How to Eliminate Odors in Your Home

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 19, 2021 8:00:00 AM

How is the air quality of your home?  Do you walk in your home and notice lingering odors? bad smell_s Getting rid of these odors means identifying the source and fixing the problem. 

Spraying air fresheners or lighting candles helps temporarily, but masking or covering up the odors in your home isn't going to last long. These methods only mask odors. They don’t get rid of them. They may even cause further contamination of your home from their chemical ingredients.

Improve Ventilation
Poor ventilation in your home can also cause unpleasant odors. Moisture condensation on the walls or windows and stuffy air are signs of poor ventilation. A qualified heating and cooling service technician can inspect your home comfort system to determine if this is the problem. The technician can also check your heating and cooling to be sure the equipment is working properly.

Purify the Air
Bacteria, dust mites, animal dander, cat saliva and mold may also be the source of your home’s odor problem.

iWave is an air purifying device that installs in any duct air conditioning system. When air passes over the iWave, ions produced by the device reduce pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke and odors in the air, creating a healthy environment without producing any harmful byproducts.

iWave uses patented technology, called needle-point bi-polar ionization, to create equal amounts of positive and negative ions. When these ions are injected into the air stream, they break down passing pollutants and gases into harmless compounds like oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and water vapor.

When the ions come in contact with viruses, bacteria or mold, they remove the hydrogen molecules – without them, the pathogens have no source of energy and will die. The ions also attach to allergens like pollen and other particles, causing them to band together until they are large enough to be caught by your ventilation system’s air filter.

Here are several everyday steps you can take to reduce the pollutants circulating in your home:  

1. Store household cleaners, paint solvents and chemical products in tightly sealed containers. 
2. Clean and vacuum at least once a week.
3. Regularly wash bed linens and stuffed toys.
4. Keep windows closed when pollen, pollution and humidity levels are high.
5. Make sure your home is properly ventilated. Modern homes are well insulated and sealed to conserve energy, which means airborne pollutants have no way to escape.
6. Schedule an Indoor Air Quality test to evaluate the air in your home for dust, pollen, chemicals and other pollutants.
7. Keep humidity levels within a healthy, comfortable range to prevent growth of mold and mildew.
8. Avoid using scented deodorizers and odor-masking air fresheners, which may cause toxic chemicals to be dispersed into your air.
9. Have your heating and cooling system regularly inspected to make sure it is clean and in good operating condition.
10. Choose furnishings that emit the smallest possible amount of chemical vapors.
11. Do not allow smoking inside your home and make sure all gas appliances are properly vented.   

Ohio Heating & Air has the knowledge, expertise and training to help you with all of your residential heating and air issues.  Regardless of the age of your system, we have affordable solutions for you and your family. From a whole house air purification system to humidity control, we can help you improve the air and comfort of your home. Call 614-863-6666 to learn more.

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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:

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.

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 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

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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Signs You Need an Air Purifier

Posted by Ohio Heating

Aug 17, 2021 12:54:31 PM

The EPA reports that your indoor air quality can be up to a hundred times more polluted than the air outside.  The CDC found that asthma cases among US citizens are increasing at an exponential rate pet allergies_s each year, especially as we spend more and more time in our homes.

Indoor air pollution is an issue in many homes, but an air purifier can help solve many problems. Do you know how to tell if your home needs an air filtration system? 

Signs you need air filtration system at your home:

  1. You notice a lot of dust.  If your house seems to quickly gather layers of dust, it may be a signal that you need an air filtration system.
  2. Your allergies are acting up. If you notice yourself or others in your home sneezing a lot, this could be triggered by pollen, dust and animal dander in your air. These particles can irritate your sinuses and cause sneezing. A good air purifier with HEPA filters will filter and sanitize the air.
  3. The indoor air is stale and/or stuffy. Bad odors in your home can indicate poor air quality. A whole house air purifier will help eliminate foul smells from your home.
  4. Loud snoring while sleeping. Pet dander, pollen and other allergens can cause your airways to be congested. This congestion can result in snoring during sleep. A whole house air purifier can help you sleep better and snore less.
  5. You want to reduce viruses. A good air purifier can reduce contaminants such as viruses in a home or confined space. Ion air purifiers, like the iWave, offer many benefits for your family's health. Recent laboratory testing has proven this system eliminates up to 99.4% of bacteria and viruses, including SARS-CoV-19.

If you’d like some assistance in selecting the right air filtration system for your home, call Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning. Our experienced techs can help you find the right equipment for your home and your budget. 614-863-6666  

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Help for Allergy Sufferers...Air Filtration Solutions

Posted by Ohio Heating

Apr 29, 2021 10:02:00 AM

Seasonal allergies are an immune response to pollen and mold. You have an allergic reaction when your immune system thinks that these allergens are something dangerous. Antibodies are then air cleaner 22-108529-edited created to combat the allergens. Histamine is produced and this results in allergy symptoms. 

These symptoms can last for several weeks or even months. Frequent sinus, ear, and respiratory infections can also be caused by allergies.

It can sometimes be difficult to tell whether you are suffering from a cold or hay fever, but there are ways to distinguish between the two, experts say.

Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds, but pay close attention to minor details to tell the difference.

People who suffer from spring or fall allergies have much more itching of their noses. This is often accompanied with fits of sneezing. An itchy, scratchy throat or itchy eyes are also signs of allergies.

Experts advise people with allergies to stay indoors, but often the air inside the house has more toxins and allergens than outside.

What should you do? Consider a whole house filtration system.

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 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.

Premium priced furnace filters can't match the performance of whole house filtration equipment. A high-efficiency air cleaner attached to your heating and cooling system 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 air filtration cleans the air in your entire home. Whole house air cleaners treat 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 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.

Give us a call or fill out the form on the right to learn how to improve your home's air quality. We service all makes and models of air cleaners and ultraviolet air purifiers.


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Do You Need an Air Purifier for Spring?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 16, 2021 12:04:55 PM

Spring is finally here, but it brings with it problems for many allergy sufferers. Seasonal allergiesallergies or hay fever are an immune response to pollen and mold. Your immune system sees these allergens as a threat and then an allergic reaction happens. Histamine is produced by antibodies to fight off the allergens. This causes many of the symptoms of allergies, such as a runny nose or sneezing.

Seasonal allergies are often caused by grass or tree pollen in the spring. In Ohio, we usually get tree pollen bloom in early March. Grass pollen is common in late spring and generally lasts until July. 

The nice spring weather may make you want to go outside or throw open your windows, but if you have spring allergies, monitor the pollen count. The higher the count, the worse your allergies will be. The National Allergy Bureau of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology is a good place to check.

If you suffer from hay fever, besides consulting a healthcare professional, you may want to consider adding a whole-house air purifier to your HVAC system. 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. 

As we are all spending more time in our homes, improving the quality of your indoor air is essential. Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning is a company that is not only a leader in heating and air conditioning systems but in providing our customers the highest quality of indoor air.  Our indoor air quality experts can diagnose and help you solve any indoor air quality issues you may have. 

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