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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,...

ENERGY SAVING MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT - AIR CONDITIONING

ENERGY SAVING MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT - AIR CONDITIONING

By: Patricia Cermignano Each March, Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. sends out a letter reminding customers to have their HVAC unit cleaned before the start of the air conditioning season. Regular maintenance helps provide longer lasting equipment, reduce utility bills, reduce repairs, provide a more comfortable indoor environment and protects your investment. During an air conditioning performance tune-up, you can expect our technicians to: Check air handler filters and replace filters if necessary Check for adequate refrigerant charge Check condenser and clean if nec...

WHAT IS EMERGENCY HEAT?

WHAT IS EMERGENCY HEAT?

By: Patricia Cermignano Emergency Heat- this phrase sounds scary, but what does it really mean? We, at Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc., have been asked this question many times over the winter season, and while the term Emergency Heat does have a negative connotation to it, the meaning behind the term is not exactly what it seems. Emergency Heat, also known as Auxiliary Heat, is the second stage of heat that your thermostat utilizes when the temperature is too cold for your heat pump to remove heat from the outside. The outdoor temperature that usually triggers the Emerge...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- MARCH: HOW CAN I REDUCE MY ENERGY COSTS (HEATING)?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- MARCH: HOW CAN I REDUCE MY ENERGY COSTS (HEATING)?

By Patricia Cermignano Were your utility bills higher than expected this winter? As we had several people call our office over the past few weeks asking us how they can reduce their energy costs in the winter, we sat down with our technicians and created a list of our top five energy saving tips for our March Tech Tip of the Month.   Upgrade to a High-Efficiency Furnace: If your current furnace is older than 10 years, it may be time to start thinking about upgrading to a new, high-efficiency system. New furnaces can use up to 50% less fuel than an older unit and can help you save up ...

BOILER AND FURNACE- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

BOILER AND FURNACE- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano You often hear people use the terms boiler and furnace interchangeably when it comes to speaking about what type of heating system people have in their homes. However, it is important to understand the differences between the two terms as the type of heat produced and the way that heat circulates your house are starkly different. Boiler A boiler is a heating system that generates heat by using water. There are two types of boilers- a Hot Water (Hydronic) System and a Steam System. A Hot Water System circulates water in the combustion chamber of your boiler. That...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

By: Patricia Cermignano Carbon Monoxide, commonly referred to as CO or the "silent killer", is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can be fatal when inhaled. CO comes from a variety of sources that include but are not limited to: Vehicles or other combustion engines that are running in an enclosed, attached garage Fuel-burning appliances (such as furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, gas ranges/stoves) that are not properly installed or are not properly working Blocked chimneys Cracked or loose furnace exchanger When inhaled, CO inhibits your blood's capacity to ...

ONLINE REVIEWS

ONLINE REVIEWS

By: Patricia Cermignano With the ever-changing digital landscape, we know that more and more people are making purchasing decisions differently nowadays. For instance, when it comes to making a decision about a product or service, people are researching multiple companies online before making a final decision as opposed to just relying on word of mouth recommendations. The one thing that people primarily look for and what makes a company truly stand out is online reviews. Are the reviews current? Is the company getting good reviews or bad reviews? Do the reviews seem credible? In order to al...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- FEBRUARY: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HEAT PUMP IS NOT HEATING

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- FEBRUARY: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR HEAT PUMP IS NOT HEATING

By: Patricia Cermignano Have you ever come home or woken up to a cold house in the middle of winter 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 as you sense that there may be an issue with your heat pump: Check your thermostat settings to ensure ...

CONDENSING UNIT AND COMPRESSOR- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

CONDENSING UNIT AND COMPRESSOR- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano Condensing Unit and Compressor. You’ve heard these terms before, but do you really know what each term means and what their significant differences are? Condensing Unit- The Condensing Unit is the official name for the outdoor HVAC unit. Condensing Units can either be an air conditioning unit or a heat pump. A typical HVAC Condensing Unit has: A Compressor to increase the pressure of refrigerant to keep the liquid refrigerant moving along A Fan for blowing the outside air through the heat exchanger to help cool the refrigerant A Condensing Coil to help sen...