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Reach New Levels of Fuel Efficiency in Your Commercial Property

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 23, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Buildings need to be flexible to reach new levels of energy efficiency. One of the biggest expenses every month is the fuel bill. The lighting, heating, air conditioning, security systems, office equipment are all big contributors to the cost of your building operations. There are ways to cut these costs that can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars.  
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1. Replace your old inefficient HVAC system.  This doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. New HVAC designs waste less energy and money. There are some points to consider when investing in a new system.

The best investment is in the highest-efficiency boiler, furnace, chiller and/or rooftop unit that your company can afford. These high-efficiency systems use less energy and cost less in utility bills.

2. Improve your building's efficiency. A few simple tasks like reducing the lighting level, insulating windows and sealing duct leaks will decrease the demands on your equipment. With better building efficiency, you may be able to install a smaller and less expensive heating and air system.

3. Install a computerized energy management system. These systems can adjust air flow and temperature based on occupancy, building use and other factors. This can also deliver big savings to your bottom line.

4. Perform Regular Maintenance.  Any small problems can be found before they become large expensive ones. When you inspect air conditioning and heating equipment monthly and perform routine maintenance, you can lower energy costs and extend the life of your equipment. 

5. Automated Systems Control HVAC Costs. Energy management systems can help the energy costs of your commercial heating and cooling system. These systems are also known as building automation systems (BAS), and may integrate other building services, such as security and fire prevention. An energy management system will track building traffic and find the best time of day to start heating or cooling a building to a desired temperature.

Estimates are that automated systems can save at least 10 percent of overall building energy consumption. The savings are even more for buildings that currently lack an efficient HVAC system. In addition to saving energy, these systems may also reduce the cost of overall building maintenance.

6. Go Green. Green technologies just make sense from an economic, environmental and compliance standpoint. Investing in green products and green design can help to keep your company out of the red with high energy costs. Green design is used to reduce demands on commercial systems that often run continuously.

Green products include windows that optimize sunlight and reduce the need for artificial lights that strain cooling systems. Companies should consider investing in equipment that uses non-polluting refrigerants – a green product that won’t harm the environment. The EPA is phasing out ozone-damaging refrigerants for a family of refrigerants that don’t contain chlorine.

These are just a few ways that you, as a commercial building manager, can lower your energy costs of your system.

The team at Ohio Heating can help you decide what HVAC system will best reduce your building’s energy costs. Our technology can help you meet the comfort and safety needs of your occupants while also increasing your operational and energy efficiency through a full range of HVAC, energy, lighting, air quality, gas detection, and smoke management solutions.

Our services can be delivered turnkey or as a pre-engineered packaged for installation and integration. The professionals at Ohio Heating have the knowledge and training to find what will best suit your needs!

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Topics: commercial HVAC contractor, commercial HVAC

Is Your Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Feb 19, 2019 10:28:34 AM

furnace repair What should you do if you suddenly realize your furnace is blowing cold air?  

Here are several steps to troubleshoot the problem with your furnace before you call a repair man.

1) Check the Thermostat. Be sure the thermostat is not set to ON.
If your furnace is blowing cold air only part of the time, it may be because the blower is constantly running. Check your thermostat. If your thermostat’s fan setting is set to ON, the furnace blower will constantly run even when your furnace isn’t heating the air. Turn your thermostat’s fan setting to AUTO. Only warm air should be coming through the vents now.

2) Check the Thermostat BatteriesAnother possible reason for your heater blowing cold air is the batteries in your thermostat. Some thermostats are connected to central power and some have central power with a battery backup. There are some thermostats that work on batteries only, so check your thermostat and replace your batteries accordingly. The batteries don’t need to be totally dead for your thermostat to malfunction. Improper temperature inputs from the thermostat can cause your heater to blow cold air.

3) Is the Furnace Overheated? Does your furnace blow warm air and then cold air but then stops blowing any air?  This is an indication that your furnace may be over heating. Your furnace has a safety device known as the limit switch. This turns the burners off if your furnace is too hot. The blower will continue to blow to cool the furnace down.

The most common cause of overheating is a dirty furnace air filter. The dirty air filter will block airflow, causing the furnace to run longer to heat your home until it overheats. Change the air filter and see if your furnace starts only blowing warm air. Repeated overheating will damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and replacing the exchanger can be expensive.

4) Check Your Pilot. Those with an electric heater can skip this step. Those with a gas furnace should check the pilot light. A pilot light is a small flame that is burning constantly to ensure that your heater can ignite easily. These can be blown out sometimes, usually from the gas company shutting down lines for maintenance or emergencies. 

Sometimes when you find your furnace blowing cold air, regardless of how handy you are, it may be easier and cheaper to call in a qualified professional. Furnace repair can be difficult. A licensed HVAC contractor will be able to diagnose and repair your furnace quickly. Do you need help in picking a qualified contractor? Check out these tips on how to choose an HVAC contractor:

How to Choose an HVAC Contractor

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re proud of the fact that all our technicians are NATE certified and we are fully licensed and bonded. Quality installation and service mean a longer life for your heating and cooling equipment and increased energy efficiency. 

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Topics: commercial HVAC contractor, furnace repair, furnace blowing cold air

Why is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jan 5, 2017 2:01:00 PM

furnace repair What should you do if you suddenly realize your furnace is blowing cold air?  

Here are several steps to troubleshoot the problem with your furnace before you call a repair man.

1) Check the Thermostat. Be sure the thermostat is not set to ON.
If your furnace is blowing cold air only part of the time, it may be because the blower is constantly running. Check your thermostat. If your thermostat’s fan setting is set to ON, the furnace blower will constantly run even when your furnace isn’t heating the air. Turn your thermostat’s fan setting to AUTO. Only warm air should be coming through the vents now.

2) Check the Thermostat BatteriesAnother possible reason for your heater blowing cold air is the batteries in your thermostat. Some thermostats are connected to central power and some have central power with a battery backup. There are some thermostats that work on batteries only, so check your thermostat and replace your batteries accordingly. The batteries don’t need to be totally dead for your thermostat to malfunction. Improper temperature inputs from the thermostat can cause your heater to blow cold air.

3) Is the Furnace Overheated? Does your furnace blow warm air and then cold air but then stops blowing any air?  This is an indication that your furnace may be over heating. Your furnace has a safety device known as the limit switch. This turns the burners off if your furnace is too hot. The blower will continue to blow to cool the furnace down.

The most common cause of overheating is a dirty furnace air filter. The dirty air filter will block airflow, causing the furnace to run longer to heat your home until it overheats. Change the air filter and see if your furnace starts only blowing warm air. Repeated overheating will damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and replacing the exchanger can be expensive.

4) Check Your Pilot. Those with an electric heater can skip this step. Those with a gas furnace should check the pilot light. A pilot light is a small flame that is burning constantly to ensure that your heater can ignite easily. These can be blown out sometimes, usually from the gas company shutting down lines for maintenance or emergencies. 

Sometimes when you find your furnace blowing cold air, regardless of how handy you are, it may be easier and cheaper to call in a qualified professional. Furnace repair can be difficult. A licensed HVAC contractor will be able to diagnose and repair your furnace quickly. Do you need help in picking a qualified contractor? Check out these tips on how to choose an HVAC contractor:

How to Choose an HVAC Contractor

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re proud of the fact that all our technicians are NATE certified and we are fully licensed and bonded. Quality installation and service mean a longer life for your heating and cooling equipment and increased energy efficiency. 

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Topics: commercial HVAC contractor, furnace repair, furnace blowing cold air

What's the Best Temperature for Sleeping During Winter?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 22, 2015 9:34:57 AM

What is the optimal temperature for your Home?

Most people are comfortable when their home's temperature is 70º and 74º during the day.  The reason is that your normal body family_under_covers.jpgtemperature is 98.6º and it has its own heating system, which generates more heat than needed. The excess is continually given off to the surrounding air.

Your home heating system is designed to control the amount of heat in the air so that your body can dissipate excess heat in comfort. But at night, the temperature should be lower, not only for a better night's sleep but also to lower your fuel bills.  

How Air Temperature Affects Your Sleep

Experts agree the temperature of your sleeping area and how comfortable you feel will determine how well and how long you sleep. Why? According to H. Craig Heller, PHD, professor of biology at Stanford University, “When you go to sleep, your set point for body temperature -- the temperature your brain is trying to achieve -- goes down. Think of it as the internal thermostat. If it’s too cold or too hot, the body struggles to achieve this set point.

That mild drop in body temperature induces sleep. Generally, Heller says, “if you are in a cooler [rather than too-warm] room, it is easier for that to happen.” 

While a typical recommendation is to keep the room between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit, ultimately it is the temperature that is most comfortable to you. Finding that perfect temperature may take a little trial and error, but will be worth it for that much needed full night's sleep. 

Do you need help regulating the temperature in your home? Or maybe you need a new furnace or boiler?  Call us at Ohio Heating and Cooling, we have the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification. Service technicians must undergo extensive training and pass vigorous industry exams in all facets of HVAC in order to attain this industry-recognized certification.  

When an Ohio Heating and Cooling technician steps into your home, you know you are getting a technician who has demonstrated exceptional levels of knowledge in heating and cooling.  As a leading HVAC contractor in Central Ohio, we can help you solve any of your indoor air problems.

We repair and service all makes and models.

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Topics: NATE certified, commercial HVAC contractor, best temperature for your home

Cut Your Commercial Building's Fuel Bill

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 14, 2015 8:05:00 AM

Property managers and building managers know that one of the biggest expenses every month is the fuel bill. The lighting, heating, air conditioning, security systems, office equipment are all big contributors to your energy bill each month.  Finding ways to cut these costs can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars.  Modern buildings must be flexible and reach new levels of energy efficiency.
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1. Replace your old inefficient HVAC system.  This doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Today's new HVAC designs waste less energy and money. If you are investing in a new HVAC system, there are some points to consider.

The wisest investment is in the highest-efficiency boiler, furnace, chiller and/or rooftop unit that your company can afford. These high-efficiency systems use less energy and cost less in utility bills.

With better building efficiency, you may be able to install a smaller and less expensive heating and cooling system.

Also perform a few simple tasks like reducing the lighting level, insulating windows and sealing duct leaks to decrease the demands on your equipment.  

A new computerized energy management system can adjust air flow and temperature based on occupancy, building use and other factors. This can also deliver big savings to your bottom line.

2. Perform Regular Maintenance.  Regular tune-ups may cut your energy bill by 5%! Any small problems can be found before they become large ones. When you inspect cooling and heating equipment monthly and perform routine maintenance you can lower energy costs.

3. Automated Systems Control HVAC Costs. Energy management systems can help the energy costs of your commercial heating and cooling system. These systems are also known as building automation systems (BAS), and may integrate other building services, such as security and fire prevention. An energy management system will track building traffic and find the best time of day to start heating or cooling a building to a desired temperature. Estimates are that automated systems can save at least 10 percent of overall building energy consumption. The savings are even more for buildings that currently lack an efficient HVAC system. In addition to saving energy, these systems may also reduce the cost of overall building maintenance.

4. Go Green. Green technologies just make sense from an economic, environmental and compliance standpoint. Investing in green products and green design can help to keep your company out of the red with high energy costs. Green design is used to reduce demands on commercial systems that often run continuously. Green products include windows that optimize sunlight and reduce the need for artificial lights that strain cooling systems. Companies should consider investing in equipment that uses non-polluting refrigerants – a green product that won’t harm the environment. The EPA is phasing out ozone-damaging refrigerants for a family of refrigerants that don’t contain chlorine.

These are just a few ways that you, as a commercial building manager, can lower your energy costs of your system.

The team at Ohio Heating & Refrigeration can help you decide what HVAC system will best reduce your building’s energy costs. Our technology can help you meet the comfort and safety needs of your occupants while also increasing your operational and energy efficiency through a full range of HVAC, energy, lighting, air quality, gas detection, and smoke management solutions.

Our services can be delivered turnkey or as a pre-engineered packaged for installation and integration. The professionals at Ohio Heating & Refrigeration have the knowledge and training to find what will best suit your needs!

Contact Us Now!

 

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Topics: commercial HVAC contractor, commercial HVAC

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