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NON-PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS AND PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

NON-PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS AND PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano According to Bryant®, a thermostat is a “unit that monitors and controls your HVAC system products”. There are several different types of thermostats currently available on the market, but the two that we chose to focus on for November’s “What’s the Difference” are Non-Programmable Thermostats and Programmable Thermostats.   Non-Programmable Thermostats Non-programmable thermostats, also known as analog thermostats, are thermostats that are controlled manually. They have basic features and only have the ability to be set ...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- NOVEMBER: HVAC AIR FILTERS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- NOVEMBER: HVAC AIR FILTERS

By: Patricia Cermignano A HVAC air filter, similar to the lint trap in a dryer, is a filter that collects dust, dirt and other microscopic particles that are in your home’s air. As your heating and air conditioning systems are running, the air filter collects the dirt and dust particles to protect your HVAC equipment and to clean the air in your home. Once the air filter becomes too full of dust and dirt particles, your HVAC unit has to work even harder to keep the air flowing throughout your home resulting in higher energy bills each month. The three main types of HVAC air filters are...

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A NEW FURNACE

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A NEW FURNACE

By: Patricia Cermignano Buying a new furnace has the potential to be an overwhelming process, especially if you unexpectedly have to replace your current heating system. To help you make an informed decision and get the best value for your investment, there are several important things that you need to consider. Fuel Source- There are several fuel source options to choose from when having a new furnace installed- natural gas, electric and oil. Ask your HVAC dealer for the cost advantages and disadvantages of each type so you have a general sense of what it will cost to maintain the system ...

RADIANT HEAT AND FORCED AIR HEAT- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

RADIANT HEAT AND FORCED AIR HEAT- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

By: Patricia Cermignano When choosing a new heating system, homeowners often assume that a forced air heating system is the only efficient and effective choice available. However, a radiant heating system is another option to consider. It is not only important to understand how the two heating systems are different, but also what the pros and cons are of each.   Forced Air Heating System A forced air heating system works by circulating heated air from a furnace into a duct supply, thus delivering warm air to various rooms in a house. Once that air cools, it re-enters the ductwork thro...

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- OCTOBER: WHOLE HOUSE FANS

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH- OCTOBER: WHOLE HOUSE FANS

By: Patricia Cermignano One of the main reasons an attic tends to be one of the hottest rooms in a house is that heat rises. In addition to central air conditioning, a potential solution to the problem is a Whole House Fan. What is a Whole House Fan and How Does It Work? A Whole House Fan is a method for cooling a house using outdoor air. Whole House Fans get installed in the ceiling of a home between the upper level rooms and the attic and work to help cool a house by continually forcing hot air from the lower floors into the attic and exchanging that hot air with cooler outside air via ve...

ENERGY SAVINGS MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS- HEATING

ENERGY SAVINGS MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS- HEATING

By: Patricia Cermignano Each September, Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. sends out a letter reminding customers to have their HVAC unit cleaned before the start of the heating season. Regular maintenance helps provide longer lasting equipment, reduce utility bills, reduce repairs, provide a more comfortable indoor environment and protect your investment. During a heating performance tune-up, you can expect technicians to: Check thermostat operation Check fan limit control Check blower operation Check gas valve Check fan speed Check fan belts Check temperature rise ...

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...