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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. 

Schedule Your Inspection Now!


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.

Licensed and Fully Bonded

24/7 Emergency Service Available!

Easy Financing • Apply Online • Low Monthly Payments

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Ohio Heating financing
 *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: Heat Pumps, Furnaces, Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, Replacing Your Furnace

Tips for Hiring the Right AC Contractor

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 28, 2021 12:31:00 PM

Finding the right HVAC contractor can be difficult if you don't know what to look for.  The most important NATEstep when hiring a contractor is finding one whose technicians are Nate certified, licensed and bonded. At Ohio Heating and Air, we’re proud of the fact that we only employ NATE certified technicians.

NATE-certified technicians have demonstrated their knowledge of today’s increasingly sophisticated heating and cooling systems by passing a nationally recognized test developed and supported by all segments of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry.

You can rest assured that with a NATE-certified technician, you are getting the best installation and service for maximum comfort and economy in your heating and air system.

Better installation and service mean a longer life for your heating and cooling equipment and increased energy efficiency. 

When your system needs more than regular maintenance, hire you need to hire a professional service technician. A well-trained technician will find and fix problems in your cooling system. (We have AC maintenance plans that can keep your system running optimally.)

The technician should:      

  • Check for correct amount of refrigerant
  • Test for refrigerant leaks using a leak detector
  • Capture any refrigerant that must be evacuated from the system, instead of illegally releasing it to the atmosphere
  • Check for and seal duct leakage in central systems
  • Measure airflow through the evaporator coil
  • Verify the correct electric control sequence and make sure that the heating system and cooling system cannot operate simultaneously
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply a non-conductive coating if necessary
  • Oil motors and check belts for tightness and wear
  • Check the accuracy of the thermostat.

Ohio Heating has been ensuring Columbus and Central Ohio homeowners' comfort since 1997. Whether you want a basic system or a high end, energy efficient system with zone control, we have an indoor climate solution for you.

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Our sales, service and installation teams are specially-trained in the design and installation of heating and cooling systems. They can help you determine which system is right for you and your family. Complete customer satisfaction is our top priority.

Financing Plans are Available! 

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Topics: Heat Pumps, NATE certified, A/C, ac contractor

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

What You Need to Know About Buying a New Furnace

Posted by Ohio Heating

Sep 25, 2019 7:22:26 AM

Don't wait until the dead of winter when your furnace stops working or the heating costs are sky-high to start thinking about a new heating system for your home.  Now is the time to begin your search, as you'll have a better chance of finding the best furnace for the comfort of your family and you won't be under pressure to make a quick decision.Heating system .png

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 “BTU’s”. BTU’s, 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 on 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, so finding the highest quality furnace to begin with can save you time, money, and the headaches of worrying about it breaking down or malfunctioning 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 your old fuel bills from last winter to be able to calculate how much you can save with a new unit. 

Schedule Your Inspection Now!


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.

We are a factory authorized Bryant dealer. With Bryant as our marque line of equipment, we are able to offer competitive prices on custom systems. Whether a basic system or a high end, energy efficient system with zone control, we have an intelligent indoor climate solution for you.

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning can provide complete services for you and your family. Whether for repair, maintenance,  installation or replacement, we have the experience to meet all of your heating and cooling needs.

Licensed and Fully Bonded

24/7 Emergency Service Available!

Easy Financing • Apply Online • Low Monthly Payments

easy financing-608065-edited

Ohio Heating financing
 *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: Heat Pumps, Furnaces, Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, Replacing Your Furnace

How to Choose a New Air Conditioner

Posted by Ohio Heating

Apr 17, 2019 8:10:00 AM

Thinking about buying a new AC? Here are a few guidelines.

1. Consider replacing your window units with central AC equipment.

Central air conditioners are much more choosing a new furnaceefficient than room air conditioners. Room or window air conditioners cool rooms rather than the entire home or business. These tend to be pretty noisy and can be costly to operate. Because they are easy to operate and much quieter, many homeowners are switching from room or window models to central AC. 

2. Choose a new central air conditioner or heat pump that is energy efficient. It is crucial that you look at the unit's efficiency as it impacts long-term performance, initial system costs and future energy savings.

Whole house AC and heat pumps are improving as far as energy efficiency. Those who want to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on energy costs, now have lots of options. When purchasing a central air conditioner, first look for the ENERGY STAR® label. For maximum efficiency, you should consider purchasing a system with a higher SEER than the minimum for greater savings. (Older units can have a SEER rating as low as 6)

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3. Look at your energy bills in the summer. You may want to consider replacing your old equipment even though it is only ten years old. With the new more efficient units you may save as much as 20% to 40% on your energy bills. Several years ago, new residential central A/C and heat pump standards went into effect, so today's best air conditioners use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling, as units made in the 1980s. 

4. Do you need service calls more frequently? A typical lifespan for a central air conditioner is between 12 and 18 years when properly maintained.  If you notice you're calling for repairs more often, you may want to consider a new system.

5.  Don't buy the wrong size.  A bigger unit may not make your home cooler.  The size of your air conditioner should not be based solely on the size of the unit. Consider the size of the home and the air flow through the ducts. The AC unit for a 1,000 square foot house does not have to be nearly as big as one for a 4,000 square foot house. A bigger unit can be more expensive to buy and to run and may not even be necessary. A trained technician can help you determine the correct size.

Features to look for:

  • A thermal expansion valve and a high-temperature rating (EER) greater than 11.6, for high-efficiency operation when the weather is at its hottest
  • A variable speed air handler for new ventilation systems
  • A unit that operates quietly
  • A fan-only switch, so you can use the unit for nighttime ventilation to substantially reduce air-conditioning costs
  • A filter check light to remind you to check the filter after a predetermined number of operating hours

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we have a full line of energy efficient air conditioners for every home and application. We also offer easy financing with low monthly payments. 

Contact us today.  We can help you choose the right system for your home and your budget.  Call us at 614.863.6666.

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Topics: Heat Pumps, energy savings, central AC, choosing a new central air conditioner

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