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6 Signs Your Furnace Needs Replaced Not Repaired

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 19, 2021 10:10:00 AM

Should You Repair or Replace Your Furnace?

The cold weather has arrived and you’ll want to make sure you furnace is functioning properly. Furnaces are a lot like cars, the older they get, the more you have to replace parts and fix them. At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that sometimes fixing a broken furnace may not be the right action if your furnace is older. But how do you know when it’s time to stop fixing your furnace and invest in a new one?

Here are 6 signs to look for when it’s time to replace your furnace:      Ohio Heating Repair.png

  1. How old is your furnace? The average life span of a furnace in homes today is between 16 and 20 years old. So if your furnace is getting up there in age, you should consider investing in a new one. You don’t want to wait until the blistering cold weather to realize that your furnace has stopped working. This is something that should be considered before the winter hits. An easy way to see if your furnace is really old and needs replaced is that if it still has a pilot light. If this is the case, your furnace is probably over 25 years old.
  2. How high are your gas and electric bills? An older furnace is known to have caused people higher bills in the winter because of the lack of efficiency due to not being maintained properly. Newer furnaces are around 96% efficient, which pays for itself because older furnaces are only around 60% efficient.
  3. Have you repaired your furnace? If you have repaired your furnace more than once in the past two years, you can depend on the fact that there will be more. Since furnaces are a lot like cars, bits and pieces of them will need to keep being fixed and repaired unless you get a new one. Repairs can easily cost around $400 to $500 to keep your old furnace working.
  4. Are you comfortable with the temperature in your home? If you’re having thermostat wars with others in your home or if you feel that you are constantly changing the thermostat to keep yourself comfortable, it may be time for a change. This means that your furnace probably lacks the ability to evenly disperse the air throughout your home to keep you constantly comfortable.
  5. Check your burner flame. If your burner flame is yellow or is flickering, this may be a warning sign that poisonous carbon monoxide could be made by your furnace. Other signs include streaks of soot around the furnace, absence of an upward draft in the chimney, a lot of moisture on the windows, walls, or other surfaces that are cold.
  6. Is your furnace noisy? An obvious sign that your furnace is ready to be replaced is that if it is making weird noises. If you have heard any popping, banging, rattling, squealing noises, or if you hear the furnace blower running rapid, it’s time to get it checked out.

If one or more of these signs apply to your existing furnace, then it is probably time to get a new one. Buying a new heating system for your home can be confusing. Selecting just the right options and features can be difficult, but the team at Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning can help you make the right decision. 

Our sales, service and installation teams are specially-trained in the design and installation of heating systems and we can help you find the right equipment for your home and your budget and we have easy financing plans available.

We repair and service all makes and models.  

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*Subject to qualifying credit approval.Plan 3128. 84 payments. Beginning with 1st transaction, 12 month promo period with no payments required followed by 84 amortized payments based on the balance at the end of promo. Interest charged to account is waived if entire purchase balance is paid before the end of promo period. No prepayment penalty. APR stated in your loan agreement fixed for life of loan.

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Topics: Residential Heating, Furnaces, Replacing Your Furnace

Tips for Buying a New Furnace

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 27, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Will your heating system last another season? Waiting until the dead of winter when your furnace stops working to start thinking about a new heating system for your home is not a good idea.choosing a new furnace Begin your research now, so you'll have a better opportunity to find the best furnace for your home and your budget and avoid the pressure of making a quick decision.

Three things to consider are comfort, energy efficiency and cost. 

Although electric and oil furnaces are still available, forced air furnaces that utilize propane or natural gas, are generally the most efficient and economical heating systems.

A forced-air furnace's energy efficiency is measured according to how efficiently each unit produces heat.

This measurement is known as the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency or AFUE. AFUE is determined by comparing the amount of fuel consumed to the amount of heat created. For example, an AFUE of 80% means that 80 cents of each dollar is being converted into effective heat, while 20 cents is essentially wasted.

The amount of heat that is required to properly and efficiently heat your home to a comfortable level is measured by the term “BTUs”. BTUs, or British Thermal Units, can be defined as the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one (1) degree Fahrenheit. Though proper sizing and selection of a furnace for your home is based on many factors, the AFUE and BTU considerations are among the most important. In addition, furnace selection is affected by the five different types available:

FIVE TYPES OF FURNACES 

Single-Stage
Single Stage Furnaces have one fan speed, and are available with an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of both 80% and 95%. These furnaces operate at 100% BTU Capacity at all times. These are the most common furnaces, but generally the least efficient and loudest in terms of operation.

Two-Stage Furnace
Two-Stage Furnaces have 2 fan speeds and are available with an AFUE of both 80% and 92% (or greater) These furnaces operate at 60% BTU Capacity and progress to 100% as necessary. Two-Stage Furnaces provide a more uniform heat distribution and are generally a bit quieter than Single Stage Furnaces.

Two-Stage Variable Speed Furnace
Two-Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are available with an AFUE of both 80% and 95% (or greater) These furnaces operate at 60% BTU Capacity, and progress to 100% as necessary via a variable speed motor. Two-Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are much quieter than Single Stage or Two Stage Furnaces. When additional equipment is added to a furnace, 2 Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are the recommended choices for 2 and 3 story homes, and furnaces that also include Air Purification Systems or Heat Pumps.

Three-Stage Variable Speed Furnace
Three Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are available with an AFUE of both 80% and 95% (or greater) These furnaces operate at 60% BTU Capacity, and progress to 100% as necessary via a variable speed motor. Three-Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are much quieter than Single Stage or Two Stage Furnaces. When additional equipment is added to a furnace, Three-Stage Variable Speed Furnaces are the recommended choices for maximum efficiency in 2 and 3 story homes, and furnaces that also include Air Purification Systems or Heat Pumps.

Modulating Variable Speed Furnace
Modulating Variable Speed Furnaces are the very best furnace available in terms of operating efficiency, even distribution of heat, quiet operation, and comfort level. This type of furnace is also the preferred choice when additional equipment of any type is added to the furnace heating system. The range of AFUE levels varies from 80% to 98%

Besides AFUE standards, one very important thing to consider when purchasing a furnace is your family’s safety. Many problems can arise from faulty furnace parts and deterioration over time. It is important to find a high quality furnace to save you time, money, and the headaches of worrying about breakdowns or malfunctions at an inopportune time. 

Your first step is to have a reputable company come in to tune up your furnace, assess its condition, and determine its efficiency. Look at some of your old fuel bills from last winter to be able to calculate how much you can save with a new high-efficiency unit. 

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Buying a new, energy efficient furnace may not even be the most important part. The furnace installation is critical. It has to be sized properly for your home and installed correctly by a capable, experienced company such as Ohio Heating. (All our techs are NATE certified and factory trained.) Otherwise you won't see the fuel savings you expect.

When replacing your furnace, don't forget about the the other important factors in your system. If the air ducts are leaky, your insulation is minimal, and the weatherstripping around doors and windows is letting all that warm air leak out, your nice new furnace won't deliver the energy savings you had hoped for.

When it comes to conditioning your home, Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has the knowledge and resources to deliver comfort and safety in a home heating system. From small homes to large ones, we have become a trusted name in Columbus and Central Ohio.  We also sell and service humidifiers, air cleaners, heat pumps, and temperature controls.

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 *Subject to qualifying credit approval.Plan 3128. 84 payments. Beginning with 1st transaction, 12 month promo period with no payments required followed by 84 amortized payments based on the balance at the end of promo. Interest charged to account is waived if entire purchase balance is paid before the end of promo period. No prepayment penalty. APR stated in your loan agreement fixed for life of loan.
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Time to Winterize Your Home

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 23, 2021 1:48:57 PM

Are you interested in a cost-efficient and healthy way to winterize your home? Then these tips are for you. 

Here are 8 tips to prepare your home for winter:winter indoor homes

  1. Many people insulate their homes before winter strikes. Consider using green alternatives, cellulose, and spray foam for insulation instead of traditional insulation. Also, covering your windows in plastic wrap is a cheap and easy way to keep out those harsh winter winds.

  2. Invest in a garage solar heater. If you have a garage attached to your home, it can add to your heating bill as well as make it more difficult to heat your home efficiently. Garages are typically, larger, unheated or air-conditioned spaces that attach to a communal area of your home, which means if your garage is cold, this can transfer to parts of your home as well. A garage solar heater is a great idea to keep your garage warm and inevitably, your entire home warm.

  3. Planting plants and trees close to your home can really save you money in not only the winter but the summer as well. Plants are natural windbreakers and shades. In doing this, it can save you 30% on your energy bill and it’s great for all seasons.

  4. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. This will circulate so that the hot air will go down and spread throughout your home. Also, make sure that your furniture is moved off of your vents so the air can reach the intended rooms. Pets also like to hang around the warm vents in the winter, so make sure they are not directly in the way of this.

  5. Don’t close the vents in rooms you are not using. Many people make this mistake. This will make your heater work harder to heat the house and it does not account for the room that the vent is closed in. Not only will this not save you on your heating bill, but it can also bring a discomforting temperature to other rooms in your home. If you have rooms you are not using, you may want to consider zoning.

  6. Have your furnace checked annually to make sure that it is running properly. It is best to do this before the extreme cold weather comes so you are not stuck in a cold house if it happens to be malfunctioning. Furnaces that are older than 15 years need to be replaced or reevaluated. Older furnaces are only 60% percent efficient while newer ones are around 96% efficient. This investment can save you hundreds on your bill.

  7. Turning down your thermostat to around 68 degrees can dramatically reduce your energy costs while still maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout your home.

  8. Replacing and cleaning your furnace filters is very important for allergy and cleanliness purposes. Your home filters should be checked at least every three months to maintain the best kept home.

If you’ve been unhappy about your heating costs in the past, use these 8 tips to see some return in your bills this winter and live comfortably.  If you are interested in a new, more efficient furnace, contact Ohio Heating & Air for a free estimate on the cost of a new furnace. We've been providing furnace installation, service and repairs to residents in Columbus and Central Ohio for over 22 years.  Our technicians are factory trained and NATE certified. They can recommend the best heating system for your home and your budget.

614-863-6666

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We're a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer

Posted by Ohio Heating

Oct 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Ohio Heating is proud to be a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer

All heating and cooling contractors are not the same. Some have more training and more experience than others. So when choosing someone to install or repair your home's heating system, you want to be sure you have chosen wisely.  Bryant_Factory_logo_crop-8-584996-edited

Bryant’s Factory Authorized Dealer program is a stringent, standards-based national endorsement. Fewer than five percent of HVAC professionals in the country are awarded this distinction. 

Bryant is so confident in their dealers that they back both product and performance with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

Ohio Heating had to demonstrate a track record of superior customer service and high levels of technical expertise along with the appropriate industry insurance and licensing to be given this award as a Bryant dealers. Only HVAC dealers who meet the company’s high standards are considered for this designation.   Bryant furnace 33-420590-edited

All of Ohio Heating's technicians have the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification. Our 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 a technician from Ohio Heating comes to your home or business you can feel sure that you have someone with extensive knowledge and expertise in the industry installing or repairing your equipment. 

Choosing the right Bryant heating and air conditioning systems can be confusing, but our team can help you find the right equipment for your home and your budget. Plus we have easy financing options and low monthly payments. 

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Tips to Winterize Your Home Safely

Posted by Ohio Heating

Oct 26, 2020 1:10:32 PM

Are you interested in a cost-efficient and healthy way to winterize your home safely? Then these tips are for you. 

Here are 8 tips to prepare your home for winter:winter indoor homes

  1. Many people insulate their home before winter strikes. Consider using green alternatives, cellulose and spray foam for insulation instead of traditional insulation. Also, covering your windows in plastic wrap is a cheap and easy way to keep out those harsh winter winds.

  2. Invest in a garage solar heater. If you have a garage attached to your home, it can add to your heating bill as well as make it more difficult to heat your home efficiently. Garages are typically, larger, unheated or air conditioned spaces that attach to a communal area of your home, which means if your garage is cold, this can transfer to parts of your home as well. A garage solar heater is a great idea to keep your garage warm and inevitably, your whole home warm.

  3. Planting plants and trees close to your home can really save you money in not only the winter, but the summer as well. Plants are natural windbreakers and shades. In doing this, it can save you 30% on your energy bill and it’s great for all seasons.

  4. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. This will circulate so that the hot air will go down and spread throughout your home. Also, making sure that your furniture is moved off of your vents so the air can reach the intended rooms. Pets also like to hang around the warm vents in the winter, so make sure they are not directly in the way of this.

  5. Don’t close the vents in rooms you are not using. Many people make this mistake. This will make your heater work harder to heat the house and it does not account for the room that the vent is closed in. Not only will this not save you on your heating bill, but it can also bring a discomforting temperature to other rooms in your home. If you have rooms you are not using, you may want to consider zoning.

  6. Have your furnace checked annually to make sure that it is running properly. It is best to do this before the extreme cold weather comes so you are not stuck in a cold house if it happens to be malfunctioning. Furnaces that are older than 15 years need to be replaced or reevaluated. Older furnaces are only 60% percent efficient while newer ones are around 96% efficient. This investment can save you hundreds on your bill.

  7. Turning down your thermostat to around 68 degrees can dramatically reduce your energy costs while still maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout your home.

  8. Replacing and cleaning your furnace filters is very important for allergy and cleanliness purposes. Your home filters should be checked every three months to maintain the best kept home.

If you’ve been unhappy about your heating costs in the past, use these 8 tips to see some return in your bills this winter and live comfortably.  If you are interested in a new, more efficient furnace, contact Ohio Heating & Air for a free estimate on the cost of a new furnace. We've been providing furnace installation, service and repairs to residents in Columbus and Central Ohio for over 22 years.  Our technicians are factory trained and NATE certified. They can recommend the best heating system for your home and your budget.

614-863-6666

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Topics: Residential Heating, Furnaces, Temperature Controls

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