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We're Here for Your Emergencies

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 23, 2020 1:10:03 PM

During these challenging times, Ohio Heating & Air is open and available to help you with your HVAC and plumbing issues. We stand alongside public health workers in the fight against Screen Shot 2020-03-23 at 11.14.57 AMcoronavirus (COVID-19).

As a safeguard, we will be limiting our residential work to emergency services only for the next few weeks.

Rest assured all of our technicians are following the guidelines outlined by the CDC to maintain the health and safety of our customers and employees. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will make adjustments as instructed by our governor and the CDC.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing massive disruption to the health and safety of communities around the world. Above all, we hope you and your loved ones are safe and in good health.

Call us with your emergency heating and air conditioning needs at 614-863-6666.

 

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Considering a UV Air Filtration System?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 15, 2020 4:12:25 PM

As guardians of the indoor air you breathe, HVAC contractors and technicians stand alongside public health workers in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

As with the SARS outbreak in 2003, the airborne nature of the new coronavirus (part of the same UV Air Filterfamily of viruses as SARS) puts the epidemic — and its prevention and containment — front and center for HVAC professionals. However, disease prevention cannot be solved by HVAC alone.

We can't guarantee that because you've installed a certain product, you've prevented infections from occurring, as there are multiple ways that they can be transmitted.

As a homeowner or business owner, there are other things you might do that are not necessarily HVAC related that would reduce infection risk also (cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic surfaces like front-door handles and elevator buttons, as well as common rooms, such as gyms and laundry rooms. You can also station hand-sanitizer around the building or home.)

There are three distinct ways of transmitting an infection.

  1. Large droplet transfer…droplets too large to remain airborne and are spread through coughing and sneezing within a fairly close range. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) puts this range at about six feet.

  2. intermediate surfaces…this occurs when an infected person might cough or sneeze into their hand and then leave infective material on a door knob that someone else might touch and then transfer it to their own mouth or eye.

  1. Airborne transmission… infectious particles in the air could stay aloft long enough to be collected at the return grille of an HVAC system, go through a duct, and infect someone in a different space.

UV the Best Filtration Choice

Unlike other air filtration systems that depend on HEPA filters or other devices to trap dust and other particles, UV air filtration uses state-of-the-art ultraviolet light technology to keep viruses and other microorganisms from reproducing and infecting a home, office, or other indoor space.

Ultraviolet light damages the genetic material that controls the reproduction of these organisms, making it impossible for them to reproduce. This stops these illness-inducing microbes in their tracks and prevents the spread of various diseases and other problems.

A UV light air purification system often combines a UV lamp with a traditional filter in order to maximize both the removal of particulate matter from the air and the killing of germs and bacteria.

UV purification is most effective when the microorganisms have prolonged contact with the UV lamp. The longer that a virus or other organism is bathed in UV light, the greater the damage to its DNA and its ability to replicate itself.  UV air filtration

Furthermore, while UV air treatment can be useful in reducing the spread of viruses and other microbes, a UV air filter should be used in concert with other disease-prevention measures.

Purifying air with ultraviolet light is no replacement for the regular disinfection that occurs when one cleans a home or office, but when used in concert with traditional cleaning methods, UV light purification can enhance any plan or system that is in place to reduce the spread of diseases.

Please contact Ohio Heating & Air with any questions you may have about ultraviolet air purification or for more information on how our products can help your specific air cleaning needs. 

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How Dirty is the Air in Your House?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Opening your windows and letting in some fresh air is a good idea after a long winter. Dirty indoor air cleaner air is present even inside the cleanest homes. You may even be contributing to the problem and not even know it.

Cleaning products are some of the biggest contributors to toxic indoor air. Household cleaners are often made with chemicals that can release toxic fumes into the air in the form of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Your family can feel ill from these toxins. They can cause headaches, nausea, and other ailments. If you have small children or babies in your home you should be extra careful as they are even more susceptible to these chemicals. You should always clean with the windows open or use all natural products if the windows are closed.

Cooking is a major contributor to dirty indoor air. Using a range hood fan with the window cracked while you cook, can eliminate most of the harmful fumes from your kitchen and pull in fresh air. 

You may decide you want to eliminate cooking odors or pet odors, but be careful how you do it. Many people don't realize that air fresheners and scented candles also contain harmful carcinogens. Get rid of odors by using homemade potpourri, natural, unscented candles or crack a window when you use candles to allow fresh air in and fumes out.

Removing dust, allergens and odors can make a huge difference in the health and the quality of your family's life. The EPA reports that indoor air quality can be 100 times worse than outside air. This is usually from airborne pollutants such as dust, pollen, dirt, mold spores and dander.

Today's homes are constructed tighter than ever trapping stale indoor air and pollutants. Proper filtration cleans the air in your entire home. A whole-home air purifier treats 100% of the air flowing through your system before it circulates, to remove bacteria, viruses, pollen and mold from the air.

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning is a company that is not only a leader in heating and cooling systems, but in providing our customers the highest quality of indoor air.  Our indoor air experts can diagnose and help you solve any indoor air quality issues you may have. 

We service all makes and models of air cleaners and ultra violet air purifiers. 

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Do Air Cleaners Help Prevent Colds & Flu?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Feb 28, 2020 8:12:53 AM

lRight now everyone is thinking about colds and flu prevention. Flu and viruses are on everybody's mind. Keeping your family healthy can be difficult but there are a few tips to help guard against colds and flu this season.

1. Encourage your loved ones to get a flu shot.It's the best thing you can do to prevent the flu.

2. Wash your hands often and encourage your children to do thewoman_sneezing.jpg same. When you come in contact with people who are contagious, you need to clean your hands continually, according to Alan Pocinki, MD. internal medicine at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. 

Proper hand washing must include scrubbing hard for 20 seconds or more. Water temperature doesn't matter.  The scrubbing is what actually removes the germs. 

3. Stock up on alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  When away from home, this is the first line of defense.

4. Avoid getting close to people who are sick.  It's the time of year when people will understand if you don't shake hands or hug. 

5. Clean your surroundings often.  You should sanitize doorknobs and light switches and any other places that people touch with their hands a lot. 

6.  Install a whole house air cleaner.  Premium priced furnace filters can't match the performance of whole house filtration equipment. When high efficiency air cleaners  are attached to your heating and cooling system, they can silently and effectively rid indoor air of air borne irritants and many biological contaminants in your entire home. 

Air, free of harmful contaminants, is essential for good health. How clean is the air in your house? Even the best air filters won't rid your home of the viruses, allergens, bacteria, and harmful gases emitted from products in your home from sources such as cleaning products, pesticides, carpet and upholstered furniture. These are present in all houses. 

Today's homes are constructed tighter than ever trapping stale indoor air and pollutants. Proper filtration cleans the air in your entire home. A whole-home air purifier treats 100% of the air flowing through your system before it circulates, to remove bacteria, viruses, pollen and mold from the air.

Ohio Heating and Air is a company that is not only a leader in heating and cooling systems, but in providing our customers the highest quality of indoor air.  Our quality indoor air experts can diagnose and help you solve any indoor air issues you may have.

We carry a full line of Aprilaire ventilation solutions that are designed to deliver improved performance and reliability. They are maintenance-free and come with a five year warranty.

Give us a call or fill out the form on the right to schedule a Free Consultation about your home's air quality.  We service all makes and models of air cleaners and ultra violet air purifiers. 

Air Cleaner Services:

  • High Efficiency Air Cleaners
  • Replacement Filters
  • Service all makes and models
  • UV Air Purifiers

 

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Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Air Cleaner, colds and flu prevention, Aprilaire ventilation solutions

Condensing Boiler Check List

Posted by Ohio Plumbing & Boiler

Feb 11, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Boilers tend to wear down over time and can be dangerous if not properly inspected. Here are some tips to insure the safe and efficient operation of your condensing boiler.

12 steps to follow for your boiler checkup:        boiler room

1. CHECK THE FUEL LINES.

Thoroughly inspect the fuel connection Check the joints to be sure they are tight, the pressure gauges and thermometers that they are in place and tight and that the valves are operative. Also check for any leaks in the fuel line. 

2. INSPECT AND CLEAN FIRESICE SURFACES.

Fireside surfaces should be inspected twice a year. The fireside of the boiler includes all refractories, tubes, tube sheets and the furnace. Look for signs of blisters or pcok marks. This is an indication that there is corrosion due to condensation of flue gasses. 

3. INSPECT ALL BURNER REFRACTORY MATERIAL.
Repair any substantial cracks using a wash coat to seal small cracks. If there are any loose bricks, repair or replace them. Boiler refractors expand and contract with changes in temperatures. For this reason some cracking will happen. 
4. INSPECT THE WATERSIDE SURFACES AND CONTROLS.
Scale and deposits may appear on any waterside surface and are most commonly located at the heat exchange surfaces with the highest skin temperatures. Deposits usually found in a water system are calcium scale and iron scale. (Scale prevents heat transfer inside the boiler and can greatly affect efficiency.) Also common is sludge which can be found on any waterside surface. It is most often found in the mud drum or at the base of a boiler, in the tube bundle or on the end bells of a chiller. Conduct a boiler bottom blowdown to clear sludge and sediment, control high water, and control chemical treatment concentrations (monthly or as needed).
5. INSPECT THE BURNER'S FLAME.

The burner is a very important component. It supplies the heat input by burning fossil fuel and is often adjustable for different fuel compositions, such as natural gas, light oil, diesel oil, LPG, or dual-fuel firing.  Visually check the boiler’s flames. If there are inconsistencies in the flame patterns or color, there may be an underlying issue. Make sure everything is in order before proceeding. Failure to maintain the fuel system could result in excessive fuel costs, loss of heat transfer or even a boiler explosion.

6. INSPECT AND TEST ALL SAFETY CONTROLS.

Steam boilers use pressure control devices to ensure that the boiler does not build up too
much pressure that would make the operating conditions of the boiler unsafe. Any controls used to monitor the water level of the boiler should be checked after reinstalling onto the boiler. Inspect all the operating controls and look out for any signs that show of overheating. Also inspect the fuel train (this controls and the flame appearance may require the services of a trained technician for proper adjustments to assure a correct fuel-to-air ratio) and the emergency shut off switch. Recalibrate all operating controls.

7. INSPECT AND TEST ALL SYSTEM VALVES.

Check the boiler header valves, piping drains and vent valve. Inspect the vent to be sure it is not clogged and that the ventilation requirements for the boiler are met.

8. CLEAN THE CONDENSATE RECEIVER.

A condensate receiver is important because it captures the condensate emitted from the boiler and allows it to be reused.  This improves the efficiency of your equipment and it also extends the life of your boiler. Over time, these can become clogged with sediment cause your boiler to stop working.

9. ANALYZE THE COMBUSTION.

Boilers and burners require a combustion analysis on a regular basis for proper operation. The combustion analyzer measures the air-to-fuel ratio of the burner and calculates the efficiency of the boiler. A combustion analysis should always be performed if you clean or replace the blower wheel, replace the blower motor, gas valve or gas pressure regulator.

10. TEST AND TREAT THE BOILER'S WATER.

Water treatment is needed before feedwater can be pumped into a boiler. A chemical treatment produces a reaction that consumes many of the scale-forming minerals. Water softeners are also used to remove calcium, iron and magnesium ions from the feedwater. Regulary test the boiler water and treat following the guidelines provided in the Installation and Operations Manual from the manufacturer.

11. MONITOR THE MAKE-UP WATER
This is the water being added to the boiler and/or the boiler feed unit. The system operates via closed loop so an excessive amount of fresh (untreated, oxygenated) water added to the boiler is detrimental to the components. This can be a sign of a leak in the system.

12. MAINTAIN A BOILER LOG.

Keeping a record any problems and routine maintenance. It is crucial to catalogue inspection reports to allow you to determine if the current condition indicates equipment status is unchanged, improving or degrading.

Performing regular inspections of your  system equipment is an important part of a successful preventative maintenance program. Visual inspections provide an indication of the overall health of your system and validate the results of your water treatment program. 


Ohio Plumbing & Boiler is the company you can trust for your residential, industrial or commercial boiler repairs or replacement.


If you have a boiler leak repair, noisy pipes, or a boiler that refuses to heat, we can help. The experienced service technicians at Ohio Plumbing & Boiler can diagnose your boiler to determine the issues and will provide you with a detailed cost estimate before any work is performed on your equipment.

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