Archive for May, 2016

If you have started researching your air conditioner replacement you’ve probably noticed that HVAC has its own jargon and it can get confusing. If you want to get the most out of your research, there are some common terms you should know. A lot of them pertain to efficiency, which will help save you money. So when you’re researching an air conditioner replacement the team at Climate Zone wants to help you go into your research with the knowledge you need to make the best decision.

EER

What is EER? EER is the energy-efficiency ratio and it measures how efficiently your system will work when the temperatures outdoors reach a certain level. The higher the rating, the higher the efficiency, the higher your savings.

ENERGY STAR® Certification

You’ve probably seen the ENERGY STAR logo on your appliances, but what does it actually mean? The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy created ENERGY STAR in 1992 as the international standard in energy-efficiency. ENERGY STAR products are good for the environment and your wallet. In order for an air conditioner to qualify as an ENERGY STAR product it goes through third party testing and must meet the requirements set up by the EPA. One of those requirements is that if a products costs more than a less efficient product, the consumer will recover that investment over time through savings on their energy bills. When the time comes for your air conditioner replacement, be on the lookout for the blue energy star logo.

SEER-Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and measures the energy efficiency of your air conditioner. The difference between a SEER and an EER rating is that a SEER rating takes into account the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, or seasonally, as the name implies. It factors in the highs and lows of the temperature in your area. Again, just like the EER-rating, the higher the SEER-rating, the higher the energy efficiency.

We know there’s a lot of industry jargon you’ll run in to, and the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will help you understand all the acronyms the industry throws your way. We want to help you get a home comfort system you’ll be happy with for many years to come. If you have any questions or want to talk over your options for an air conditioner replacement give our team a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

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.

Chances are you’re reading this post on your smart phone. If not, you’re online which is the same place you could be adjusting your home comfort system. There are a number of thermostat options for you to choose from too. You can choose from the regular model, which allows you to control your heating and cooling from a control panel in your home. There are programmable thermostats, which allow you to program your system to change temperatures at different times of the day. Then, there are smart thermostats, which connect with your home’s Wi-Fi and allow you to remotely control and monitor your heating and cooling system. Not only that, but a smart thermostat will alert you when your system needs any service or maintenance.

The “smart” part of a smart thermostat isn’t just that it allows you to control your home’s temperature from a mobile device, but it actually learns from your behaviors. You are able to see and adjust your energy consumption and can even make adjustments based on conditions such as humidity.

The technology behind both programmable and smart thermostats is continuing to evolve and with wireless technology you can install the latest upgrades to your smart thermostat just like you would on your phone, tablet or laptop.

Some of the additional benefits are:

  • Easy adjustments. Again, smart thermostats aren’t just a clever name. They actually learn and will make adjustments according to your lifestyle. They work to keep you comfortable and to save you money. And they are easy to adjust. If you’ve ever gotten into bed and realized you’re too hot, no need to get out of bed to adjust the thermostat, just grab your phone and let your smart thermostat take care of things.
  • Helpful reminders. As we are always reminding customers, it’s really important to change your filters. You won’t need our reminders after upgrading to a smart thermostat. Your thermostat will let you know when it’s time for a filter change or if another issue arises and you’re in need of service.
  • Save money. In addition to the energy savings, there are also rebates available in our area through Mass Save. They are offering rebates for both programmable and smart thermostats.

The professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone can talk you through all the latest technology and available options in programmable thermostats to find the one that works best for you and your home. Saving money and staying comfortable is easier than ever. Give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us online.

Purchasing a new air conditioner is a big investment. With such an investment you want to make sure you’re making the best decision and taking the proper steps to give your investment the best service. Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will help you through every step of the process. We’ll guide you in your initial purchase and provide you with the best air conditioner service in the business. Here are a few tips we hope will help you get the most out of your air conditioner this year.

  1. Choose the Right System
    If you are in the market for a new system you’ve probably already begun looking and have realized there are a lot of options out there The important thing is finding the right system for your individualized needs. The pros at Climate Zone will help you find your perfect match by taking a look at your home’s square footage, the insulation in your walls and windows, your roof and many other factors.
  2. Utilize Programmable Thermostats
    Programmable thermostats make climate control easier on yourself and on your wallet. There are a number of options available, including remote access which allows you to adjust your thermostat from your phone, tablet or laptop. Comfort Zone can walk you through all the available options and figure out the best one to suit your lifestyle.
  3. Help Out Your AC
    Take any opportunity you can to give your system a break. Keep your windows and blinds closed on sunny days. If it’s warmer outside than inside, don’t open the windows. A great time to open the windows is on those cool summer nights. Also, if you have any ceiling fans utilize those when you can, but first make sure they are turning in a counter-clockwise motion. This will create a wind chill effect and make the room you’re in feel cooler.
  4. Schedule Annual Maintenance
    Your air conditioner is an investment and you want to make sure that you’re keeping up with all the scheduled maintenance, just like getting an oil change in your vehicle, it will keep your system running smoothly. Your annual maintenance check-up is also a good time for us to address any little problems that could become big problems down the line.

The team at Climate Zone will work with you to keep you comfortable in your home and with your home comfort system decisions. You can count on us 24/7. We are available by phone at (978) 872-1190 or you can schedule an appointment with us right here on our website using our online scheduler.