Non-programmable thermostats and programmable thermostats- what is the difference?

November 13, 2018

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 at one desired temperature at a time. Typically non-programmable thermostats are less expensive to purchase and

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Product of the month- November: HVAC Air Filters

November 6, 2018

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

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WHAT CAUSES A HEAT WAVE?

August 29, 2018

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

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Programmable thermostats and smart thermostats – what is the difference?

August 7, 2018

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 day. These devices feature large digital screens which make

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How to stay safe in extreme summer heat

July 25, 2018

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

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How to defrost an Air Conditioning Unit

June 18, 2018

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

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Air Conditioner and Heat Pump – What is the difference?

May 8, 2018

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.

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Product of the month- April: Airscrubber Plus

April 3, 2018

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- AirScrubber Plus. AirScrubber Plus

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Top skills needed to become an HVAC Technician

January 30, 2018

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

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