Archive for October, 2018

At Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, we know that an energy-efficient home is important to our customers. Keeping comfortable in all the weather that New England seasons throw at homeowners requires HVAC equipment that works well and, just as important, works efficiently. Why spend more money than you need to when getting the comfort that you need? From inefficient equipment to leaks and gaps in your home’s windows and doors, energy efficiency can make a tremendous difference in your monthly bills.

A great way to determine where your home is losing energy and where you can save money is by scheduling a home energy assessment. Here in the Haverhill area you can receive a free energy assessment through Mass Save. During the 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 can take between one and three hours and 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:

  • Thermal layers, such as walls, windows and insulation, provide a strong layer of protection from letting air in from outside or letting it escape from your home. Gaps in walls, thinning insulation or damaged window frames can have a negative impact on your home’s energy efficiency. If the assessor sees problems in this area, they’ll give you advice on how best to repair the issue or suggestions of how to best replace a damaged area.
  • Mechanical systems, such as water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners, provide the backbone of your home HVAC system. While many modern HVAC systems are built with energy efficiency in mind, an assessor will help make sure that your system is running as efficiently as possible. This may include a basic adjustment to settings or a more detailed look at making sure that pipes, filters or ducts are clean. Older HVAC systems might be a target for replacement. An assessor will help you understand which approach can offer the best savings both in the short- and long-term.
  • Consumer products include lightbulbs, washers and dryers, and other home appliances that don’t impact your home HVAC system, but can play a role in your energy usage. As with HVAC systems, everything from lighting to home appliances are now being designed with optimal energy efficiency in mind. Something as simple as changing the type of light bulbs used in your home can make a small, but significant, change to your energy efficiency and create the opportunity for savings on your monthly bills.

Your energy assessor will take a whole-home approach and make recommendations for you along the way. You’ll be left with an energy-saving plan that will fit both your home and your lifestyle. Along with your energy plan you’ll also find out about 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. 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) 912-7677 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

When it comes to heating and cooling homes around Haverhill, most people think of furnaces and air conditioners using ducts to heat and cool the entire home. If you spend most of your time in only one or two rooms, you might find yourself spending more on energy costs because you are heating and cooling parts of the house you aren’t using.

Mini-splits systems offer a ductless HVAC option that allows you to control the temperature in individual rooms or across multiple rooms, depending on your preferences. A mini-split system typically consists of a wall-mounted indoor unit with an outside compressor., The indoor air handlers can also be suspended from the ceiling or mounted into drop ceilings. As a result, mini-split systems are a perfect choice for climate control in bedrooms, enclosed porches, home offices and more.

Here are just a few of the benefits that mini-split systems can offer homes:

Adequate coverage: Mini-split systems make it easy to individually target rooms or zones of your house, providing comfort to meet your specific needs.

Space efficiency: The convenience of mini-split systems starts with the size of the units. Significantly smaller than traditional HVAC systems, mini-splits have a very small footprint. Wall-mounted units are usually installed above eye-level and can seamlessly blend in to any space. The outdoor units can operate efficiently up to 50 feet away from your home. Because of their smaller size, mini-split systems also produce much less noise than traditional HVAC systems, meaning you’ll enjoy quiet comfort.

Easy to install: Since they aren’t connected to duct work, mini-split systems can be easily integrated to your home. Building a new addition to your house or remodeling your attic? Mini-splits are a great solution both in terms of cost and building impact. They can easily be added to hydronic systems (hot water heating), space heaters, radiant panels and used in tandem.

Less likely to create air leakage: Window units also offer targeted cooling to rooms. But because of the way they are installed, window units can produce air leakage around the unit in the window frame. Mini-splits require only a small hole to be drilled into the wall to connect the unit to the room. This makes mini-units less likely to create air leakage in your home and decreases potential security problems that window units might cause.

Easy to customize and extend: If you’re looking to add comfort to multiple rooms, one outdoor unit can handle up to four separate indoor units. You would only need one outdoor installation for up to four spaces in your home. You can easily add timers and built-in sleep functions to make your home more energy efficient and further fine-tune your home comfort as well.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers high-quality mini-split system options that allow you to personalize your comfort. If you have questions about installation or other benefits of mini-split systems or would like to take a look at our equipment options, you can speak with a Climate Zone certified technician by calling 978-872-1190. You can also schedule an appointment with us online and we’d be happy to come look at your home and determine if a mini-split system is right for your home’s needs.