HVAC Technicians and Plumbers- What is the difference?

January 9, 2018

By: Patricia Cermignano The roles of HVAC Technicians and Plumbers often get confused. While there are some overlapping tasks between HVAC Technicians and Plumbers, overall there are many differences that make these two careers unique. Please see below for an analysis of the differences between HVAC Technicians and Plumbers: HVAC Technician Areas of Study Air Conditioning Heating Duct Systems Electrical Concepts Plumbing Concepts Indoor Air Quality Concepts Ability to read blueprints Certifications/Coursework/Training Require High School Diploma/GED Pass

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Types of water heaters-what is the difference?

December 12, 2017

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

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Space heaters-safety, proper usage and energy efficiency

November 20, 2017

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- commonly referred to as

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Product of the montn- HVAC UV lights

October 6, 2017

By: Patricia Cermignano Do you suffer from allergies? Do your HVAC air ducts have mold building up in them resulting in poor indoor air quality? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider getting a Bryant UV light installed in your air handler. Bryant UV lights bathe your air handler’s cooling coil with an intense level of UV-C light. This helps eliminate any mold, bacteria or viruses that have built up in your HVAC system by cleaning the coil surfaces to increase the efficiency of your unit and the quality of the air in

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Product of the month- Fan Coils

October 3, 2017

By: Patricia Cermignano Fan coil- you’ve heard the term before, but do you really know what a fan coil is? As we are in-between heating and air conditioning season, we wanted to focus this month’s product of the month on a piece of HVAC equipment that is used year-round. According to Bryant®, a Fan Coil is “an indoor component of an air conditioner or heat pump system, used in place of a furnace and evaporator coil, to change the refrigerant from a gas to a liquid (or vice-versa) and blow air over the coil to cool or heat

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Electronic air cleaners and air filters- what is the difference?

July 12, 2017

By: Patricia Cermignano Did you know that the average person breathes in nearly 2,000 gallons of air a day? Did you also know that indoor air is said to be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air? What this means is that the air people breathe in often contains bacteria, contaminants, pollen and viruses. Electronic Air Cleaners and HVAC Air Filters have proven to be a solution to help clean and improve indoor air quality. A common question we are asked when our bi-annual Energy Savings Agreement forms get mailed each fall and spring is what is an

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Concerned about mold growth? Here is what you should do

May 31, 2017

Mold is a natural part of the environment. When found outdoors, mold plays an important role in nature by helping break down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. However, when mold is found indoors, it should be avoided at all costs. Mold reproduces by means of tiny spores that are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air. Once mold spores travel into the indoor air and land on a wet surface, mold will begin to grow. While there are many different types of mold, all of them require water or moisture to

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Tech Tip of the month- May: What do I do if my air conditioner is not cooling?

May 17, 2017

By: Patricia Cermignano It’s a hot summer day. You turn your air conditioner on only to find out that it is not cooling. Now what do you do? The technicians at Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc have compiled a list of troubleshooting tips that you can try if you air conditioner is not cooling: Check the settings on your thermostat. Make sure that the temperature control selector is set below the current room temperature by 5° and the system switch is on the COOL or AUTO setting. The fan setting should be either set to ON, for continuous airflow, or

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Tech tip of the month- April: How often should I change my HVAC air filters?

April 19, 2017

By: Patricia Cermignano How often should I change my HVAC air filters? This is a common question that we receive throughout the year, especially at the start of a new season. To help answer this question, the technicians at Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc felt that it was important to compile information to help educate our customers on the basics of HVAC air filters. For starters, what is a HVAC air filter? A HVAC air filter, similar to the lint trap in your dryer, is a filter that collects dust, dirt and other microscopic particles that are in your home’s air. When

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Energy saving maintence agreement- Air Conditioning

March 29, 2017

By: Patricia Cermignano Each March, Bob Cermignano Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc sends out a letter reminding customers to have their HVAC unit cleaned before the start of the air conditioning season. Regular maintenance helps provide longer lasting equipment, reduce utility bills, reduce repairs, provide a more comfortable indoor environment and protects your investment. During an air conditioning performance tune-up, you can expect our technicians to: Check air handler filters and replace filters if necessary Check for adequate refrigerant charge Check condenser and clean if necessary Lubricate condenser fan motor and check condenser blade for tightness Tighten all

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