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Improve the Air in Your Commercial Space with UVGI

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jun 18, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Improving the quality of the indoor air in your commercial building is more important than ever before.  Many building managers and owners are considering UVGI as an option. 

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (ultraviolet C or UV-C) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions. UVGI is used in a variety of applications, such as air purification. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation 6-17 at 2.05.12 PM

UV-C light is weak at the Earth's surface since the ozone layer of the atmosphere blocks it. UVGI devices can produce strong enough UV-C light in circulating air or water systems to make them inhospitable environments to microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, molds, and other pathogens. UVGI can be coupled with a filtration system to sanitize air in your commercial space.

The application of UVGI for disinfection has been an accepted practice since the mid-20th century. It has been used primarily in medical sanitation and sterile work facilities. Increasingly, it has been employed to sterilize drinking and wastewater since the holding facilities are enclosed and can be circulated to ensure a higher exposure to the UV. In recent years, UVGI has found renewed application in air purifiers.

Every building can benefit from ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI). Installing a UVGI system will result in significant energy and maintenance savings. These systems also improve indoor air quality for building occupants by reducing airborne biological contaminants and toxic VOCs.

At Ohio Heating, we offer practical solutions for all industrial, medical, retail, corporate, and hospitality applications.  

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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. 

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  • 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

Four Reasons Your House Has a Bad Smell

Posted by Ohio Heating

Aug 12, 2019 9:31:47 AM

Get to the source of the offending odor and you’ll be on your way to enjoying a home that smells as sweet as a summer breeze. No one wants their home to smell badly, but pets, kids, dirty drains and moisture can all cause some foul odors. If your house doesn't have that clean smell you long for, here are some tips on how to eliminate those stinky odors and start enjoying your home. bad_smell-693735-edited

1. Check the trash cans. Let's face it, garbage stinks. Empty your trash every day and clean the can often to eliminate lingering odors.

2. Keep your pets clean. Give your pets a bath on a regular basis and clean the areas where they sleep and eat once a week with soap and water. Nothing says stinky like a litter box that has been neglected. Clean the boxes daily to avoid smelly up your entire home. You should also vacuum often to avoid hair and odor buildup.

3.  Clean your garbage disposal. This is a common kitchen odor culprit. You can buy garbage disposal deodorizers or try grinding a few strips of lemon, lime, or orange peel in the disposal. This acts as a deodorizer and also cleans the drain.

4. Wash your dirty clothes ASAP. Leaving your close hamper in the bathroom exposes your dirty clothes to steam and moisture. This promotes bacterial growth and bad odors. Move the hamper into your bedroom away from the moisture. Also any dirty, wet clothes should be washed immediately.

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning knows that with today's busy schedules it's easy to be unaware of the state of your indoor air quality. Many people don't realize that they can make adjustments to ensure that they have the highest quality air. Whole home air purification systems can improve the comfort of your home.

Using a HEPA filter in your home can remove most airborne particles that might make allergies or respiratory problems worse. A HEPA air filter works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke. Our indoor air purifiers will:

• Provide total comfort
• Control dust
• Protect your family’s health
• Protect your home

Contact us today for a healthier, more comfortable home. We specialize in whole house air cleaners, residential air purifiers and whole house humidifiers to improve your indoor air quality. 

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3 Ways To Use Your Heating & Cooling System to Alleviate Allergies

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jul 18, 2019 7:56:00 AM

Do your allergies seem worse than ever? It isn't your imagination.

Pollen allergy allergiesseasons continue to get longer and more intense as temperatures rise. Rising average temperatures are leading to a longer ragweed pollen season in Ohio.

Here are three ways you can use your home's heating & cooling system to ease allergy symptoms.

1. Purchase High-Quality Filters

You can improve your home's air quality by using high quality air filters and changing them often. The MERV rating tells you the size of the particles that can pass through the filter. The higher the rating means fewer particles can be passed into your home. 

Lower quality filters, in the 1-4 MERV range, are typically made of fiberglass. Most residential HVAC systems will use air filters with MERV ratings from 7-12. A higher MERV value of 5-16 would be recommended for commercial buildings.

During allergy season, we recommend filters with a MERV rating of 8 as they are more useful when trying to trap smaller particles.

It is important to change your air filters every 3 months and if you have pets, you should do it more often.

2. Adjust Your Home's Humidity Level

Humidity levels that are too low or too high can often lead to problems. 

A humidity level that is too high can cause mold to grow. During the winter months, humidity levels drop because cold air holds less moisture than warm air. Low humidity causes static electricity, dry skin and hair, increased susceptibility to colds and respiratory illness, and can allow viruses and germs to thrive. By using a whole house humidifier, you can always be sure that the level of humidity in your home is just right!

Regardless of the age of your heating system or if you are currently using portable appliances, updating to whole-home solutions could save you a substantial amount on energy costs and address other issues affecting the air quality in your home.

Most people feel comfortable in their home when the relative humidity remains between 30 and 60 percent. When the indoor humidity level is below 30 percent, the air is too dry, which can harm both a home's structural integrity and your health.

3. Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment

Many homeowners aren't unaware that their HVAC system will be more efficient and perform better with regular maintenance. Regular maintenance can often reduce the number of allergens that enter your home. These appointments can also identify issues with your system before they become major problems.

Many people don't realize that they can make adjustments to ensure that they have the highest quality air. Whole home air purification systems can improve the comfort of your home.

Using a HEPA filter in your home can remove most airborne particles that might make allergies or respiratory problems worse. A HEPA air filter works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke. Our indoor air purifiers will:

• Provide total comfort
• Control dust
• Protect your family’s health
• Protect your home

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning knows that with today's busy schedules it's easy to be unaware of the state of your indoor air quality. Contact us today for a healthier, more comfortable home. We specialize in whole house air cleaners, residential air purifiers and whole house humidifiers to improve your indoor air quality.

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Topics: Humidifiers, Indoor Air Quality, Air Cleaner, Air Filters

Can an Air Cleaner Help with Allergies?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Apr 21, 2019 10:05:00 AM

Spring means sneezing and congestion for over 40 million Americans. If you are one of these unfortunate people, you may feel as if your allergies are getting worse. allergies

The truth is they are. Researchers have found that changes in climate are making it harder for those with pollen allergies. 

Carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas that is the primary cause of our warming planet, increases the growth rate of many plants and increases the amount and potency of pollen.

Rising temperatures extend the growing season and the duration of allergy season.  An extended spring season alters the amounts of blooms and fungal spores that are known to exacerbate allergy symptoms.

Climate change is an environmental issue, but it is also a serious threat to our public health. People living with asthma and allergies can do a few things to reduce the risks and impact of climate change:

1. Try an over-the-counter allergy medicine. 

2. Consider a prescription nasal spray or eye drops. 

3. Close your windows, and turn on the air conditioning. 

4. Add a whole house air cleaner to your HVAC system.

An air cleaner attached to your home's heating and cooling system can greatly reduce the dirt, dust, spores and pet dander that are present in your house. These are much more effective than stand alone models, as they clean the air in the entire house.

Usually allergies are a seasonal problem for most people, but many others suffer from asthma. Asthma can also be set off by allergies, making it harder on those people with both problems.

Spring cleaning may help allergies a little, but whole house air purifiers can make all the difference for not only your allergies but for those with asthma as well.  

As clean as you keep your home, it is impossible to clear the air of harmful particles that can aggravate allergies and asthma which in turn can increase the chance of getting a cold or the flu. You can only do so much to control these harmful particles in your home but now it’s time for some outside help. 

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has a full line of air cleaners that can help improve the indoor air quality for you and your family.

We've been ensuring Central Ohio homeowners comfort for over 20 years.  When your heating and cooling systems are running right, you can feel confident that your family is breathing safe, clean air in comfort, while maintaining an efficient system.

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Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Air Cleaner

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