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Even though fall is only just beginning, it’s important to start preparing your home for the cold winter months ahead so you won’t have any unexpected surprises. It’s hard to switch your mindset to the winter weather, we know; but that denial is exactly how important home details get forgotten as you switch off your air conditioner and flip on your furnace. Avoid furnace repair with these tips and pieces of advice, and ensure a comfortable and cozy winter.

People heat their homes in so many different, and potentially unsafe, ways: gas fireplaces, electric heaters, wood fireplaces, oil or gas furnaces, radiant heaters, boilers and even leaving your oven open! Safety is the most important part of the warm-to-cold season transition, but it is oftentimes overlooked when the cold hits earlier than expected.

Turning on that furnace for the first time after months of inactivity can be a shock to you, your system and your house. So instead of waiting for the first freezing day and causing a jolting change in your home’s atmosphere, turn on your furnace now. Take it from our Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone experts. We visit many Haverhill homes every winter for furnace repair because they did not prepare their homes for the peak winter months.

Don’t wait until it’s freezing outside to see if your system works—turn it on now! No really, right now! Did you do it? Once your furnace is switched on, stop and assess your surroundings:

  1. Listen: Does it sound like your furnace is struggling to work? Are you hearing more noise than you are used to from your system, or is there excessive airflow? Anything out of the ordinary might be a sign that you need furnace repair.
  2. Smell: Does it smell like something is burning around your furnace? Our Climate Zone professionals STRONGLY RECOMMEND keeping a fire extinguisher around your furnace for emergency purposes, especially when you are turning it on for the first time in months. If you smell burning, first check to see that there is not an actual fire or smoke coming from your furnace. If there is, turn off the system immediately, put out the flames, get out and call 911. If there is not a fire, wait and see if the smell goes away after an hour or two, but if it doesn’t, call our experts for an inspection or tune-up.
  3. Look: Once your furnace has been switched on, check your carbon monoxide detector’s readings. If the reading is over 30 or your detector goes off, turn off your furnace system and immediately call Climate Zone for furnace repairs and an inspection. You never want to compromise your safety for comfort and carbon monoxide could cause hazardous conditions in your home. You may want to exit your home until the detector’s reading falls below 30 again.
  4. Feel: Do you feel vibrations on your air ducts or walls? An inspection from our Climate Zone experts could help identify the cause of this before it becomes a major problem with potential furnace repair.

Aren’t you glad you turned on your furnace now and tested it before it was too late into the winter? After you’ve followed these sense guidelines, you should have a pretty good idea if your system is working properly and safely. By design, equipment that heats up always poses potential danger to its surroundings, so always put safety first when it comes to your furnace. By testing your furnace early, you’ve dodged the peak heating and furnace repair rush caused by those who didn’t plan ahead and turn their heating system on early to test it. If you have any questions or concerns as you are turning on your furnace, give our Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone experts a call at (978) 872-1190 or stop by to ask us questions in our Haverhill store.

It’s been a few months since you’ve had your furnace serviced and you’re wondering what the next step is; how do you make sure your furnace continues to run smoothly until your next service appointment? The best way to keep your system operating at its best in the months between maintenance is by changing your furnace filter. It’s a simple yet critical step to keeping your comfy no matter the weather in Haverhill. Clean filters can help avoid problems with your system and improve efficiency, ultimately lowering energy costs and increasing the quality of air in your home.

There are a few factors that go in to determining the best time to change your furnace filter, depending on your lifestyle and the system you have:

  • Home habits: There are a few environmental factors that can cause home air to be dirtier than others. Pets cause pet dander which require more frequent filter changes – we recommend every 2-3 months. If you have any family members that suffer from allergies or asthma, you might also want to consider changing your home’s air filter more often to ease their symptoms – we recommend every 1-2 months.
  • Type of filter: You will find that most furnaces use filter sizes that are either 1 inch or 3 inches. 1 inch filters typically need to be replaced every month and 3 inch filters should be replaced every 3 months, depending on the recommendations of the filter manufacturer.
  • Air pollution in the Haverhill area: Consider the normal air quality and time of year in Haverhill. After all, if we have a particularly bad season full of allergens, your air filter might need to be changed more regularly.

Once you have determined how frequently your furnace air filter should be replaced, how do you go about actually changing the filter? Each system is different, but here is an overview of the steps that should be taken:

  1. Find the air filter panel near the bottom of your furnace and open or remove the panel to get to the open compartment.
  2. In this compartment, you should find the furnace’s filter resting on two metal lips.
  3. Move the filter back and forth in the space that should be provided around the filter, enough to remove one end of the filter so that you can pull it out of the compartment.
  4. To install your new filter, first double check that you have picked out the right size of filter. Then examine the perimeter of the filter for an arrow that should indicate the air flow direction. The arrow should point towards the top of the furnace once it is placed in the compartment.

Still having problems replacing your furnace filter or just want to make sure that you are doing it correctly? Give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 872-1190 or contact us online with any questions or concerns throughout the replacement process and we’d be happy to walk you through it. Keep your Haverhill home comfortable for the rest of the winter and check your furnace filter today!

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2017? Perhaps one of them should be to rethink and reprioritize the maintenance of your home’s furnace this year. Everyone can easily forget about the silent role that your furnace plays in the comfort of your Haverhill home until it breaks down or needs an upgrade. This year, take some simple steps to ensure that your home is safe and comfortable, especially for the remaining winter months:

  1. Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors: With all the celebrations of the New Year in your home, especially with excess decorations and cooking, don’t let the cold weather fool you – this is peak season for electrical fires. Smoke detectors and alarms should be checked once a month by pushing the test button on top of the detector. Batteries should also be changed each year to ensure that the alarms are running properly, so perhaps it’s time to consider every January and fresh start to the year as a fresh start to your smoke alarms, too.

    Now is also the perfect time to check your carbon monoxide detector. With the windows shut this winter, you may not know if you’re dealing with a furnace issue that could be giving off carbon monoxide. If your carbon monoxide detector isn’t working properly and you suspect that something is wrong, call the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone immediately and have them stop by to inspect your furnace.

  2. Set-up an annual furnace inspection: Cross the first thing off your New Year’s list and schedule a furnace maintenance and inspection. Start the new year off with peace of mind that your furnace will run smoothly and efficiently through the rest of the unpredictable Haverhill winter, keeping your family safe and free to worry about other resolutions.
  3. Adjust your thermostat and lower costs: With extra people in your house this time of year, big crowds can mean a warmer and stuffier house. To keep your energy costs down, turn your thermostat down before guests arrive or if you are leaving to go out-of-town. Even a degree or two can dramatically lower your heating expenses and you can barely tell the difference as people come and go through your house. However, don’t ever fully turn your system off or you could risk the freezing of pipes or appliances.

The New Year is always a time for reflection and goal making, so this year make one of your goals to keep up with heating and cooling maintenance. Don’t wait for problems to arise, but instead make these simple checks and changes to taking care of your furnace. Give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 872-1190 to set up your furnace maintenance and start the year out right.

We all know what comes after a beautiful Haverhill fall – a cold winter. If you’ve lived through enough New England winters, you know that it’s not a good time for your heat to go out. The team here at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone is always here to help you out if you find yourself without heat and in need of emergency furnace repair. There are also some steps you can take to help ensure that you’re ready for an unexpected breakdown.

Prior to furnace problems:

  • Annual furnace service. Keeping up with annual furnace service is important to keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently. Furnace service allows our technicians to catch any minor problems before they become a major problem.
  • Gather supplies. Set aside some space to store emergency items such as a space heater, blankets, gloves, hand warmers and hats. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

After your furnace stops:

  • Check your breaker. It’s possible that the breaker to your furnace may be tripped by a power surge. If this is all that happened, flip the breaker and your system should start running again. If this happens and your furnace still hasn’t turned on, it’s time to call for furnace repair.
  • Break into your emergency supplies. If your furnace goes out, break into your emergency supplies to stay cozy while waiting for a technician to arrive.
  • Stay safe. Although it may be tempting, do not bring in outdoor heat sources like kerosene lamps or grills. The fumes from these devices produce carbon monoxide and are very dangerous without proper ventilation. Utilizing a space heater, fireplace or wood stove are safe ways to stay warm until assistance arrives.

There is no ideal time to deal with furnace repair, but winter in Haverhill is definitely not a good time. That’s why we are available 24/7 to ensure we’re someone is always available in case of any emergencies. If you are in need of furnace service, repair or just have a question for our team give us a call at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.