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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.

After a long, hot summer we’ve reached that time of year where we see how long we can go before turning on our furnace. For some of us in the Haverhill area, we’ve already reached that point. Switching your thermostat over from “cool” to “heat” is a good sign it’s time to schedule your annual furnace service.

Before calling your comfort team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, here are some things you can check to help ensure your furnace is running smoothly this season:

  1. Check Your Air Filter
    Changing your air filter is a simple part of maintenance that is easy to forget. A dirty air filter restricts your system’s airflow, reduces efficiency and could cause your furnace to stop running without warning. The frequency that you have to change your filter will vary depending on your lifestyle and your system. An easy way to check if it’s time to change your filter is to hold it up to a light. If you can’t see any light coming through, it’s time for a replacement.
  2. Check Your Thermostat
    It might sound basic, but it happens to the best of us. Make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” and not “cool.” It could save you a service call. Another common thermostat problem is a dead battery. Think about the last time you changed the batteries. If you can’t remember the last time, you probably need to switch those out.
  3. Check Your Vents
    Although it sounds good in theory, closing off vents in unused rooms does not save you on energy costs. Closed vents actually put an unnecessary strain on your system. Your home’s interior walls are not insulated so the temperature in rooms with closed vents will leak into other rooms in your house, which means your furnace has to work harder to keep up. This causes an increase in your utility bills and could decrease the life of your system.

These simple checks, along with keeping up with your annual furnace service, should save you a lot of headaches down the road. It should also keep you comfortable no matter what sort of weather mother nature throws at Haverhill this winter. The experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will help keep your system running smoothly and your home feeling cozy all season long. If you have any questions or need to schedule your annual furnace service, give us a call at (978) 912-7677 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

Fall is about to blow into Haverhill, Massachusetts, which also brings an annual reminder to do some seasonal home maintenance. Nothing is worse than having your heat cut out when winter rolls around. So, why not take the time now to check in on your furnace, prepare your pipes, or just have a professional come do a home checkup. It can mean the difference between a comfortable winter and a chilly winter. To help you prepare, the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has put together this list of common problems to watch out for this fall, as well ways to make sure your house stays safe and ready for winter.

Problem: Frozen pipes
When temperatures drop to extremely cold levels, there’s a serious freezing risk for your water pipes. This can lead to blockages (which can create poor water flow), water that is harder to heat, and most dangerous, bursting water pipes. Frozen water pipes can cause more than just inconvenience, they can cause expensive damage to your home.

Solution: Insulate pipes
Protecting your pipes is the easiest way to prevent frozen pipe issues. Make sure to insulate any pipes that are in non-heated areas. This doesn’t include only those pipes that are outside your home. A crawl space or garage is an area that can present freezing risks to water pipes. Not sure how to best insulate your water pipes? A professional plumber can help best identify pipes that are at risk for freezing and help insulate them.

Problem: Poor room heating
Your furnace and boiler systems have likely been inactive all summer. When fall and winter come along, the sudden strain put upon your heating system can often make it prone to sudden breakdown. While many problems could be minor, continued stress on an already malfunctioning heating system could lead to complete furnace failure.

Solution: Help your heater get up to speed
There are a number of ways to reduce the strain on your furnace while still making your home comfortable as the days get colder. Simple steps include setting your thermostat to 68°F when you’re at home and awake, and as low as 60°F when you’re asleep. Smart thermostats can take the guess work out of scheduling efficient temperatures with set-it-and-forget-it programming. Replacing your air filter on a regular basis will also keep ducts clean and allow your furnace to work more efficiently. Sealing air leaks around doors, adding weatherstripping around any drafty windows, and checking insulation quality in your attic are other ways to make sure that your heater isn’t working harder than it needs to. If your home still isn’t getting the kind of heat you need from your furnace, a home HVAC professional can diagnose any problems your furnace is dealing with and help you identify the best ways to get back to comfort.

Problem: Water heater breakdown
Just as your furnace will be called to do extra work during the colder months, your water heater will also have to work even harder during the long winter months. Problems with your water heater can show up in other ways beyond a lack of hot water. If you hear odd noises, including knocks or whining, from your water heater, that’s a sign that water heater failure might be imminent.

Solution: Water heater maintenance
Some minor steps can reduce the strain put on your water heater, such as spreading out the times that you call for hot water from your water heater (not doing laundry and taking a shower at the same time). While changing your usage behavior can help a struggling water heater, maintenance is the surefire way to make sure your water heater can get back to a full workload. If your water heater hasn’t been serviced in some time, having the tank completely flushed will make a big difference. Flushing the water heater removes sediment buildup that has likely grown over the years. This sediment can block proper heat transfer, and clearing out that sediment will help hot water flow again.

Problem: Proper home air quality
The days of open windows and gentle breezes are fading fast. In its place, blustery days and dropping temperatures that mean keeping the windows closed. Winter often means decreased air quality in your home due to a lack of ventilation and an increase in allergens and other airborne particles that can lead to sickness.

Solution: Make sure your air is clean
While air purification systems and humidifiers provide significant solutions to air quality problems in specific rooms, there are other simple steps you can take to make sure that the air in your home stays healthy. Making sure that you replace the air filters in your furnace is an easy way to capture the particles that would otherwise be floating around your home. If you use any fuel-burning appliances in your home, take care to pay close attention to avoid leakage. These fumes can accumulate in enclosed spaces and can quickly become dangerous.

In the wet days of fall and winter, tracking in rain or snow can create wet carpets or rugs that, left unattended, can accumulate mold or other airborne irritants. Consider disposing of and replacing any items that can’t be cleaned. It’s the best way to make sure that the items in your house aren’t having a negative impact on the air quality and health of your family this winter.

These are just a few of the problems and solutions that your home heating and plumbing can face this winter. The pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offer years of experience in dealing with HVAC and plumbing issues. They can provide answers to any questions you might have, as well as help you consider some things you hadn’t before. With a goal of making customers happy and comfortable, it’s no surprise that Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has made a reputation for trustworthy HVAC and plumbing repair in the Haverhill area. Find out for yourself. Give us a call at (978) 912-7677.

Drain problems are one of those common annoyances homeowners in the Haverhill area face too often. Sometimes, these problems show themselves in a sink where the water won’t drain quickly after washing the dishes. Other times, they take the form of a pool of water collecting around the shower drain when getting ready for work.

When confronted with these unexpected problems, most people grab a bottle of chemical drain cleaner, dump it down the clogged drain and hope for the best. While modern chemistry has developed powerful clog busters, the long-term impact on your pipes can be dangerous. Other people just put up with a slow drain, waiting until the problem progresses and creates a plumbing emergency. This could mean an expensive, inconvenient visit from a professional plumber to deal with a dire situation.

Not every drain issue requires a visit from a professional plumber, but there are a few ways to recognize growing drain issues in your home. With your new knowledge, you’ll can take action before problems with your pipes get out of hand and you have to call in the pros at Andrew DiPeitro’s Climate Zone.

Why do drains clog?
It seems like a question with a basic answer: drains get clogged because things like food, hair or grease get stuck in them. While you might think running more water through a drain would prevent build up, frequently used drains also collect more things that clog them.

A bathroom used by many family members might include a sink where everyone brushes their hair. That hair can fall into the sink and clog the drain over time. The same could be said of a kitchen sink in a home where a lot of plates are washed after each meal.

Older pipes need more attention
While a newly-built home offers modern, wider pipes, older homes might have outdated, narrow pipes that can more easily collect debris and result in a clog more quickly. Keeping an eye on the cleanliness of your drains will not only keep pipes of all ages running efficiently but also save you from having to replace pipes that develop leaks, or even burst, due to clogs that have been ignored over the years.

Easy steps for clean drains
Daily upkeep for home sinks and drains can be as easy as a couple of small changes to your routine. Placing a grate or filter over a sink drain can make an immediate impact in preventing clogs. Filters make it harder for large clumps of hair, food or grease to fall down the drain and start to clog pipes. Just make sure to clean the grate as part of washing the sink after use.

If your kitchen sink doesn’t have a garbage disposal attached, you can cut down likelihood of clogs if you avoid leaving excess food on your plate when washing the dishes. Brushing extra food into the garbage before washing plates will keep it out of your drains.

When is it time to call the pros?
While a great deal of drain maintenance and unclogging can be done on your own, it’s a good idea to have drains professionally cleaned once every two years as a preventative measure, especially for high-usage drains. Not only will a professional be able to more thoroughly clean the pipes and areas that other cleansers might not reach, they’ll be able to identify any developing issues in your pipes before they grow into an expensive problem.

While a slow-draining sink or bath might be easy to identify and treat, there are other signs of pipe problems that might indicate it is time to bring in the pros:

Recurring clogs: Are you dealing with stubborn clogs–the kind that keep coming back no matter how many times you clear them? In bathtubs and showers where hair often gets washed down the drain, frequent clogs might mean you’re removing the entire clog. An expert drain cleaning company can use professional tools to eliminate clogs deep in the pipe and solve the problem for good.

Clogged drains in different rooms: Drain issues in the shower and the kitchen sink at the same time could mean you’re dealing with a clog somewhere in your main drain system rather than the individual fixture drains. Rather than deal with the symptoms of the problem as they pop up, a professional drain cleaning can dig deep into your system and get things flowing again.

Drains with a foul odor: Standing water isn’t the only sign of a clogged pipe. Persistent chemical or sewer smells can mean a build-up of material in your pipes or a larger drainage issue—even the early signs of a pipe leak or break. Getting rid of drain odors can be as easy as a drain cleaning but may require looking at pipe replacement. When you call a professional plumbing service, you’ll get an expert who will look at the problem, offer an honest assessment of the situation and give advice on how to proceed.

Sewage Backup: Often associated with foul odor, a sewage backup around a basement or floor drain is another indicator there are drain problems affecting your pipes. Water may have slowly drained, leaving behind a small amount of sewage near your drain after it flooded earlier. When this happens, it may just be a matter of time before the drain stops working completely and you end up with contaminated water all over your floor. Call a professional plumbing service as soon as possible to help prevent the situation from becoming an expensive cleanup.

Keeping your drains clean can be as easy as regular maintenance. Ignoring the signs of drain problems can lead to catastrophic and expensive plumbing problems down the road. Take the time to contact the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone to talk about drain cleaning services to keep your pipes flowing easily and give you peace of mind.

Few home repair jobs can be more frustrating than dealing with your air conditioner. A broken AC unit usually means sweating it out at home with technical problems that are often beyond the skills of even the handiest homeowner. Selecting the right company to fix your air conditioner can mean the difference between convenient comfort and infuriating difficulties.

Every company in Haverhill offers different options when it comes to repairs. Asking the right questions ahead of time can help you choose the perfect AC repair company for your needs. Here are a few important questions to ask when doing your research:

    • Is the company licensed, bonded and insured?
      Customers who ask this question are usually invested in the future of their homes and want the best service possible. Licensed companies are permitted to perform work in Haverhill, and bonded companies are financially backed by a bonding company in the event of a filed claim. Insured companies prevent homeowners from being held legally responsible if a worker is injured during a repair or check-up. Make sure all of these boxes are checked to find an AC repair company you can trust. The best companies often rise above their competitors by being licensed, insured and bonded—and should be more than happy to show you proof.
    • Can the company provide local references?
      We normally ask our friends and neighbors their opinions on everything from restaurants to babysitters. So why not reach out to them for heating and air conditioning repair recommendations as well? Other Haverhill locals have been in your shoes. Knowing what they think about the repair service they received is important. They can give you the reasons why they chose the company they did and offer you an honest, unbiased opinion on the services they received. Make sure to check out Climate Zone’s testimonials website for further opinions on our service.
    • Will you receive a detailed, written work estimate?
      There are good surprises and bad surprises. Paying more than you expected for your AC repair certainly falls into the latter category. So, it’s important to receive a detailed outline of what will be done during an AC repair and the costs associated with each part of the project. It can make a huge difference for your peace of mind. Written estimates not only protect you as a customer, but they also hold the repair company accountable for completing everything they said they’d do. While unexpected things can always come up during a repair, having a written record of what work is to be done can help make sure work stays on track.

These aren’t all the possible questions you could ask when choosing the right AC repair company, but it’s a good start. The pros at Climate Zone can provide answers to your questions, and help you consider some things you hadn’t before. Our goal is to thoroughly satisfy the AC repair needs of our customers. It’s how we’ve built our company into one known for trustworthy AC repair in the Haverhill area. Find out for yourself. Give us a call at (978) 912-7677.

Summer might not be the time that Haverhill homeowners think about keeping warm. The climbing temps bring dreams of cooler days, and no one’s getting out their winter coats or even thinking about their furnace.

But summer actually is a great time to pay attention to your furnace. While you may not be turning it on to keep warm, taking some steps during the warmer months to make sure your furnace is well maintained will help prevent problems when winter rolls around. Don’t be caught needing furnace repair later, when you need warmth the most. Take the time now and follow these summer furnace maintenance tips.

Change Your Air Filter

Air filter replacement schedule takes place all year long. Depending on the filter quality (and other factors such as pets in the home), you should be changing your furnace’s filter every three to six months. But many homeowners make a common mistake when it comes to filters: assuming filters won’t get dirty when the furnace isn’t running. Even when you aren’t using your furnace, dust, dirt and other sediment can find its way into your filter. If the air filter becomes too dirty, your furnace won’t run at peak efficiency, and can even suffer long-term damage. A clean filter means higher energy efficiency, which can mean lower energy bills.

Clean Your Furnace

It isn’t just the filter that needs to stay clean in your furnace. Nothing’s worse than having to deal with a dirty furnace right when the season calls for you to fire it up. A good rule of thumb is making sure to clean any debris and dust from the outside and inside components at the turn of each season. Just like with the air filter, not keeping the unit clean can impact energy efficiency and lead to long-term damage. One way to make sure your furnace will be clean when you need it most is by having a maintenance agreement with the HVAC pros from Climate Zone. They’ll take care of the cleaning process quickly and safely.

Check Electrical Connections

Another important area where a maintenance agreement will help is in checking electrical connections. Checking for loose wires or worn-down connections is an important part of keeping your furnace maintained in the off months. A trained professional is your best bet for getting a thorough look at your furnace’s electrical work, but it’s still a good idea to do a visual check yourself to see if anything looks like it may need repaired. Identifying disconnected or loose wires will help catch problems that can be fixed by a professional technician before they get worse.

Give the Pilot Light a Rest

Summer is a great time to save some money by putting the pilot light out. Furnaces that are 15 years old or older, have a pilot light that runs 24/7, regardless of whether or not you’re using your furnace. It’s the little blue flame that you can see through the window. Turning off the pilot light will save a little on fuel and energy costs, since furnaces with a pilot-ignition system aren’t the most fuel-efficient. Make sure to watch for moisture and debris buildup when the pilot light has been off for a while. And, of course, remember to relight it when the time comes to fire up the furnace again.

Keep an Eye on Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

Indoor air quality problems can be annoying in the winter, but carbon monoxide leaks can be deadly. Carbon monoxide detectors are vital safety precautions should carbon monoxide levels rise in your home (often coming from the furnace), so having a working carbon monoxide detector is crucial to home safety, as well as furnace maintenance. Just like air filters, carbon monoxide detectors should be checked multiple times a year. Installing a carbon monoxide detector while the furnace is shut down is a great way to be ready to monitor the air when the furnace is running.

Call the Professionals

Not everyone is an expert on how to maintain their HVAC system or furnace. While many of these tips can be accomplished with a little bit of work, having a maintenance agreement from a professional HVAC and heating company, like Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, will ease any doubts. Our trained professionals will make regular visits to your home to make sure your furnace runs at its optimal efficiency and help identify any problem areas to repair.

Find out how Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone can help keep your furnace ready for the winter, even in the summer. Call us at (978) 872-1190 or contact us online.

Summer is a time when your air conditioner is working hard. When temps hit the upper 80s and 90s around Haverhill, cooling off makes your AC work even harder, which can mean higher bills.

Cooling and heating costs typically account for 48 percent of your monthly utility bill. Improving energy efficiency can mean a cooler home and a little more money at the end of the month. The good news? Increasing your HVAC system’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or require purchasing a whole new air conditioner.

Following some of these easy tips will increase your home’s energy efficiency and help you balance comfort and cost.

Schedule a Free, In-Home Energy Audit

Haverhill area homes have a great resource to help find ways to make their air conditioners more energy efficient: a free, in-home energy audit offered by Mass Save. As part of this program, Mass Save sends a specialist to assess your home’s energy usage and provide you with personalized recommendations. Then, they’ll work with you to create a home energy efficiency plan.

Your energy audit includes an assessment of everything from your heating and cooling system to your laundry and kitchen appliances. Mass Save will also inform you of any possible rebates or incentives available to you for improving your home’s energy efficiency.

Routine Maintenance

Most of the time people only think of air conditioner service when their unit breaks down or isn’t running well. But one of the best ways to prevent potential air conditioner replacement is also one of the best ways to make sure your home is being cooled as efficiently as possible: routine HVAC maintenance.

We’ve offered tips on how you can easily perform maintenance on your AC unit. (Changing your air filters every one to three months is one of the easiest, and most commonly overlooked, ways to make a simple impact on energy efficiency.) But having a scheduled maintenance agreement will also help your air conditioner run at peak energy efficiency thanks to professionally-trained pros, armed with the skills to get the best out of your air conditioner.

Utilize Your Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust at what times to run your AC and how much energy to use when cooling your home. It allows for comfort that suits your needs and schedule while helping you save big on utility bills. With a wide selection of programmable thermostats available, you’ll find one that’s right for your home and your wallet.

Keeping your energy efficiency high and your utility bills low is not just a priority for you, it’s also a priority for us. There’s no reason you can’t stay comfortable and save money. We are here to help you achieve just that. If you have any questions for us on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency or anything related to your home comfort, give our professionals a call at (978) 872-1190 or contact us online.

It’s getting into the sweltering days of summer in Haverhill. When it gets this hot, you don’t want to work any harder than you need to. The same goes for your home AC system.

It’s important to remember that energy efficiency can have a major impact on both your home comfort and your budget. Having an inefficiently running air conditioner can make it harder to cool off your home. It can also lead to more expensive energy bills or, worse, a broken-down air conditioner.

Getting your air conditioner running at peak performance for the summer isn’t hard either. The U.S. Department of Energy offers some ideas on keeping you, and your HVAC system, from overheating this year.

1. Change the air filter

Summer or winter, the easiest maintenance for your HVAC system is changing the air filter. From helping with proper ventilation to improving air quality, changing your air filter regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get the most out of your air conditioner.

However, most people aren’t changing their filters frequently enough. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends changing your air filter once a month to keep your air conditioner running efficiently.

Finding where to look on your unit when replacing the air filter can be tricky. In central air systems, the filter is usually located behind a metal panel on the side of the system. Unscrew or pull off the metal panel, remove the old filter and install the new one. It’s as easy as that.

2. Pay attention to your thermostat

Programmable thermostats can automatically adjust your home’s temperature at different times during the day. That can translate into significant energy savings when your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard when it’s not needed.

For example, you can program your thermostat to keep your home at a higher temperature when you’re away and to cool it down before you return. This will not only save you money on energy costs, but also reduce the burden on your air conditioner that would otherwise be cooling an empty home.

3. Keep condensation lines clear

When your air conditioner unit runs, evaporator coils create moisture. This moisture is removed from the unit in a drainage area, either by gravity or a motorized pump. If the condensation pipes that carry this runoff away from your air conditioner become clogged, it can do more than make your air conditioner run inefficiently–it can damage your home. So it’s important to make sure that your condensation lines are flowing smoothly.

If you have a professional maintenance agreement for your air conditioner, a technician will come to your home to check the quality of your lines, as well as other maintenance. In between visits, you can easily clean condensation lines between visits by sending a simple mix of bleach and warm water through the pipes to help prevent buildup.

4. Clean debris from coils

Over the course of the year, your central air conditioning unit can collect dirt and debris outside, especially if you don’t use a cover. That buildup can lead to a sluggishly performing AC unit. Nearby shrubs, trees or other plants can also impact your unit if overgrown branches push into the air conditioner coils. Make sure to clear any plants growing too closely to your air conditioner and make sure that the coils are clean.

5. Make adjustments around the house

Not every tip for increased efficiency means working with your HVAC unit. Consider taking simple steps around your house to further reduce the strain on your air conditioning unit this summer:

  • Turning off your cooling system and opening your windows while sleeping can help push out hot air. Shutting the windows and blinds in the morning helps capture the cool air.
  • Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows.
  • If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting a few degrees with no reduction in comfort. But make sure to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room since fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
  • When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).

Keeping your home comfortable shouldn’t be a chore this summer. Following these tips can go a long way in maintaining a well-running air-conditioning system. But getting an inspection and ongoing maintenance from HVAC repair professionals like the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will make sure that your air conditioner is running in tip-top shape. Call us today at (978) 872-1190 to find out how we can help keep you cool.

The weather has been beautiful here in the Haverhill, MA area. We’re spending more time outdoors, but we still spend almost 90 percent of our lives indoors. And while air conditioning makes a difference in comfort, indoor air quality is very important to your health. One of the most important and often overlooked aspects when it comes to indoor air quality is ventilation.

When you think about home ventilation, you probably think about opening a few windows and letting in some fresh air. This is a great way to ventilate, but as we know, that’s not always an option in Haverhill. That’s where the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone comes in. Advancements in technology can provide the same effects as having your windows open on the perfect spring day.

Air-sealing techniques used in building today’s homes reduce air leakage so well that contaminants are actually sealed inside of your home. This could be anything from mold, mildew, pollen and even radon. A whole-home ventilation system works by drawing just the right amount of air from outdoors. This will not only give you the benefit of nicer feeling air, but it will remove odors that may be lingering in your home. It does all of this while still being energy efficient.

There are two types of ventilation systems. The system used in our area is a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). This system uses two ventilation ducts. One carries cool, fresh air in; the other carries humid, stale air out. In warmer climates, such as the south, they use a system called an energy recovery ventilator (EVR).

There are many ways to improve your indoor air quality. Ventilation is just one piece of the puzzle. When it comes to Haverhill air conditioning and HVAC repair, we want you to breathe easy about the air you’re breathing. The professionals at Climate Zone are always available to answer any questions you may have about improving your indoor air quality. Give us a call at (978) 912-7677 or use our handy online scheduler to book a no-obligation consultation.

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