Archive for November, 2017

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers a wide variety of heating, cooling and plumbing products and services—so many, in fact, that it may be hard to keep track of all of them. We’ve compiled a glossary of these Lennox® products and services to make sure that you are taking full advantage of all that Climate Zone has to offer. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall in Haverhill, Climate Zone is there for all your home comfort needs.

AFUE—This is an acronym that we use often, and it stands for Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It is a measure of furnace heating efficiency. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace.

Air conditioner repair and installation—We provide routine annual maintenance, repair on all air conditioners, new air conditioner installation and system designing for your home.

Air handlers—An air handler is the indoor part of an air conditioner or heat pump (usually a large metal box) that moves air through your system’s ducts. Climate Zone offers eight different types of air handlers for different home heating and cooling systems.

Boilers—Boilers use heated water or steam to heat a home through radiators or an under-floor heating system. Climate Zone offers a few different gas and oil-fired boiler options.

Comfort controls—Comfort controls are the tools you can use to manage the temperature in your home. Climate zone offers programmable thermostats, digital thermostats and zoning systems.

Boiler and furnace repair and installation—We provide boiler and furnace maintenance, annual maintenance plans, repair on a variety of furnace and boiler models, new installation and heating system designing for your home.

Commercial HVAC repair and installation—Climate Zone works with many commercial systems in the Haverhill area. We offer planning and design for HVAC systems, full installation, ongoing and consistent maintenance, restoration of old commercial HVAC systems, and even modernization of your current system.

Garage heaters—Garage heaters are natural or propane gas units that provide warmth for car garages. Climate Zone’s two garage heater models bring reliable warmth to your utility areas.

Heat pump—This HVAC unit draws heat from the outdoor air and circulates it through your home’ ducts in the winter, and it reverses the process in the summer to remove heat from your house and release it outside. Climate Zone offers repair and installation of seven different types of heat pumps.

HSFP—This is the heating efficiency rating for heat pumps, and it stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. The higher the rating, the more efficient the heat pump.

Indoor air quality products—Climate Zone takes your indoor air quality very seriously. We offer a variety of products including air purification systems, carbon monoxide detectors, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, germicidal lights, and air filters.

Plumbing repair and installation—With Climate Zone plumbing services, you won’t have to worry about leaks. We offer repairs, replacements and installations for: hot water heaters, faucets, all kinds of pipes, drains/drainpipes, food disposals, sump pumps and more. We even offer drain-cleaning services.

Maintenance agreements—A maintenance agreement with Climate Zone establishes a schedule for routine service for your HVAC products. This means you won’t have to worry about furnace or AC breakdowns and can count on our experts to visit your home annually.

Mini-split systems—Mini-split systems are a great way to control temperatures of individual rooms. They usually consist of an indoor evaporator unit and an outdoor condenser unit. Read all about mini-split systems and their advantages in a recent blog.

Packaged units—Packaged units contain all of a home’s heating and cooling systems into one outdoor unit. They are a great way to compact all of your HVAC equipment and keep them in order together.

SEER—Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is an energy efficiency rating for air conditioners. Higher SEER ratings indicate a more efficient AC unit.

Still looking for a product, service or term? Check out the full Lennox® HVAC Glossary for additional information. Make the most informed purchasing decisions and get the most out of your Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone products and services by giving us a call at 978-872-1190 or contacting us online.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill is a jack-of-all-trades. We offer furnace and air conditioner repair and installation, but we also provide plumbing services, mini-split systems, maintenance agreements and indoor air quality systems. We know that it’s important for you to be knowledgeable about all your home’s systems, so we want to address a plumbing fixture that is often overlooked: water heaters.

Water heaters are under a lot of pressure during Haverhill winters, expected to heat water while overcoming the challenges of Mother Nature. If your water heater malfunctions pipes can burst, sink drains can leak, toilets can overflow and your shower or dishwasher could spew out cold water. In order to decrease the chances of these things happening, it’s important to know about your own water heater and its benefits and disadvantages.

There are two main types of water heaters: tankless and traditional. There are many differences between these two kinds of water heaters, and our professionals at Climate Zone have laid out all the information for you to better understand which one is best for your home.

Tankless water heaters:

  • Use a heat source (usually electricity or gas) to heat water when you need it. They can provide two to three gallons of hot water per minute, on demand.
  • Don’t take up that much space and can be installed most anywhere, even on the side of your home outdoors if you purchase an outdoor unit.
  • Usually last more than 20 years in a home.
  • Can be very energy efficient, depending on your home’s usage. According to Energy.gov, tankless water heaters can be 24–34 percent more energy efficient than traditional water heaters for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily.

Traditional water heaters:

  • Store 30–50 gallons of preheated water in a tank, refilled and reheated once the water is used.
  • Are easy to install and maintain. Complications are less likely with traditional water heaters, making them easy to work with.
  • Usually last 10–15 years in a home.
  • Have a lower initial cost for installation, but can increase utility bills in the winter time depending on how much water you are using.

In general, tankless water heaters are a great option if you are trying to save money over time and plan on living in your home for many years. They are good for large families who have more people using hot water consistently. Traditional water heaters make more sense for homes on a budget and for homes that may be in need of a quick replacement.

We don’t want you to worry about your hot water going out on you in the middle of Haverhill’s winter. Climate Zone offers a variety of plumbing services, including water heater installation, repair and replacement. If you have any more questions about tankless vs. traditional water heaters or our various plumbing services, give us a call at 978-872-1190 or schedule an appointment with us online. We’d be happy to help you determine which water heater is right for your home.

Why Solar? And Why in Haverhill?

The innovative, energy-efficient technology of solar energy is a hot topic, but most people think that it is expensive and unobtainable for the common household. However, using solar energy to power your home might be easier that you might think. New products are continuously available that make solar energy benefits more accessible to the average person. Portable panels of different sizes and capabilities are expanding the reach of solar energy efficiency, whether it’s a small panel that can charge a single mobile device or an installed row of panels large enough to power your whole HVAC system.

There are many benefits to utilizing solar energy in your home:

  • your home’s energy efficiency will increase immensely,
  • you can reduce your carbon footprint and lower your emission of greenhouse gases, and
  • your energy bills will decrease over time.

According to the EPA, the average home has a 5 kW energy system. For a system that size, 7,100 kWh can be produced annually with solar energy, reducing annual carbon emissions by 4.9 metric tons.

According to EnergySave, the average household consumes 11,000 kWh of energy per year, spending around $1,400 a year on electricity alone. Taking into account the national averages for solar energy system size, electricity demand, utility rate inflation and state electricity rate, Massachusetts homes can save up to an estimated $30,243 over 20 years with solar panels in their homes. According to the EnergySave Solar Calculator, Haverhill homes can see payback on their solar energy investments in 4.6 years on average, and may also see a 3 percent increase in property value.

All these data points help put the impact of solar energy into perspective, but is this type of energy easily accessible through Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone? Is using solar energy possible in Haverhill’s weather? The answer to both questions is “yes”! Climate Zone offers a variety of air conditioners and heat pumps with solar capabilities—check them out here.

The weather in Haverhill offers excellent conditions for utilizing solar energy. In fact, many companies and households have already been reaping the rewards of solar energy. You may even remember the construction of a solar energy farm on Hilldale Avenue back in 2010. While Haverhill’s average number of hours of sunlight is high, solar panels also produce electricity on overcast or rainy days. Visible light can still get through clouds and infrared light comes through even more easily because of its longer wavelengths.

You have all the details now (maybe even more that you needed), but how can you start benefitting from solar energy? What can Climate Zone do to help? Talk with one of our experts about using solar energy. We can give you a free consultation at your home to help you better understand the process of integrating solar into your energy use. During this consultation, your roof will be examined for space, size and position considerations (roofs with exposure to the sun from the south usually give the best solar power results). You should also check with your utility company or Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to determine if they offer any rebates or credits for homeowners using solar energy.

Solar energy implementation doesn’t have to be expensive or unobtainable anymore. Our experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill are here to answer your questions and help make your home more energy efficient. Give us a call at 978-872-1190 to speak with a certified technician, or schedule an appointment with us online for your solar consultation.