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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 when the cold winter weather finally hits in Haverhill, we tend to draw our attention to outdoor maintenance of yard cleanup and home repairs, often at the expense of indoor winter maintenance, especially heating. Service and maintenance of your home furnace can save them from breaking down when you need them most in the middle of the winter.

Check out some more top benefits to immediate furnace service:

  • Guarantees that your furnace is up-to-date. Whether it’s an airflow check or full inspection, ensuring that your furnace has all the latest pieces and parts can give you peace of mind that it is up-to-date with the newest technology and standards.
  • Helps keep your home safe. All furnaces burn fuel to generate heat and when your furnace is old and in need of repair, you need to make sure you have your system serviced. It’s imperative to check the heat exchanger, gas burner and gas valve calibration and notify your Climate Zone expert of changes to keep you safe.
  • Keeps you warm through the winter. A functioning furnace means a warm house. When your furnace is serviced and running smoothly, the less likely that there are chances for breakdowns. This allows for smooth, continual use of your furnace throughout the winter and a way to stay healthy and comfortable through the cold months.
  • Keeps your warranty valid. Furnaces are meant to undergo maintenance annually to maintain most warranties, so allowing an expert from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone to identify potential problems and fix them before anything happens will save you money down the road.

At Climate Zone, we tend to be busiest in the middle of winter when furnaces are prone to having problems. By getting your furnace service appointment scheduled now, you not only can see these benefits, but also ensure that your furnace will be taken care of without a long wait created from other customers. Keeping your house warm and comfortable should be a top priority this winter and it starts with a furnace service.

If you want to schedule a furnace tune-up with Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone or have any questions about servicing in the Haverhill area, call us at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment online.

We all know what comes after a beautiful Haverhill fall – a cold winter. If you’ve lived through enough New England winters, you know that it’s not a good time for your heat to go out. The team here at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone is always here to help you out if you find yourself without heat and in need of emergency furnace repair. There are also some steps you can take to help ensure that you’re ready for an unexpected breakdown.

Prior to furnace problems:

  • Annual furnace service. Keeping up with annual furnace service is important to keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently. Furnace service allows our technicians to catch any minor problems before they become a major problem.
  • Gather supplies. Set aside some space to store emergency items such as a space heater, blankets, gloves, hand warmers and hats. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

After your furnace stops:

  • Check your breaker. It’s possible that the breaker to your furnace may be tripped by a power surge. If this is all that happened, flip the breaker and your system should start running again. If this happens and your furnace still hasn’t turned on, it’s time to call for furnace repair.
  • Break into your emergency supplies. If your furnace goes out, break into your emergency supplies to stay cozy while waiting for a technician to arrive.
  • Stay safe. Although it may be tempting, do not bring in outdoor heat sources like kerosene lamps or grills. The fumes from these devices produce carbon monoxide and are very dangerous without proper ventilation. Utilizing a space heater, fireplace or wood stove are safe ways to stay warm until assistance arrives.

There is no ideal time to deal with furnace repair, but winter in Haverhill is definitely not a good time. That’s why we are available 24/7 to ensure we’re someone is always available in case of any emergencies. If you are in need of furnace service, repair or just have a question for our team give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone know that having an energy efficient home is important to our customers. It’s important to us as well. A great way to determine where your home is losing energy and where you can save money is by scheduling a home energy assessment. So what exactly is a home energy assessment?

Here in the Haverhill area you can receive a free, energy assessment through Mass Save. During their home energy assessment an energy auditor will do a room-by-room inspection of your home, including the outside of your home. You will want to accompany them during their inspection to answer any questions they may have while inspecting your home. The inspection takes anywhere from 1.5-2.5 hours. You should expect that the energy auditor will also want to look over your past utility bills.

Your home energy assessment will cover the three main parts of your home’s energy usage. They will take a look at your thermal layers, which are things like your walls, windows and insulation. Another part is your mechanical systems such as: water heater, furnace and air conditioner. And lastly, they will assess your consumer products, including your lightbulbs, washer and dryer, and other home appliances.

Your energy assessor will take a whole-home approach and make recommendations for you along the way. You will be left with an energy saving plan that will fit both your home and your lifestyle. Along with your energy plan you’ll also been told all of the applicable rebates and incentives for improving your home’s energy efficiency.

The Mass Save website also has an option for giving yourself an online home energy assessment. Of course you can also count on the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone to help you every step of the way. Keeping your home comfortable and helping you save money is our specialty. If you have any questions about home energy assessments or anything else home comfort related, give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

It’s hard for us to admit, but winter is just around the corner. There’s nothing better than coming inside to a warm, cozy house during a Haverhill winter. If you are in need of a furnace replacement you might arrive home to an unwelcome, chilly surprise. A properly maintained furnace should last anywhere from 12-18 years. If your furnace is getting up there in age, there are a few warning signs you can look for to let you know it’s time to look into a replacement.

Strange Noises

If the sounds that go bump in the night (or day) is your furnace, it might be time to start looking into a replacement furnace. When a furnace starts to reach the end of its life it lets you know by getting noisier. You may notice it running constantly or turning off and on more frequently.

Frequent Breakdowns

Of course it’s perfectly normal to expect to give the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call for service each year, but if you’re having to call for repairs more frequently it may be a sign your system is on its last leg. As your furnace gets older it will require more maintenance and will also run less efficiency. You may start to see that the cost of upkeep and the cost of running your old system outweighs the benefits.

Are you Comfortable?

Your furnace should be keeping your home comfortable. That’s its job. If your furnace is no longer keeping up with your thermostat or you’re finding temperatures throughout your home inconsistent, it may be time to start looking into a replacement system and the team at Climate Zone can help. An older furnace may have trouble properly distributing the air throughout your home.

When it comes time to look into furnace replacement, your team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will help you through the process. We know that a replacement furnace is a major investment. We will work with you to help determine if you’re in need of a repair or if it’s time for a replacement. We don’t just want to keep you comfortable in your home, we want you to be comfortable with your home comfort decisions. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may be having, give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

After a long, hot summer we’ve reached that time of year where we see how long we can go before turning on our furnace. For most of us in the Haverhill area, we’ve have already reached that point. Switching your thermostat over from “cool” to “heat” is a good sign it’s time to schedule your annual furnace service.

Aside from calling your comfort team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, there are some things you can check to help ensure your furnace is running smoothly this season.

  1. Check Your Air Filter
    Changing your air filter is a simple part of maintenance that is easy to forget. A dirty air filter restricts your system’s air flow, reduces efficiency and could cause your furnace to stop running without warning. The frequency that you have to change your filter will vary depending on your lifestyle and system. An easy way to check if it’s time to change your filter is to hold it up to a light. If you can’t see any light coming through, it’s time for a replacement.
  2. Check Your Thermostat
    This may sound silly, but trust us it has happened to the best of us, but make sure that your thermostat is seat to heat and not cool. It could save you a service call. Another common thermostat problem is dead batteries. Think about the last time you changed the batteries and if you can’t remember the last time it’s probably time to switch those out.
  3. Check Your Vents
    Although it sounds good in theory, closing off vents in unused rooms does not save on energy costs. If you have closed vents this will actually put an unnecessary strain on your system. Your home’s interior walls are not insulated so the temperature in rooms with closed vents will leak into other rooms in your house, which means your furnace has to work harder to keep up. This causes an increase in your utility bills and a decrease in the life of your system.

These simple checks, along with keeping up with your annual furnace service should save you a lot of headaches down the road and keep you comfortable no matter what sort of weather mother nature throws at Haverhill this winter. The experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill will help keep your system running smoothly and your home feeling cozy all season long. If you have any questions or need to schedule your annual furnace service give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

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.

You can feel fall in the air here in the Haverhill area. You know what that means – it’s almost furnace season. Hopefully we’ll get some time between seasons where we can leave our windows open, but you know how unpredictable New England weather can be. The perfect time to get your annual furnace service and make adjustments is before you have to use your furnace. That way, you have a better chance of saving money this season.

Here are a handful of tips to help you potentially save money a littler earlier this year.

  1. Schedule furnace service. Furnace service may sound like something that happens when your system is having problems, but getting an annual furnace tune-up is vital to extend the life and efficiency of your system. Your annual service will also help you catch any smaller problems before they become bigger ones.
  2. Adjust your thermostat. This seems like an obvious tip, but if you go into this fall and winter with your thermostat set a few degrees cooler than usual, you may not notice much of a difference comfort-wise. But, you will see a difference on your utility bill. The rule of thumb is that every degree cooler you set your thermostat saves you about 3% on your utility bill.
  3. Get rid of drafts. If your home has drafts coming in through windows or under doors, you could be losing a lot of heat. Get out the caulk and weather stripping and get to work. For those of you that are on the craftier side, Pinterest has a lot of inventive and adorable ways to stop drafts, just search for “draft snake” or “draft stopper”.
  4. Change your filters. This is an important thing to do to help out with efficiency throughout the year. A dirty filter causes a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your system which will negatively impact your efficiency and your indoor air quality.
  5. Look into a high-efficiency system. When your certified Climate Zone technician is performing an annual furnace service, ask them about the efficiency of your system and if there could be more cost-effective, high-efficiency models available.

It’s the perfect season to start saving money. The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone are here to help you throughout the year, 24/7. If you need to schedule your annual furnace service or just want to talk with someone about improving efficiency, give us a call at (978) 872-1190. Or, if it’s more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online using our online scheduler.

We are coming to the end of air conditioner season here in the Haverhill area, but if you’ve lived here long enough, you know how unpredictable New England weather can be. If you’re experiencing any problems with your air conditioner now, it’s a great time to schedule AC repair. Don’t wait until next year to fix problems you are having now.

Here are some signs to watch out for that will let you know it’s time to call in one of our professionals for an AC repair.

Strange Sounds

If you hear any strange noises coming from your air conditioner, that likely isn’t a good sign. If you hear any rattling, buzzing or anything out of the ordinary, call us in to check it out. There are a lot of moving parts inside your AC and wear and tear could cause those parts to become loose or damaged. Don’t ignore any strange noises coming from your system. It’s probably a small problem but ignoring it could lead to bigger problems down the line.

Air Isn’t Cold

Your air conditioner not cooling the air is probably the first problem you’ll notice when something is going wrong. If your thermostat is set to cool and it’s not cooling, something is wrong and you’ll want to call a certified technician from Climate Zone to come check it out.

Decreased Airflow

If the air isn’t flowing from your vents as it usually does, there could be an issue. The first thing you might want to check is your air filter. A dirty air filter could cause all sorts of problems, one of them being that a clogged up filter blocks regular air flow. If your filter is fine, give us a call and we’ll get things flowing smoothly again.

If you think something is amiss with your air conditioner, you’re probably right. Getting needed AC repair isn’t something you want to put off until next year. Give our experts a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

Fall is slowly creeping into the Haverhill, MA area, which means it’s a good time to start saving money. Of course it’s always a good season to save money on utility bills and improve your home’s energy efficiency. Heating and cooling costs typically account for 48% of your monthly utility bill. Improving energy efficiency doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or mean that you need to purchase a new HVAC system. We have some easy tips to help save you money while also helping you keep your home feeling comfortable all year long.

Schedule a Free, In-Home Energy Audit

A great resource in our area is the free in-home energy audit offered by Mass Save. They will send a specialist out to assess your home’s energy usage and will provide you with personalized recommendations and work with you to come up with a plan to make your home more energy efficient. They will assess everything from your heating and cooling system to your laundry and kitchen appliances. Mass Save will also inform you of any possible rebates or incentives available to you for improving your home’s efficiency.

Routine Maintenance

If you haven’t yet, now is the perfect time to schedule your annual furnace service. Keeping a well-maintained system is vital for keeping your system running smoothly and using as little energy as possible. Along with the service we provide, be sure you’re changing your air filters every 1-3 months. This will improve both your energy efficiency and your indoor air quality.

Utilize Your Programmable Thermostat

There are several different models of programmable thermostats to choose from. Pick the one that best suits your needs and schedule. If you have any questions or need assistance with set-up or thermostat choice, the professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone would be happy to help you throughout the process. A properly installed thermostat could save you big on your utility bills.

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