or moisture to grow. The three most common types...

BRYANT WOMEN IN HVAC EVENT 2017

BRYANT WOMEN IN HVAC EVENT 2017

By: Patricia Cermignano In 2015, Bryant® introduced the Bryant® Women in HVAC event in Indianapolis, Indiana as a way to recognize the role that women leaders play in building successful HVAC companies across North America. Since then, the event has become an annual conference and has grown its attendance year over year. This past April, I was fortunate enough to attend the third annual Bryant® Women in HVAC event at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Through the various business meetings, breakout sessions and guest speakers, this year's eve...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- MAY: WHAT DO I DO IF MY AIR CONDITIONER IS NOT COOLING?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- MAY: WHAT DO I DO IF MY AIR CONDITIONER IS NOT COOLING?

By: Patricia Cermignano It's a hot summer day. You turn your air conditioner on only to find out that it is not cooling. Now what do you do? The technicians at Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. have compiled a list of troubleshooting tips that you can try if you air conditioner is not cooling: Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure that the temperature control selector is set below the current room temperature by 5° and the system switch is on the COOL or AUTO setting. The fan setting should be either set to ON, for continuous airflow, or AUTO, if you wa...

AIR CONDITIONERS AND HEAT PUMPS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

AIR CONDITIONERS AND HEAT PUMPS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano If this upcoming summer is anything like last summer, we are in for four straight months of excessive heat. Two different solutions to help remove heat from your home during those hot summer months is to have an air conditioner or a heat pump installed. While both of these HVAC systems serve as a cooling agent, it is important to understand that there are stark differences between the two systems. Air Conditioner- According to Bryant, an air conditioner is "a system which removes heat from an occupied space, leaving the space cool and comfortable". An air c...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- FAN COILS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- FAN COILS

By: Patricia Cermignano Fan coil- you've heard the term before, but do you really know what a fan coil is? As we are in-between heating and air conditioning season, we wanted to focus this month's product of the month on a piece of HVAC equipment that is used year-round. According to Bryant®, a Fan Coil is "an indoor component of an air conditioner or heat pump system, used in place of a furnace and evaporator coil, to change the refrigerant from a gas to a liquid (or vice-versa) and blow air over the coil to cool or heat your home." A fan coil, commonly referred to as ...

OIL TO GAS CONVERSION- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

OIL TO GAS CONVERSION- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

By: Patricia Cermignano Did you know that oil heat ha averaged 30-50% more expensive than gas every year since 2002? If you are thinking of converting from to natural gas in your home, we understand that this can be a very overwhelming process as there are many moving pieces and various factors to take into consideration. The technicians at Bob Cermignano Air Conditioining & Heating, Inc. have compiled some basic information on oil to gas conversions to help you make an informed decision and to alleviate some of the stress in the decision-making process. Before making a decision on wheth...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- APRIL: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY HVAC AIR FILTERS?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- APRIL: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY HVAC AIR FILTERS?

By: Patricia Cermignano How often should I change my HVAC air filters? This is a common question that we receive throughout the year, especially at the start of a new season. To help answer this question, the technicians at Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. felt that it was important to compile information to help educate our customers on the basics of HVAC air filters. For starters, what is a HVAC air filter? A HVAC air filter, similar to the lint trap in your dryer, is a filter that collects dust, dirt and other microscopic particles that are in your home's air. When ...

R-22 AND R-410A- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

R-22 AND R-410A- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano An essential component for all air conditioners is refrigerant. Refrigerant is a liquid agent contained within the coils of an air conditioner that cools and dehumidifies indoor air. For years, the most common type of refrigerant used in HVAC was R-22; however, in recent years, a more environmentally-friendly refrigerant has been introduced to the market called R-410A. While R-22 and R-410A are both HVAC refrigerants, it is important to know and understand the differences between the two as there are significant changes to federal laws that will impact all residents o...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS

By: Patricia Cermignano With the way technology has evolved over the years, it's no wonder that the smart-house movement has gained popularity. As a result, programmable thermostats have taken over the HVAC industry by storm. By definition, a Programmable Thermostat is a thermostat designed to adjust and change temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect throughout the day at different times. Typically, there are four pre-programmed settings that you are able to set-up to help regulate the temperature in your home. The four pre-programmed settings are: Wake,...