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Flu Thrives in These Environments

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

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Avoiding the flu this winter won't be easy. Unfortunately, it is incredibly easy to spread. Did you know that the Center for Disease Control says people with the flu can spread it to others up to six feet away!

There are ways to protect yourself and your family. General awareness and avoidance when necessary is a great start, allowing you and your loved ones to be more mindful about hand-washing, staying hydrated, getting vaccinated and potentially even using natural remedies to prevent sickness in the first place.

Here are a few common indoor environments you’re likely to encounter the flu virus:

Shopping Malls and Department Stores

The hundreds of people hustling and bustling around a mall, touching everything, and spreading germs, makes this an ideal place to spread the flu virus. However, an advantage to online shopping allows you to get your shopping done quickly and efficiently without having to leave your home.

Schools and Day Care Centers

Kids are notorious for spreading germs throughout the winter season, and the flu is typically one of the bigger seasonal wellness culprits.

“The chances of you picking up the flu are greater because children are the great distributors of the influenza virus,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center told Weather.com. “They exhale larger amounts of virus and they are able to transmit the virus for even longer periods than adults.”

Teaching your children to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, to wash their hands often, and to drink plenty of water will go a long way toward preventing the spread of germs and viruses.

Offices

Much like schools and day care centers, the flu virus is no stranger to most office buildings. This may largely be due to the fact that Americans tend to not take sick days when they’re feeling under the weather.

“We are given a bucket of PTO [personal time off] days and whether you use them for vacation or staying home sick, the company doesn’t care,” one mom and vice president at a Fortune 500 company told Shape.com. “I’m not going to waste them sitting at home nursing a cold. To me, PTO days are for vacation or in patient hospital stays and that’s it.”

Public Transportation

Most public transportation doubles as a breeding ground for germs and viruses. They aren’t well sanitized and are often filled with hundreds – sometimes thousands – of people per day.

Airplanes, in particular, are particularly disturbing during flu season. So much so, in fact, that the Center for Disease Control created guidelines for airline crews to help them identify sick passengers and provide care.

If you’re traveling this winter season, take the necessary precautions to ensure you’re keeping yourself and your family happy and healthy.

Because the flu virus is so common in the winter months, a higher emphasis should be placed on Winter Wellness. One of the lesser-known ways to achieve Winter Wellness at home, truthfully, is to improve your indoor air quality by adding humidity with a whole house humidifier.

Studies show that proper humidification has been shown to reduce the flu by 30%. Create a safe haven at home from the risk of external flu virus contact by contacting Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning to discuss your Winter Wellness options. We have a wide assortment of air cleaners and humidifiers to meet your home's needs and your budget.

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Considering Zoning Your Commercial HVAC?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 29, 2021 6:45:00 AM

Just a few of the reasons to consider zoning your commercial HVAC includeZONING rev_COMMERCIAL-1 saving thousands of dollars in energy costs as well as improving the comfort of your occupants. 

Many light commercial buildings, offices, hotels, museums, and schools have only one thermostat and one HVAC system controlling multiple rooms, floors and offices. This can waste a lot of energy and provide inconsistent temperatures throughout the property.

Zoning your commercial building can provide temperature control for areas as large as an entire floor of your facility, or for smaller room-size areas. They can be installed to work with existing or new commercial HVAC systems to split the building into zones.

The zones are determined by factors such as the usage of each space, number of occupants and construction type.  They let you set temperatures in each area without impacting conditions across the building. 

When integrated with variable speed and/or two-stage HVAC systems, zoning your heating system allows your equipment to deliver peak performance and efficiency without continually operating at peak capacity. Lower speeds also mean quieter operation.

Benefits of Zoning:

Consistent Heating & Air Conditioning. Should an area need more heat or AC the thermostat for that area can be adjusted.  Empty offices or rooms can be adjusted. 

Custom Temperature Control. Zones in your property can be heated or cooled to accommodate the occupants. This can improve productivity.

Lower Energy Bills.  A properly designed system can reduce the cost of heating and air conditioning the facility by as much as 35%. 

At Ohio Heating & Refrigeration, we can design a system that will provide a comfortable and healthy indoor environment for your entire building.

  • Expert Design & Installation  ohio heating logo no bkg 1-1
  • Variable speed/and Two-Stage HVAC
  • Motorized Dampers
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Water Source Heat Pumps

The team at Ohio Heating & Air has helped thousands of property owners and building managers improve their energy management. We have a full line of energy-efficient equipment, building automation equipment and HVAC zoning controls. Contact us today to learn more about how you can use zoning to improve your bottom line.

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Tips for Buying a New Furnace

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 27, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Will your heating system last another season? Waiting until the dead of winter when your furnace stops working to start thinking about a new heating system for your home is not a good idea.choosing a new furnace Begin your research now, so you'll have a better opportunity to find the best furnace for your home and your budget and avoid the pressure of making a quick decision.

Three things to consider are comfort, energy efficiency and cost. 

Although electric and oil furnaces are still available, forced air furnaces that utilize propane or natural gas, are generally the most efficient and economical heating systems.

A forced-air furnace's energy efficiency is measured according to how efficiently each unit produces heat.

This measurement is known as the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency or AFUE. AFUE is determined by comparing the amount of fuel consumed to the amount of heat created. For example, an AFUE of 80% means that 80 cents of each dollar is being converted into effective heat, while 20 cents is essentially wasted.

The amount of heat that is required to properly and efficiently heat your home to a comfortable level is measured by the term “BTUs”. BTUs, or British Thermal Units, can be defined as the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one (1) degree Fahrenheit. Though proper sizing and selection of a furnace for your home is based on many factors, the AFUE and BTU considerations are among the most important. In addition, furnace selection is affected by the five different types available:

FIVE TYPES OF FURNACES 

Single-Stage
Single Stage Furnaces have one fan speed, and are available with an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of both 80% and 95%. These furnaces operate at 100% BTU Capacity at all times. These are the most common furnaces, but generally the least efficient and loudest in terms of operation.

Two-Stage Furnace
Two-Stage Furnaces have 2 fan speeds and are available with an AFUE of both 80% and 92% (or greater) These furnaces operate at 60% BTU Capacity and progress to 100% as necessary. Two-Stage Furnaces provide a more uniform heat distribution and are generally a bit quieter than Single Stage Furnaces.

Two-Stage Variable Speed Furnace
Two-Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are available with an AFUE of both 80% and 95% (or greater) These furnaces operate at 60% BTU Capacity, and progress to 100% as necessary via a variable speed motor. Two-Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are much quieter than Single Stage or Two Stage Furnaces. When additional equipment is added to a furnace, 2 Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are the recommended choices for 2 and 3 story homes, and furnaces that also include Air Purification Systems or Heat Pumps.

Three-Stage Variable Speed Furnace
Three Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are available with an AFUE of both 80% and 95% (or greater) These furnaces operate at 60% BTU Capacity, and progress to 100% as necessary via a variable speed motor. Three-Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are much quieter than Single Stage or Two Stage Furnaces. When additional equipment is added to a furnace, Three-Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are the recommended choices for maximum efficiency in 2 and 3 story homes, and furnaces that also include Air Purification Systems or Heat Pumps.

Modulating Variable Speed Furnace
Modulating Variable Speed Furnaces are the very best furnace available in terms of operating efficiency, even distribution of heat, quiet operation, and comfort level. This type of furnace is also the preferred choice when additional equipment of any type is added to the furnace heating system. The range of AFUE levels varies from 80% to 98%

Besides AFUE standards, one very important thing to consider when purchasing a furnace is your family’s safety. Many problems can arise from faulty furnace parts and deterioration over time. It is important to find a high quality furnace to save you time, money, and the headaches of worrying about breakdowns or malfunctions at an inopportune time. 

Your first step is to have a reputable company come in to tune up your furnace, assess its condition, and determine its efficiency. Look at some of your old fuel bills from last winter to be able to calculate how much you can save with a new high-efficiency unit. 

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Buying a new, energy efficient furnace may not even be the most important part. The furnace installation is critical. It has to be sized properly for your home and installed correctly by a capable, experienced company such as Ohio Heating. (All our techs are NATE certified and factory trained.) Otherwise you won't see the fuel savings you expect.

When replacing your furnace, don't forget about the the other important factors in your system. If the air ducts are leaky, your insulation is minimal, and the weatherstripping around doors and windows is letting all that warm air leak out, your nice new furnace won't deliver the energy savings you had hoped for.

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 system. From small homes to large ones, we have become a trusted name in Columbus and Central Ohio.  We also sell and service humidifiers, air cleaners, heat pumps, and temperature controls.

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Time to Winterize Your Home

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 23, 2021 1:48:57 PM

Are you interested in a cost-efficient and healthy way to winterize your home? Then these tips are for you. 

Here are 8 tips to prepare your home for winter:winter indoor homes

  1. Many people insulate their homes before winter strikes. Consider using green alternatives, cellulose, and spray foam for insulation instead of traditional insulation. Also, covering your windows in plastic wrap is a cheap and easy way to keep out those harsh winter winds.

  2. Invest in a garage solar heater. If you have a garage attached to your home, it can add to your heating bill as well as make it more difficult to heat your home efficiently. Garages are typically, larger, unheated or air-conditioned spaces that attach to a communal area of your home, which means if your garage is cold, this can transfer to parts of your home as well. A garage solar heater is a great idea to keep your garage warm and inevitably, your entire home warm.

  3. Planting plants and trees close to your home can really save you money in not only the winter but the summer as well. Plants are natural windbreakers and shades. In doing this, it can save you 30% on your energy bill and it’s great for all seasons.

  4. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. This will circulate so that the hot air will go down and spread throughout your home. Also, make sure that your furniture is moved off of your vents so the air can reach the intended rooms. Pets also like to hang around the warm vents in the winter, so make sure they are not directly in the way of this.

  5. Don’t close the vents in rooms you are not using. Many people make this mistake. This will make your heater work harder to heat the house and it does not account for the room that the vent is closed in. Not only will this not save you on your heating bill, but it can also bring a discomforting temperature to other rooms in your home. If you have rooms you are not using, you may want to consider zoning.

  6. Have your furnace checked annually to make sure that it is running properly. It is best to do this before the extreme cold weather comes so you are not stuck in a cold house if it happens to be malfunctioning. Furnaces that are older than 15 years need to be replaced or reevaluated. Older furnaces are only 60% percent efficient while newer ones are around 96% efficient. This investment can save you hundreds on your bill.

  7. Turning down your thermostat to around 68 degrees can dramatically reduce your energy costs while still maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout your home.

  8. Replacing and cleaning your furnace filters is very important for allergy and cleanliness purposes. Your home filters should be checked at least every three months to maintain the best kept home.

If you’ve been unhappy about your heating costs in the past, use these 8 tips to see some return in your bills this winter and live comfortably.  If you are interested in a new, more efficient furnace, contact Ohio Heating & Air for a free estimate on the cost of a new furnace. We've been providing furnace installation, service and repairs to residents in Columbus and Central Ohio for over 22 years.  Our technicians are factory trained and NATE certified. They can recommend the best heating system for your home and your budget.

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How to Choose an Air Purifier

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 11, 2021 1:30:00 PM

As cold weather approaches and we spend more time indoors. it is time to consider a whole house air cleaner.  air cleaner 22-108529-edited

On average, we take about 20,000 breaths a day and spend more than 90% of our time indoors. The level of environmental pollutants can be five times higher indoors than outside making a case for cleaning the air inside our homes.

if anyone in your family suffers from allergies, sneezing, wheezing, red eyes or asthma, a whole house air cleaner can help reduce the exposure to mold, pollen, dust, dander, and other toxins in the air.

The first line of defense is to clean the air in your home. Removing dust, allergens and odors can do wonders for the health and quality of your family's life.

Here are some types of air cleaners to consider:

HEPA FILTERS  
By definition, true HEPA filters are at least 99.97% efficient at filtering 0.3 μm mass median diameter (MMD) particles in standard tests. Most penetrating particle sizes may be smaller than 0.3 μm, so the filtration efficiency of most penetrating particles can be slightly lower. HEPA filter efficiency is better than MERV 16. HEPA air filter

HEPA filters may not be an appropriate option for some into HVAC systems due to high-pressure drops and the likelihood that systems will need new filter racks to allow sufficient sealing to prevent filter bypass.

To function properly, HEPA filters must be sealed properly in filter racks. Filters are often delicate and require careful handling to prevent damage and preserve performance.

ELECTRONIC AIR FILTERS
There include a wide variety of electrically-connected air-cleaning devices designed to remove particles from airstreams.

Removal typically occurs by electrically charging the particles using corona wires orby generating ions (e.g., pin ionizers), and:
• Collecting particles on oppositely charged plates (precipitators, ESP),or
• Charged particles’ enhanced removal by a mechanical air filter, or
• Charged particles’ deposition on room surfaces.

The fraction of particles removed from the air by an electronic filter is termed “removal efficiency.”

The effectiveness of reducing particle concentrations depends on:
• Removal efficiency
• Air flow rate through the filter
• Size and number of particles
• Location of the filter in the HVAC system
• Maintenance and cleanliness of electronic filter componentsUltraviolet germicidal irradiation 6-17 at 2.05.12 PM

It is critical to wipe the wires in electrostatic precipitators as silicone buildup reduces efficiency. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using electronic air filters.

ULTRAVIOLET ENERGY (UV-C)
Ultraviolet energy inactivates viral, bacterial, and fungal organisms so they are unable to replicate and potentially cause disease.

The entire UV spectrum is capable of inactivating microorganisms, but UV-C energy (wavelengths of 100 – 280 nm) provides the most germicidal effect, with 265 nm being the optimum wavelength.

The majority of modern UVGI lamps create UV-C energy with an electrical discharge through a low-pressure gas (including mercury vapor) enclosed in a quartz tube, similar to fluorescent lamps.

Roughly 95% of the energy produced by these lamps is radiated at a near-optimal wavelength of 253.7 nm. UV-C light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are emerging for use.

Types of disinfection systems using UV-C energy:
• In-duct air disinfection
• Upper-air disinfection
• In-duct surface disinfection
• Portable room decontamination

BIPOLAR IONIZATION/CORONA DISCHARGE / NEEDLEPOINT IONIZATION AND OTHER ION OR REACTIVE OXYGEN AIR CLEANERS iWave-C
Air cleaners using reactive ions and/or reactive oxygen species (ROS) have become prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic. New devices that are not mentioned elsewhere in this guidance likely fall into this category. iWave air cleaner-1

Technologies utilize various methods to create reactive ions in the air that react with airborne contaminants, including viruses. The design of the systems can be modified to create mixtures of reactive oxygen species (ROS), ozone, hydroxyl radicals, and superoxide anions.

If you’re looking for air filtration systems for any environment, whether industrial, commercial, restaurant, or healthcare, Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has an air cleaning solution for you.

We provide professional air filtration services individually tailored to meet the requirements of our clients. We offer a broad line of equipment to satisfy your air quality and air compliance requirements. Call 614-863-6666 to learn more.
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