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Eleven Ways to Stay Warm & Save Money

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 2, 2021 8:15:00 AM

Keeping your home warm and cozy during the cold months can be expensive in Ohio. However, energy savings 22there are ways to keep energy costs down without wearing coats and gloves indoors all the time.

Here are 11 easy ways to help keep your home toasty without blowing your budget.

1. Service Your Equipment Annually. Neglected systems use more energy and cost more to run. The easiest and most overlooked tip to save money on heating costs is to have your furnace serviced annually to ensure that it's working at peak efficiency.  Maintaining your equipment not only saves money on energy bills but also extends the life of your equipment.

2.  Change the Air Filter. A forced-air heating system most likely is equipped with a filter that traps dust, pet hair and other small particles. This filter can get clogged and affect your heating system’s efficiency.  Replace the filter at the beginning of the season to help your furnace work better and then once a month, especially if you have pets.

3. Fix Drafty Windows.  Windows are a big part of heat loss in the winter.  An inexpensive solution is bubble wrap attached to the inside the window frame. Just spray a thin film of water on the window, and place the bubble wrap on the glass.  The wrap keeps the heat in and allows sunlight to enter. 

4.  Adjust Your Ceiling Fan. Switch the ceiling fan so that the blades are spinning clockwise.  This keeps the warm air from staying on the ceiling and will keep you cozy.

5.  Check for Air Leaks & Fix Them.  A major source of heat loss is heat leaks around windows and doors. Just hold a piece of toilet paper in front of your window and door frames. If the paper moves, there is a crack that needs to be sealed. Use weatherstripping to fill the gaps so that the heat stays on the inside. Add foam insulation to outlets to reduce even more heat loss.

6.  Add a draft dodger to your exterior door. This will prevent heat from escaping and keep heating costs down. There are many affordable draft dodgers you can buy. They are easy to install and remove when winter is over. 

7. Add an Energy Saving Jacket to Your Hot Water Heater. According to the U.S. Department of energy, insulating your hot water tank can save you about $19 a month, Simply touch your water heater. If it feels warm, it could probably use an insulating cover. It is very important to check your owner's manual to make sure your equipment can be covered.

8.  Add a Smart Thermostat. Upgrading your temperature controls can help reduce fuel costs. Did you know that for every 1 degree Fahrenheit you turn your thermostat down, you will use 1% less energy. If you reduce your home's temperature by 10 degrees at night while you are sleeping, you will use 10% less energy. A programmable thermostat can provide a fuel savings of 10-30%.

9.  Fix Leaking Air Ducts.  Air ducts that are leaky or are not insulated properly waste energy and are a big contributor to poor indoor air quality. Metal duct joints need to be sealed with mastic and covered with heat-resistant metal tape. This simple HVAC duct repair can save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bills.

10.  Cook Meals at Home. Baking or cooking meals at home can help you save money on restaurant bills and grocery costs but it will also help to lower your heating bill. The heat from the stove or oven will help warm your kitchen. Just leave the door open slightly once baking is complete to let warm air escape.

11.  Add Humidity to the Air.  During the winter months when the heat is on, the air tends to dry out.  Humid air feels warmer than dry air, even if the temperature is the same. A humidifier can help improve your comfort level without increasing your heating bills.

Is it time to upgrade your equipment? Your old furnace may be costing you money. A new high-efficiency model can save you lots on your energy bills. Now is a great time to consider replacing or upgrading your system. Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has a full line of energy-efficient furnaces starting at just $3,093. Contact us now for full details and see all the options for your home and your budget. We even offer financing options to make it easy to upgrade your equipment.

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Don't Let High Energy Bills Haunt You This Winter

Posted by Ohio Heating

Oct 27, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Colder weather means using more energy to keep your home comfortable. An annual furnace Halloween family check will help spot potential problems with your furnace that can cause your heating bill to rise.  

Now is the time to prepare your home and your HVAC system for the cold winter months by scheduling a furnace inspection. A yearly check-up and service call will help your system operate at peak performance.

Neglected systems use more energy and cost more to run. Reduced fuel efficiency can be caused by dirty evaporator or condenser coils, the wrong gas pressure, a dirty burner, dirty belts and motors and dirty air filters. (Your annual service should include a thorough cleaning of all of these.)

Upgrading your temperature controls can also help reduce fuel costs. Did you know that for every 1 degree Fahrenheit you turn your thermostat down, you will use 1% less energy. If you reduce your home's temperature by 10 degrees at night while you are sleeping, you will use 10% less energy. A programmable thermostat can provide a fuel savings of 10-30%.

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, honeywell_thermostat helping you save on energy by automatically adjusting the temperature setting based on current need.

Consider upgrading your thermostat when you schedule your annual furnace inspection.  An annual furnace inspection to ensure it is safe and performing at its maximum level can save lower your energy bill and programmable controls can add an extra layer of savings. 

Good preventive service keeps your equipment running at peak performance and reduces costly breakdowns. Schedule your furnace inspection now to ensure your family's comfort and safety this winter. Call Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning at 614.863.6666 to schedule your inspection. Ohio Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing HVAC in Central Ohio for over 22 years.

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A Cracked Heat Exchanger is Dangerous

Posted by Ohio Heating

Oct 26, 2021 8:53:00 AM

Many homes in Central Ohio use a natural gas furnace to keep it warm and cozy. A gas furnace not only produces a large amount of heat, but it does so at a lower cost than electric furnaces ( since natural gas costs less than electricity per unit).   furnace repair new 2021

A well-maintained heating system helps homeowners avoid dangerous situations. Current furnace systems are built with your safety in mind, and have special features to keep dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide from seeping into your home. 

A cracked heat exchanger is a huge problem. If it is your heat exchanger is damaged, you cannot run your furnace, even though it seems to be running fine. The gases will continue to leak into your home's air and can be very dangerous.

What Is a Heat Exchanger?

The heat exchanger enables your furnace to heat the air that travels through its ventilation system. When the burners of the furnace ignite, they generate hot combustion gas, which is collected inside the heat exchanger. This is a metal chamber or series of chambers that typically resemble a clam-shell.

The hot combustion gas within the exchanger heats up the metal walls, and the blower fan of the furnace comes on and sends air around the exchanger, where it picks up heat from the furnace wall, then continues into the ductwork. This process uses combustion gas to heat the air without the gas ever coming into contact with that air.

Once the heating process is over, the combustion byproducts in the heat exchanger are vented out of the system through a flue, in order to release the gas harmlessly into the outdoor air.

Why Do Heat Exchangers Crack?

Expansion and contraction of the metal as it heats and cools causes stress that will eventually cause a crack to form. Corrosion, due to the reaction between the combustion gas and metal can also strain the metal to the point where it cracks.

Overheating causes many premature heat exchanger cracks. When a furnace cannot get enough airflow, the heat exchanger overheats and suffers excess stress from expansion and contraction.

These cracks are typically small and hard to detect. But when the exchanger expands with heat, the cracks open up and let some of the gases escape sending toxic gas into your home. 

Warning Signs

Examine the furnace for any corrosion or cracks on other components. This is also the sign of a problem.

Strange smells can indicate a malfunctioning heat exchanger. A strong and unpleasant odor similar to formaldehyde can cause headaches as well as other physical symptoms. If you smell anything similar to formaldehyde call a technician at once.

Listen for a clicking sound coming from the furnace as soon as the blower shuts off. This should always be investigated by a pro.

Unfortunately, heat exchangers cannot be repaired. When a heat exchanger cracks or rusts through it must be replaced. Because the heat exchanger is at the center of the furnace, nearly the whole furnace must be disassembled. 

Replacing a heat exchanger only solves part of the issue. It doesn't resolve the cause of the problem which is most often a furnace that is the wrong size or one that is not installed correctly. The best solution is to replace the whole furnace with a new properly sized and vented furnace that is properly installed. When you add up utility rebates, tax credits, factory rebates, and the energy savings of a properly sized furnace, a furnace replacement can actually be cheaper than repairing the old equipment.

Ohio Heating & Air has a full line of energy-efficient furnaces that can save you money on your fuel bills and our easy finance options make it easy to afford. Give us a call at 614-863-6666 to learn more.

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Which Type of Industrial Ventilation is Right for You?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Oct 26, 2021 7:18:00 AM

Industrial ventilation removes substances that are present in the air and are harmful to employees and replaces them with clean air. A ventilation system uses fans, ducts, filters, collectors, and other components. Dust, vapors, gases, and fumes are some examples of substances harmful to the vents in ceiling 21 psd health of employees. These can all cause permanent damage to the health of workers. 

There are three major options for ventilation systems.

1. Natural ventilation uses openings in the ceiling, the walls and the floor to allow the ambient air to circulate. While not mechanical, it helps eliminate hot, toxic air produced by industrial processes and allows clean air to enter the space. This type is used when large amounts of dust or welding fumes are generated and when cold weather increases heating costs and makes the use of other types cost-prohibitive.

2. Diluting ventilation minimizes the concentration of toxic fumes, flammable vapors, and particulates in the air while maintaining oxygen levels. Dilution ventilation uses clean air (forced air) to dilute the contaminated air and then uses exhaust fans to move the diluted air to the outside. This type of ventilation does not eliminate exposure to toxic gases or vapors but simply dilutes the air to a suitable level of oxygenation.

3. Exhaust ventilation is considered the most efficient system of preventing contaminants. Often referred to as local exhaust ventilation, airborne contaminants are trapped at their source before they contaminate the air that is breathed by workers. This type of ventilation works on the principle that air moves from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure. Powerful industrial fans cause the difference in air pressure and draw air through the ventilation system. Toxic air and particulates are either passed to the atmosphere or filtered away.

Ohio Heating & Air can help you choose the type of ventilation that is best for your property and applications. We provide a broad range of ventilation and airflow control products for commercial projects. We have systems that can drastically reduce energy consumption and improve the overall indoor air quality of your commercial space.

Our services include:     

  • Custom Commercial HVAC Systems
  • System design and Installation
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Controls
  • Full-Service Maintenance Agreements

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Commercial Roof Exhaust Fans

Posted by Ohio Heating

Oct 20, 2021 1:35:00 PM

Commercial roof or rooftop exhaust fans are the most efficient way to solve overheating issues in a building or facility.  Hot air rises to the highest point of a building so installing an exhaust fan on the roof works well. rooftop install 2021

Sometimes weight issues of the equipment, the pitch of the roof, and access to the roof may require hiring a contractor who specializes in rooftop installations. Placement of the units can require a lift or crane and sometimes even a helicopter lift. Roof curbs are used to install the fan properly. This curb seats the fan for the most effective exhaust. 

At Ohio Heating, we specialize in rooftop heating and air conditioning units. All of our commercial rooftop units and systems, from 1½ tons through 162 tons, are designed to address today’s comfort demands, superior indoor air quality, expert installation and efficient energy consumption.

We also supply dedicated digital controls that enable the use of building management systems for efficient operation and system monitoring.

We offer commercial roof fans, industrial rooftop exhausters, centrifugal wheel or axial blade upblast or downblast roof exhaust fans for commercial kitchens, schools or hospitals. 

We also build customized roof curbs and rails to match any roof slope and fit any equipment. We can provide heavy gauge construction of insulated or non-insulated curbs in aluminum or stainless steel. Our cost-effective roof curbs are long-lasting and easy to install. Our staff can turn your job around quickly.

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we have customized solutions for both new and replacement installation of rooftop units that provide big savings on your initial purchase and the efficiency and reliability that give you maximum cost control in the long term. Give us a call at 614-863-6666 to learn more. 

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