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Reasons Your AC is Constantly Running

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jun 9, 2020 7:25:14 AM

Does it seem as if your air conditioner is running all the time?


Under normal conditions you can expect your AC to run AC tune up specialabout 15 minutes per cycle on a hot summer day. Cycles that are 30 minutes or longer indicate there may be a problem with your system.

Equipment that runs constantly not only wastes energy and drives up your energy bill, but will also cause the components of your system to wear out much quicker. 

Here are 5 reasons your air conditioner runs constantly:

1. Your unit is too small. If the air conditioner that you have is too small, it will run all the time because it isn't powerful enough to meet your home's cooling demands.
2. Your air conditioner is too old. As air conditioners age, they lose their ability to properly cool your home. Various components can begin to become inefficient, and your air conditioner will have to run much more often than it used to in order to keep your home cool. 
3. Your  system or your home has air leaks. Air leaks can develop around your windows and doors, as well as in your ductwork. These leaks allow conditioned air to escape your home, which means your AC has to keep producing more cold air and runs more often than it should. 
4. Your cooling coils need to be cleaned. When your cooling coils are dirty, your air conditioner has a much harder time removing heat from your home. It's very important to have them cleaned during an annual tune-up.
5. Your thermostat is set incorrectly. Your AC can only handle a specific temperature difference between your home and outside. If it is set at 67 degrees and it's 97 degrees out, your air conditioner will have to run constantly to try and keep up. 

When it comes to conditioning the air in your home, Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has the knowledge and resources to deliver comfort and safety in a home heating or air conditioning system. From small homes to large ones, we have become a leading heating and cooling company Columbus OH and Central OH. 

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Topics: ac sales, ac repair

Signs You Need to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jun 4, 2020 3:45:02 PM

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We all take our hot water heaters for grant4ed until you run out of hot water. As a general rule, a tank style water heater will last, on average, 8 to 12 years. If your water heater is pushing the 10-year mark, there's a good chance it's time to replace the unit, and you may want to consider a tankless model.

Second only to your heating and cooling system, your hot water heater is the largest energy user in your home. With the new improved models that are much more energy efficient than their predecessors, your family can get the hot water it needs while reducing your energy costs.

There are some tell-tale signs to look for that will help you to know when the time is right to invest in expert water heater installation from Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Your current water heater is at least 12 years old
  • Rust-colored water comes out of your taps or there is rusty buildup on top of your tank
  • Your water is not getting hot at all
  • You no longer have enough hot water at any one time to meet your needs
  • Your unit makes cracking or popping noises when the water is heating
  • Your tank is leaking

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Topics: hot water heater repair

Bigger Isn't Always Better with AC Equipment

Posted by Ohio Heating

May 31, 2020 8:31:00 AM

Is it time to upgrade your old AC? When considering new equipment to cool your home, you need to choose a unit that is the right size to achieve maximum comfort and energy efficiency. 

Choosing a unit that is too big can cause problems.  

Many people assume that the bigger the unit the zoned HVAC systems 1cooler their home will be. This isn't true. If an air conditioner that is too large is installed, you could have a problem. Over-sized equipment is actually less effective and also wastes energy and money.

Air conditioners remove heat and humidity from the air. If the unit is too large, it will cool the room quickly, but only remove some of the humidity. This leaves the room with a damp, clammy feeling. A properly sized unit will remove humidity effectively as it cools.

When the air passes over the evaporator coil which is very cold, the temperature drops about 20 degrees. In Columbus and Central Ohio, where we have high relative humidity levels, the evaporator coil doesn't just cool the air but also acts as a dehumidifier. This happens when the air hits the coil and the temperature of the coil is below the dew point of the air.

This causes water vapor to condense on the coil. With a cooling unit that is too large, water vapor condenses on the coil but you don't get enough condensation on it for the water to start dripping down into the pan below the coil. If this happens the water isn't drained to the outside. Then your home has a damp clammy feeling.

An AC that is too big can also be more expensive to buy and to operate. It will start and stop more often, thus shortening the lifespan of the equipment.

When a cooling system is over sized, it starts up and shuts down a lot more because it runs for only a short time to meet the thermostat set point. All those starts and stops mean you'll probably be repairing it more often and replacing it sooner.

Buying the correct size equipment for your home will not only save you money on the initial purchase, but also on save you money on energy costs and equipment repairs. Deciding what size is right for your home can be difficult, but the experienced team at Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the system that is perfect for your home.

When it comes to conditioning your home, Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has the knowledge and resources to deliver comfort and safety in a home heating or air conditioning system. Our techs are NATE certified and factory trained to provide you with expert repairs and installations.

With Bryant as our marque line of equipment, we are able to offer competitive prices on custom systems. Bryant has awarded us their highest certification as a Bryant factory authorized dealer.  Bryant_Factory_logo_crop-8

 

We make it easy to afford a new air conditioner with our easy financing options. 

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Topics: Air Conditioners, Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, A/C

Stay Cool this Summer with a Smart Thermostat

Posted by Ohio Heating

May 21, 2020 3:28:23 PM

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Summer heat is on the way. Soon everyone will be wanting to find creative ways to stay cool without spending a fortune. One of the many ways to reduce your energy usage is to install a smart thermostat.

Smart thermostats have become very popular, but many homeowners are wondering if they are worth the cost. The answer...absolutely.

After experiencing the convenience of adjusting your home's temperature from your smart phone, whether you’re home or away, walking over to your thermostat to change it, feels primitive by comparison.

Climate control is the single most significant contributor to your home’s overall energy usage. Wi-Fi connected thermostats learn your schedule, preferences, and even know when you’re home, helping you save on energy by automatically adjusting the temperature setting based on current need.

During the hot summer months, you can have it raise the temperature a little higher while sleeping or while you and your family are away. It can then spring back into action in time to make the house cool (or warm depending on the season) by the time you wake up in the morning or arrive home from work. 
Some models on the market can remind you to change your air filter, help you diagnose problems with your A/C unit, and encourage you to make more energy-efficient choices.  

Programming your thermostat correctly can save you almost $200 a year. Analysis conducted by ecobee on their customers' data found that some smart thermostat users saved up to 23% on their heating and air conditioning costs.

Also note if you purchase a smart thermostat, you may be eligible for a $75 rebate for electric heated homes or $25 rebate for other fuel heat types from AEP.  You can check online at the AEP site.

A programmable control will allow you to adjust the climate in your home remotely, show you energy consumption in real-time, and can even adjust itself based on ambient conditions like humidity.

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we know you want the temperature of your home to be cozy and comfortable. During the cold winter months this may mean feeling toasty warm. During the hot and humid summer months, you want your home to feel cool.  

We have a wide selection of thermostats from Honeywell, Bryant and Aprilaire. Choose from our wide range of HVAC thermostats:         
  • Digital Thermostats                    wi-Fi_thermostat
  • Programmable
  • Hydronic
  • Voice Control
  • WiFi Thermostats
  • Wireless Home Thermostat
  • Digital
  • Manual and more!
  • Smart Thermostats                                                                

Whether you want to control your home's temperature from the internet or you want digital temperature controls, the team at Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning can find the right temperature controls for your home and your budget!

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Topics: thermostats, Smart Home

Steps We're Taking to Protect Our Customers & Employees

Posted by Ohio Heating

May 19, 2020 9:33:32 AM

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Safe Business Practices that all Ohio Heating employees are following: 

• MANDATORY MASKS. No employee will work or provide service without wearing a mask. Face coverings are mandatory.
• DAILY HEALTH ASSESSMENTS.  Ohio Heating managers and our employees (self-evaluation) will perform daily assessments to determine that he /she is not a threat to the safety or health of oneself, co-workers, or the public.
• PERFORM PROPER HYGIENE. Hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing are part of our protocol. Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible and/or using hand sanitizer are part of our precautions.
• CLEAN & DISINFCT: All workspaces, trucks, tools, equipment, offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the workday and at the end of each business day.
• FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES: These include staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people, not gathering in groups and staying out of crowded places.
• USE PPE WHILE WORKING: Our Service Technicians will continue to utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – this includes gloves, masks, and shoe coverings while working.
• SCREENING: We take the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to the start of each work day. These are taken prior to the individual entering our building.
• SELF-MONITORING: All employees must take his/her temperature each day. If his/her temperature is greater than 100.4 degrees, he/she will not provide any service calls or report for work. They are required to stay home.

During this unprecedented time of the Covid 19 pandemic, we at Ohio Heating are diligently following the protective gear guidelines from health and government officials to maintain the safety, security, and health of our customers and employees.

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Topics: COVID Precautions

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