Archive for October, 2016

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.