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There’s a reason that so many stories, parables and fables talk about preparing for the winter and not the summer. No one likes to get left out in the cold. And when it comes to winters in Haverhill, it’s a time of year where no one should have to endure the chills.

As the seasons change, we might think about outside maintenance and home repairs, but it’s also a great time to remember indoor maintenance, especially having your home heating system checked. Home furnace service and maintenance makes it less likely that you’ll face breakdowns or heating problems in the middle of the winter, just when you need it the most.

Taking care of your furnace now can help your comfort in a number of ways:

  • A guarantee that your furnace is up-to-date. An airflow check or full inspection can help ensure your furnace has current and working parts. You’ll get the peace of mind that comes with a system that’s been checked using the latest technology and standards.
  • Increased home safety. Every winter the news is full of stories about homes that catch fire or suffer from air quality issues due to poorly working furnaces. That’s because furnaces burn fuel to generate heat and, when left unchecked, older furnaces are more likely to malfunction. This can mean an increased risk of fire. That’s why it’s imperative to check the heat exchanger, gas burner and gas valve calibration.
  • Stay warm all winter long. An efficiently working furnace means a warmer home. Annual service is what keeps your furnace efficient, reducing the chance of breakdowns. That means you can rely on your furnace during the cold nights when you need it the most.
  • Maintain your warranty. For many furnaces, skipping an annual maintenance can mean voiding your warranty. So, allowing an expert from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone to identify potential problems and fix them before anything happens will save you money down the road.

Don’t get caught with furnace problems during the winter. Getting your furnace serviced now not only gives you the benefits of regular maintenance, it helps you avoid dealing with a comfort emergency when other folks are having similar issues.

Make your home’s winter comfort a top priority. Schedule a furnace tune-up with Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone today. Call us at (978) 912-7677 or set up an appointment online.

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.

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about scheduling furnace maintenance before the mad rush this fall. With colder weather looming in Haverhill, you will soon be relying on your furnace for indoor comfort. But turning on your furnace for the first time after months of inactivity could bring up some issues with your system that need to be addressed before the first cold front sweeps through Haverhill. The sooner you test your furnace, the better.

If you switch your furnace on and find that it isn’t operating as you are used to, here are a few troubleshooting tips our experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone recommend before you call us in for a tune-up:

  1. Double check your thermostat.
    This is one of the easiest and most overlooked steps when having tricky furnace issues. First and foremost, make sure that your thermostat is set to HEAT and not COOL, and then check that the temperature setting is higher than the current indoor temperature. You might even consider turning your thermostat up a few degrees to test the heat and airflow. Changing your thermostat’s batteries might also be a good call during the change in seasons, especially if you can’t remember the last time you swapped out its batteries.
  2. Open up your air vents.
    Closing air vents (supply registers) in rooms that aren’t normally used in your home can be simple way to save some money on your energy bills. However, be very careful about how many vents you close. Shutting off too many vents can increase the pressure in your furnace, causing potential mechanical issues and making it work harder to heat your home, decreasing its lifespan.
  3. Inspect your air filters.
    Most people forget about their air filters—we get it. But their importance for the efficiency, health and cleanliness of your home cannot be overstated. If your air filters are dirty or old, they could restrict airflow in your home, reduce your home’s overall energy efficiency, increase your energy bills and even cause your furnace to stop running without warning. Our Climate Zone experts have an easy system to check if your air filters need replacement: hold your air filter up to the light—if you can’t see light coming through it, it should be replaced and it’s probably a sign that you need routine furnace service, as well. Check the size on the air filter and, if it’s a disposable filter, simply replace it with a same-sized new one that you can get at any home improvement or department store. Want an added tip? We recommend writing the date that you installed your new filter on it somewhere so you can know how old it is next time you check your filters. The air filter’s packaging should indicate how long it usually lasts.

These troubleshooting steps should get you on your feet and fix any small issues that could be causing your furnace to act up. If your furnace still isn’t running properly or you are due for a regular furnace service appointment, give Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone a call at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment with us via our online form.

With spring right around the corner and the constant inconsistency in the weather in the Haverhill area, it’s important to think ahead about upcoming expenses and how you can save the most energy with your furnace. While it will still be used for a little while longer, the furnace has been hard at work all winter-long and could need some energy-saving service. Regularly scheduled maintenance for your furnace not only helps prevent problems, but it can also save you money over time.

Furnace service can be a mystery to many, so the experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill have broken it down for you so you are aware of all the important checks they perform:

  • Verifying proper airflow and blower operation – When air is properly circulating through your home, you can be sure that your whole house will be heated and that you can live in comfort from the remainder of the colder days ahead.
  • Checking all electrical components – There are many electrical components to your furnace that need to be checked every year to ensure they are operating safely. Our technicians will make sure that there is no damage to any electrical piece of your system.
  • Cleaning the gas burner section – Our technicians search for cracks or signs of wear on the heat exchanger surface and make sure that it is free of dust or debris. This check will ensure maximum efficiency of your system.
  • Verifying the calibration of the gas valve – Checking your system’s fuel operation for correct pressure will ensure that the pressure is being delivered to your furnace properly and safely.

Our professionals can identify any concerns or signs of wear that could cause you future problems and make you aware of them before they become full-blown emergencies. Every furnace is different, but our experts are trained to understand different types of furnaces and keep your comfort and budget as their top priority. If you have any questions regarding our furnace service or need to schedule your annual check-in, give us a call at (978) 912-7677 or schedule an appointment with us online.

When people think of humidity, they usually think of muggy and dry outdoor air that makes you feel bogged down and sweaty. But not all humidity is bad; most people forget about the indoor humidity that plays a significant role in keeping our families comfortable. Our expert furnace technicians have seen all sorts of indoor air changes and humidity levels, but for your ideal comfort, they recommend maintaining between 25 and 40 percent humidity in your home.

Especially in the colder months, these humidity levels are more important than ever. Dry air in Haverhill can affect the respiratory system with dry mucous membranes, causing scratchy throats and noses. The drier the indoor air, the greater risk you have of catching a cold or receiving these breathing problems.

Here’s how dry air becomes a problem in the winter: the cold air cannot hold much water vapor, meaning that they colder the air is, the drier it is, too. When that cold, dry winter air leaks into your home from holes, air ducts or open doors becomes even drier from the heat of your furnace. All this results in low indoor humidity and uncomfortable levels of dryness. But it’s easier to maintain indoor humidity levels than one would think with a humidifier.

You would never know all the benefits that proper air humidification could provide you if you are never told. There are many benefits to proper humidification, such as:

  • Lowering the chance for static electricity and shocks within the home
  • Alleviating skin irritations and dry skin
  • Providing you with the best atmosphere for indoor plants
  • Ensuring that you don’t have to worry about damaging wood furniture, paint or flooring

By talking to our experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone at your regularly scheduled furnace maintenance, online in our appointment scheduler or by calling us at (978) 912-7677, you can ensure that you are receiving all these humidification benefits in your home. Live comfortably and healthily throughout the year, regardless of the season or dryness levels.

Winter always seems to last forever, but it’s important to check-up on the one pieces of equipment that keeps you comfortable and warm during the coldest parts of the year. If you read this blog regularly, you know that we can’t emphasis the importance of your furnace enough and could write about it forever. But if you are looking for a basic recap or a simple list of things to know, look no further. We’ve laid it all out for you:

  1. Know when to repair OR replace – many people spend a lot more money on their furnaces than they really need to, especially if your furnace is old. The older the furnace, the harder it is to maintain with annual service and keep running efficiently. Older models have different guidelines than modern furnace models and knowing these differences have be important in deciding whether to repair or replace your furnace.
  2. Furnace size is important – the size of your furnace directly correlates to the size of your home. Smaller furnaces won’t keep up with the cold of the winter if your home is larger in size, meaning that your home will not be as comfortable as it should be and that you will could spend too much money on your energy bills. Larger furnaces will most likely be overworked, causing unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment.
  3. Identify your AFUE – the best way to identify the efficiency rating of your furnace is through annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The higher the number, the great efficiency in your home. With the variety of furnace models and the improved technology over the years, most furnaces are identified at a rating of 95 and higher, ensuring that you remain comfortable all winter long.

Keeping your furnace running smoothly all winter long with service and maintenance can keep you worm during the coldest of days. In order to ensure the efficiency of your furnace for the remainder of the winter, or if you have any questions about what your specific furnace features or needs, give our experts a call at (978) 912-7677 or set up an appointment online.

Sometimes when the cold winter weather finally hits in Haverhill, we tend to draw our attention to outdoor maintenance of yard cleanup and home repairs, often at the expense of indoor winter maintenance, especially heating. Service and maintenance of your home furnace can save them from breaking down when you need them most in the middle of the winter.

Check out some more top benefits to immediate furnace service:

  • Guarantees that your furnace is up-to-date. Whether it’s an airflow check or full inspection, ensuring that your furnace has all the latest pieces and parts can give you peace of mind that it is up-to-date with the newest technology and standards.
  • Helps keep your home safe. All furnaces burn fuel to generate heat and when your furnace is old and in need of repair, you need to make sure you have your system serviced. It’s imperative to check the heat exchanger, gas burner and gas valve calibration and notify your Climate Zone expert of changes to keep you safe.
  • Keeps you warm through the winter. A functioning furnace means a warm house. When your furnace is serviced and running smoothly, the less likely that there are chances for breakdowns. This allows for smooth, continual use of your furnace throughout the winter and a way to stay healthy and comfortable through the cold months.
  • Keeps your warranty valid. Furnaces are meant to undergo maintenance annually to maintain most warranties, so allowing an expert from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone to identify potential problems and fix them before anything happens will save you money down the road.

At Climate Zone, we tend to be busiest in the middle of winter when furnaces are prone to having problems. By getting your furnace service appointment scheduled now, you not only can see these benefits, but also ensure that your furnace will be taken care of without a long wait created from other customers. Keeping your house warm and comfortable should be a top priority this winter and it starts with a furnace service.

If you want to schedule a furnace tune-up with Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone or have any questions about servicing in the Haverhill area, call us at (978) 872-1190 or set up an appointment online.

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 most of us in the Haverhill area, we’ve have 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.

Aside from calling your comfort team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone, there 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 air flow, 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 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
    This may sound silly, but trust us it has happened to the best of us, but make sure that your thermostat is seat to heat and not cool. It could save you a service call. Another common thermostat problem is dead batteries. Think about the last time you changed the batteries and if you can’t remember the last time it’s probably time to switch those out.
  3. Check Your Vents
    Although it sounds good in theory, closing off vents in unused rooms does not save on energy costs. If you have closed vents this will 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 a decrease in 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 and keep you comfortable no matter what sort of weather mother nature throws at Haverhill this winter. The experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone in Haverhill 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) 872-1190 or set up an appointment with us using our online scheduler.

You can feel fall in the air here in the Haverhill area. You know what that means – it’s almost furnace season. Hopefully we’ll get some time between seasons where we can leave our windows open, but you know how unpredictable New England weather can be. The perfect time to get your annual furnace service and make adjustments is before you have to use your furnace. That way, you have a better chance of saving money this season.

Here are a handful of tips to help you potentially save money a littler earlier this year.

  1. Schedule furnace service. Furnace service may sound like something that happens when your system is having problems, but getting an annual furnace tune-up is vital to extend the life and efficiency of your system. Your annual service will also help you catch any smaller problems before they become bigger ones.
  2. Adjust your thermostat. This seems like an obvious tip, but if you go into this fall and winter with your thermostat set a few degrees cooler than usual, you may not notice much of a difference comfort-wise. But, you will see a difference on your utility bill. The rule of thumb is that every degree cooler you set your thermostat saves you about 3% on your utility bill.
  3. Get rid of drafts. If your home has drafts coming in through windows or under doors, you could be losing a lot of heat. Get out the caulk and weather stripping and get to work. For those of you that are on the craftier side, Pinterest has a lot of inventive and adorable ways to stop drafts, just search for “draft snake” or “draft stopper”.
  4. Change your filters. This is an important thing to do to help out with efficiency throughout the year. A dirty filter causes a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your system which will negatively impact your efficiency and your indoor air quality.
  5. Look into a high-efficiency system. When your certified Climate Zone technician is performing an annual furnace service, ask them about the efficiency of your system and if there could be more cost-effective, high-efficiency models available.

It’s the perfect season to start saving money. The team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone are here to help you throughout the year, 24/7. If you need to schedule your annual furnace service or just want to talk with someone about improving efficiency, give us a call at (978) 872-1190. Or, if it’s more convenient for you, set up an appointment with us online using our online scheduler.