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It’s that time of year: A sniffle leads to a sneeze. A sneeze leads to a cold. And a cold leads to a miserable way to spend the winter.

Most people think that dealing with winter sickness is just a fact of life in the Northeast. Opening a window to let the fresh air in and send the bad stuff out isn’t always an option during a snowy Massachusetts winter. But improving your indoor air quality can help you survive the cold months while keeping the sniffles to a minimum and have a positive impact on your long-term health.

Here are five easy ways to improve your indoor air quality:

  1. Check for clean filters. When outdoor temperatures drop, your furnace circulates warm air through your house and your air filter’s job is to keep that air clean. A dirty air filter, though, can allow dust, mites and other microscopic debris to blow around your house and make you sick. When it’s time to replace your air filter, look for HEPA filters that can trap smaller particles than other filters.
  2. Maintain your furnace. There’s nothing worse than waking up to a freezing house because your furnace has stopped working in the middle of a winter’s night. Unfortunately, it happens all the time-and it’s usually preventable. Routine service, even in the winter, keeps your system free of dust and debris that can lead to a furnace breakdown and the accompanying, unwanted chilly winter surprise. Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has years of experience maintaining and repairing furnaces throughout the Haverhill and Boston area.
  3. Stay smoke free. Every year, millions of Americans make quitting cigarette smoking a New Year’s Resolution. And while cigarette smoke certainly leads to poor indoor air quality, there’s another smoke-generating culprit in many homes: the fireplace. Soot and ash can linger in the air long after that roaring fire dies out. Turn up your heater and play a fireplace video on your TV. It’ll be just as warm and romantic, and your air will stay cleaner.
  4. Avoid too many chemicals. Caused by everything from pets to cleaning products to even your cooking appliances, household odors and chemical vapors can create unpleasant smells that can lead to unpleasant side effects. Opening a window isn’t always the best course of action in winter, so now it’s extra important to be aware of the chemicals used in your home. Being aware can make a big difference in keeping your air healthy and clean.
  5. Use a humidifier and an air purification system. A Haverhill winter can mean running the furnace 24 hours a day. The dry air that comes with winter can cause more than just static shocks. It leads to dry skin and nasal passages that are prime territory for winter sickness. Whole-home humidifiers add moisture to air that your furnace pushes through your air ducts to combat dryness in every room. Air purifiers are an equally strong weapon in the battle for air quality. They use filters or, in the case of the PureAir system, UV light to kill germs and keep the air throughout your house healthy. Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers a wide range of humidifiers, air purification systems and other products that can help keep your air healthy.

Every home is unique, and so are their indoor air quality needs. But by taking a few steps to keep the air in your house healthy, you’ll spend more time this winter enjoying the season and less time sick in bed. Find out more about ways you can keep your home’s indoor air quality in top-notch condition all year long by talking to the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone. Call them at 978-872-1190 to receive a free, no-obligation consultation or schedule an appointment online.

Sometimes it feels like you can never get warm on a freezing winter day in Haverhill. Every room in your house needs heat during brutal winters, including your garage. It’s a “room” some homeowners forget about when adjusting their thermostats for the season, but garage heaters can be helpful for several reasons in Haverhill:

  • They can prevent your home’s pipes from freezing. If your garage isn’t heated on days when temperatures take a large dip, some of your pipes could freeze and potentially burst. And the damages caused by burst pipes could extend beyond your garage to your home’s water and heating systems.
  • They can help keep your car warm. Vehicles often have trouble starting after being exposed to low temperatures for an extended period. Batteries are not made to withstand freezing temps, so a warm garage could help extend the lifetime of your car’s battery. However, extensive heat in your garage can also be damaging to your car—we recommend a temperature in the 40s for an easy car start in the morning.
  • They create extra space for winter projects. Adding heat to your garage allows you to essentially add an extra room to your house. It can be hard to work on home, car or outdoor projects in sub-zero temperatures. A garage heater gives you shelter from the cold, so you can get more done in the winter.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers two types of affordable garage heaters that take up very little space and can keep your garage warm all winter long. The LF24 Garage Heater is efficient for almost any size of garage or utility area. The T-Class™ TUA Separated Combustion Garage Heater is best for hard-to-heat garages where excessive humidity, dust, dirt or pressure is a concern. Both systems can provide uniform heat distribution through garages large enough for four cars.

Garage heaters are a great way to extend your home space this winter, but Climate Zone has a few other tips on garage heating to accompany the system:

  • Make sure your garage is properly insulated to ensure heating efficiency.
  • Make sure your garage door is sealed to the floor. Cracks may allow cold air to sneak into your garage, making your heater work harder and your garage still colder.
  • Seal any windows in your garage with weather stripping to make sure they are also airtight.
  • Consider your current lighting in your garage—some lights produce heat that can help warm your space.

Let us know if have any questions about which garage heater might be best for your home. We can also give you more information about the benefits and installation process of garage heaters. Just give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 872-1190 or contact us online for a garage consultation.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers a wide variety of heating, cooling and plumbing products and services—so many, in fact, that it may be hard to keep track of all of them. We’ve compiled a glossary of these Lennox® products and services to make sure that you are taking full advantage of all that Climate Zone has to offer. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall in Haverhill, Climate Zone is there for all your home comfort needs.

AFUE—This is an acronym that we use often, and it stands for Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It is a measure of furnace heating efficiency. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace.

Air conditioner repair and installation—We provide routine annual maintenance, repair on all air conditioners, new air conditioner installation and system designing for your home.

Air handlers—An air handler is the indoor part of an air conditioner or heat pump (usually a large metal box) that moves air through your system’s ducts. Climate Zone offers eight different types of air handlers for different home heating and cooling systems.

Boilers—Boilers use heated water or steam to heat a home through radiators or an under-floor heating system. Climate Zone offers a few different gas and oil-fired boiler options.

Comfort controls—Comfort controls are the tools you can use to manage the temperature in your home. Climate zone offers programmable thermostats, digital thermostats and zoning systems.

Boiler and furnace repair and installation—We provide boiler and furnace maintenance, annual maintenance plans, repair on a variety of furnace and boiler models, new installation and heating system designing for your home.

Commercial HVAC repair and installation—Climate Zone works with many commercial systems in the Haverhill area. We offer planning and design for HVAC systems, full installation, ongoing and consistent maintenance, restoration of old commercial HVAC systems, and even modernization of your current system.

Garage heaters—Garage heaters are natural or propane gas units that provide warmth for car garages. Climate Zone’s two garage heater models bring reliable warmth to your utility areas.

Heat pump—This HVAC unit draws heat from the outdoor air and circulates it through your home’ ducts in the winter, and it reverses the process in the summer to remove heat from your house and release it outside. Climate Zone offers repair and installation of seven different types of heat pumps.

HSFP—This is the heating efficiency rating for heat pumps, and it stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. The higher the rating, the more efficient the heat pump.

Indoor air quality products—Climate Zone takes your indoor air quality very seriously. We offer a variety of products including air purification systems, carbon monoxide detectors, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, germicidal lights, and air filters.

Plumbing repair and installation—With Climate Zone plumbing services, you won’t have to worry about leaks. We offer repairs, replacements and installations for: hot water heaters, faucets, all kinds of pipes, drains/drainpipes, food disposals, sump pumps and more. We even offer drain-cleaning services.

Maintenance agreements—A maintenance agreement with Climate Zone establishes a schedule for routine service for your HVAC products. This means you won’t have to worry about furnace or AC breakdowns and can count on our experts to visit your home annually.

Mini-split systems—Mini-split systems are a great way to control temperatures of individual rooms. They usually consist of an indoor evaporator unit and an outdoor condenser unit. Read all about mini-split systems and their advantages in a recent blog.

Packaged units—Packaged units contain all of a home’s heating and cooling systems into one outdoor unit. They are a great way to compact all of your HVAC equipment and keep them in order together.

SEER—Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is an energy efficiency rating for air conditioners. Higher SEER ratings indicate a more efficient AC unit.

Still looking for a product, service or term? Check out the full Lennox® HVAC Glossary for additional information. Make the most informed purchasing decisions and get the most out of your Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone products and services by giving us a call at 978-872-1190 or contacting us online.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill is a jack-of-all-trades. We offer furnace and air conditioner repair and installation, but we also provide plumbing services, mini-split systems, maintenance agreements and indoor air quality systems. We know that it’s important for you to be knowledgeable about all your home’s systems, so we want to address a plumbing fixture that is often overlooked: water heaters.

Water heaters are under a lot of pressure during Haverhill winters, expected to heat water while overcoming the challenges of Mother Nature. If your water heater malfunctions pipes can burst, sink drains can leak, toilets can overflow and your shower or dishwasher could spew out cold water. In order to decrease the chances of these things happening, it’s important to know about your own water heater and its benefits and disadvantages.

There are two main types of water heaters: tankless and traditional. There are many differences between these two kinds of water heaters, and our professionals at Climate Zone have laid out all the information for you to better understand which one is best for your home.

Tankless water heaters:

  • Use a heat source (usually electricity or gas) to heat water when you need it. They can provide two to three gallons of hot water per minute, on demand.
  • Don’t take up that much space and can be installed most anywhere, even on the side of your home outdoors if you purchase an outdoor unit.
  • Usually last more than 20 years in a home.
  • Can be very energy efficient, depending on your home’s usage. According to Energy.gov, tankless water heaters can be 24–34 percent more energy efficient than traditional water heaters for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily.

Traditional water heaters:

  • Store 30–50 gallons of preheated water in a tank, refilled and reheated once the water is used.
  • Are easy to install and maintain. Complications are less likely with traditional water heaters, making them easy to work with.
  • Usually last 10–15 years in a home.
  • Have a lower initial cost for installation, but can increase utility bills in the winter time depending on how much water you are using.

In general, tankless water heaters are a great option if you are trying to save money over time and plan on living in your home for many years. They are good for large families who have more people using hot water consistently. Traditional water heaters make more sense for homes on a budget and for homes that may be in need of a quick replacement.

We don’t want you to worry about your hot water going out on you in the middle of Haverhill’s winter. Climate Zone offers a variety of plumbing services, including water heater installation, repair and replacement. If you have any more questions about tankless vs. traditional water heaters or our various plumbing services, give us a call at 978-872-1190 or schedule an appointment with us online. We’d be happy to help you determine which water heater is right for your home.

Why Solar? And Why in Haverhill?

The innovative, energy-efficient technology of solar energy is a hot topic, but most people think that it is expensive and unobtainable for the common household. However, using solar energy to power your home might be easier that you might think. New products are continuously available that make solar energy benefits more accessible to the average person. Portable panels of different sizes and capabilities are expanding the reach of solar energy efficiency, whether it’s a small panel that can charge a single mobile device or an installed row of panels large enough to power your whole HVAC system.

There are many benefits to utilizing solar energy in your home:

  • your home’s energy efficiency will increase immensely,
  • you can reduce your carbon footprint and lower your emission of greenhouse gases, and
  • your energy bills will decrease over time.

According to the EPA, the average home has a 5 kW energy system. For a system that size, 7,100 kWh can be produced annually with solar energy, reducing annual carbon emissions by 4.9 metric tons.

According to EnergySave, the average household consumes 11,000 kWh of energy per year, spending around $1,400 a year on electricity alone. Taking into account the national averages for solar energy system size, electricity demand, utility rate inflation and state electricity rate, Massachusetts homes can save up to an estimated $30,243 over 20 years with solar panels in their homes. According to the EnergySave Solar Calculator, Haverhill homes can see payback on their solar energy investments in 4.6 years on average, and may also see a 3 percent increase in property value.

All these data points help put the impact of solar energy into perspective, but is this type of energy easily accessible through Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone? Is using solar energy possible in Haverhill’s weather? The answer to both questions is “yes”! Climate Zone offers a variety of air conditioners and heat pumps with solar capabilities—check them out here.

The weather in Haverhill offers excellent conditions for utilizing solar energy. In fact, many companies and households have already been reaping the rewards of solar energy. You may even remember the construction of a solar energy farm on Hilldale Avenue back in 2010. While Haverhill’s average number of hours of sunlight is high, solar panels also produce electricity on overcast or rainy days. Visible light can still get through clouds and infrared light comes through even more easily because of its longer wavelengths.

You have all the details now (maybe even more that you needed), but how can you start benefitting from solar energy? What can Climate Zone do to help? Talk with one of our experts about using solar energy. We can give you a free consultation at your home to help you better understand the process of integrating solar into your energy use. During this consultation, your roof will be examined for space, size and position considerations (roofs with exposure to the sun from the south usually give the best solar power results). You should also check with your utility company or Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to determine if they offer any rebates or credits for homeowners using solar energy.

Solar energy implementation doesn’t have to be expensive or unobtainable anymore. Our experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill are here to answer your questions and help make your home more energy efficient. Give us a call at 978-872-1190 to speak with a certified technician, or schedule an appointment with us online for your solar consultation.

When most people think about heating and cooling their homes, furnaces and air conditioners come to mind–which use ducts to heat and cool Haverhill homes. But what if there was an easier way to manage hot and cold areas in your home and concentrate your HVAC activity?

Mini-splits systems are ductless pieces of equipment that allow you to control the air temperature in individual rooms or across multiple rooms, depending on your preferences. They typically consist of a wall-mounted indoor unit with an outside compressor, but the indoor air handlers can also be suspended from the ceiling or mounted into drop ceilings. They are great for bedrooms, enclosed porches, home offices and more.

People sometimes forget about mini-splits as a heating and cooling option, but they offer a lot of benefits to a home:

  • First and foremost, mini-split systems adequately heat individual rooms or zones, providing unique and individualized comfort throughout your home.
  • Mini-splits are small and quiet—that means you’ll hardly notice them. Wall-mounted units are usually installed above eye-level and can seamlessly blend in to any space while the outdoor units can operate efficiently up to 50 feet away from your home.
  • They are easy to install, and allow you to heat and cool rooms in your home that aren’t connected to ductwork—like a new addition or a remodeled attic. They can easily be added to hydronic systems (hot water heat), space heaters and radiant panels and used in tandem.
  • Unlike window units, mini-splits require only a small hole to be drilled into the wall. This makes them less likely to create air leakage in your home and decreases potential security problems that window units might cause.
  • If you’re looking to add comfort to multiple rooms, one outdoor unit can handle up to four separate indoor units, meaning that you would only need one outdoor installation for up to four spaces in your home.
  • Mini-split systems are easy to customize—you can easily add timers and built-in sleep functions to make your home more energy efficient and further fine-tune your home comfort.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers high-quality mini-split system options that allow you to personalize your comfort. We understand that mini-split systems aren’t as well-known as furnaces or air conditioning systems. So, if you have questions about installation or other benefits of mini-split systems, or would like to take a look at our equipment options, speak with a Climate Zone certified technician by calling 978-872-1190. You can also schedule an appointment with us online and we’d be happy to come look at your home and determine if a mini-split system is right for your home’s needs.

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about scheduling furnace maintenance before the mad rush this fall. With colder weather looming in Haverhill, you will soon be relying on your furnace for indoor comfort. But turning on your furnace for the first time after months of inactivity could bring up some issues with your system that need to be addressed before the first cold front sweeps through Haverhill. The sooner you test your furnace, the better.

If you switch your furnace on and find that it isn’t operating as you are used to, here are a few troubleshooting tips our experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone recommend before you call us in for a tune-up:

  1. Double check your thermostat.
    This is one of the easiest and most overlooked steps when having tricky furnace issues. First and foremost, make sure that your thermostat is set to HEAT and not COOL, and then check that the temperature setting is higher than the current indoor temperature. You might even consider turning your thermostat up a few degrees to test the heat and airflow. Changing your thermostat’s batteries might also be a good call during the change in seasons, especially if you can’t remember the last time you swapped out its batteries.
  2. Open up your air vents.
    Closing air vents (supply registers) in rooms that aren’t normally used in your home can be simple way to save some money on your energy bills. However, be very careful about how many vents you close. Shutting off too many vents can increase the pressure in your furnace, causing potential mechanical issues and making it work harder to heat your home, decreasing its lifespan.
  3. Inspect your air filters.
    Most people forget about their air filters—we get it. But their importance for the efficiency, health and cleanliness of your home cannot be overstated. If your air filters are dirty or old, they could restrict airflow in your home, reduce your home’s overall energy efficiency, increase your energy bills and even cause your furnace to stop running without warning. Our Climate Zone experts have an easy system to check if your air filters need replacement: hold your air filter up to the light—if you can’t see light coming through it, it should be replaced and it’s probably a sign that you need routine furnace service, as well. Check the size on the air filter and, if it’s a disposable filter, simply replace it with a same-sized new one that you can get at any home improvement or department store. Want an added tip? We recommend writing the date that you installed your new filter on it somewhere so you can know how old it is next time you check your filters. The air filter’s packaging should indicate how long it usually lasts.

These troubleshooting steps should get you on your feet and fix any small issues that could be causing your furnace to act up. If your furnace still isn’t running properly or you are due for a regular furnace service appointment, give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment with us via our online form.

Even though fall is only just beginning, it’s important to start preparing your home for the cold winter months ahead so you won’t have any unexpected surprises. It’s hard to switch your mindset to the winter weather, we know; but that denial is exactly how important home details get forgotten as you switch off your air conditioner and flip on your furnace. Avoid furnace repair with these tips and pieces of advice, and ensure a comfortable and cozy winter.

People heat their homes in so many different, and potentially unsafe, ways: gas fireplaces, electric heaters, wood fireplaces, oil or gas furnaces, radiant heaters, boilers and even leaving your oven open! Safety is the most important part of the warm-to-cold season transition, but it is oftentimes overlooked when the cold hits earlier than expected.

Turning on that furnace for the first time after months of inactivity can be a shock to you, your system and your house. So instead of waiting for the first freezing day and causing a jolting change in your home’s atmosphere, turn on your furnace now. Take it from our Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone experts. We visit many Haverhill homes every winter for furnace repair because they did not prepare their homes for the peak winter months.

Don’t wait until it’s freezing outside to see if your system works—turn it on now! No really, right now! Did you do it? Once your furnace is switched on, stop and assess your surroundings:

  1. Listen: Does it sound like your furnace is struggling to work? Are you hearing more noise than you are used to from your system, or is there excessive airflow? Anything out of the ordinary might be a sign that you need furnace repair.
  2. Smell: Does it smell like something is burning around your furnace? Our Climate Zone professionals STRONGLY RECOMMEND keeping a fire extinguisher around your furnace for emergency purposes, especially when you are turning it on for the first time in months. If you smell burning, first check to see that there is not an actual fire or smoke coming from your furnace. If there is, turn off the system immediately, put out the flames, get out and call 911. If there is not a fire, wait and see if the smell goes away after an hour or two, but if it doesn’t, call our experts for an inspection or tune-up.
  3. Look: Once your furnace has been switched on, check your carbon monoxide detector’s readings. If the reading is over 30 or your detector goes off, turn off your furnace system and immediately call Climate Zone for furnace repairs and an inspection. You never want to compromise your safety for comfort and carbon monoxide could cause hazardous conditions in your home. You may want to exit your home until the detector’s reading falls below 30 again.
  4. Feel: Do you feel vibrations on your air ducts or walls? An inspection from our Climate Zone experts could help identify the cause of this before it becomes a major problem with potential furnace repair.

Aren’t you glad you turned on your furnace now and tested it before it was too late into the winter? After you’ve followed these sense guidelines, you should have a pretty good idea if your system is working properly and safely. By design, equipment that heats up always poses potential danger to its surroundings, so always put safety first when it comes to your furnace. By testing your furnace early, you’ve dodged the peak heating and furnace repair rush caused by those who didn’t plan ahead and turn their heating system on early to test it. If you have any questions or concerns as you are turning on your furnace, give our Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone experts a call at (978) 872-1190 or stop by to ask us questions in our Haverhill store.

Fall is creeping into Haverhill and with every change of the season come changes in your heating and cooling system, too. There are hundreds of reasons why your home’s furnace or heating system might need repairs, but there are a few reasons we’ve identified as the most common. Before reaching out to Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone for heating and cooling service, here are some of the reasons why you might be experiencing an uncomfortable fall so far:

  1. Thermostat malfunctions – With wear and tear, your thermostat might become faulty and could cause problems with your fan and your comfort.
  2. Months without use – Especially as the fall season begins, one of the most common furnace or heating problems we see at Climate Zone is inactivity. It may take a few days for your furnace to kick back into gear and fully heat your home.
  3. Dirty filters – Clogged air filters greatly reduce airflow through your heating and cooling system, forcing your furnace to work harder than it should. This lack of airflow can also damage the lifespan of your system over time.
  4. System pilot or ignition control problems – A faulty ignition or pilot makes it extra difficult to heat a home. Unlit pilot lights are usually caused by drafts or clogs in a heating and cooling system.
  5. Lack of maintenance – We say it over and over again, but the top reason we see unnecessary heating and cooling service is because a homeowner has failed to schedule annual maintenance that could prevent unexpected breakdowns and issues. These routine inspections help your furnace and entire system run smoothly and reliably so you can live in ease.

Now that you have a better idea of the top five problems we see at Climate Zone, how can you ensure that these won’t happen to you this fall? Here are some tips on ways that you can avoid these problems and get back to enjoying the cool fall weather:

  • Change your air filter – It’s standard to clean or replace your filter once a month, according to most manufacturers. Get this done early and set a reminder each month to check your filter. If you are unsure of how to check your filter, check out our latest blog on simplifying air filters.
  • Reduce drafts – Close windows and doors when they are not in use during this change of seasons to avoid fall drafts and future problems with your pilot light.
  • Check your thermostat – If it’s been a week or so since you’ve turned on your furnace and you’re still not noticing any heat, check the batteries in your thermostat and see if they need replacing.
  • Call in the Climate Zone experts – Schedule your annual maintenance and have a professionally qualified, NATE-certified technician come in and inspect your furnace and whole heating and cooling system to make sure there are no problems looming on the horizon. Our Haverhill experts will prepare your system for the upcoming winter and handle any major repairs that are necessary to your comfort. Important items like carbon monoxide checks, equipment safety checks and adequate combustion air checks are all standard during this tune-up process.

If you have any questions about your heating and cooling system and its most common problems, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill at (978) 872-1190.

Most homeowners understand what air filters are and what their purpose is for indoor air quality, but when it comes to deciding which air filter you and your home needs, the options can be dizzying. Which is the best quality? Does price mater? What size do you need? Air filters don’t need to be as mystifying as rocket science, so we’ve laid out some important details to simplify the air filter decision process.

How do I know if I need a new air filter?
There’s a simple test that you can do right outside your home to determine how efficient your current filter is and see if you need to buy a new one or not. You can either complete this test outdoors or with something below your filter so you won’t have a mess afterward: Hold the filter horizontally and pour standard table salt through the filter. If some or all the salt falls through the filter, then you can bet that the filter will let salt-sized dust through, as well. The more salt that falls through your filter, the sooner you should upgrade your filter to something more efficient.

How do I choose a filter with the best material and rating for my HVAC system?
All air filters are rated in efficiency based on the MERV rating, which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. MERV ratings range from 1–16 and the number rating tells homeowners how well the filter is designed to trap dust and dirt under the least efficient conditions. Here are some of the typical materials of air filters, their MERV ratings and how they correspond to efficiencies (these are only a guide and any further questions can be answered by our Climate Zone professionals to help you determine the best air filter for your home):

Fiberglass, Disposable Panel, Washable Metal/Synthetic, Self-Charging (Passive)
MERV 1–4: 60–80% average filtration efficiency

Pleated, Media Panel, Cube
MERV 5–8: 80–95% average filtration efficiency

Extended Pleated
MERV 9–12: >95% average filtration efficiency

Electronic
MERV 13–16: >98% average filtration efficiency

While a higher MERV rating may seem like it provides the best filtration efficiency, it’s important to be careful with high MERV ratings. The higher the MERV ratings, the more expensive it usually is to operate your HVAC system and the harder your system will have to work because there is not as much air that can flow through. Think about it this way; the most efficient “filter” would actually be a piece of plywood that would just trap ALL contaminants (and all the air) from entering your home. That’s maximum air filtration, but would also be the least comfortable way to go.

We usually recommend a MERV 6–8, but there may be reasons this isn’t the best type of filter for your home. For instance, if a member of your family suffers from allergies or respiratory problems, you may want to consider a higher MERV rated air filter or a whole-home air filtration system. Our Climate Zone experts in Haverhill are happy to talk through this filtration efficiency business with you to make sure that your home is comfortable, energy efficient, clean and not costing you a fortune to heat and cool.

What filter size should I get?
We’ve saved the easiest for last—the best way to determine which size filter you need is to simply look at the label of your existing filter or measure it you can’t find the labeled size. The standard home air filter is 1” thick.

Air filters are supposed to protect our homes and loved ones from harmful pollutants, dust and dirt, so it’s important that we understand all the facts about getting the best air filter for our personal needs. We hope this information has simplified the air filter phenomenon. But, if you have any further questions, feel free to contact the professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill at (978) 872-1190.

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