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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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TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- SEPTEMBER: WHAT CAUSES INDOOR AIR POLLUTION?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- SEPTEMBER: WHAT CAUSES INDOOR AIR POLLUTION?

By: Patricia Cermignano There are many factors that can cause indoor air pollution in your home. The list includes, but is not limited to: Tobacco Smoke Wood Smoke Flower and Tree Pollen Cooking Household Cleaners Airborne Particle Allergens Scented Candles Remodelling Perfume Paint Air Fresheners Hairspray Damp Basements and Bathrooms Gases Discharged from Carpets and Furniture Dust The only way to know what is causing indoor air pollution in your home is to have your air tested. Our company offers 30-minute Indoor Air Quality tests that measure the air for traces of: ...

TROPICAL DEPRESSION, TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

TROPICAL DEPRESSION, TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano Do you know the difference between a tropical depression, a tropical storm and a hurricane? As we approach peak hurricane season, we wanted to take the time to describe the differences between these seasonal weather-related terms so you have a better understanding of what to expect should any of these storms move into your area. Tropical Depression A tropical depression is when a low-pressure area is adjoined by thunderstorms and produce a spherical or circular wind flow. The wind speed during a tropical depression is below 39 MPH, but typically tends to range anywhe...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- SEPTEMBER: DEHUMIDIFIER

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- SEPTEMBER: DEHUMIDIFIER

By: Patricia Cermignano Does your house: Feel stuffy Have a musty smell or visible mold Have excessive moisture or noticeable stains on walls/ceilings Have windows with condensation build-up If you answered YES to any of the above then your home may have a humidity issue and may benefit from a dehumidifier. When there is too much humidity in the air, it can be a harm to your immediate environment. It is estimated that the average family can produce over 11 liters of excess moisture every day, which has obvious negative impacts on a house. Excess humidity can also affect people’...

WHAT CAUSES A HEAT WAVE?

WHAT CAUSES A HEAT WAVE?

By: Patricia Cermignano Have you ever thought about what causes a heat wave? As today officially marks yet another heat wave this season, we thought this would be an appropriate time to explain what causes this extreme weather condition. What Causes a Heat Wave? According to the Farmer’s Almanac, a heat wave occurs when a high-pressure system moves into an area and forces air from the upper level of the atmosphere to be pushed down toward the ground resulting in an increase in temperature. The high concentration of pressure is what causes a heat wave to linger in the air for several d...

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 as well. While both Programmable Thermostats and Smart Thermostats help to regulate temperature and to manage energy bills, there are significant differences between the two types that are important to understand.   Programmable Thermostats Programmable Thermostats are thermostats designed to adjust and change temperature throughout a house according to a series of programed settings that take effect at different times of the da...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- AUGUST: BRYANT® HOUSEWISE™ WIFI® THERMOSTAT

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- AUGUST: BRYANT® HOUSEWISE™ WIFI® THERMOSTAT

By: Patricia Cermignano When it comes to thermostats, there are countless options on the market to choose. One of the thermostats that our company recommends is the Bryant® Housewise™ WiFi® Thermostat. The Bryant® Housewise™ WiFi® Thermostat is a programmable thermostat offering 7-day, 2-4 periods/day and vacation programming settings. This color touchscreen thermostat uses WiFi to communicate with a homeowner’s HVAC unit. Additionally, it allows homeowners to access and control their thermostat remotely, which is a convenient feature. Bryant® also ...

HOW TO STAY SAFE IN EXTREME SUMMER HEAT

HOW TO STAY SAFE IN EXTREME SUMMER HEAT

By: Patricia Cermignano Over the past several years, our area has experienced countless days and nights of extreme summer heat. Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. wants to make sure that you and your family stay safe and cool during the hot summer days. Below are a few quick tips to help beat the heat: Stay hydrated and avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothes Stay indoors as much as possible Close the blinds and curtains in your house Avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest hours of the day Check o...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JULY: HOW TO FIND OUR COMPANY PROFILE ON THE BRYANT DEALER WEBSITE

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JULY: HOW TO FIND OUR COMPANY PROFILE ON THE BRYANT DEALER WEBSITE

By: Patricia Cermignano As a Bryant Dealer, our company has a business listing on the Bryant Dealer Website. In addition to listing our contact information, our Bryant Dealer listing also includes: A ‘Schedule Now’ feature to allow customers to request dates and times for service. A link to our company website. A list of our qualifications (Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, NATE, Bryant Ductless Systems, Bryant Indoor Air Quality Specialist, Cor Home Automation). A link to our company reviews on Facebook, Google and the Bryant website. To access our profile, please take th...

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH, HEAT ADVISORY AND EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH, HEAT ADVISORY AND EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano With the most recent heat wave, you may have heard the terms Excessive Heat Watch, Heat Advisory and/or Excessive Heat Warning being used by meteorologists on the news. While these terms may seem interchangeable, it is important to understand the differences between the terms so you can be best prepared for the extreme weather ahead.     Excessive Heat Watch- This is when conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed the Excessive Heat Warning criteria within the next 1-3 days. Heat Advisory- This is when the Heat Index values ar...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- JULY: LAUNDRY SCRUBBER

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- JULY: LAUNDRY SCRUBBER

By: Patricia Cermignano   The Laundry Scrubber®, a cold-water laundry system that uses oxygen and ActivePure® technology to lift and remove dirt and grime from laundry, was designed, engineered and made in the USA for reliability, durability and a hassle-free total laundry solution. No additional chemicals, detergents or hot water is needed with this system either. The Laundry Scrubber® is easy to set-up, as it simply connects directly to your washing machine with standard hoses. Once the system is correctly attached to the washing machine, place the laundry into the washin...

HOW TO DEFROST AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT

HOW TO DEFROST AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT

By: Patricia Cermignano June’s Tech Tip of the Month topic explained what causes air conditioning units to freeze on hot summer days. While it is valuable to know what causes an air conditioning unit to freeze, it is more important to know what steps to take to defrost an air conditioning unit as soon as a frozen unit is spotted.   Five Steps to Defrost an Air Conditioning Unit Turn the air conditioning system off immediately. Check the air filter to see if it is dirty and needs to be replaced or cleaned. Replace or clean the air filter if necessary.  Wait for the unit ...

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JUNE: WHAT CAUSES AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT TO FREEZE?

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH- JUNE: WHAT CAUSES AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT TO FREEZE?

By: Patricia Cermignano Have you ever wondered how an air conditioning unit can freeze on a hot summer day? There are, in fact, several potential causes of this issue: Poor Air Flow Dirty Coils Low Refrigerant Levels Mechanical Failures Insufficient Outdoor Temperature Poor Airflow If an air conditioning unit is not getting enough air, then the lack of heat being pulled from the warm air in a home can cause the condensation on the coils to turn into ice. It is important, therefore, to change the air filters of an air conditioning system monthly (or quarterly depending on the air fil...

HVAC UV LIGHTS AND AIRSCRUBBER PLUS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

HVAC UV LIGHTS AND AIRSCRUBBER PLUS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has become an increasingly popular topic in recent years. As technology continues to develop and evolve, more IAQ solutions are becoming available to help purify and clean indoor air while alleviating allergy symptoms as well. Two such IAQ solutions are HVAC UV Lights and the AirScrubber Plus. While both solutions help clean indoor air and help reduce common allergy symptoms, there are many differences between the two solutions.   HVAC UV Lights HVAC UV Lights bathe your air handler's cooling coil with an intense level of UV-V light...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- JUNE: AIR HANDLERS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- JUNE: AIR HANDLERS

By: Patricia Cermignano An air handler is the indoor unit in a cooling or heating system, and it is made up of two major components- a blower motor and an evaporator coil. While the primary function of an air handler is to circulate air indoors, it is important to understand how an air handler works in conjunction with both cooling and heating systems. How Does an Air Handler Work? When an air handler is part of an air conditioning system, it circulates cooled air throughout a space. The air handler's evaporator coil uses refrigerant supplied by the air conditioning system's condens...

BOBS RED TRUCKS WEBSITE GUIDES

BOBS RED TRUCKS WEBSITE GUIDES

By: Patricia Cermignano When we redesigned our website last year, we wanted to make it a more user friendly resource. One of the new features we added to enhance the user experience were five website guides: Select a New System Repair and Replace? Energy Bill Concerns Healthier Home Ready for Maintenance The website guides, which run along the top of every page on our website, look like the below: Within each website guide are questions that help guide the consumer through different points of consideration depending on the topic. Once the answers have been submitted, our offi...

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 ...