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Summer has hit the Merrick Valley and Southern New Hampshire area. You probably have a lot of ways you want to go out and enjoy the season, but there are times when you just want to relax and stay at home. It may be the hottest time of the year, but the team at Climate Zone has some tips to keep you cool and save you money on your energy bill.

Set Your Programmable Thermostat

Increasing the temperature on your programmable thermostat when you’re out of the house is a simple way to save money. The U.S. Department of Energy has discovered that by setting your thermostat back 7-10 degrees while you’re at work during the week could save you up to 10% on your energy bill. There are many different types of programmable thermostats and we would be happy to work with you to figure out the programmable thermostat that best fits your lifestyle.

Use Your Ceiling Fan

If you’re using a ceiling fan in addition to running your air conditioner you can raise the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees without affecting your comfort level. Every degree you’re able to raise the temperature, you decrease the duration of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner by an average of 10%. Be sure and check that you have your fan set to rotate in the correct direction; during the summer make sure the air from the fan is blowing down. You should be able to feel a breeze while standing underneath the fan.

Keep Your Curtains and Blinds Closed

As you know when you’re outside, it’s cooler in the shade. Closing your blinds not only keeps out the sun, but it also helps insulate your windows and keeps cool air from escaping. You’ll take a load off your air conditioner and you’ll save money on your utility bills.

Set Up an Air Conditioner Service Appointment

We know we say it all the time, but that’s because it’s so important. Keeping up-to-date on your annual scheduled maintenance will keep your system running at its best. You don’t want to be left sweating this August due to a break down. During your tune-up our professionals will be able to catch small problems before they become big problems.

The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone wants to help you stay cool this summer. Hopefully our tips help you save some money as well. If you have any questions about keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

If you have started researching your air conditioner replacement you’ve probably noticed that HVAC has its own jargon and it can get confusing. If you want to get the most out of your research, there are some common terms you should know. A lot of them pertain to efficiency, which will help save you money. So when you’re researching an air conditioner replacement the team at Climate Zone wants to help you go into your research with the knowledge you need to make the best decision.

EER

What is EER? EER is the energy-efficiency ratio and it measures how efficiently your system will work when the temperatures outdoors reach a certain level. The higher the rating, the higher the efficiency, the higher your savings.

ENERGY STAR® Certification

You’ve probably seen the ENERGY STAR logo on your appliances, but what does it actually mean? The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy created ENERGY STAR in 1992 as the international standard in energy-efficiency. ENERGY STAR products are good for the environment and your wallet. In order for an air conditioner to qualify as an ENERGY STAR product it goes through third party testing and must meet the requirements set up by the EPA. One of those requirements is that if a products costs more than a less efficient product, the consumer will recover that investment over time through savings on their energy bills. When the time comes for your air conditioner replacement, be on the lookout for the blue energy star logo.

SEER-Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and measures the energy efficiency of your air conditioner. The difference between a SEER and an EER rating is that a SEER rating takes into account the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, or seasonally, as the name implies. It factors in the highs and lows of the temperature in your area. Again, just like the EER-rating, the higher the SEER-rating, the higher the energy efficiency.

We know there’s a lot of industry jargon you’ll run in to, and the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will help you understand all the acronyms the industry throws your way. We want to help you get a home comfort system you’ll be happy with for many years to come. If you have any questions or want to talk over your options for an air conditioner replacement give our team a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

Sometimes as homeowners we cause ourselves more grief than necessary, from believing we can fix the plumbing ourselves to forgetting to keep up on our regular air conditioner maintenance and having to call for an air conditioner repair. It’s easy to make things a lot harder than they need to be and your air conditioner is no exception.

We know how hot a New England summer can get, so we put together some common things to look out for to keep this season cool and free from major air conditioner repairs.

  1. Ignoring Changes in the Sound of Your AC
    If your system starts making strange sounds or starts behaving any differently, don’t ignore it. Anything out-of-the-ordinary is your air conditioner’s way of letting you know something is wrong. The longer the sounds continue the greater the possibility that you may need to call for AC repair. You don’t want to wait until your repair turns into an emergency or outage. It’s best to call an expert and get their opinion before, what is possibly a small problem, creates bigger problems.
  2. Forgetting Your Air Filter
    Changing your air filter is a simple thing to do that’s very easy to forget. It’s important to change your air filter regularly. If your filter is dirty the air flow throughout your house is inhibited and your system has to work harder to do its job. This will not only cause it to be less efficient with will raise your utility bill, but it will also shorten the life of your system. Your filters should be changed every few months. If you have any questions about how often you should be changing your filter, the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone would be happy to help you figure out your filter changing schedule.
  3. Not Scheduling Regular Maintenance
    Think of your annual AC tune-up as getting an oil change on your car. It is an essential part of keeping your system running at its best. Your regularly scheduled maintenance is the time where any small problems can be caught before they become larger issues.

The team at Climate Zone is here to keep your system running smoothly all year long. These tips should keep you from having to call us for any emergency repairs, but we’re here 24/7 if any emergency arises. If you have any questions about what you can do to keep your air conditioner running at tip-top shape or need us to come out and take a look at things, call us at (978) 872-1190 or use our online scheduler.

Purchasing a new air conditioner is a big investment. With such an investment you want to make sure you’re making the best decision and taking the proper steps to give your investment the best service. Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone will help you through every step of the process. We’ll guide you in your initial purchase and provide you with the best air conditioner service in the business. Here are a few tips we hope will help you get the most out of your air conditioner this year.

  1. Choose the Right System
    If you are in the market for a new system you’ve probably already begun looking and have realized there are a lot of options out there The important thing is finding the right system for your individualized needs. The pros at Climate Zone will help you find your perfect match by taking a look at your home’s square footage, the insulation in your walls and windows, your roof and many other factors.
  2. Utilize Programmable Thermostats
    Programmable thermostats make climate control easier on yourself and on your wallet. There are a number of options available, including remote access which allows you to adjust your thermostat from your phone, tablet or laptop. Comfort Zone can walk you through all the available options and figure out the best one to suit your lifestyle.
  3. Help Out Your AC
    Take any opportunity you can to give your system a break. Keep your windows and blinds closed on sunny days. If it’s warmer outside than inside, don’t open the windows. A great time to open the windows is on those cool summer nights. Also, if you have any ceiling fans utilize those when you can, but first make sure they are turning in a counter-clockwise motion. This will create a wind chill effect and make the room you’re in feel cooler.
  4. Schedule Annual Maintenance
    Your air conditioner is an investment and you want to make sure that you’re keeping up with all the scheduled maintenance, just like getting an oil change in your vehicle, it will keep your system running smoothly. Your annual maintenance check-up is also a good time for us to address any little problems that could become big problems down the line.

The team at Climate Zone will work with you to keep you comfortable in your home and with your home comfort system decisions. You can count on us 24/7. We are available by phone at (978) 872-1190 or you can schedule an appointment with us right here on our website using our online scheduler.

At some point we’ve all sarcastically said or heard the phrase, “the joys of home ownership.” When you’re in need of an air conditioner replacement is certainly one of those times, but replacing your air conditioner isn’t all bad news. Air conditioners are being made more efficient than ever. This mean lowering your energy usage, which can save you money. Another way to save money with a new system is by utilizing rebates and tax credits.

You could 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.

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. We will work with you to ensure you’re getting all the rebates and incentives available as they tend to change quickly so it’s best to take advantage of them as soon as they become available.

If you’ve decided to take your efficiency to the next level and go the solar air conditioner route, such as the SunSource® Home Energy System, you’ll be eligible for a federal renewable-energy tax credit through 2016. If you were thinking of solar, now is definitely the time.

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 you ensure you’re getting the right system to fit your specific needs. Give us a call with any questions at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

With spring officially here, even if the temperature doesn’t reflect it yet, it will only be a matter of time until we start feeling the effects of another warm Haverhill summer. It’s no secret that as temperatures begin to climb we start depending more and more on our air conditioners so that we can escape the heat and stay comfortable.

As it is with most everything, the more you use it, the greater the chance that parts can begin to wear out or will require service. Air conditioners are no exception to this rule. So if it’s been a while since you’ve had your air conditioner serviced, the chance for an air conditioner repair is likely increasing too.

Now is the perfect time to flip on your air conditioner to see if there is anything out of the ordinary going on with your system so you can get it checked out. A few of the most common things we suggest looking for are:

  • Air That Doesn’t Get Cold – It seems like something you’d notice pretty quickly, but you’d be surprised how many people flip on their air conditioner and don’t realize it isn’t providing cold air until it really heats up outside. If you’ve already noticed this and tried to adjust your thermostat, but still aren’t noticing any change in the air temperature, it may be time to give us a call.
  • Decreased Airflow – If you put your hand over a vent in your home and it feels like the air coming out of it doesn’t seem to be coming out as strong as it usually does, there is a chance you have a problem. One of the first things to do is to replace your air filter. Dirty air filters can cause a lot of issues with air conditioners and is a relatively easy fix that you can likely do on your own.
  • Strange Noises – We wouldn’t say that it’s normal to hear clanking or banging sounds coming from your air conditioner, so if you hear these, you may need the help of a pro. Air conditioners have a lot of moving parts to them, both inside and out, so it’s not uncommon to have something come loose and get damaged from regular use over time.

Just because you haven’t had your system serviced doesn’t mean that repair is inevitable though. Even if Haverhill experiences record temps this summer, your system could work just fine. However, why risk it going out on the hottest day in July? The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone is available 24/7 to help take care of anything that’s going on with your air conditioner. Give us a call at (978) 872-1190 to get something set up today.

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