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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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Allergy & Asthma Triggers

Allergy & Asthma Triggers

By: Patricia Cermignano The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has named the month of May as "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month", as it is when allergy season reaches its peak. This annual awareness campaign is intended to help further educate people on allergies and asthma. To align with the mission of this campaign, our company- Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.- wants to take this opportunity to educate our customers on common allergy and asthma triggers from a HVAC perspective.   Common Allergy & Asthma Triggers Five comm...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- MAY: DOES THE LOCATION OF A THERMOSTAT REALLY MATTER?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- MAY: DOES THE LOCATION OF A THERMOSTAT REALLY MATTER?

By: Patricia Cermignano Did you know that the location of a thermostat impacts its efficiency and performance? If a thermostat is placed in a wrong location, it can result in a spike in monthly utility bills and/or can make a HVAC system work harder to reach the desired room temperature. Below is a list of the right and wrong locations to place a thermostat.   Where to Place a Thermostat- Interior Wall In a room that is frequently used Location where natural room air currents occur (warm air rises, cool air sinks) Convenient location for programming and adjusting the thermostat s...

AIR CONDITIONER AND HEAT PUMP- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

AIR CONDITIONER AND HEAT PUMP- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano Did you know that air conditioners and heat pumps are both used to provide cooling during the warm spring and summer months? While both HVAC systems serve similar purposes, where they differentiate from one another is how they function and operate.   Air Conditioner An air conditioner is a system that removes heat from an occupied space, leaving the space cool and comfortable. It is made up of a condensing unit which is typically placed outdoors, and an indoor evaporator coil which is attached to either a furnace or an air handler. The condensing unit and evapo...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- MAY: VENTILATORS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- MAY: VENTILATORS

By: Patricia Cermignano According to Bryant®, a ventilator "captures heating or cooling energy from stale indoor air and transfer it to fresh incoming air". Ventilators help bring fresh air into your home without losing any heating or cooling energy. How does a ventilator work? Please see below for the 11-step process: Internal Air Intake- draws in stale indoor air, detecting it through the heat exchanger core. External Air Intake- draws outside air, venting it through the air filter. Internal Air Exhaust- vents indoor air outside from the heat exchanger core. Up ...

BOB CERMIGNANO AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING, INC.- BOBS RED TRUCKS NEWSLETTER

BOB CERMIGNANO AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING, INC.- BOBS RED TRUCKS NEWSLETTER

By: Patricia Cermignano Earlier this month we delivered the first Bobs Red Trucks Newsletter- our new monthly newsletter. Bobs Red Trucks Newsletter was created to help customers stay informed on the latest company and industry updates. With each newsletter, you can expect to see the following feature sections: Product of the Month Tech Tip of the Month In the Community Testimonials Let's Get Social Additionally, we will also be featuring a section introducing and highlighting a different employee each month to give our customers the opportunity to get to know the wonderful ...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- APRIL: WHY IS HVAC MAINTENANCE IMPORTANT?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- APRIL: WHY IS HVAC MAINTENANCE IMPORTANT?

By: Patricia Cermignano Heating and cooling systems tend to have a way of breaking down on days when the weather is at its absolute worst- on the coldest day of winter or on the hottest day of summer. These are the times when your comfort system must work the hardest and when it is needed the most. With regular maintenance to your HVAC unit, you will prevent small problems from becoming big problems and will help ensure optimal performance of your comfort system. Additional benefits of regular HVAC maintenance include, but are not limited to: Providing longer lasting equipment Reducing ut...

GAS FURNACE AND HEAT PUMP- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

GAS FURNACE AND HEAT PUMP- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano When cold weather hits, you need reliable HVAC equipment to keep your home warm. Two types of heating equipment that Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. installs and services are gas furnaces and heat pumps. While both of these systems generate heat to keep your home warm, it is important to understand the difference between gas furnaces and heat pumps.   Gas Furnaces A gas furnace is a major appliance that generates heat to help maintain comfort throughout an occupied space. The four major components of a gas furnace are: Gas Control Valve- ...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- APRIL: AIRSCRUBBER PLUS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- APRIL: AIRSCRUBBER PLUS

By: Patricia Cermignano Spring is right around the corner- a reminder to have your air conditioning system checked and cleaned and that allergy season is quickly approaching. While people tend to associate common allergies such as pollen, dust and mold with outdoor environments, recent studies have shown that the air inside a house or building is more polluted than the air outside. If you or your family suffers from allergies or if you are concerned about the quality of air inside your home, Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. recommends a new product on the market- AirScrubbe...

BOB'S RED TRUCKS FOOD DRIVE- SUPPORTING THE ARDMORE FOOD PANTRY

BOB'S RED TRUCKS FOOD DRIVE- SUPPORTING THE ARDMORE FOOD PANTRY

By: Patricia Cermignano  Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. held the Bob's Red Trucks Thanksgiving Food Drive in October 2017 to support The Ardmore Food Pantry. After the holiday season passed, however, we decided that we wanted to do more throughout the year as a way to give back to the Lower Merion community. We are excited to announce that we are holding another food drive this spring- Bobs Red Trucks Food Drive- to align with our spring air conditioning checks.   The Ardmore Food Pantry Located at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church in Ardmo...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- MARCH: WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY HEATING SETTING ON MY HEAT PUMP?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- MARCH: WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY HEATING SETTING ON MY HEAT PUMP?

By: Patricia Cermignano When people see their heat pump's Emergency Heat switch turned on their thermostat, the first instinct is to panic and expect the worst. However, to fully understand what emergency heat is, it is important to remember how a heat pump works. A heat pump is a HVAC system that both heats and cools your home year-round by moving heat out of a home in the warm, summer months and into a home in the cold, winter months. As temperatures begin to drop and turn cold, it becomes difficult to extract heat from the outside air. A heat pump, therefore, requires a back-up or sec...

INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND VENTILATION- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND VENTILATION- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano The quality of indoor air is not only important for people's overall comfort but also for their health. Recent studies have found that indoor air is 2-5 times more contaminated than outdoor air, and that people spend nearly 90% of their time indoors. What these statistics tell us is that there is an increasing amount of people exposed to poor indoor air quality. To best understand how to fix poor indoor air quality issues, it is critical to know the difference between indoor air quality and ventilation.   Indoor Air Quality According to the EPA, indoor air ...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- MARCH: WATER HEATERS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- MARCH: WATER HEATERS

By: Patricia Cermignano After heating and cooling, water heaters are typically the largest source of energy in the home because of how many domestic activities it is used for, such as dishwashing and laundry. When purchasing a new water heater, the most important factors to consider are: type, capacity and features.   Type Depending on the amount of water used and how the water is being heated (gas, oil or electric) may determine which type of water heater is best for your home. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the various types of water heaters that are available to guarante...

BRYANT® CERTIFICATIONS & SERVICES

BRYANT® CERTIFICATIONS & SERVICES

By: Patricia Cermignano As a Bryant® dealer, our company- Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.- is committed to doing Whatever It Takes® to offer the best HVAC service to our customers. Each year, we participate in extensive training- both factory and technical- to stay current on the latest products and technology to ensure we provide the best HVAC solutions, installations and services. As a result Bryant® has recognized our company with several distinguished certifications and services, which include:  Factory Authorized Dealer Financing Av...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- FEBRUARY: HOW TO FIND A MODEL NUMBER

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- FEBRUARY: HOW TO FIND A MODEL NUMBER

By: Patricia Cermignano If you encounter an issue with your HVAC system, it is important as a homeowner to know how to find the system's model number before calling your local HVAC company for service or troubleshooting assistance. Providing the model number to your HVAC company will help them offer better service to you, as they are able to identify the exact type of equipment you have in your home.    How to Find a Model Number A HVAC model number can be found in two places: The model number can be found in the owner's manual or other documents that came when your HV...

AIR DUCT CLEANING AND AIR DUCT SEALING- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

AIR DUCT CLEANING AND AIR DUCT SEALING- 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. Ductwork is one of the most important components of a home heating and cooling system." As ductwork plays a critical role with any HVAC system, it is important to know when the air ducts require cleaning and when they require sealing and insulation.    Air Duct Cleaning If the air ducts in a house are not properly installed or taken care of, they can become contaminated with dust, mold...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- FEBRUARY: STANDBY POWER GENERATORS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- FEBRUARY: STANDBY POWER GENERATORS

By: Patricia Cermignano When the power from your utility company goes out in your home, it affects more than just the electricity; it also affects your HVAC equipment. Having a Standby Power Generator supplies an automatic backup power source to your home during a power outage to help maintain comfort until the power is restored. What Causes Power Outages? Power outages are caused by many factors that are often out of your control. The main causes of power outages include: 38% Lightning and other weather (wind, snow, heat, cold, and ice) 26% Utility equipment problems and grid overload ...

TOP SKILLS NEEDED TO BECOME A HVAC TECHNICIAN

TOP SKILLS NEEDED TO BECOME A HVAC TECHNICIAN

By: Patricia Cermignano According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC jobs are expected to grow 15% by 2026. With this growth comes a high demand for qualified candidates seeking a career in HVAC. Before entering the HVAC field, however, there are several skills that should be mastered first. This list includes but is not limited to:   Time Management- Being able to effectively manage time is a very useful skill in the HVAC field. There will be many days when a HVAC Technician will have multiple appointments to attend to in one business day, and it is important to know how to effic...

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH A NEW HVAC INSTALLATION

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH A NEW HVAC INSTALLATION

By: Patricia Cermignano Purchasing new HVAC equipment is a big decision. Choosing which HVAC company to work with to install the new HVAC equipment is an even bigger decision. At Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc., you can expect to receive the following throughout this decision-making process: Free in-home consultation with one of our HVAC specialists Help selecting the most energy-efficient heating and cooling system that meet your comfort preferences, lifestyle and budget Proper sizing of the equipment to meet the unique needs of your home (one size does NOT fit ...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JANUARY: HOW TO USE OUR WEBSITE AS A RESOURCE

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JANUARY: HOW TO USE OUR WEBSITE AS A RESOURCE

By: Patricia Cermignano When our company redesigned our website last year, we wanted to make it a more user-friendly resource for current and prospective customers. One of the many new features we added to our website was downloadable Bryant® brochures for equipment that we install and service. We also included a side-by-side comparison of the various products offered in each category so it is easy to see the key differences (such as energy efficiency score, model family, refrigerant type, factory warranty, etc.). To find these features on our website, please take the following steps: ...

HVAC TECHNICIANS AND PLUMBERS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

HVAC TECHNICIANS AND PLUMBERS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano The roles of HVAC Technicians and Plumbers often get confused. While there are some overlapping tasks between HVAC Technicians and Plumbers, overall there are many differences that make these two careers unique. Please see below for an analysis of the the differences between HVAC Technicians and Plumbers: HVAC Technician Areas of Study Air Conditioning Heating Duct Systems Electrical Concepts Plumbing Concepts Indoor Air Quality Concepts Ability to read blueprints Certifications/Coursework/Training Require High School Diploma/GED Pass EPA Certificate T...