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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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TYPES OF WATER HEATERS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

TYPES OF WATER HEATERS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano After heating and cooling, water heating is typically the largest energy source in the home due to how interconnected it is to many domestic activities. According to the US Energy Department, the average household uses nearly 64 gallons of water each day, which costs a household roughly $400-$600 per year. When purchasing water heaters, it is important to know about the various types of water heaters on the market: Storage, Tankless, Heat Pump, Solar and Tankless Coil & Indirect.   What's the Difference? Storage Type of Fuel: Propane, Natural Ga...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- GAS FURNACES

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- GAS FURNACES

By: Patricia Cermignano A furnace is a major appliance that creates heat to maintain comfort throughout an occupied space and can run on either gas or oil. New high efficiency furnaces can save up to 50% in operating costs over a ten-year-old furnace. A gas furnace has four main components: gas control valve, burners, heat exchanger and blower motor.  Gas Control Valve- The furnace's fuel source, gas, is connected to the furnace through the gas control valve. When the thermostat initiates a call for heat, the gas valve opens, releasing gas which then flows to the burners. Burner...

BOB CERMIGNANO AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING, INC.- QUALIFICATIONS

BOB CERMIGNANO AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING, INC.- QUALIFICATIONS

By: Patricia Cermignano Trust is a key deciding factor when choosing which companies you welcome into your home to perform a service or to do work. Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. wants to make your decision for choosing a HVAC company an easy one. In addition to being licensed and insured in Pennsylvania, our company strives to maintain a high level of quality among our staff. All of our installers and service technicians are trained on a regular, on-going basis. We are proud to say that we are certified and have memberships in the following industries: Bryan...

SPACE HEATERS- SAFETY, PROPER USAGE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

SPACE HEATERS- SAFETY, PROPER USAGE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  By: Patricia Cermignano According to HVAC.com, "space heaters were responsible for 40 percent of home heating fires from 2009 to 2013, and 84 percent of residential heating fire deaths during this period". While these facts are quite startling, it is important to note that space heaters are safe if used properly. Space heaters are commonly used during the winter months to add extra warmth to a particularly cold room or space. There are three types of space heaters- convection, radiant and conductive. For the purpose of this post, we focus on conductive space heaters- common...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- NOVEMBER: CAN CARBON MONOXIDE BUILD UP IN MY HOME?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- NOVEMBER: CAN CARBON MONOXIDE BUILD UP IN MY HOME?

By: Patricia Cermignano Did you know that carbon monoxide can build up in your home? This happens especially during the cold winter months when your heating system is running. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), carbon monoxide kills more than 200 American and sends almost 5,000 more to the emergency room each year. Where does carbon monoxide come from? When carbon-based fuels such as gas, oil or wood burn, they produce gases. If the fuel combustion or burning is not completed then carbon monoxide enters the air. As carbon monoxide is odorless, the only way to al...

HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano The term HVAC, which stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, has become increasingly popular over the years as the traditional heating and air conditioning industry has evolved to further develop and incorporate indoor air quality into their everyday jobs. HVAC's primary goal is to obtain comfortable indoor conditions and to ensure that your indoor air quality is safe. As this term is being used more frequently in today's society and within the industry as a whole, it is important to understand what each term means.   Heating Heating refer...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- BOILERS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- BOILERS

By: Patricia Cermignano Do you use radiators as a source of heat throughout your home? If so, your home has a boiler to thank for that. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a boiler is "a device that heats water, especially to provide heating and hot water in a house". How Do Boilers Work? A boiler contains an enclosed vessel filled with water or gas. Using an external source of energy, the water or gas inside the enclosed vessel gets heated and then distributed to the radiators throughout your home in either the form of steam or hot water. This is what generates heat and helps ...

THE TOP REASONS YOUR HOME NEEDS A DEHUMIDIFIER

THE TOP REASONS YOUR HOME NEEDS A DEHUMIDIFIER

By: Patricia Cermignano Think back to the heat waves we experienced this past summer. While your air conditioning was keeping your home cool and comfortable, did you notice: Mold spots growing on walls and ceilings Musty or mildew odors Water stains Allergy and asthma symptoms develop or worsen Condensation buildup on windows and glass doors Rotting or deteriorating wood (primarily furniture) If you answered yes to any of the above line items, you may have an issue with excess moisture in your home. According to Energy Star®, the ideal indoor humidity levels in your home should ...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH-OCTOBER: HOW DO I CONTACT THE TECHNICIAN ON CALL IF I AM EXPERIENCING A HVAC EMERGENCY

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH-OCTOBER: HOW DO I CONTACT THE TECHNICIAN ON CALL IF I AM EXPERIENCING A HVAC EMERGENCY

By: Patricia Cermignano Unfortunately, you cannot control when your heating or cooling system decides to stop working or breaks down. If you require emergency service after business hours, please call Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.'s Emergency Service line at 610-642-6323. After dialing the Emergency Service line, please dial extension 9 and listen carefully to the prompts. When you are directed to leave a message, we ask that you speak slowly and clearly and provide the following information in the voicemail: Full name Address (including town name) Phone # Deta...

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...