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Is Radiant Floor Heating Right for Your Property?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Feb 22, 2021 11:47:00 AM

Radiant heating systems supply heat directly to the floor or panels in the wall or ceiling of a radiant heat_s building. The systems are dependent on radiant heat transfer. This is the delivery of heat directly from the hot surface to the people and objects in the room by infrared radiation. 

Heating coils or water tubes are installed in the floor, walls, or ceilings to radiate heat into a room.

Radiant heating is the heat you feel from a hot stove's elements from across the room. Radiant heating located in the floor is called radiant floor heating, floor heating or underfloor heating. 

This has several advantages. It is more efficient than forced-air heating and baseboard heating due to the elimination of heat loss through ducts. 

It is also beneficial for controlling indoor air quality as it does not distribute allergens and toxins the way forced air systems can. 

Floor heating depends heavily on convection, the natural circulation of heat within a room as the warm air from the floor rises.  Radiant floor heating systems are significantly different from the radiant panels used in walls and ceilings. 

There are three types of radiant floor heating systems:

  1. AIR-HEATED RADIANT FLOORS
  2. ELECTRIC RADIANT FLOORS
  3. HYDRONIC RADIANT FLOORS

Hydronic (liquid-based) systems use little electricity, a benefit for buildings in areas with high electricity prices. These systems use a wide variety of energy sources to heat the liquid, including standard gas or oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these.

Floor heating allows you to design your commercial property making the most of all the wall and floor space. Also, it works well with floor coverings such as laminate, tile, wood, carpet, stone, and more.

Radiant floor heating is an easy and energy-efficient way to heat your property. While the cost of installing radiant heating is higher than the installation cost of traditional radiators, there are various options available to suit your budget. Most importantly, floor heating provides substantial cost savings on your energy bills in the long run.

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Topics: commercial HVAC, Floor Heating, Radiant Heat

Is a Water Source Heat Pump Right for Your Commercial Property?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Feb 19, 2021 10:16:43 AM

Are you considering a water source heat pump for your commercial property?  WATER SOURCE HEAT PUMPS

Traditional air source heat pumps get their heat from the air outside. Even cold air contains a substantial amount of heat. Water source heat pumps work on the same principle as air source heat pumps, but they extract heat from a body of water rather than the air.

Water source heat pumps (WSHP) systems are a popular option for commercial buildings when multiple zone controls are needed. They can provide heat and cool simultaneously to different zones depending on the comfort requirements.

There are two groups of WSHP systems. One is a standard closed-loop system that uses pipes that run directly into the building. This system usually consists of a boiler, cooling tower, pumps and controls.

The second group is a geothermal system that uses the resources such as a river, lake, well or even the ground.

These systems can be installed more economically than floor-by-floor systems or a conventional central plant system. Their small size means they also need smaller ducts.

Operating costs are reasonably efficient as units are used for individual space control. The boiler or cooling tower is only activated when it is needed.

  • Reliable Performance
  • Easy, Simple Servicing
  • Energy Efficiency and Energy Savings
  • Superior Indoor Air Quality
  • Quiet HVAC Operation
  • Individual Zoning
  • Low Installation or Retrofitting Cost

If you would like to learn more about WSHP systems and if one would be right for your commercial property,  call Ohio Heating & Air at 614-863-6666. We’ve been providing commercial property owners expert HVAC services for over 20 years. 

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Topics: Heat Pumps, commercial HVAC, Water Source Heat Pump

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

Rooftop HVAC Installation & Maintenance Services

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jun 17, 2018 12:36:33 PM

At Ohio Heating & Refrigeration, we're a leading contractor for rooftop installations. Our focus on industrial and commercial HVAC rooftop HVAC unitapplications means we've installed hundreds of HVAC units in Central Ohio and our experience can save you time and money. Our engineers and Nate certified technicians will ensure that your rooftop unit will deliver the indoor air quality you desire.

There are many reasons commercial buildings have the HVAC units mounted on the roof. It saves space in the basement or the ground level, reduces noise in areas that the noise may be a distraction and keeps the equipment out of reach of vandals and tampering. 

Packaged rooftop units are among the most common HVAC systems for commercial buildings in Central Ohio. When the components including the evaporator coil, fan, compressor, and condenser are assembled within one cabinet, it is considered a packaged unit.

Commercial HVAC systems have many components and are heavy. One of our experts can confirm the structure of your roof can support the weight of the equipment prior to installation. It may be necessary to increase the support for the structure to avoid damaging the roof.  

Part of every rooftop unit is the curb adapter. This is a metal structure designed to support the weight of the equipment and the building’s supply and return duct work is run up to the curbs openings and secured into place. It is then sealed to prevent air leakage. Our metal fabrication shop can manufacture curb adapters to your exact specifications quickly. 

Are you interested in installing a new commercial HVAC system or having your existing rooftop unit serviced? Ohio Heating & Refrigeration's team of experts can deliver maximum comfort and efficient performance for your building. Our complete metal shop can  provide custom ductwork and sheet metal fabrication services to help you make the most of your rooftop unit. We can help you save money, stay comfortable, and enjoy a high return on your investment.

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Zoning Your Commercial Building's HVAC System

Posted by Ohio Heating

Aug 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM

You can save thousands of dollars in energy costs as well as improve the comfort of your occupants when you zone your commercial building. Many light commercial buildings, offices, hotels, museums, and schools have only one thermostat and one HVAC system energy_management.jpgcontrolling multiple rooms, floors and offices. This can waste a lot of energy and provide inconsistent temperatures throughout the property.

Commercial zoning can provide temperature control for areas as large as an entire floor of your facility, or for smaller room-size areas. They can be installed to work with existing or new commercial HVAC systems to split the building into zones. The zones are determined by factors such as the usage of each space, number of occupants and construction type.  They let you set temperatures in each area without impacting conditions across the building. 

When integrated with variable speed and/or two-stage HVAC systems, zoning your heating system allows your equipment to deliver peak performance and efficiency without continually operating at peak capacity. Lower speeds also mean quieter operation.

Zoning Benefits:

Consistent Heating & Cooling. Should an area need more heat or AC the thermostat for that area can be adjusted.  Empty offices or rooms can be adjusted. 

Custom Temperature Control. Zones in your property can be heated or cooled to accommodate the occupants. This can improve productivity.

Lower Energy Bills.  A properly designed systems can reduce the cost of heating and cooling your facility by as much as 35%. 

Ohio Heating & Cooling Zoning Services:

  • Expert Design & Installation
  • Variable speed/and Two-Stage HVAC
  • Motorized Dampers
  • Programmable Thermostats

Ohio Heating & Cooling has been providing HVAC solutions to commercial property managers and owners of housing developments, schools, hotels and other property for over 19 years.  We provide design, construction, inatallation, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, building automation and control systems. Call us when you need to repair or replace your commercial HVAC systems. 

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Topics: Zoning, zoning your commercial building, commercial HVAC

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