All posts in IAQ – Indoor Air Quality

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.

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’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.

Most homeowners understand what air filters are and what their purpose is for indoor air quality, but when it comes to deciding which air filter you and your home needs, the options can be dizzying. Which is the best quality? Does price mater? What size do you need? Air filters don’t need to be as mystifying as rocket science, so we’ve laid out some important details to simplify the air filter decision process.

How do I know if I need a new air filter?
There’s a simple test that you can do right outside your home to determine how efficient your current filter is and see if you need to buy a new one or not. You can either complete this test outdoors or with something below your filter so you won’t have a mess afterward: Hold the filter horizontally and pour standard table salt through the filter. If some or all the salt falls through the filter, then you can bet that the filter will let salt-sized dust through, as well. The more salt that falls through your filter, the sooner you should upgrade your filter to something more efficient.

How do I choose a filter with the best material and rating for my HVAC system?
All air filters are rated in efficiency based on the MERV rating, which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. MERV ratings range from 1–16 and the number rating tells homeowners how well the filter is designed to trap dust and dirt under the least efficient conditions. Here are some of the typical materials of air filters, their MERV ratings and how they correspond to efficiencies (these are only a guide and any further questions can be answered by our Climate Zone professionals to help you determine the best air filter for your home):

Fiberglass, Disposable Panel, Washable Metal/Synthetic, Self-Charging (Passive)
MERV 1–4: 60–80% average filtration efficiency

Pleated, Media Panel, Cube
MERV 5–8: 80–95% average filtration efficiency

Extended Pleated
MERV 9–12: >95% average filtration efficiency

Electronic
MERV 13–16: >98% average filtration efficiency

While a higher MERV rating may seem like it provides the best filtration efficiency, it’s important to be careful with high MERV ratings. The higher the MERV ratings, the more expensive it usually is to operate your HVAC system and the harder your system will have to work because there is not as much air that can flow through. Think about it this way; the most efficient “filter” would actually be a piece of plywood that would just trap ALL contaminants (and all the air) from entering your home. That’s maximum air filtration, but would also be the least comfortable way to go.

We usually recommend a MERV 6–8, but there may be reasons this isn’t the best type of filter for your home. For instance, if a member of your family suffers from allergies or respiratory problems, you may want to consider a higher MERV rated air filter or a whole-home air filtration system. Our Climate Zone experts in Haverhill are happy to talk through this filtration efficiency business with you to make sure that your home is comfortable, energy efficient, clean and not costing you a fortune to heat and cool.

What filter size should I get?
We’ve saved the easiest for last—the best way to determine which size filter you need is to simply look at the label of your existing filter or measure it you can’t find the labeled size. The standard home air filter is 1” thick.

Air filters are supposed to protect our homes and loved ones from harmful pollutants, dust and dirt, so it’s important that we understand all the facts about getting the best air filter for our personal needs. We hope this information has simplified the air filter phenomenon. But, if you have any further questions, feel free to contact the professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill at (978) 872-1190.

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

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

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

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

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

Fall in the Haverhill area is beautiful, but it’s also hard on those of us suffering from seasonal allergies. Along with the crisp, fall breeze in the air, there’s also ragweed and dust mites. Improving your indoor air quality can greatly alleviate your allergy symptoms. Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone is your team for all seasons. Together we can work to improve the air you’re breathing every day.

Minimize the Allergens You’re Bringing Into the House

If you’ve been working outside, remove your shoes before walking throughout the house. Also, if possible, take a shower after doing yard work. These are just a couple of simple things you may not be thinking of that track allergens into your home and negatively impact your indoor air quality. If you’re a pet owner, the same rules apply for your furry friends.

Clean Regularly

Regularly vacuuming using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will trap and contain contaminants such as dust mites and pollen. An added bonus about keeping clean, aside from less allergy flare-ups and breathing cleaner air, you’ll be ready for those surprise guests that pop over unannounced.

Call in the Air Quality Experts

Our Haverhill based team is well trained in managing and improving your indoor air quality and we will help you devise a plan that will improve the air in your home. We have a number of solutions depending on the needs of you and your home.

We offer:

  • Air purification systems
  • Humidifiers and dehumidifiers
  • Carbon monoxide detection systems
  • Ventilation
  • Air filters
  • Germicidal lights

Our most common recommendation is a PureAirTM system. It is a whole-home solution which means the indoor air quality in your home will be improved in every room. It uses UVA-light to combat all three types of indoor air contaminants—airborne particles, germs and bacteria, chemical odors and vapors.

We want you to breathe the best air possible and stay healthy and happy in your home. If you’d like to talk over improving your indoor air quality or any of our other home comfort solutions, give our team a call at (978) 872-1190. Or you can easily set up an appointment with us online using our online scheduler. We look forward to working with you.

Here in New England it’s either allergy season or it’s winter. If you find yourself suffering from allergies you’ve probably tried every trick in the book to find relief. As we spend a majority of our time indoors, your indoor air quality has a major effect on your health. A tool in the battle against allergies in the home that you may not have considered before are germicidal lights.

If you haven’t heard of a germicidal light before you’re not alone. However, they are an incredibly effective, non-chemical way to destroy pollutants in your air. They were originally invented to fight against the spread of tuberculosis and are still used in hospitals and sterile work facilities. Germicidal lights emit UV (ultraviolet) light that destroys the DNA of bacteria, viruses and fungi that reside in your heating and cooling system. The destruction of the DNA means that the pollutants cannot grow or multiply.

Germicidal lights are constantly at work inside your system, cleaning your air without producing toxic ozone. Your air isn’t the only thing that germicidal lights work to keep clean either. Your heating and cooling unit will also be kept cleaner when mold and other pollutants are unable to grow. As you know, when you’re changing your filter, dust and pet dander build up in your system and can affect performance. Keeping those pollutants out can mean a system that runs more efficiently, which can save you money.

There are many things that can help keep your indoor air at the highest quality. If you would like more information about how germicidal lights can improve your home’s air or have any other questions about your home comfort system, our professionals would be happy to work with you. You can call to speak with one of our certified technicians at at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

The weather has been beautiful here in the Haverhill, MA area and we’re spending more time outdoors, but we still spend almost 90% of our lives indoors. As we’ve talked about before, 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 our area. 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 air will not only give you the benefit of nicer feeling air, it will also 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 are Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs). These systems use two ventilation ducts. One carries cool, fresh air in, the other caries humid, stale air out. In warmer climates, such as the south, they use a system called Energy Recovery Ventilators (EVRs).

There are many options out there and ways to improve your indoor air quality, ventilation is just one piece of the puzzle. 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) 872-1190 or use our handy online scheduler to book a no-obligation consultation.

You can see when your home is in need of vacuuming and dusting, but what about the air inside your home? How can you tell when you have an indoor air quality problem? The EPA has done studies and the air inside your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in highly industrialized cities. The majority of our exposure to pollutants happens indoors, where we spend most of our time. Some of the symptoms of poor indoor air quality are headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating and throat and eye irritation. Indoor air pollution has also been linked to asthma.

There are many things that affect indoor air quality and each home is different, which requires different solutions. Newer homes are built more air tight which keep your home energy efficient, but also keep in pollutants. Modern homes may require additional ventilation. If your home is too humid that creates a breeding ground for mold and dust (which leads to dust mites), so perhaps you’re in need of a dehumidifier. There are also pollutants in your cleaning products and air fresheners. Along with all the pollen that makes its way inside.

The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will work with you and find the right solution for your home that works in our New England climate. We are experts in indoor air quality and can guide you in things such as:

We want you to not only be happy with the choices you’re making, but with the air you’re breathing. Your health and comfort is our priority. There are a number of products out there and by working with you we’ll find out what we can do to help create a healthy environment in your home. If you have any questions or are ready for help coming up with clean air solutions give the Climate Zone team a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using 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.