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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...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- WHOLE HOUSE HUMIDIFIERS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- WHOLE HOUSE HUMIDIFIERS

By: Patricia Cermignano As the winter days continue to grow colder, the air in your home continues to get drier. If not taken care of properly, dry indoor air and low humidity can cause damage to your health and home. See below for a few effects dry indoor air and low humidity has on your health, your home and the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Health: Not only does dry indoor air and low humidity increase the likeliness of viruses spreading and allergies and asthma being aggravated, but it is also a common cause of bloody noses, dry mouths and eyes, scratchy throats, cracked skin and stati...

NEW YEAR, NEW WEBSITE

NEW YEAR, NEW WEBSITE

By: Patricia Cermignano After months of thorough research, we redesigned and relaunched our website late in 2016. With the ever-changing digital landscape, we know that more and more people are consuming content differently than in the past so we felt a need to update our website to align with those lifestyles and habits. Not only did we want to make our website easier to navigate, we also wanted to make our website more of a resource and a one-stop-shop for all of your HVAC questions and needs. We want to outline a few of the new features on our website so you can get the most out of your e...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH-JANUARY: WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH-JANUARY: WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS?

By: Patricia Cermignano Knowing what to do if you think you smell gas in your home is critical, which is why we made our January Tech Tip of the Month on this topic. Additionally, it is also imperative to understand the two different types of gas- Propane and Natural- so you know what to look for if you are ever in a situation where you smell gas. Propane Gas- Propane gas is stored as a liquid under pressure in tanks and cylinders that are located outside and in close proximity to your house. When liquid propane converts into gas vapor, which is the case for most residential applications, i...

S.E.E.R., A.F.U.E. AND H.S.P.F.- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

S.E.E.R., A.F.U.E. AND H.S.P.F.- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano S.E.E.R., A.F.U.E. and H.S.P.F. You’ve heard the terms before, but do you know what each word means and what their significant differences are? S.E.E.R.- Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, also known as S.E.E.R., is used to rate the cooling efficiency in heat pumps and air conditioning systems. S.E.E.R., which is indicated as a ratio, is the relationship between how much cooling efficiency is produced and how much electricity it costs to produce it. The higher the S.E.E.R. rating is, the more efficient the system will be at converting electricity into cooling po...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- HVAC UV LIGHTS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- HVAC UV LIGHTS

By: Patricia Cermignano Do you suffer from allergies? Do your HVAC air ducts have mold building up in them resulting in poor indoor air quality? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider getting a Bryant UV light installed in your air handler. Bryant UV lights bathe your air handler’s cooling coil with an intense level of UV-C light. This helps eliminate any mold, bacteria or viruses that have built up in your HVAC system by cleaning the coil surfaces to increase the efficiency of your unit and the quality of the air in your home. It is also important to note t...