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How to Choose the Right Air Filter for Your HVAC System

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 28, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Do you know how to choose the right air filter for your HVAC system? Home air filters should be changed every month depending on how often you use your system. Many people wait until dust gathers and takes over their air filter, but you should not wait until that happens. It is important to keep a clean filter at all times for allergy reasons and energy efficiency.
Having a dirty air filter will increase your energy consumption.  commercial_air_filter

So how do you know which air filter is right for you? Air filters are categorized into three different types based on their material and purpose: standard mechanical air filters, electronic air filters, and pleated air filters.

Mechanical air filters are the most common type of air filters used in homes. The purpose of this filter is to trap dust particles and other debris using synthetic fibers in order for the debris to stop circulating in the air. The disposable fiberglass air filters come in two sizes: one and two inch thick filters. You may need to change these filters often because of the adhesive coating and mesh that filters the air coming in usually gets damaged when cleaning.

The next type of air filter is the electronic air filter. This air filter is the most expensive and best quality air filter, so you get what you pay for. The electronic air filter does best at trapping debris and dust in the air; it even goes as far as trapping smaller molecules such as smoke, mold, and pet odors.

There are also two sizes that this air filter comes in, just like the fiberglass filter. This air filter also lasts longer than other air filters; electronic air filters are good for up to six months and it is usually packaged with a pre-filter that traps larger air particles.

The electronic air filter works by charging the air with static energy that attracts dust particles and other debris. In order to be marketed as “allergy free”, electronic air filters need to be changed every three months. The down side of this air filter is that it is said that to produce dangerous ozone substances due to the ionizing properties of these types of filters.

The last type of air filter is the pleated air filter. These air filters remove around 35 to 40% of the dust particles in the air. Although they are not as good as the electronic air filters, they are better than the mechanical air filters because they have more fiber per square inch compared to the disposable fiberglass filters. This is because if there is more fiber in the air filter, it is more effective in trapping dirty air particles.

Air filters are put into these categories because of their MERV ratings. If you are planning to buy an air filter, check for the MERV rating first.

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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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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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Tips for Keeping Your Indoor Air Healthy

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 30, 2017 10:18:00 AM

We spend a lot of time indoors, at work, in schools, and at home.  In the summer, we run the air conditioning full time and in the colder months we're running the furnace. But did you know that controlling the temperature is just one part of improving the comfort of your home? The air indoors can put you at risk for health problems if the quality is low. Chemicals, gases, and/or living organisms like mold and pests in the air can harm you and your family.

Poor indoor air quality can cause a wide range of health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue. mother__daughter For those suffering from allergies, it can become more severe. Respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer, and other serious long-term conditions can also be affected by poor air quality. Some toxins at high concentrations, such as carbon monoxide, can even cause death.

Here are a few simple steps to help improve your air quality and reduce your health risks:

  • Control or eliminate the sources of pollution.  The most effective way to improve indoor air is to eliminate individual sources or reduce their emissions.
  • Ventilate. Bring in more fresh air. This  helps reduce pollutants. Open windows and doors, or run an air conditioner with the vent control open.
  • Install bathroom and kitchen fans.  Exhaust fans that vent outside your home can increase ventilation and reduce pollution.
  • Change filters regularly.  Central heating and air conditioner systems have filters to trap dust and other pollutants in the air. Change or clean the filters regularly.
  • Adjust your home's humidity.  The moisture level inside your home can affect the concentrations of some indoor air pollutants.  High moisture levels keep the air moist and increases the likelihood of mold.  Very dry air can cause respiratory problems. 
  • Keep indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent.  You can use a moisture or humidity gauge available at most hardware stores, to check your home's moisture level.  To increase levels, use a humidifier. To decrease levels, open the windows if it is not humid outdoors. If it is warm, turn on the air conditioner or adjust the humidity setting on the humidifier.
  • Add a whole house air cleaner.  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.

The air inside your home is essential for more than just comfort—it's essential for life. It impacts your family's health and budget. That's why it's reassuring to know that at Ohio Heating & Cooling we offer a full line of Aprilaire products for indoor air improvement. 

Our Aprilaire equipment goes beyond simple temperature control, to include all aspects of indoor air quality, including:

  • Humidity
  • Air purity
  • Air freshness

Another factor in how healthy your home is for your family is lead. Older homes (if your home was built before 1978) often have lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. 

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Lead paint is serious business.  Lead inspection and lead risk assessment are useful first steps which can lead to more thoughtful decisions on managing lead paint and lead hazards. Lead abatement is an activity designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Abatement is sometimes ordered by a state or local government, and can involve specialized techniques not typical of most residential contractors. 

The EPA requires individuals and firms who perform abatement projects in pre-1978 target housing and child-occupied facilities to be certified and follow specific work practices. Ohio Heating & Cooling is approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Activities.

Reasons you should have your home inspected or assessed for risks

  • Your child has been diagnosed as having lead poisoning. The most common home-based source of lead exposure is deteriorating lead-based paint and the resulting dust.
  • You live in a home built before 1978 where small children are or will be living.
  • You are about to remodel or do anything that will disturb lead-based paint or generate lead-based paint dust and chips that can harm you and your family
  • You are renting or buying a home. When buying a home, federal law allows the purchaser the opportunity to conduct testing to determine whether lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards are present. This is especially important if you have (or plan to have) young children in the home. Learn your rights before buying a home. 
  • You are concerned about possible lead exposure to you, your family and pets, or visitors.

Ohio Heating & Cooling is dedicated to providing healthy environments for you and your family. Our engineers and technicians can create healthy and safe indoor environmental solutions to fit your lifestyle and your budget.   

We can help you identify any gaps in your current heating and cooling system. Contact us for a Free Evaluation of  your current system.  We can recommend additional products to remedy any problems found with your home's air quality.

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