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With technology that promises to “just work” at the flip of a switch, it’s no surprise that people expect their HVAC system to work when they need it, without any worries or concerns. After all, it’s no fun to face a Haverhill winter with a heater that breaks down just when you need it the most.

Just like your car, computer and even your body, air conditioners and furnaces need occasional maintenance to run at peak efficiency. You wouldn’t dream of driving your car without making sure the oil’s been changed every few thousand miles. So why neglect your HVAC?

Without occasional checkups, your system can cost you time, money and comfort. That’s why maintenance agreements from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone make all the difference in your home’s heating and air conditioning.

When you sign on to a maintenance agreement, you can trust that your system will be well cared for by certified technicians. During routine maintenance checks, they’ll walk through a checklist of inspections, tests and cleanings to ensure your system is in great shape and advise you of any areas that might present concerns down the road.

While there are number of things that you can do on your own to keep your HVAC system working well, a checkup from a professional technician offers not only a deeper look at your system, but the tools, knowledge and skills to identify any trouble areas.

Think of it like a dentist. Sure, you can brush and floss regularly. But a dentist can do a deep cleaning while looking for any coming cavities. A maintenance agreement does the same thing for your HVAC system.

Here is just some of what you can expect to be done during an annual technician visit as part of a maintenance agreement with Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone:

  • Lubricate all moving parts: Friction in your HVAC system can cause it to overheat and break down. Adding lubrication helps parts move smoothly.
  • Tighten electrical connections: A loose connection can lead to problems that can not only shorten your equipment’s lifespan, but also present a danger to your home. Technicians will make sure all connections are correct, and measure voltage and current on equipment motors.
  • Check the thermostat: If your thermostat is not calibrated correctly, it can lead imbalances in your system’s use. A technician will check your thermostat and can even install an updated programmable thermostat on their visit if you don’t already have one.
  • Check system controls: Making sure your system’s start cycle, operation and shut-off sequence happen in the correct way keeps your system running safely and properly. The technician checks the controls and makes any necessary adjustments.
  • Clean and adjust the blower: Issues with your HVAC system’s blower can mean up to a 15 percent drop in energy efficiency. With the proper adjustments, your blower will have better airflow and increase your home’s comfort.
  • Other services, specific to cooling or heating units, will prevent breakdown.

The investment in a maintenance agreement can pay off in lower energy bills, thanks to a more energy-efficient system, and help reduce the number of repairs that might be needed in a neglected system. You’ll get a longer life out of your equipment and it will run much more safely than a system that might otherwise be failing.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has a great reputation in the Haverhill area for a reason. So don’t hesitate to call and talk about the various maintenance agreements available. Our team is ready to serve, 24/7. Call us at 978-872-1190 or schedule an appointment online.

A leaking pipe? A backed-up drain? No hot water?

Plumbing problems like these are never fun to deal with during any time of year. So imagine having to suffer through plumbing problems in the bitter cold of a Massachusetts winter.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone works to make sure that Haverhill homes have pipes and drains that are clear of plumbing issues. Don’t find yourself dealing with broken pipes, a failing water heater or overflowing drains.

Use these 5 Winter Plumbing Tips to keep things flowing this winter, and all year long.

1. Let faucets drip to prevent frozen pipes

High water pressure and freezing temperatures can quickly lead to frozen pipes. This common winter problem, if left undetected, could end in broken pipes.

Noticing sudden light water flow from your shower or sinks? This can be a sign that your pipes are starting to freeze.

Don’t rush to call out a plumber for faucet or pipe replacement just yet. There’s an easy way to stop freezing pipes in their tracks. Leave a faucet on very low, so that the water is trickling out.

This trickle of water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing, especially those on an outside wall. Apply heat to the pipes that might be frozen. A hair dryer can help safely supply the right amount of heat.

If the water continues to flow shorter than normal, or you just want to have your pipes more thoroughly checked, the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone can lend a hand.

2. Keep drains clean from grease or other clogs

If water gets stuck in pipes due to clogs, that can increase the chances of freezing and bursting pipes.

A little common sense now will save you from troubles later. Pouring oils, grease, or even coffee grounds down your sink can increase the chances of clogs. The same goes for any drain in your home.

Over time, these clog-makers get caked up in your pipes, coating the sides since their consistency makes it harder for water to wash away the buildup. Before long, a clog is ready to cause problems.

Think you might already be facing clogged pipes? Andrew DiPietro’s Comfort Zone drain cleaning and drainpipe replacement services will keep your pipes clean.

3. Put the outdoor hose away

Unless you think you might need to do some gardening on a Haverhill February weekend, it’s probably best to pack away your garden hose until warmer weather returns.

Leaving a hose connected outside in winter can cause water left inside to freeze and expand, freezing your faucets and connecting pipes as well.

4. Keep your pipes under wraps

Everyone likes a warm blanket during the winter. Why should your external pipes be any different?

You can protect your pipes with insulation wrapping as early as the fall. But even if you’ve waited until winter, protecting outside pipes will help prevent or reduce the chances of freezing in extreme conditions.

5. Don’t set your water heater too high

If you’re finding it’s taking your water too long to heat up in the winter, it might be because your water heater temperature is set too high.

That might seem backwards, but when you set the temperature gauge too high on the water heater, it can have problems keeping up in the cold weather. Never set the water heater higher than 140 degrees.

Set lower than that, but still suffering from hot water issues? Let the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone take a look and help you determine if there are issues in either your pipes or with your water heater.

But what happens if your pipes do freeze?

Followed the checklist and still dealing with frozen pipes? Don’t panic.

Before your pipes burst, follow these steps before a bad situation gets worse:

  • If the faucets are on nothing comes out, DO leave them on and call a plumber.
  • DO use a hair dryer to start warming the pipe. Begin as close to the faucet as possible, and work toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • DON’T use a torch or other open flame to try to thaw a pipe.
  • DON’T use electrical appliances anywhere with standing water. You could be electrocuted.

If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house and leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it should they need to.

Don’t wait until a pipe or drain emergency leaves you shivering in the cold. The plumbing professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone can offer further ideas to prevent problems this winter. Give them a call at 978-872-1190 to learn more about their services or set up a consultation appointment online.

We’re in the thick of another Northeastern winter, so it’s time to make sure that your furnace is running in top condition. Nobody wants to face a chilly Haverhill morning with a furnace that won’t keep them warm, so we’ve put together this wintertime to-do list to make sure the heat keeps flowing from now until spring comes around.

  • Check to make sure all your vents and registers are open. It might seem like a basic step, but a closed vent blocks airflow, which can lead to poorer performance from your furnace and keep warm air from moving through your home.
  • Keep your vents clean. Duct cleaning can be a big task, but you don’t have to go through the hassle as often if you keep your vents tidy. By vacuuming or dusting your vents and registers, you can reduce the amount of dust and debris accumulating in them. When that happens, airflow gets obstructed and indoor air quality goes down.
  • Be aware of carbon monoxide. One of the deadliest risks of an untended HVAC in the winter is carbon monoxide poisoning. A colorless, odorless gas, carbon monoxide can build up over time unnoticed in your home, leading to health symptoms ranging from headaches and dizziness to vomiting or chest pain. Make sure to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home and that has fresh batteries. Also, take the time to inspect your furnace flue and vents for proper ventilation of dangerous combustion gasses. If you suspect a ventilation problem with your furnace, call a professional HVAC contractor right away. You may not know you have a faulty heating system until it’s too late
  • Test your thermostat. A thermostat incorrectly registering the temperature in your house means your furnace is not working efficiently. Here’s an easy way to test accuracy: set the temperature about five degrees warmer than the current temperature. After a few minutes, use a standard thermometer to check the temperature in the room. Do the temperatures match? Great! Your thermostat is working fine. But if the thermostat is reflecting the accurate room temperature, you may need to call Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone to check it out. Programmable thermostats offer another way to stay efficient by automatically adjusting temperatures in your home to meet the needs of your schedule. For instance, you can program it to keep your house cooler while you are away from home and then kick up the heat when you are on your way back.
  • Replace your furnace filter regularly. Filters help keep your furnace clean from debris. But, over time, filters gather dust, pet hair and more. Left uncleaned, a dirty filter can start to have a negative impact on your furnace’s efficiency. Many experts suggest changing your furnace filter every month. If that’s too frequent, make sure to change your filter at least the beginning of each season to keep your air healthy, clean, and flowing clearly. Having a maintenance program in place makes remembering to replace your filters easier, while also making sure your system is running at full efficiency.
  • Keep parts and motors lubricated. Another easy way to keep your HVAC working well over time is to keep motors and moving parts well-lubricated to avoid friction, which can increase the amount of electricity your system needs to function. Check your HVAC owner’s manual for the best ways to maintain the parts of your individual system or have one of the pros from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone come out and take a look.
  • Do some interior redesign. While there are many things you can do to keep your furnace working well, a few other simple tweaks around the house can also help your house stay warm. Replacing old caulk and weather stripping around doors and windows, and even rearranging your furniture away from drafty windows can help keep you warmer and cozier without relying as heavily on your furnace.

With a little bit of effort, you can make sure that your HVAC is going with the (air)flow. You’ll get peace of mind knowing that you’ll stay warm all winter. Need further advice? The professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone are experts at keeping homes comfortable, whatever the season. Call them at 978-872-1190 to receive a free, no-obligation consultation or schedule an appointment online.

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.

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