Archive for June, 2016

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.

Thanks to YouTube tutorials it’s become a lot easier to do things around the house on your own. There are tutorials for pretty much everything and everyone out there, from laying your own tile to building an amazing Minecraft realm. However, there are some things you should leave to the experts, like air conditioner service.

Your annual maintenance tune-up from the certified technicians at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will keep your system running better, longer. There are some things you shouldn’t have to worry about and your air conditioner maintenance is one of them. A few things that the pros will be checking when you get your air conditioner tuned-up are:

  • Check for the proper refrigerant charge. Your system requires the proper amount of refrigerant to run efficiently. If your system is losing refrigerant, that indicates a leak – which we are able to repair. An air conditioner low on refrigerant runs harder and longer. Getting any issue addressed and having your unit properly charged will save you money on your utility bill and wear and tear on your system.
  • Clean evaporator coils. The evaporator coils provide both cooling and dehumidification. When a system’s evaporator coils are dirty, your air conditioner’s performance is significantly diminished. Since these coils are usually wet, contaminants that are moving through your system such as dust and pollen tend to stick to them. Dirty coils use more energy and the ability to cool your home is reduced.
  • Inspect electrical connections. As with any appliance, there is the possibility of wires, connectors and screws coming loose. During your tune-up we will check for any problems that could damage your system’s electrical components.
  • Check your filter. Checking and changing your filter is something you can and should be doing. A dirty air filter affects your home’s air quality and the efficiency of your system. Depending on your home, your filter should be changed every month or two.

These are just a few of the things our professionals will be looking at during your annual maintenance check. It’s a chance for our technicians to catch and repair any small issues before they become big problems. Your air conditioner is a big investment and we want to keep that investment running reliably and efficiently. If you haven’t yet, schedule your annual maintenance by calling us at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

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.

Summer has hit the Merrick Valley and Southern New Hampshire area. You probably have a lot of ways you want to go out and enjoy the season, but there are times when you just want to relax and stay at home. It may be the hottest time of the year, but the team at Climate Zone has some tips to keep you cool and save you money on your energy bill.

Set Your Programmable Thermostat

Increasing the temperature on your programmable thermostat when you’re out of the house is a simple way to save money. The U.S. Department of Energy has discovered that by setting your thermostat back 7-10 degrees while you’re at work during the week could save you up to 10% on your energy bill. There are many different types of programmable thermostats and we would be happy to work with you to figure out the programmable thermostat that best fits your lifestyle.

Use Your Ceiling Fan

If you’re using a ceiling fan in addition to running your air conditioner you can raise the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees without affecting your comfort level. Every degree you’re able to raise the temperature, you decrease the duration of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner by an average of 10%. Be sure and check that you have your fan set to rotate in the correct direction; during the summer make sure the air from the fan is blowing down. You should be able to feel a breeze while standing underneath the fan.

Keep Your Curtains and Blinds Closed

As you know when you’re outside, it’s cooler in the shade. Closing your blinds not only keeps out the sun, but it also helps insulate your windows and keeps cool air from escaping. You’ll take a load off your air conditioner and you’ll save money on your utility bills.

Set Up an Air Conditioner Service Appointment

We know we say it all the time, but that’s because it’s so important. Keeping up-to-date on your annual scheduled maintenance will keep your system running at its best. You don’t want to be left sweating this August due to a break down. During your tune-up our professionals will be able to catch small problems before they become big problems.

The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone wants to help you stay cool this summer. Hopefully our tips help you save some money as well. If you have any questions about keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.