Archive for December, 2018

The constant chill of a Haverhill winter can feel overwhelming. Some days, you’ll end up thinking you will never be warm again, no matter what you do. During New England winters, every room in your house needs heat.

But one area you might not consider when it comes to this battle against the cold is one that can impact the rest of your house: the garage. Some homeowners don’t consider their garage a room in their home. As a result, they don’t adjust their thermostats to account for keeping their garage warm—or even at a pleasant temperature.

It might seem counterintuitive to spend money running your furnace to keep the garage warm. Many houses don’t even have ducts that lead to the garage. That’s why garage heaters can be your secret weapon against the cold during the winter in Haverhill.

Some of the advantages of keeping your garage warm include:

  • Keep your home’s pipes from freezing. While your heating ducts might not go through your garage, there’s a good chance your water pipes do. If a sudden cold front comes through, it can put a chill on your water pipes. One that could lead to pipes freezing and bursting. A garage heater can help keep temperatures moderate and defend against a potentially expensive plumbing problem.
  • Make your car warmer. One reason you park in the garage during the winter is to keep your car out of the cold. So why not give your car the extra protection of a warmer garage? As anyone who has survived a New England winter knows, vehicles exposed to low temperatures for an extended period of time often have trouble starting up. Batteries are not made to withstand freezing temps, so a warm garage could help extend the lifetime of your car’s battery. Your car shouldn’t live in a sauna, though. Excessive heat in your garage can damage your car. Maintain a garage temperature in the 40s to keep your car in good condition and starting easily.
  • Create extra space for winter projects. Homeowners often don’t consider the garage a room in their house because it’s uncomfortably cold. But for those who have a workbench, crafting area or other project space out there, a garage heater keeps the projects going all season long.

At Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone we offer two affordable garage heater models. Each takes up very little space and can keep your garage warm all winter long.

The LF24 Garage Heater is efficient for almost any size garage or utility area. The T-Class™ TUA Separated Combustion Garage Heater is best for hard-to-heat garages where excessive humidity, dust or dirt is a concern. Whichever system you choose will be capable of providing warm, uniform comfort for garages sized for up to four cars.

To get the best efficiency out of your garage heater, consider these garage heating tips:

  • Make sure your garage is properly insulated to ensure heating efficiency.
  • Make sure your garage door is sealed to the floor. Cracks allow cold air to sneak into your garage, making your heater work harder and your space colder.
  • Seal any windows in your garage with weather stripping to make sure they are also airtight.
  • Consider the current lighting in your garage—some lights produce heat that can help warm your space.

Let us know if you have any questions about which garage heater might be best for your home. We can also give you more information about the benefits and installation process of garage heaters. Just give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 872-1190 or contact us online for a garage consultation.

Winter has arrived in the Haverhill area, meaning that it’s the time of year to fire up the furnace and get your home heating system up and running. But if you’re finding that the heat isn’t coming out the way you’d like, be it because of decreased airflow or shorter cycles of air, the answer may be as simple as a clogged air filter. While air filters are easy to replace, ignoring them can have a long-term negative effect on your home HVAC system.

Air filters play an essential part in your home HVAC system all year long, but in the winter, dirty air filters can make a huge difference in your comfort. Because furnaces usually use a heat exchange method to heat or cool your home’s air, existing air is pulled in from other rooms by the unit’s fan.

That means dust, pet hair, dander and other fine particles are also drawn in as part of the heat exchange. Air filters help prevent buildup in ducts and protect the heat exchange at the heart of your furnace. Over time, this buildup can clog your air filter. More buildup on your air filter means less air can get through back into your home.

But that’s not the only impact that dirty and clogged air filters can have on your HVAC system when left unchanged. As the weather changes throughout the year in the Haverhill area, unattended air filters can create such other problems as:

  • Higher energy bill costs. Your HVAC system needs a constant recirculation of air, and a clogged air filter makes it that much harder for air to get in and out of your ducts on the way to the heat exchange. As a result, your system has to work harder to get your home to the desired comfortable temperature. The harder your fan works to get air throughout your house, the higher your energy bills will be. According to the Department of Energy, that means a home with clogged air filters can require up to 15% more energy usage than a home with a clean air filter.
  • Increased health risk. Clogged air filters are congested with dust, pet hair or dander and, often, chemicals that have been already filtered out of the air. When air blows back through a dirty filter, it takes that dust and debris and puts it right back into your home. For people with allergies or respiratory conditions, this can be an increased health risk, especially in the winter when it’s often too cold to open a window to allow fresh air into your home. Keeping your air filters clean is an easy way to keep your air clean and reduce the risk of winter sickness.
  • Failed heating system. If you ignore your air filters for long enough, the gradual buildup of dust and debris can make it so that your HVAC system breaks down. The harder your system has to work to pump air into your home, and the longer the amount of time it has to do this, can lead to parts breaking down. These kinds of drastic problems can lead to reducing the life of your heating system—meaning more repair costs, or even the need for an entire new system. That kind of downtime for your home heating system, often at the time that you need its heat the most, far outweighs the hassle of taking the time to check and replace your air filters on a regular basis.

So, when was the last time you replaced your home air filters? A good rule of thumb is to replace your air filters every three months (right around the time you should be replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors). But if you can’t remember exactly the last time you changed your air filter or want a professional to make sure that your filters, ducts and HVAC system are working at peak efficiency, give the team at Climate Zone a call at (978) 912-7677 or schedule an appointment online. Our experts can answer questions about where your air filter is, what kind of air filter you will need and more.