Archive for January, 2017

It’s been a few months since you’ve had your furnace serviced and you’re wondering what the next step is; how do you make sure your furnace continues to run smoothly until your next service appointment? The best way to keep your system operating at its best in the months between maintenance is by changing your furnace filter. It’s a simple yet critical step to keeping your comfy no matter the weather in Haverhill. Clean filters can help avoid problems with your system and improve efficiency, ultimately lowering energy costs and increasing the quality of air in your home.

There are a few factors that go in to determining the best time to change your furnace filter, depending on your lifestyle and the system you have:

  • Home habits: There are a few environmental factors that can cause home air to be dirtier than others. Pets cause pet dander which require more frequent filter changes – we recommend every 2-3 months. If you have any family members that suffer from allergies or asthma, you might also want to consider changing your home’s air filter more often to ease their symptoms – we recommend every 1-2 months.
  • Type of filter: You will find that most furnaces use filter sizes that are either 1 inch or 3 inches. 1 inch filters typically need to be replaced every month and 3 inch filters should be replaced every 3 months, depending on the recommendations of the filter manufacturer.
  • Air pollution in the Haverhill area: Consider the normal air quality and time of year in Haverhill. After all, if we have a particularly bad season full of allergens, your air filter might need to be changed more regularly.

Once you have determined how frequently your furnace air filter should be replaced, how do you go about actually changing the filter? Each system is different, but here is an overview of the steps that should be taken:

  1. Find the air filter panel near the bottom of your furnace and open or remove the panel to get to the open compartment.
  2. In this compartment, you should find the furnace’s filter resting on two metal lips.
  3. Move the filter back and forth in the space that should be provided around the filter, enough to remove one end of the filter so that you can pull it out of the compartment.
  4. To install your new filter, first double check that you have picked out the right size of filter. Then examine the perimeter of the filter for an arrow that should indicate the air flow direction. The arrow should point towards the top of the furnace once it is placed in the compartment.

Still having problems replacing your furnace filter or just want to make sure that you are doing it correctly? Give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 872-1190 or contact us online with any questions or concerns throughout the replacement process and we’d be happy to walk you through it. Keep your Haverhill home comfortable for the rest of the winter and check your furnace filter today!

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2017? Perhaps one of them should be to rethink and reprioritize the maintenance of your home’s furnace this year. Everyone can easily forget about the silent role that your furnace plays in the comfort of your Haverhill home until it breaks down or needs an upgrade. This year, take some simple steps to ensure that your home is safe and comfortable, especially for the remaining winter months:

  1. Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors: With all the celebrations of the New Year in your home, especially with excess decorations and cooking, don’t let the cold weather fool you – this is peak season for electrical fires. Smoke detectors and alarms should be checked once a month by pushing the test button on top of the detector. Batteries should also be changed each year to ensure that the alarms are running properly, so perhaps it’s time to consider every January and fresh start to the year as a fresh start to your smoke alarms, too.

    Now is also the perfect time to check your carbon monoxide detector. With the windows shut this winter, you may not know if you’re dealing with a furnace issue that could be giving off carbon monoxide. If your carbon monoxide detector isn’t working properly and you suspect that something is wrong, call the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone immediately and have them stop by to inspect your furnace.

  2. Set-up an annual furnace inspection: Cross the first thing off your New Year’s list and schedule a furnace maintenance and inspection. Start the new year off with peace of mind that your furnace will run smoothly and efficiently through the rest of the unpredictable Haverhill winter, keeping your family safe and free to worry about other resolutions.
  3. Adjust your thermostat and lower costs: With extra people in your house this time of year, big crowds can mean a warmer and stuffier house. To keep your energy costs down, turn your thermostat down before guests arrive or if you are leaving to go out-of-town. Even a degree or two can dramatically lower your heating expenses and you can barely tell the difference as people come and go through your house. However, don’t ever fully turn your system off or you could risk the freezing of pipes or appliances.

The New Year is always a time for reflection and goal making, so this year make one of your goals to keep up with heating and cooling maintenance. Don’t wait for problems to arise, but instead make these simple checks and changes to taking care of your furnace. Give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 872-1190 to set up your furnace maintenance and start the year out right.