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Winter has arrived in the Haverhill area, meaning that it’s the time of year to fire up the furnace and get your home heating system up and running. But if you’re finding that the heat isn’t coming out the way you’d like, be it because of decreased airflow or shorter cycles of air, the answer may be as simple as a clogged air filter. While air filters are easy to replace, ignoring them can have a long-term negative effect on your home HVAC system.

Air filters play an essential part in your home HVAC system all year long, but in the winter, dirty air filters can make a huge difference in your comfort. Because furnaces usually use a heat exchange method to heat or cool your home’s air, existing air is pulled in from other rooms by the unit’s fan.

That means dust, pet hair, dander and other fine particles are also drawn in as part of the heat exchange. Air filters help prevent buildup in ducts and protect the heat exchange at the heart of your furnace. Over time, this buildup can clog your air filter. More buildup on your air filter means less air can get through back into your home.

But that’s not the only impact that dirty and clogged air filters can have on your HVAC system when left unchanged. As the weather changes throughout the year in the Haverhill area, unattended air filters can create such other problems as:

  • Higher energy bill costs. Your HVAC system needs a constant recirculation of air, and a clogged air filter makes it that much harder for air to get in and out of your ducts on the way to the heat exchange. As a result, your system has to work harder to get your home to the desired comfortable temperature. The harder your fan works to get air throughout your house, the higher your energy bills will be. According to the Department of Energy, that means a home with clogged air filters can require up to 15% more energy usage than a home with a clean air filter.
  • Increased health risk. Clogged air filters are congested with dust, pet hair or dander and, often, chemicals that have been already filtered out of the air. When air blows back through a dirty filter, it takes that dust and debris and puts it right back into your home. For people with allergies or respiratory conditions, this can be an increased health risk, especially in the winter when it’s often too cold to open a window to allow fresh air into your home. Keeping your air filters clean is an easy way to keep your air clean and reduce the risk of winter sickness.
  • Failed heating system. If you ignore your air filters for long enough, the gradual buildup of dust and debris can make it so that your HVAC system breaks down. The harder your system has to work to pump air into your home, and the longer the amount of time it has to do this, can lead to parts breaking down. These kinds of drastic problems can lead to reducing the life of your heating system—meaning more repair costs, or even the need for an entire new system. That kind of downtime for your home heating system, often at the time that you need its heat the most, far outweighs the hassle of taking the time to check and replace your air filters on a regular basis.

So, when was the last time you replaced your home air filters? A good rule of thumb is to replace your air filters every three months (right around the time you should be replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors). But if you can’t remember exactly the last time you changed your air filter or want a professional to make sure that your filters, ducts and HVAC system are working at peak efficiency, give the team at Climate Zone a call at (978) 912-7677 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts can answer questions about where your air filter is, what kind of air filter you will need and more.

Regardless of whether it is heating or cooling season in the Haverhill area, clogged air filters can cause any number of problems for your heating and AC system. Notice that your in-home air is slightly boggy? Is there a decreased airflow or short cycles of air throughout your home? These are just a few of the signs that your air filter might need to get replaced.

Furnaces usually use a heat exchange method to heat or cool your home’s air. The unit’s fan pulls existing air out of rooms via ducts and toward the heat exchange, where it is heated or cooled, and then is moved back out into the room. The air filters are an essential part of this airflow and when they become clogged or dirty, this decreases the cycle of air in your home.

Here are a few other side effects that might occur when your air filters are not changed regularly based on the weather in the Haverhill area:

  • Frozen coils. Dirty air filters often make your system work harder to heat or cool, increasing the risk of having your cooling coil freeze. When your system is continuously working overtime, complications become more and more likely.
  • Lower energy efficiency. Because the system relies on the constant recirculation of air, energy consumption is a large part of your heating and AC system. The harder your fan works to get air throughout your house, the higher your energy bills will be. Per the Department of Energy, clogged filters can use 15% more energy than a non-clogged air filter.
  • Unhealthy air. Clogged air filters allow dust and debris to be re-filtered back into your home, which can be especially bad for people with allergies or respiratory conditions. Pets or chemicals in the house can also cause these filters to get clogged more often and produce diminished air quality.
  • Total loss of cooling or heating. This can occur over months of unreplaced air filters and can mean that your system has worked so hard that parts might need full replacement. These drastic system problems lessen the longevity of the equipment, forcing you to spend more money on repairs or even on an entirely new system.

If you can’t remember exactly the last time you changed your air filter, it may be a good time to call the team at Climate Zone at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment online so you can prevent any potential damage. Our experts can answer questions about where your air filter is, what kind of air filter you will need and more.

Sometimes as homeowners we cause ourselves more grief than necessary, from believing we can fix the plumbing ourselves to forgetting to keep up on our regular air conditioner maintenance and having to call for an air conditioner repair. It’s easy to make things a lot harder than they need to be and your air conditioner is no exception.

We know how hot a New England summer can get, so we put together some common things to look out for to keep this season cool and free from major air conditioner repairs.

  1. Ignoring Changes in the Sound of Your AC
    If your system starts making strange sounds or starts behaving any differently, don’t ignore it. Anything out-of-the-ordinary is your air conditioner’s way of letting you know something is wrong. The longer the sounds continue the greater the possibility that you may need to call for AC repair. You don’t want to wait until your repair turns into an emergency or outage. It’s best to call an expert and get their opinion before, what is possibly a small problem, creates bigger problems.
  2. Forgetting Your Air Filter
    Changing your air filter is a simple thing to do that’s very easy to forget. It’s important to change your air filter regularly. If your filter is dirty the air flow throughout your house is inhibited and your system has to work harder to do its job. This will not only cause it to be less efficient with will raise your utility bill, but it will also shorten the life of your system. Your filters should be changed every few months. If you have any questions about how often you should be changing your filter, the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone would be happy to help you figure out your filter changing schedule.
  3. Not Scheduling Regular Maintenance
    Think of your annual AC tune-up as getting an oil change on your car. It is an essential part of keeping your system running at its best. Your regularly scheduled maintenance is the time where any small problems can be caught before they become larger issues.

The team at Climate Zone is here to keep your system running smoothly all year long. These tips should keep you from having to call us for any emergency repairs, but we’re here 24/7 if any emergency arises. If you have any questions about what you can do to keep your air conditioner running at tip-top shape or need us to come out and take a look at things, call us at (978) 872-1190 or use our online scheduler.

Allergy season is ramping up in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire area. Last year at this time ragweed was at a record high in our area. You shouldn’t have to suffer, especially in the comfort of your own home. Taking a look at your indoor air quality could ease a lot of your seasonal suffering and let you fully enjoy an otherwise beautiful time of year. The home comfort professionals at Climate Zone are ready to help you keep those itchy eyes and sneezes at bay with an air filtration system.

When homeowners think of air filtration they’re usually thinking about the filter they are changing in their HVAC system. Of course, traditional air filters are an important piece of the healthy air puzzle. It’s smart to get into the habit of checking your filter every month, typically changing it out every two months. There are quite a few different filters available. We recommend high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters because they utilize hospital-grade technology to clean your air to the highest levels possible.

Giving your home the best indoor air quality starts with traditional filters, but it doesn’t end there. Lennox® has the industry’s most effective air purifiers and their PureAirTM air purification system is the only system to combat all three classes of contaminants. These contaminants are: particles (dust, pet dander), biological (mold, pollen, dust mites) and gas phase (cleaning supplies, air fresheners and pesticides).

Your forced air heating and cooling system moves air throughout your entire house, this is the ideal place to combat air containments and that’s exactly how our air purification systems work. Our air filtration systems can be incorporated into almost any HVAC system. Along with helping your allergies and keeping you healthier, it will also keep your home smelling fresh. So that fish you fried last night isn’t lingering around the next day. Our systems purify your air without producing ozone, which is a lung irritant.

We offer many air purification and filtration systems to ensure you’re breathing only the best air. Your health and comfort is our main focus at Climate Zone. We want to work along with you to not only help you battle those seasonal allergies, but any other of your home comfort needs. Our professionals are available 24/7 and you can reach us by phone at (978) 872-1190 or use our handy online scheduler.