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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.

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THERMOSTAT AND HUMIDISTAT- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

THERMOSTAT AND HUMIDISTAT- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano Having control over the comfort in your home is very important. While there are many ways to manage indoor comfort levels, there are two devices in particular that play critical roles- Thermostats and Humidistats.   Thermostat According to Bryant®, a thermostat is defined as "a unit that monitors and controls your HVAC system products". Thermostats are essentially the brain of every heating and cooling system, as it is typically the main control system for your HVAC unit. Not only do thermostats control turning your heating and cooling system...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- DUCTLESS SYSTEMS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- DUCTLESS SYSTEMS

By: Patricia Cermignano Do you have: A recent addition on your house? A particular room/rooms that have issues with regulating temperatures year-round? A house with no existing ductwork? If you answered YES to any of these questions, a ductless system may be the answer to your home comfort issues!   Ductless systems, commonly known as mini-split systems, are a flexible solution for your home's heating and/or cooling needs. Typically, a ductless system contains a wall-mounted indoor unit and an outdoor compressor. Whether you have a room that has challenges with ductwork or a...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMERGENCY HVAC REPAIRS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMERGENCY HVAC REPAIRS

By: Patricia Cermignano Whether it is the hottest day of summer or the coldest day of winter, you rely on your HVAC system to keep you comfortable. However, similar to other household appliances, your HVAC system can breakdown, and often times there are little to no warning signs. Before calling for emergency service, please read the tips below. It may help prevent a service call or help us diagnose your problem quicker. Troubleshooting If your HVAC system breaks down, try the following the steps right away: Check the thermostat settings to ensure that the temperature control selector is...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- SEPTEMBER: WILL AN OVER-SIZED HVAC UNIT PERFORM BETTER?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- SEPTEMBER: WILL AN OVER-SIZED HVAC UNIT PERFORM BETTER?

By: Patricia Cermignano One of the biggest misconceptions when purchasing a new cooling or heating system is believing that an over-sized HVAC unit performs better than a correctly sized HVAC unit. However, this theory could not be further from the truth. In fact, having an over-sized HVAC system installed in your home could cause many issues to your home's overall comfort level. As we see value in understanding this concept, we wanted to focus on this topic for our September Tech Tip of the Month.   How Do You Know If Your Cooling System or Heating System Is Over-Sized? Cool...

SHEET METAL AIR DUCT AND FLEXIBLE AIR DUCT- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

SHEET METAL AIR DUCT AND FLEXIBLE AIR DUCT- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano According to Bryant®, ductwork is defined as "hollow pipes used to transfer air from the air handler to the air vents throughout your home". As ductwork is one of the most vital elements of any home cooling or heating system, it is important to understand the difference between Sheet Metal Air Ducts and Flexible Air Ducts.   Sheet Metal Air Duct Sheet Metal Air Ducts are rigid air ducts primarily made of galvanized steel. They come in round, rectangular and spiral oval shapes. As sheet metal air ducts are firm, they require more prep-work as they ...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- HYDRONIC RADIANT FLOOR HEATING

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- HYDRONIC RADIANT FLOOR HEATING

By: Patricia Cermignano Wouldn't it be nice to walk around your house on cold winter days and not have to put on slippers or socks to keep your feet warm? Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong! Radiant floor heating may be the solution to keeping your toes warm throughout the cold winter months. By definition, the Department of Energy states that "radiant heating systems supply  heat directly to the floor or to panels in the wall or ceiling of a house". Unlike traditional heating systems, radiant floor heating consistently transmits thermal radiation through in-flo...

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HVAC SYSTEM'S AIRFLOW

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HVAC SYSTEM'S AIRFLOW

By: Patricia Cermignano   Do doors in your house slam close by themselves? Do you have certain air registers in your house that have little to no airflow coming out of them? Do you have cold and hot spots throughout your house?   If you answered YES to any of the above questions, you may have an airflow issue with your HVAC system. Without the proper airflow for your heating and cooling system, your HVAC equipment can become overheated or could consume excess amounts of energy.  There are several common causes of improper airflow throughout your HVAC system that you shoul...

LIGHTNING STRUCK MY HVAC SYSTEM. NOW WHAT?

LIGHTNING STRUCK MY HVAC SYSTEM. NOW WHAT?

By: Patricia Cermignano Thunderstorms can strike at any time; especially in the summer, as a result of the high humidity levels. In addition to the heavy rain and loud claps of thunder, the most frightening part of any thunderstorm is the threat that lightning could strike your home, thus affecting your electrical wiring and electrical systems (including your HVAC system). More likely than not, the lightning strike is generally not what causes the damage to your HVAC system. What tends to cause damage to your HVAC system is the power surge that follows the lightning strike. The most common ty...

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...