Archive for March, 2018

It can seem like replacing an air conditioner is one of those costs of home ownership that all home owners must suffer through at some point. Whether dealing with a broken-down unit or realizing your current unit isn’t cutting it in the middle of a hot Haverhill summer, air conditioner replacement can often come at an inconvenient time.

The good news is that a new air conditioner can mean lower energy bills, thanks to modern energy-efficient units. But for savvy AC buyers, knowing the best ways to use rebates and financial incentives helps recover some of the costs that come with purchasing a new air conditioning unit. Rebates are available from the federal government, and thanks to the Mass Save program, Massachusetts residents can find even more savings from purchasing new central air conditioning systems.

A Home Energy Assessment will help determine which improvements would be eligible for rebates through Mass Save, and help provide all the paperwork needed to take advantage of Mass Save incentives. The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has been approved by Mass Save as an AC Check Trained Contractor. Mass Save ensures that the contractors they work with have been trained in proper airflow and charge protocols through their heating and cooling program and that your newly installed equipment operates according to manufacturer’s specifications.

Purchasing ENERGY STAR®-qualified central air conditioning systems can bring a rebate to customers of up to $500 thanks to federal programs. You could also qualify for utility rebates and other local incentive programs when you purchase a high-efficiency air conditioner from Lennox®. You’ll improve the comfort of your home, while also saving money.

To find even more rebates and personal tax incentives in the Haverhill area, visit www.dsireusa.org. There, you can search by ZIP code to find all available offers in your area, as well eligible program dates in case a previous purchase is still eligible for rebates or tax credits.

The professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone pride ourselves in keeping you comfortable and want you to truly find the joy in homeownership. We are available to assist you in all of your home comfort needs, 24/7. We can talk you through the rebates and savings that are available to you and help ensure you’re getting the right system to fit your specific needs. Give us a call with any questions at (978) 912-7677 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

Spring is right around the corner in the Haverhill area, with milder days, chances to enjoy the sun and that long-sought chance for some spring cleaning.

And from there, the temps keep climbing up until the hot, humid days of a New England summer set in.

Will your AC be able to keep up?

Even though warmer weather hasn’t broken through just yet, one of the best spring cleaning tips is to get your air conditioning system checked out before problems arise in the middle of summer.

Being caught without cool air isn’t the only reason to have a maintenance checklist for your AC system now. Maintaining your equipment helps prevent both future failures and unwanted costs. Better to take the time to check up on your system now rather than deal with a far bigger replacement later that could ruin both your summer plans and your bank account.

Keeping a regular schedule of two preseason checkups each year (cooling in the spring and heating in the fall) will make sure your entire HVAC system is in top shape. Or take the guesswork out of it by letting a professional, like those at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, keep you on schedule with a maintenance agreement.

A typical maintenance checkup should include the following:

  • Checking the thermostat. This helps make sure that your system is accurately reading the temperature in your room, which can help save energy while you are away.
  • Tightening electrical connections and measuring voltage and current on motors. If electrical connections aren’t working properly, your system can not only be at risk for failure, it can become a home safety issue.
  • Lubricating all moving parts. Without lubrication, motor parts will deal with more friction and lose energy efficiency.
  • Inspecting the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). If the drain in your system gets stopped up, it can cause water damage and increase indoor humidity.
  • Ensuring proper and safe control operation. Check the starting cycle of the equipment to assure the system starts, operates and shuts off properly.
  • Cleaning evaporator and condenser coils. Dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home and cause the system to run longer, increasing energy costs and reducing the life of the equipment.
  • Check your central air conditioner’s refrigerant level and adjusting if necessary. Too much or too little refrigerant will make your system less efficient.
  • Cleaning blower components to maintain airflow. Airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent. Make sure your air gets to you!

Even if you choose to sign a maintenance agreement and let a professional keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency, make sure to keep your air filters in top condition. A monthly check can make sure that dirty filters aren’t blocking airflow, decreasing energy efficiency and putting unnecessary wear on your HVAC system. Replacing your filters once every three months is an easy way to stay on top of filter issues.

For more questions about how you can prepare your home HVAC system for the spring and summer, or to learn more about how maintenance agreements can help keep you comfortable all year long, talk to the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone. Give them a call at 978-872-1190 to learn more about their services or set up a consultation appointment online.