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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- 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 ...

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...