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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.

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.

When it comes to getting prepared for winter, many Haverhill residents overlook preventive maintenance. Of course, preventative maintenance is what helps keep their HVAC and plumbing working smoothly. One particular area that gets overlooked in seasonal upkeep is the heat pump portion of a central heating and cooling system.

While the summer might provide the chance to check refrigerant levels and make sure that all of the parts of your HVAC are working to keep homeowners cool, checking the heat pump side can often get ignored until problems arise.

Systems with heat pumps can be energy efficient because they generate heat from electricity as opposed to furnace systems which burn fuel (natural gas) to create heat. While this kind of system might provide enough heat for more moderate climates, homes in colder areas, such as Massachusetts, often use heat pumps in conjunction with a home furnace to support and move warm air efficiently through the home.

Because of that, making sure that the heat pump is working effectively can help prevent against failure of defrosting or back-up features.

A maintenance contract with Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone helps make sure that your heat pump system will be working well all year long. Understanding what goes into keeping your heat pump working well will help you identify any problems that might show up during other parts of the year too.

Here are some of the things that a professional technician will check when maintaining your heat pump:

  • Inspect the air filter: A dirty air filter is one of the most common causes of HVAC problems, and one of the easiest to solve. It’s also one of the most commonly ignored parts of the HVAC system by a homeowner. Replacing or cleaning the air filter quarterly will make it less likely to impact your airflow. Depending on the condition of the filter, a technician will clean or replace your filter with a new one during their visit.
  • Inspect the electrical components: Another way to make sure that things are working properly with your heat pump (and most any HVAC system) is to check electrical wires and ensure there is a tight connection. Loose connections can cause wires to overheat and burn up. While many homeowners might be hesitant to tamper with their electrical wiring, a maintenance professional brings the experience and expertise to know exactly where to look and what to do. They’ll even check the amperage of the electric elements to make sure that the unit is starting and shutting down properly, investigate heat strips for heat damage and replace any wires that are showing wear.
  • Flush lines, check fluids and clean the condensing unit: This is where having a trained technician comes in handy, as most homeowners won’t feel comfortable doing tasks like cleaning and oiling the blower motor, flushing the drain line or checking the indoor condensing coil. All these elements, if left unchecked, can get dirty or clogged and start to impact the efficiency of your heat pump.
  • Check the thermostat: The thermostat is an essential element of the heat pump system that should be included in any winter maintenance inspection. While making sure your home thermostat is reading your air temperature properly before firing up the heating pump, it is also important to make sure that the heating pump’s temperature controls are accurately showing the amount of heat being produced. A technician has the tools to verify proper levels and can check all of the thermostat connections, as well as make sure that the thermostat is level.

As with all HVAC maintenance, homeowners should be aware of the factors that go into making sure that their heating and cooling system is working at peak efficiency. A maintenance contract with a Climate Zone certified technician means you have expert support for your home’s comfort.

Even if you have the ability to do the basic maintenance of your system, a maintenance contract makes sure that your system will get a thorough review before dealing with the winter chill.

Find out how a maintenance agreement with Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone can help you get ready for the cold. Call us at (978) 872-1190 or schedule an appointment online and we’ll help make sure that your home is comfortable all year round.

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.

We’re in the thick of another Northeastern winter, so it’s time to make sure that your furnace is running in top condition. Nobody wants to face a chilly Haverhill morning with a furnace that won’t keep them warm, so we’ve put together this wintertime to-do list to make sure the heat keeps flowing from now until spring comes around.

  • Check to make sure all your vents and registers are open. It might seem like a basic step, but a closed vent blocks airflow, which can lead to poorer performance from your furnace and keep warm air from moving through your home.
  • Keep your vents clean. Duct cleaning can be a big task, but you don’t have to go through the hassle as often if you keep your vents tidy. By vacuuming or dusting your vents and registers, you can reduce the amount of dust and debris accumulating in them. When that happens, airflow gets obstructed and indoor air quality goes down.
  • Be aware of carbon monoxide. One of the deadliest risks of an untended HVAC in the winter is carbon monoxide poisoning. A colorless, odorless gas, carbon monoxide can build up over time unnoticed in your home, leading to health symptoms ranging from headaches and dizziness to vomiting or chest pain. Make sure to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home and that has fresh batteries. Also, take the time to inspect your furnace flue and vents for proper ventilation of dangerous combustion gasses. If you suspect a ventilation problem with your furnace, call a professional HVAC contractor right away. You may not know you have a faulty heating system until it’s too late
  • Test your thermostat. A thermostat incorrectly registering the temperature in your house means your furnace is not working efficiently. Here’s an easy way to test accuracy: set the temperature about five degrees warmer than the current temperature. After a few minutes, use a standard thermometer to check the temperature in the room. Do the temperatures match? Great! Your thermostat is working fine. But if the thermostat is reflecting the accurate room temperature, you may need to call Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone to check it out. Programmable thermostats offer another way to stay efficient by automatically adjusting temperatures in your home to meet the needs of your schedule. For instance, you can program it to keep your house cooler while you are away from home and then kick up the heat when you are on your way back.
  • Replace your furnace filter regularly. Filters help keep your furnace clean from debris. But, over time, filters gather dust, pet hair and more. Left uncleaned, a dirty filter can start to have a negative impact on your furnace’s efficiency. Many experts suggest changing your furnace filter every month. If that’s too frequent, make sure to change your filter at least the beginning of each season to keep your air healthy, clean, and flowing clearly. Having a maintenance program in place makes remembering to replace your filters easier, while also making sure your system is running at full efficiency.
  • Keep parts and motors lubricated. Another easy way to keep your HVAC working well over time is to keep motors and moving parts well-lubricated to avoid friction, which can increase the amount of electricity your system needs to function. Check your HVAC owner’s manual for the best ways to maintain the parts of your individual system or have one of the pros from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone come out and take a look.
  • Do some interior redesign. While there are many things you can do to keep your furnace working well, a few other simple tweaks around the house can also help your house stay warm. Replacing old caulk and weather stripping around doors and windows, and even rearranging your furniture away from drafty windows can help keep you warmer and cozier without relying as heavily on your furnace.

With a little bit of effort, you can make sure that your HVAC is going with the (air)flow. You’ll get peace of mind knowing that you’ll stay warm all winter. Need further advice? The professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone are experts at keeping homes comfortable, whatever the season. Call them at 978-872-1190 to receive a free, no-obligation consultation or schedule an appointment online.

Sometimes it feels like you can never get warm on a freezing winter day in Haverhill. Every room in your house needs heat during brutal winters, including your garage. It’s a “room” some homeowners forget about when adjusting their thermostats for the season, but garage heaters can be helpful for several reasons in Haverhill:

  • They can prevent your home’s pipes from freezing. If your garage isn’t heated on days when temperatures take a large dip, some of your pipes could freeze and potentially burst. And the damages caused by burst pipes could extend beyond your garage to your home’s water and heating systems.
  • They can help keep your car warm. Vehicles often have trouble starting after being exposed to low temperatures for an extended period. Batteries are not made to withstand freezing temps, so a warm garage could help extend the lifetime of your car’s battery. However, extensive heat in your garage can also be damaging to your car—we recommend a temperature in the 40s for an easy car start in the morning.
  • They create extra space for winter projects. Adding heat to your garage allows you to essentially add an extra room to your house. It can be hard to work on home, car or outdoor projects in sub-zero temperatures. A garage heater gives you shelter from the cold, so you can get more done in the winter.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers two types of affordable garage heaters that take up very little space and can keep your garage warm all winter long. The LF24 Garage Heater is efficient for almost any size of garage or utility area. The T-Class™ TUA Separated Combustion Garage Heater is best for hard-to-heat garages where excessive humidity, dust, dirt or pressure is a concern. Both systems can provide uniform heat distribution through garages large enough for four cars.

Garage heaters are a great way to extend your home space this winter, but Climate Zone has a few other tips on garage heating to accompany the system:

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

Let us know if 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.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone offers a wide variety of heating, cooling and plumbing products and services—so many, in fact, that it may be hard to keep track of all of them. We’ve compiled a glossary of these Lennox® products and services to make sure that you are taking full advantage of all that Climate Zone has to offer. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall in Haverhill, Climate Zone is there for all your home comfort needs.

AFUE—This is an acronym that we use often, and it stands for Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency. It is a measure of furnace heating efficiency. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace.

Air conditioner repair and installation—We provide routine annual maintenance, repair on all air conditioners, new air conditioner installation and system designing for your home.

Air handlers—An air handler is the indoor part of an air conditioner or heat pump (usually a large metal box) that moves air through your system’s ducts. Climate Zone offers eight different types of air handlers for different home heating and cooling systems.

Boilers—Boilers use heated water or steam to heat a home through radiators or an under-floor heating system. Climate Zone offers a few different gas and oil-fired boiler options.

Comfort controls—Comfort controls are the tools you can use to manage the temperature in your home. Climate zone offers programmable thermostats, digital thermostats and zoning systems.

Boiler and furnace repair and installation—We provide boiler and furnace maintenance, annual maintenance plans, repair on a variety of furnace and boiler models, new installation and heating system designing for your home.

Commercial HVAC repair and installation—Climate Zone works with many commercial systems in the Haverhill area. We offer planning and design for HVAC systems, full installation, ongoing and consistent maintenance, restoration of old commercial HVAC systems, and even modernization of your current system.

Garage heaters—Garage heaters are natural or propane gas units that provide warmth for car garages. Climate Zone’s two garage heater models bring reliable warmth to your utility areas.

Heat pump—This HVAC unit draws heat from the outdoor air and circulates it through your home’ ducts in the winter, and it reverses the process in the summer to remove heat from your house and release it outside. Climate Zone offers repair and installation of seven different types of heat pumps.

HSFP—This is the heating efficiency rating for heat pumps, and it stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. The higher the rating, the more efficient the heat pump.

Indoor air quality products—Climate Zone takes your indoor air quality very seriously. We offer a variety of products including air purification systems, carbon monoxide detectors, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, germicidal lights, and air filters.

Plumbing repair and installation—With Climate Zone plumbing services, you won’t have to worry about leaks. We offer repairs, replacements and installations for: hot water heaters, faucets, all kinds of pipes, drains/drainpipes, food disposals, sump pumps and more. We even offer drain-cleaning services.

Maintenance agreements—A maintenance agreement with Climate Zone establishes a schedule for routine service for your HVAC products. This means you won’t have to worry about furnace or AC breakdowns and can count on our experts to visit your home annually.

Mini-split systems—Mini-split systems are a great way to control temperatures of individual rooms. They usually consist of an indoor evaporator unit and an outdoor condenser unit. Read all about mini-split systems and their advantages in a recent blog.

Packaged units—Packaged units contain all of a home’s heating and cooling systems into one outdoor unit. They are a great way to compact all of your HVAC equipment and keep them in order together.

SEER—Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is an energy efficiency rating for air conditioners. Higher SEER ratings indicate a more efficient AC unit.

Still looking for a product, service or term? Check out the full Lennox® HVAC Glossary for additional information. Make the most informed purchasing decisions and get the most out of your Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone products and services by giving us a call at 978-872-1190 or contacting us online.