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The constant chill of a Haverhill winter can feel overwhelming. Some days, you’ll end up thinking you will never be warm again, no matter what you do. During New England winters, every room in your house needs heat.

But one area you might not consider when it comes to this battle against the cold is one that can impact the rest of your house: the garage. Some homeowners don’t consider their garage a room in their home. As a result, they don’t adjust their thermostats to account for keeping their garage warm—or even at a pleasant temperature.

It might seem counterintuitive to spend money running your furnace to keep the garage warm. Many houses don’t even have ducts that lead to the garage. That’s why garage heaters can be your secret weapon against the cold during the winter in Haverhill.

Some of the advantages of keeping your garage warm include:

  • Keep your home’s pipes from freezing. While your heating ducts might not go through your garage, there’s a good chance your water pipes do. If a sudden cold front comes through, it can put a chill on your water pipes. One that could lead to pipes freezing and bursting. A garage heater can help keep temperatures moderate and defend against a potentially expensive plumbing problem.
  • Make your car warmer. One reason you park in the garage during the winter is to keep your car out of the cold. So why not give your car the extra protection of a warmer garage? As anyone who has survived a New England winter knows, vehicles exposed to low temperatures for an extended period of time often have trouble starting up. Batteries are not made to withstand freezing temps, so a warm garage could help extend the lifetime of your car’s battery. Your car shouldn’t live in a sauna, though. Excessive heat in your garage can damage your car. Maintain a garage temperature in the 40s to keep your car in good condition and starting easily.
  • Create extra space for winter projects. Homeowners often don’t consider the garage a room in their house because it’s uncomfortably cold. But for those who have a workbench, crafting area or other project space out there, a garage heater keeps the projects going all season long.

At Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone we offer two affordable garage heater models. Each takes up very little space and can keep your garage warm all winter long.

The LF24 Garage Heater is efficient for almost any size garage or utility area. The T-Class™ TUA Separated Combustion Garage Heater is best for hard-to-heat garages where excessive humidity, dust or dirt is a concern. Whichever system you choose will be capable of providing warm, uniform comfort for garages sized for up to four cars.

To get the best efficiency out of your garage heater, consider these garage heating tips:

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

Let us know if you 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.

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.

When it comes to heating and cooling homes around Haverhill, most people think of furnaces and air conditioners using ducts to heat and cool the entire home. If you spend most of your time in only one or two rooms, you might find yourself spending more on energy costs because you are heating and cooling parts of the house you aren’t using.

Mini-splits systems offer a ductless HVAC option that allows you to control the temperature in individual rooms or across multiple rooms, depending on your preferences. A mini-split system typically consists of a wall-mounted indoor unit with an outside compressor., The indoor air handlers can also be suspended from the ceiling or mounted into drop ceilings. As a result, mini-split systems are a perfect choice for climate control in bedrooms, enclosed porches, home offices and more.

Here are just a few of the benefits that mini-split systems can offer homes:

Adequate coverage: Mini-split systems make it easy to individually target rooms or zones of your house, providing comfort to meet your specific needs.

Space efficiency: The convenience of mini-split systems starts with the size of the units. Significantly smaller than traditional HVAC systems, mini-splits have a very small footprint. Wall-mounted units are usually installed above eye-level and can seamlessly blend in to any space. The outdoor units can operate efficiently up to 50 feet away from your home. Because of their smaller size, mini-split systems also produce much less noise than traditional HVAC systems, meaning you’ll enjoy quiet comfort.

Easy to install: Since they aren’t connected to duct work, mini-split systems can be easily integrated to your home. Building a new addition to your house or remodeling your attic? Mini-splits are a great solution both in terms of cost and building impact. They can easily be added to hydronic systems (hot water heating), space heaters, radiant panels and used in tandem.

Less likely to create air leakage: Window units also offer targeted cooling to rooms. But because of the way they are installed, window units can produce air leakage around the unit in the window frame. Mini-splits require only a small hole to be drilled into the wall to connect the unit to the room. This makes mini-units less likely to create air leakage in your home and decreases potential security problems that window units might cause.

Easy to customize and extend: If you’re looking to add comfort to multiple rooms, one outdoor unit can handle up to four separate indoor units. You would only need one outdoor installation for up to four spaces in your home. You can easily add timers and built-in sleep functions to make your home more energy efficient and further fine-tune your home comfort as well.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers high-quality mini-split system options that allow you to personalize your comfort. If you have questions about installation or other benefits of mini-split systems or would like to take a look at our equipment options, you can 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.

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.

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.