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You’ve made it through the majority of summer and have settled in to the thought of cooler fall nights. With everyone using their air conditioner right now we’re getting a lot of questions in the height of AC repair season. We’ve compiled a few of the more common ones in hopes that one of these might be a question you have as well:

What temperature should my thermostat be set at during hot summer nights?
If you are interested in saving money and energy by decreasing your air conditioner temperature at night, the first thing to do would be to invest in a programmable thermostat. The technology available in thermostats nowadays allows you to stay comfortable throughout your evening and while you sleep without having to lift a finger or get out of bed to change the thermostat. That being said, you can actually achieve better sleep with a room set around the 67 degree mark.

How do I know if I have the right size air conditioner?
The proper size of a home air conditioner is fully dependent on the load calculation of your home – this can be determined by a Climate Zone professional and takes into account the regional humidity, designed efficiency levels and the size of the home.

Why does my air conditioner keep running?
If you hear your air conditioner continuously running during these hot summer months, it is likely because it is being overworked. Unexpected hot days will come up, while your air conditioner is still working to maintain your temperature indoors. So, more often than not, your air conditioner is not undersized, it is just working harder due to the unforeseen and uncontrollable Haverhill weather.

How often should I replace my AC air filter?
The standard for one-inch fiberglass filters is determined by each manufacturer. Take a few moments to read over the packaging on your filters and follow the recommendation for your specific manufacturer. While replacement every 3 months or so is common for one-inch filters, and even longer for 4 inch filters, your specific filters will have it spelled out for you.

If you still have any other questions regarding your HVAC, come ask the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone. Give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment with us online.

At Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, we know that there’s no better day than the one when you switch your thermostat from heat to cool – it’s the official signal that winter is gone and summer is upon us! Finally using your air conditioner after months without use can bring up a few questions; when was the last time I had my AC serviced? Does it need repair? How can I get the most out of my system this summer without spending a fortune? Here are some cost-saving tips to keep your home comfortable and ensure that your Haverhill home air conditioner will last you a long time:

  1. Consider the humidity – no one should ever have to consider completely turning off their air conditioner in the summer in order to save a few bucks. Air conditioners dehumidify your home automatically while cooling it, so you will notice a drastic difference in the mugginess of your home if you utilize your AC.
  2. Utilize fans – doubling up your air conditioner with fans can enhance the air circulation in your home and even allow you to raise your thermostat a few degrees to keep costs down. With fans blowing air down, your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard or produce as much cold air, keeping your air conditioner running longer and more efficiently through the summer.
  3. Find the perfect degree – in the first few days that you have your air conditioner running this season, use this time to test out what temperatures you are comfortable at. Make small changes by adding or subtracting a degree here and there until you find the perfect air level – you may find that you are comfortable at a higher temperature than you originally anticipated, which can save you money over time. Remember: the longer your air conditioner is running, the more energy and money you are spending, so every degree counts when it comes to your monthly energy bill.
  4. Don’t forget your annual service – keeping your AC unit up-to-date and annually serviced will ensure that every piece of equipment in your system is working at top efficiency. Reduce your risk of an expensive AC repair in the middle of the summer heat with a check-up now. A healthy and happy AC unit means a healthy and happy home this summer, as well as a healthy and happy wallet!

We know it can get hot in the Haverhill area, but just because the heat is rising doesn’t meant that your energy bills should do the same. Utilize these tips to help you save some money while also maintaining your comfort this summer. If you have any questions about AC repair or servicing or you want to know more about making your home as energy efficient as possible this summer, give your local Climate Zone experts a call at 978-872-1190.

Making the decision to upgrade your current air conditioning system is not something to take lightly – once you’ve decided to take the leap to a better, more energy efficient system, you are making a great long-term investment in your home. So, good for you; you deserve this increase in comfort and decrease in energy expenses! Not to mention the fact that your energy consumption will look much less scary from here on out. All of these things are quite exciting for your home, but there are also a few more things to consider before you begin the air conditioning installation process, especially when it comes to prepping your Haverhill home:

  1. Clear a path
    Before the installation, you will want to make sure that the area around your equipment or where your equipment will be placed is easy to access. A lot of things can get in the way of the installation process, such as stairs, decks and porches, so clearing around these areas can be very helpful for your AC contractors. Clear your yard of waste, big sticks, leaf piles, garden hoses, rakes or tools, children’s toys or other obstructions. Don’t forget to contain your pets during the installation process, as well, for the safety of the system and for your furry friends.
  2. Review your load calculation
    Every AC contractor completes a complex calculation of the home’s structure, windows, roof, location and direction to help them determine the size and type of AC equipment you will need for your home. This is called a heating and cooling load calculation and you should absolutely ask to see it and have it explained to you before any installation begins. If your contractor did a Block Assessment or didn’t to a load calculation at all, we strongly recommend that you find another contractor and ensure that your equipment is the right system for your home. Give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill a call at 978-912-7677 if this is the case and we will get you a Haverhill HVAC professional to give you a full assessment.
  3. Clean and seal your ducts
    Ask your AC company to clean your ductwork as they are installing your unit. You don’t want your new AC system to be greeted with dirt and dust immediately from your old duct system, so your HVAC contractor should be more than willing to clean and properly seal these ducts. This cleaning will extend the life of your new system and increase the quality of air in your home, and therefore the health of you and your family.

Ensure that your home is ready for the air conditioning installation process by calling our experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill at 978-912-7677 or by arranging an appointment online for a free system estimate and home comfort analysis. Move forward confidently with this exciting air conditioner upgrade by knowing how to prep for this AC installation!

Think about this scenario: you’re a few weeks into the beautiful summer season and you’re enjoying a relaxing Saturday at home. Around lunchtime, you realize that you are starting to feel uncomfortably warm. You check the thermostat and while all of the settings seem to be correct to what you have preset, the temperature is reading 85 degrees. This is the worst nightmare for any homeowner during the heat of the summer. Dealing with a broken air conditioner compromises your comfort and often requires investing in a new air conditioning system to get yourself back to a relaxing home state.

Homeowners always ask, what did I do to break my air conditioner or why has it stopped working now of all times? Well, there are a variety of different reasons why you might be facing air conditioner replacement, especially when considering the weather in Haverhill. Don’t get stuck in the summer without one of the most important pieces of home comfort equipment in your home. Instead, look out for these warning signs that may help you indicate that there is something wrong with your air conditioner:

  • An inactive outdoor fan: Step outside and inspect your outdoor unit – if you notice that your outdoor fan is not running in the unit, give the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call to come take a look. Chances are that something is wrong with your unit and the heat transfer that the fan usually handles is not able to happen. This can cause overheating of the compressor and other internal damage to your system.
  • Dirty filters: You’ve heard it a million times, but dirty filters are still one of the most common issues that Climate Zone sees when customers are debating on air conditioner replacement. Dirty filters reduce airflow, hike up your energy bills, and severely impact your system’s lifetime efficiency. So instead of buying a whole new system, you might just need to exchange your filters and you’ll instantly notice a drastic change in air quality.
  • Insufficient air flow: Check for blocked air grilles in your system if you sense a change in air flow. These blockages could be a wide variety of things, from furniture to even excess dirt or debris.
  • Obstructions to your outdoor unit: Shrubbery, lawn furniture and other outdoor items can inhibit proper air flow to your outdoor unit. Over time, these obstructions can also generate a build-up of dirt that could clog your whole system and stop its cooling abilities. Clean and clear the area around your unit regularly to ensure that your system remains efficient.

Have you checked all of these things and your air conditioner still isn’t working properly? Follow these step-by-step instructions, only proceeding to the next step is the system doesn’t start from the previous step:

  1. Check that the thermostat temperature is set below indoor temperature, and the system switch is in the COOL position.
  2. Is the outdoor unit power supply switch “on”?
  3. Is the furnace/air handler power supply “on”?
  4. Check the house fuse box/breaker box for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
  5. If the system still does not operate, call Climate Zone at 978-912-7677.

Contemplating an air conditioner replacement can be a big and important decision, but sometimes it can even be unnecessary if you can go through these steps and get to the root of the problem without needing full replacement. The team at Climate Zone in Haverhill is here to help and answer any questions you may have through the process. Give us a call at 978-912-7677 or schedule an appointment with us online – we’ll get your air conditioner system up and running again in no time.

Everyone has heard a million times about how important it is to have your air conditioner and entire HVAC system serviced regularly, whether it’s in an advertisement, in another blog post or just by word-of-mouth from a friend. There are a lot of important advantages to keeping your air conditioner up-to-date on its maintenance, especially as the temperature gets warmer in the Haverhill area. But one of the most important parts about air conditioner service this time of year is that it helps you avoid the chances of needing a full AC repair right in the middle of the heat of summer.

This air conditioner tune-up that everyone is talking about; what makes it so vital this time of the year? And why is scheduling one ahead of a major system problem so important?

Annual check-ups on your air conditioner can reduce the amount of potential problems that could arise throughout the year. During the season change of spring to summer, air conditioners are needed most as our bodies and homes adjust to the new outdoor heat. By thinking ahead and getting AC maintenance scheduled now before summer officially begins, you don’t have to think about getting your service done all summer long and can get back to living in comfort and enjoying the sun. Before you even switch your thermostat to ‘cool,’ make sure your system is running at its full potential.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone looks for all the small details and potential problems when we check your air conditioner, ensuring that your small problems don’t turn into big ones. There are even more advantages to air conditioner service that can make a hug difference in your home:

  • Tune-ups can increase the lifespan of your system; when you take care of your air conditioner, it will take care of you, and for the long haul.
  • A well-operating air conditioner will improve the comfort of your home, allowing you to breathe easy and possibly even reduce your energy consumption.
  • When your air conditioner is up-to-date and running smoothly, you will save money on your energy bills and keep more money in your pockets for those fun summer adventures.

Instead of keeping your fingers crossed and hoping for the best this summer in Haverhill, get your routine air conditioner service done now and avoid needing AC repair. The experts at Climate Zone are ready to help at 978-912-7677 or you can schedule a service online. Live in comfort and at ease this summer!

This time of year not only brings big changes in the weather, but it also brings dreaded seasonal allergies. No matter the season, allergies can greatly impact your comfort and health. Symptoms always range from mild to severe but no matter how strong your allergies hit this year, allergy sufferers aren’t always aware of an easy way to alleviate their symptoms in their home – investing in a whole-home air filtration system.

Proper household air filtration is essential to cleaning your indoor air and helping alleviate your allergies. You can try allergy medicine and other ‘over-the-counter’ treatments, but why not attack the root of the problem? Here are some in-home tips from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone that will help you breathe easier as the seasons change:

  1. Increase your home’s humidity
    Mold is one of the most common household microbes that contribute to allergies and other respiratory problems. If your home is too humid, it provides the perfect environment for mold to fester and grow and may even cause some structural problems to your home. Too little humidity can also be harmful because it can cause skin, throat and nose dryness and lead to other health issues. Proper humidification is essential to keeping your home at the ideal humidity level and the best way to do that is through a household humidifier. They can be set up with Climate Zone right with your current heating and cooling system, easy to implement and extremely beneficial to filtering air in your home.
  2. Keep pollen out of your home
    No one ever blatantly tries to bring pollen into their homes, but there are some sneaky ways that allergens can enter your home that you may not know about:

    • Make sure to remove your shoes before you come into your home, especially during this time of changing seasons, to ensure that you don’t track pollen into your house.
    • If you’ve been outside for a while, mowing the lawn or doing other outdoor activities, consider changing your clothes when you go back inside and wash your clothes that are likely to have pollen on them.
    • In addition to changing clothes after extended periods of time outdoors, a shower could be another great way to get the pollen off your hair and exposed skin.
  3. Invest in an air filtration system
    Whole-home air filtration systems are really the best way to not only reduce the allergens in your home, but keep your air clean all year-long. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filtration systems are the best solution for the most severe allergy sufferers and residents with already existing respiratory problems, but there are plenty of different systems in a variety of shapes, sizes and technologies. Our experts at Climate Zone can help you find the perfect system for your needs.

Help relieve those seasonal allergy symptoms this spring in the Haverhill area with a quality air filtration system. Our professionals are so committed to keeping your allergy symptoms at a minimum this season that we offer free instillations of new air filtration systems. If you are interested in learning more about keeping allergens out of your home this spring, give our experts at Climate Zone a call at 978-912-7677 or set up an appointment with us online.

AC repair can be one of the most frustrating home repairs. When you have to repair your air conditioner, it usually means that something has broken and that you’ve been living uncomfortably for a period of time. We get it – home repairs are never a walk in the park, but choosing the right company to fix your air conditioner can make all the difference. All of the options in Haverhill offer different things, so asking the right questions is very important in deciding on the perfect AC repair company:

Are you licensed, insured and bonded?

  • Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone loves when we get this question from potential customers because it means that you’re invested in the future of your home and are wanting the best service possible. Licensed companies are permitted to perform work in Haverhill; bonded companies are financially backed by a bonding company in the event of a filed claim; and insured companies prevent you from being held responsible if a worker is injured during a repair or check-up – all of these boxes should be checked for you to feel comfortable with the AC repair company that you choose. These things separate the best companies from the shadier ones and those companies who are licensed, insured and bonded should be more than willing to show you proof.

Do you have local references?

  • We ask our neighbors and peers for all sorts of opinions and feedback, so why not reach out to them for heating and air conditioning equipment recommendations as well? It’s important to hear from local Haverhill residents about their repair experiences because they have been in your shoes. They can give you the reasons why they chose the company they did and offer you an honest, unbiased opinion on the services they received. You can also check out personal testimonials on our Climate Zone website for further opinions on our service.

Can you provide a detailed, written estimate?

  • Receiving a detailed outline of what will be done during an AC repair and the costs associated with each aspect can make a huge difference for your peace of mind. These estimates not only protect you as a customer, but they also hold the professional accountable for completing everything they are supposed to. Unexpected things can always come up, so it can be important to have a record of what will be done and what both parties can expect.

These questions are a few of the many possible questions you could ask when choosing the perfect AC repair company for you, but at Climate Zone, we are confident that these will give you a great start. Our answers to all three of these questions are sure to satisfy you and we are passionate about reliable and trustworthy AC repair in the Haverhill area. So, if you are in need of AC repair and find Climate Zone to be the right fit for you, give us a call at 978-912-7677 or schedule an appointment with us online.

Temperatures are about to be on the rise in the Haverhill area and many residents are getting ready to turn their air conditioners back on. But is your system ready to be used after months of hibernation? Ensuring that your air conditioner is serviced now, before spring hits, will ease your mind when the heat wave hits that your system is ready to perform efficiently and properly. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure that your air conditioner is ready:

  • If you used foam pipe covers around your exposed exterior pipes over the colder season, make sure to remove those. While they probably made a huge difference during the freezing cold temperatures, removing them will ensure that your cool air can circulate better throughout your home.
  • Clear the area around your external air conditioner to ensure that there aren’t any leaves or debris that can hinder the performance of your system. This is important to keep in mind throughout the year, and not just before spring, so be sure to keep about two to three feet of space around your air conditioner clear.
  • Make sure you have your regularly scheduled air conditioner service on the calendar, even if it’s still a bit chilly outside. This check-up can help you take care of safety checks, including equipment cleaning, changing your air filter and inspecting electrical connections.

No matter the season, keeping your air conditioner running smoothly and efficiently is vital to your comfort. Don’t start spring without ensuring that your air conditioner is ready for the change of seasons and prepped to start up strong again. If you have any questions about air conditioner service or the timing, give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 912-7677 or schedule an appointment with us online.

With spring right around the corner and the constant inconsistency in the weather in the Haverhill area, it’s important to think ahead about upcoming expenses and how you can save the most energy with your furnace. While it will still be used for a little while longer, the furnace has been hard at work all winter-long and could need some energy-saving service. Regularly scheduled maintenance for your furnace not only helps prevent problems, but it can also save you money over time.

Furnace service can be a mystery to many, so the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill have broken it down for you so you are aware of all the important checks they perform:

  • Verifying proper airflow and blower operation – When air is properly circulating through your home, you can be sure that your whole house will be heated and that you can live in comfort from the remainder of the colder days ahead.
  • Checking all electrical components – There are many electrical components to your furnace that need to be checked every year to ensure they are operating safely. Our technicians will make sure that there is no damage to any electrical piece of your system.
  • Cleaning the gas burner section – Our technicians search for cracks or signs of wear on the heat exchanger surface and make sure that it is free of dust or debris. This check will ensure maximum efficiency of your system.
  • Verifying the calibration of the gas valve – Checking your system’s fuel operation for correct pressure will ensure that the pressure is being delivered to your furnace properly and safely.

Our professionals can identify any concerns or signs of wear that could cause you future problems and make you aware of them before they become full-blown emergencies. Every furnace is different, but our experts are trained to understand different types of furnaces and keep your comfort and budget as their top priority. If you have any questions regarding our furnace service or need to schedule your annual check-in, give us a call at (978) 912-7677 or schedule an appointment with us online.

When people think of humidity, they usually think of muggy and dry outdoor air that makes you feel bogged down and sweaty. But not all humidity is bad; most people forget about the indoor humidity that plays a significant role in keeping our families comfortable. Our expert furnace technicians have seen all sorts of indoor air changes and humidity levels, but for your ideal comfort, they recommend maintaining between 25 and 40 percent humidity in your home.

Especially in the colder months, these humidity levels are more important than ever. Dry air in Haverhill can affect the respiratory system with dry mucous membranes, causing scratchy throats and noses. The drier the indoor air, the greater risk you have of catching a cold or receiving these breathing problems.

Here’s how dry air becomes a problem in the winter: the cold air cannot hold much water vapor, meaning that they colder the air is, the drier it is, too. When that cold, dry winter air leaks into your home from holes, air ducts or open doors becomes even drier from the heat of your furnace. All this results in low indoor humidity and uncomfortable levels of dryness. But it’s easier to maintain indoor humidity levels than one would think with a humidifier.

You would never know all the benefits that proper air humidification could provide you if you are never told. There are many benefits to proper humidification, such as:

  • Lowering the chance for static electricity and shocks within the home
  • Alleviating skin irritations and dry skin
  • Providing you with the best atmosphere for indoor plants
  • Ensuring that you don’t have to worry about damaging wood furniture, paint or flooring

By talking to our experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone at your regularly scheduled furnace maintenance, online in our appointment scheduler or by calling us at (978) 912-7677, you can ensure that you are receiving all these humidification benefits in your home. Live comfortably and healthily throughout the year, regardless of the season or dryness levels.

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