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Summer might not be the time that Haverhill homeowners think about keeping warm. The climbing temps bring dreams of cooler days, and no one’s getting out their winter coats or even thinking about their furnace.

But summer actually is a great time to pay attention to your furnace. While you may not be turning it on to keep warm, taking some steps during the warmer months to make sure your furnace is well maintained will help prevent problems when winter rolls around. Don’t be caught needing furnace repair later, when you need warmth the most. Take the time now and follow these summer furnace maintenance tips.

Change Your Air Filter

Air filter replacement schedule takes place all year long. Depending on the filter quality (and other factors such as pets in the home), you should be changing your furnace’s filter every three to six months. But many homeowners make a common mistake when it comes to filters: assuming filters won’t get dirty when the furnace isn’t running. Even when you aren’t using your furnace, dust, dirt and other sediment can find its way into your filter. If the air filter becomes too dirty, your furnace won’t run at peak efficiency, and can even suffer long-term damage. A clean filter means higher energy efficiency, which can mean lower energy bills.

Clean Your Furnace

It isn’t just the filter that needs to stay clean in your furnace. Nothing’s worse than having to deal with a dirty furnace right when the season calls for you to fire it up. A good rule of thumb is making sure to clean any debris and dust from the outside and inside components at the turn of each season. Just like with the air filter, not keeping the unit clean can impact energy efficiency and lead to long-term damage. One way to make sure your furnace will be clean when you need it most is by having a maintenance agreement with the HVAC pros from Climate Zone. They’ll take care of the cleaning process quickly and safely.

Check Electrical Connections

Another important area where a maintenance agreement will help is in checking electrical connections. Checking for loose wires or worn-down connections is an important part of keeping your furnace maintained in the off months. A trained professional is your best bet for getting a thorough look at your furnace’s electrical work, but it’s still a good idea to do a visual check yourself to see if anything looks like it may need repaired. Identifying disconnected or loose wires will help catch problems that can be fixed by a professional technician before they get worse.

Give the Pilot Light a Rest

Summer is a great time to save some money by putting the pilot light out. Furnaces that are 15 years old or older, have a pilot light that runs 24/7, regardless of whether or not you’re using your furnace. It’s the little blue flame that you can see through the window. Turning off the pilot light will save a little on fuel and energy costs, since furnaces with a pilot-ignition system aren’t the most fuel-efficient. Make sure to watch for moisture and debris buildup when the pilot light has been off for a while. And, of course, remember to relight it when the time comes to fire up the furnace again.

Keep an Eye on Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

Indoor air quality problems can be annoying in the winter, but carbon monoxide leaks can be deadly. Carbon monoxide detectors are vital safety precautions should carbon monoxide levels rise in your home (often coming from the furnace), so having a working carbon monoxide detector is crucial to home safety, as well as furnace maintenance. Just like air filters, carbon monoxide detectors should be checked multiple times a year. Installing a carbon monoxide detector while the furnace is shut down is a great way to be ready to monitor the air when the furnace is running.

Call the Professionals

Not everyone is an expert on how to maintain their HVAC system or furnace. While many of these tips can be accomplished with a little bit of work, having a maintenance agreement from a professional HVAC and heating company, like Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, will ease any doubts. Our trained professionals will make regular visits to your home to make sure your furnace runs at its optimal efficiency and help identify any problem areas to repair.

Find out how Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone can help keep your furnace ready for the winter, even in the summer. Call us at (978) 872-1190 or contact us online.

Summer is a time when your air conditioner is working hard. When temps hit the upper 80s and 90s around Haverhill, cooling off makes your AC work even harder, which can mean higher bills.

Cooling and heating costs typically account for 48 percent of your monthly utility bill. Improving energy efficiency can mean a cooler home and a little more money at the end of the month. The good news? Increasing your HVAC system’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or require purchasing a whole new air conditioner.

Following some of these easy tips will increase your home’s energy efficiency and help you balance comfort and cost.

Schedule a Free, In-Home Energy Audit

Haverhill area homes have a great resource to help find ways to make their air conditioners more energy efficient: a free, in-home energy audit offered by Mass Save. As part of this program, Mass Save sends a specialist to assess your home’s energy usage and provide you with personalized recommendations. Then, they’ll work with you to create a home energy efficiency plan.

Your energy audit includes an assessment of everything from your heating and cooling system to your laundry and kitchen appliances. Mass Save will also inform you of any possible rebates or incentives available to you for improving your home’s energy efficiency.

Routine Maintenance

Most of the time people only think of air conditioner service when their unit breaks down or isn’t running well. But one of the best ways to prevent potential air conditioner replacement is also one of the best ways to make sure your home is being cooled as efficiently as possible: routine HVAC maintenance.

We’ve offered tips on how you can easily perform maintenance on your AC unit. (Changing your air filters every one to three months is one of the easiest, and most commonly overlooked, ways to make a simple impact on energy efficiency.) But having a scheduled maintenance agreement will also help your air conditioner run at peak energy efficiency thanks to professionally-trained pros, armed with the skills to get the best out of your air conditioner.

Utilize Your Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust at what times to run your AC and how much energy to use when cooling your home. It allows for comfort that suits your needs and schedule while helping you save big on utility bills. With a wide selection of programmable thermostats available, you’ll find one that’s right for your home and your wallet.

Keeping your energy efficiency high and your utility bills low is not just a priority for you, it’s also a priority for us. There’s no reason you can’t stay comfortable and save money. We are here to help you achieve just that. If you have any questions for us on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency or anything related to your home comfort, give our professionals a call at (978) 872-1190 or contact us online.

It’s getting into the sweltering days of summer in Haverhill. When it gets this hot, you don’t want to work any harder than you need to. The same goes for your home AC system.

It’s important to remember that energy efficiency can have a major impact on both your home comfort and your budget. Having an inefficiently running air conditioner can make it harder to cool off your home. It can also lead to more expensive energy bills or, worse, a broken-down air conditioner.

Getting your air conditioner running at peak performance for the summer isn’t hard either. The U.S. Department of Energy offers some ideas on keeping you, and your HVAC system, from overheating this year.

1. Change the air filter

Summer or winter, the easiest maintenance for your HVAC system is changing the air filter. From helping with proper ventilation to improving air quality, changing your air filter regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get the most out of your air conditioner.

However, most people aren’t changing their filters frequently enough. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends changing your air filter once a month to keep your air conditioner running efficiently.

Finding where to look on your unit when replacing the air filter can be tricky. In central air systems, the filter is usually located behind a metal panel on the side of the system. Unscrew or pull off the metal panel, remove the old filter and install the new one. It’s as easy as that.

2. Pay attention to your thermostat

Programmable thermostats can automatically adjust your home’s temperature at different times during the day. That can translate into significant energy savings when your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard when it’s not needed.

For example, you can program your thermostat to keep your home at a higher temperature when you’re away and to cool it down before you return. This will not only save you money on energy costs, but also reduce the burden on your air conditioner that would otherwise be cooling an empty home.

3. Keep condensation lines clear

When your air conditioner unit runs, evaporator coils create moisture. This moisture is removed from the unit in a drainage area, either by gravity or a motorized pump. If the condensation pipes that carry this runoff away from your air conditioner become clogged, it can do more than make your air conditioner run inefficiently–it can damage your home. So it’s important to make sure that your condensation lines are flowing smoothly.

If you have a professional maintenance agreement for your air conditioner, a technician will come to your home to check the quality of your lines, as well as other maintenance. In between visits, you can easily clean condensation lines between visits by sending a simple mix of bleach and warm water through the pipes to help prevent buildup.

4. Clean debris from coils

Over the course of the year, your central air conditioning unit can collect dirt and debris outside, especially if you don’t use a cover. That buildup can lead to a sluggishly performing AC unit. Nearby shrubs, trees or other plants can also impact your unit if overgrown branches push into the air conditioner coils. Make sure to clear any plants growing too closely to your air conditioner and make sure that the coils are clean.

5. Make adjustments around the house

Not every tip for increased efficiency means working with your HVAC unit. Consider taking simple steps around your house to further reduce the strain on your air conditioning unit this summer:

  • Turning off your cooling system and opening your windows while sleeping can help push out hot air. Shutting the windows and blinds in the morning helps capture the cool air.
  • Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows.
  • If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting a few degrees with no reduction in comfort. But make sure to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room since fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
  • When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).

Keeping your home comfortable shouldn’t be a chore this summer. Following these tips can go a long way in maintaining a well-running air-conditioning system. But getting an inspection and ongoing maintenance from HVAC repair professionals like the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will make sure that your air conditioner is running in tip-top shape. Call us today at (978) 872-1190 to find out how we can help keep you cool.

The weather has been beautiful here in the Haverhill, MA area. We’re spending more time outdoors, but we still spend almost 90 percent of our lives indoors. And while air conditioning makes a difference in comfort, indoor air quality is very important to your health. One of the most important and often overlooked aspects when it comes to indoor air quality is ventilation.

When you think about home ventilation, you probably think about opening a few windows and letting in some fresh air. This is a great way to ventilate, but as we know, that’s not always an option in Haverhill. That’s where the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone comes in. Advancements in technology can provide the same effects as having your windows open on the perfect spring day.

Air-sealing techniques used in building today’s homes reduce air leakage so well that contaminants are actually sealed inside of your home. This could be anything from mold, mildew, pollen and even radon. A whole-home ventilation system works by drawing just the right amount of air from outdoors. This will not only give you the benefit of nicer feeling air, but it will remove odors that may be lingering in your home. It does all of this while still being energy efficient.

There are two types of ventilation systems. The system used in our area is a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). This system uses two ventilation ducts. One carries cool, fresh air in; the other carries humid, stale air out. In warmer climates, such as the south, they use a system called an energy recovery ventilator (EVR).

There are many ways to improve your indoor air quality. Ventilation is just one piece of the puzzle. When it comes to Haverhill air conditioning and HVAC repair, we want you to breathe easy about the air you’re breathing. The professionals at Climate Zone are always available to answer any questions you may have about improving your indoor air quality. Give us a call at (978) 912-7677 or use our handy online scheduler to book a no-obligation consultation.

Summer is almost here in Haverhill, and finding out your air conditioner isn’t working when it starts to get hot is the worst.

It’s easy to tell if your air conditioner needs repairs, but many homeowners misinterpret the signs of an air conditioning problem for what they think are normal signs that their air conditioner is getting back up to speed after months of less use.

Understanding the signs of an air conditioner that needs repair will allow you to have your air conditioner repaired before things get worse. Most air conditioner repairs are quite simple, but homeowners frequently avoid calling a technician as they fear a large bill. Often the repairs needed cost much less than the bill would cost after a problem has compounded and needs a larger repair. If your AC unit is new, the repair may even be covered under a manufacturer’s warranty. Timely repairs will help your AC run at peak efficiency and save you money.

One of the most common air conditioning problems is improper operation. If your air conditioner is on, be sure to close your home’s windows and outside doors. For room air conditioners, isolate the room or a group of connected rooms as much as possible from the rest of your home.

But if your AC won’t run, there’s obviously a problem. Here are some common symptoms that your air conditioner needs repair to help you take action before your AC breaks down:

1. The Air Isn’t Cold

It might feel like your unit isn’t doing its job the way it should. Even at full blast, the air just doesn’t feel cold.

Low refrigerant (such as Freon) is a common reason for a lack of cold air from your air conditioner. A trained technician can check your refrigerant levels and test for any leaks in the system. Your air conditioner’s performance and efficiency are greatest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specification (Refrigerant leaks can also be harmful to the environment).

If your refrigerant level is fine, the lack of cold air could be a sign of a bigger problem. It could mean your system’s compressor has failed. Replacing the compressor is a major repair and you may even have to replace your unit. Make sure a technician eliminates other possible problems before deciding to replace your AC.

2. The Airflow is Weak

Your air conditioning ducts are the paths by which air moves through your house. Over time, dust and debris can accumulate inside them. This can obstruct airflow and, even worse, create a health risk to you and your family. Regularly check and change your air filter and clean your ducts to keep airflow moving and ensure your AC is working well when you need it most. Note that if you find rooms in your home are getting cold air while others are not, you might need repairs to your ductwork beyond a cleaning

Weak airflow can also be a sign of a failing compressor, so be sure to call in a professional if you’re still having problems even with clean air filters and properly maintained ductwork.

3. Your Sensors and Thermostat Are Inaccurate

Even when your air conditioning unit and ductwork are in great condition, you many still have problems with the temperature in your home. In this case, the trouble might be with your thermostat. One sign of a thermostat problem is uneven temperatures throughout your home.

One place that can be the cause of the problem on a room air conditioner is the thermostat sensor. Located behind the control panel, the thermostat sensor measures the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. If the sensor is not functioning properly, or has been knocked out of place, the air conditioner could cycle constantly or behave erratically.

Adjusting the sensor to its proper location (near the coil, but not touching it) can be done by carefully bending the wire that holds it in place.

4. Drainage Problems and Moisture

Moisture around your AC unit is a sign of two possible problems:

  • A refrigerant leak. This is a severe problem, as refrigerant chemicals can pose serious health risks to you and your family. A refrigerant leak needs to be repaired immediately.
  • Pooling water and humidity. Water pooling around your air conditioner may mean the condensation drain tube is blocked or broken, or that the air conditioner is not mounted level. This problem isn’t as serious as a refrigerant leak, but should be repaired quickly to avoid more problems like mold growth.

5. Something Sounds Wrong

Air conditioner compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently. If you hear a squealing, grating or grinding sound, it could mean these controls need immediate maintenance and are close to failure.

These sounds could also point to problems with electrical connections and contacts, as corroding wires and terminals cause problems in many systems

A squealing noise can indicate that a belt has slipped out of place or that a metal component in your air conditioner requires more lubrication. A grinding sound could mean your motor’s bearings are broken.

6. Something Smells Wrong

Just as an out-of-place sound can mean a problem with your air conditioner, a variety of different smells can also mean repairs are necessary. Here are some smells that indicate problems with your air conditioning unit:

  • A sweet or ether-like odor: This could mean a refrigerant leak. Most forms of Freon are colorless and odorless, but some forms of Freon and other refrigerants have a sweet, ether-like odor.
  • Ozone or electrical smell: This could mean a problem with the air conditioner’s motor or wiring, suggesting your conditioner’s wire insulation has burned out.
  • Musty smell: The most common smell found with air conditioners, this means that there is mold inside your unit or ductwork, which must be taken care of immediately.

If your air conditioner is showing any of these six signs, it’s not functioning as it should and may need professional service. Professional air conditioning diagnostic service, like the kind offered by the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s ClimateZone, should include the following:

  • Visual inspection of all A/C components
  • Full system performance test
  • State of charge and system control tests
  • Leak test, using an approved-leak detector
  • Dye detection test (if a slow leak is difficult to detect)

Scheduling an air conditioning repair to ensure your AC system is working at maximum efficiency is always a good idea when facing the hot final weeks of summer.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone team is here to make sure you are as comfortable as possible in your home. If you have any questions regarding air conditioning repair, installation, service plans or any number of other related items, pick up the phone and give us a call at 978-872-1190 or set up an appointment with us online.

You’ve set your home’s temperature to a perfect 72 degrees, but when the sun goes down, the house gets chilly. You turn the thermostat up to 74, but an hour later you’re roasting.

Sound familiar? The search for the home-comfort sweet spot is a constant battle for homeowners in the Haverhill area. For those who find themselves repeatedly adjusting their home comfort controls or, worse, getting into “thermostat wars” over personal comfort levels in different parts of the house, a new generation of smart controls available from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will provide relief.

Not only can they help automate your climate settings and target specific zones of your home, smart controls can also save a dramatic amount of energy and money.

Getting control over your home’s climate means reduced energy bills. Occupancy-based automation means the HVAC system runs the way you need it to when you’re home, but, more importantly, it conserves energy when you’re gone.

Thermostats

Traditional programmable thermostats allow homeowners to set temperatures based on a day and time schedule. But new smart controls go beyond that, adjusting temperatures based on your home’s indoor and outdoor environments, including humidity. This feature helps keep your home’s temperature where you want it without negatively affecting your energy efficiency.

Thermostats like the iComfort series, also include a smartphone app that works with the GPS in your phone to detect when you’re leaving or returning to your home to automatically increase system efficiency. If you leave at a time different than your control’s scheduled time, the system will automatically adjust. And if you return home early, the thermostat puts your system back to a normal schedule and comfortable temperature, thanks to the Schedule IQ technology in the iComfort series of thermostats, that automatically adapts to any changes in your routine.

Voice-driven technology also plays a role in some of the iComfort thermostat systems, giving you capabilities that make adjusting your room’s temperature as easy as talking to your Amazon Echo, Dot or Alexa app. You can give your thermostat commands like, “Set the temperature to 74 degrees,” “lower the temperature by five degrees,” “what is the room temperature?”—or you can just tell it to “make it warmer” or “make it cooler.” The iComfort will do the rest.

Smart controls like the iComfort series also feature WiFi capabilities that allow homeowners to adjust their climate settings even when not at home. Using a smartphone, tablet or computer web browser, you can make sure that your HVAC system is running at peak efficiency, even when you’re not there. You’ll never again have to worry about whether you turned off the heater when on vacation.

Zoning

Getting the right temperature in the right part of your house at the right time can feel more like an art than a science. And making every member of your household happy with the temperature can sometimes feel impossible.

Zoning systems, such as the iHarmony® zoning system, makes it easy to control each zone of your house either through independent thermostats that maintain set temperatures, or through a master thermostat that can adjust all zones from one location.

Zoning systems provide comfort that isn’t just more customized, but also more energy efficient. Creating up to four zones in your home, zoning systems can redirect heating and cooling away from unused or little-used rooms, preventing you from wasting energy on comfort nobody will feel.

Wireless access in the iHarmony zoning system also means that zone control is as close as a smartphone, tablet or web browser.

Whether looking for a complex, automated climate-control system or simple remote monitoring, anyone can benefit from a little more control over their home comfort. The environment, not to mention your pocketbook, will thank you for it.

To learn more about how you can add smart comfort control systems to your home, contact Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone today.

When it comes cooling or heating your Haverhill-area home, energy efficiency makes a big difference to both the environment and your monthly power bills.

If you’re spending most of your time in only one or two rooms, why spend money cooling or heating the entire house? Having an HVAC system that can work where and when you want it can make a big difference to your bottom line.

That’s where mini-split systems come in. Mini-splits combine an evaporator and a condenser, using puron refrigerant and change-phases, to provide heating or cooling. Puron is a less harmful refrigerant than Freon, which most people associate with HVAC systems. This environmentally friendlier solution has been approved by the EPA and is the world’s first long-term solution to ozone depletion.

Essentially, mini-split systems are high-efficiency air conditioners that can also run in reverse to heat the home. The condenser is usually located outdoors and distributes refrigerant through copper tubing, which is connected to one or more indoor outlets (which combine an evaporator and air handler).

Instead of running air through ducts that can leak heated or cooled air, mini-splits use copper tubing and smaller units to allow air to more efficiently reach its intended target. That gives you both energy savings and the ability to target the areas of your home that are most in need of cooling and heating.

While mini-split systems won’t work for every home out there (they won’t perform well in homes that have heavy heating and cooling needs), properly sealed and insulated mini-splits are ideal for smaller homes and apartments, or homes where only certain rooms need heating/cooling.

Here are five things that can make mini-splits the right choice for your space:

  1. Easy to Install
    While expanding ductwork can be difficult (not to mention expensive), installing a mini-split in is much less stressful. Installation requires a small, three-inch hole in the wall and a relatively small area to mount the indoor unit. And, with copper piping and other conduits available in a variety of lengths, outdoor units can be placed up to 50 feet away from the indoor evaporator.
  2. Improved Energy Efficiency
    Mentioned before, but it bears repeating: ducts can lose up to 30 percent of generated air making its way to vents, but ductless mini-splits save energy by ensuring more heated or cooled air reaches its destination.
  3. Air to Individual Rooms/Zones
    And that destination can be a lot more specific thanks to mini-splits. Placing individual air-handling units in specific rooms of your home gives you to greater control of the temperature in those rooms than you’d have setting a thermostat to uniformly heat or cool the entire house. This gives you more comfort where and when you need it the most and boosts your savings on energy costs. Couple a mini-split with good home insulation and that impact on savings will only increase.
  4. Placement Options
    With its smaller size and flexible coupling options, a mini-split won’t affect your interior design. Other add-on systems might limit placement possibilities, but mini-split air-handlers can be affixed to a wall, suspended from the ceiling, or even mounted into a drop ceiling. Floor models can also be beneficial in certain circumstances.
  5. Customization
    That flexibility also extends to mini-split features. Timers and built-in sleep options give yet another way for mini-split owners to tailor their home comfort, while saving money on energy costs when compared to a traditional HVAC system with a thermostat.

Mini-splits may be for homeowners looking for an efficient HVAC solution that meets their specific needs. Talk to the professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone today to determine if a mini-split system is the right choice for your home. Our professionals are available 24/7 and you can reach us by phone at (978) 912-7677 or use our handy online scheduler.

For most people in Haverhill, the return of spring means a break from winter’s chill.

But for others, it means the annual renewal of the age-old allergy fight with blooms, pollen and other irritants that can ruin sunny days with constant sneezing and red, watery eyes.

It’s bad enough to suffer with allergies this time of year, but even worse when the battle continues in the comfort of your own home.

Improving indoor air quality can give you the upper hand in the fight against allergies. The wide selection of air filtration and purification systems available from the home comfort professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers many great ways to make your air cleaner.

The road to cleaner air starts with a simple task: changing your HVAC air filter every two months—even monthly in high-allergen seasons. Your air filter is an important piece of the healthy-air puzzle in your home’s HVAC system.

But while air filters are crucial to indoor air quality, it doesn’t end there. Lennox® has the industry’s most effective air filtration systems and air purifiers.

Air Filtration Systems

High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration systems offer the best protection against allergens. These systems use hospital-grade technology to clean your air to the highest levels possible.

The Healthy Climate® HEPA system removes particles with up to a 99.97% efficiency with no ozone emission, which is a known lung irritant. Its sealed design helps contain particles in the system and keep them from bypassing the filter and going back into your home environment.

Air Purification Systems

So, what’s the difference between an air filtration system and an air purification system? Where filtration systems use filters to remove particles from the air blowing through them, purification systems sanitize the air.

The PureAirTM air purification system perfectly demonstrates the difference between the two. PureAir is the only system that combats all three classes of contaminants: particles (dust, pet dander), biological (mold, pollen, dust mites) and gasses (cleaning supplies, air fresheners and pesticides).

UVA-light technology allows the PureAir to remove over 95% of particles, which is less than the amount filtered by the Healthy Climate filtration system.

But the PureAir goes beyond simply filtering the air, it reduces and destroys ozone as well as approximately 50% of household odors and chemical vapors within 24 hours. Filtration systems can’t as effectively deal with those gas-based contaminants in the air.

Forced-air heating and cooling systems move air throughout the entire house, making the HVAC system the ideal place to tackle allergy and indoor air quality issues. Fortunately, air filtration and purification systems can be incorporated into almost any HVAC system.

Climate Zone offers many air purification and filtration systems to give you clean air. Our professionals will help you find the solution that’s best for battling seasonal allergies and keeping your home healthy, as well as assist you with any other home comfort needs.

Our professionals are available 24/7 and you can reach us by phone at (978) 912-7677 or use our handy online scheduler.

It can seem like replacing an air conditioner is one of those costs of home ownership that all home owners must suffer through at some point. Whether dealing with a broken-down unit or realizing your current unit isn’t cutting it in the middle of a hot Haverhill summer, air conditioner replacement can often come at an inconvenient time.

The good news is that a new air conditioner can mean lower energy bills, thanks to modern energy-efficient units. But for savvy AC buyers, knowing the best ways to use rebates and financial incentives helps recover some of the costs that come with purchasing a new air conditioning unit. Rebates are available from the federal government, and thanks to the Mass Save program, Massachusetts residents can find even more savings from purchasing new central air conditioning systems.

A Home Energy Assessment will help determine which improvements would be eligible for rebates through Mass Save, and help provide all the paperwork needed to take advantage of Mass Save incentives. The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has been approved by Mass Save as an AC Check Trained Contractor. Mass Save ensures that the contractors they work with have been trained in proper airflow and charge protocols through their heating and cooling program and that your newly installed equipment operates according to manufacturer’s specifications.

Purchasing ENERGY STAR®-qualified central air conditioning systems can bring a rebate to customers of up to $500 thanks to federal programs. You could also qualify for utility rebates and other local incentive programs when you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioner from Lennox®. You’ll improve the comfort of your home, while also saving money.

To find even more rebates and personal tax incentives in the Haverhill area, visit www.dsireusa.org. There, you can search by ZIP code to find all available offers in your area, as well eligible program dates in case a previous purchase is still eligible for rebates or tax credits.

The professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone pride ourselves in keeping you comfortable and want you to truly find the joy in homeownership. We are available to assist you in all of your home comfort needs, 24/7. We can talk you through the rebates and savings that are available to you and help ensure you’re getting the right system to fit your specific needs. Give us a call with any questions at (978) 912-7677 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

Spring is right around the corner in the Haverhill area, with milder days, chances to enjoy the sun and that long-sought chance for some spring cleaning.

And from there, the temps keep climbing up until the hot, humid days of a New England summer set in.

Will your AC be able to keep up?

Even though warmer weather hasn’t broken through just yet, one of the best spring cleaning tips is to get your air conditioning system checked out before problems arise in the middle of summer.

Being caught without cool air isn’t the only reason to have a maintenance checklist for your AC system now. Maintaining your equipment helps prevent both future failures and unwanted costs. Better to take the time to check up on your system now rather than deal with a far bigger replacement later that could ruin both your summer plans and your bank account.

Keeping a regular schedule of two preseason checkups each year (cooling in the spring and heating in the fall) will make sure your entire HVAC system is in top shape. Or take the guesswork out of it by letting a professional, like those at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, keep you on schedule with a maintenance agreement.

A typical maintenance checkup should include the following:

  • Checking the thermostat. This helps make sure that your system is accurately reading the temperature in your room, which can help save energy while you are away.
  • Tightening electrical connections and measuring voltage and current on motors. If electrical connections aren’t working properly, your system can not only be at risk for failure, it can become a home safety issue.
  • Lubricating all moving parts. Without lubrication, motor parts will deal with more friction and lose energy efficiency.
  • Inspecting the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). If the drain in your system gets stopped up, it can cause water damage and increase indoor humidity.
  • Ensuring proper and safe control operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates and shuts off properly.
  • Cleaning evaporator and condenser coils. Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Check your central air conditioner’s refrigerant level and adjusting if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient.
  • Cleaning blower components to maintain airflow. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent. Make sure your air gets to you!

Even if you choose to sign a maintenance agreement and let a professional keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency, make sure to keep your air filters in top condition. A monthly check can make sure that dirty filters aren’t blocking airflow, decreasing energy efficiency and putting unnecessary wear on your HVAC system. Replacing your filters once every three months is an easy way to stay on top of filter issues.

For more questions about how you can prepare your home HVAC system for the spring and summer, or to learn more about how maintenance agreements can help keep you comfortable all year long, talk to the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone. Give them a call at 978-872-1190 to learn more about their services or set up a consultation appointment online.

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