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How Dirty is the Air in Your House?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 8, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Opening your windows and letting in some fresh air is a good idea after a long winter. Dirty indoor air cleaner air is present even inside the cleanest homes. You may even be contributing to the problem and not even know it.

Cleaning products are some of the biggest contributors to toxic indoor air. Household cleaners are often made with chemicals that can release toxic fumes into the air in the form of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Your family can feel ill from these toxins. They can cause headaches, nausea, and other ailments. If you have small children or babies in your home you should be extra careful as they are even more susceptible to these chemicals. You should always clean with the windows open or use all natural products if the windows are closed.

Cooking is a major contributor to dirty indoor air. Using a range hood fan with the window cracked while you cook, can eliminate most of the harmful fumes from your kitchen and pull in fresh air. 

You may decide you want to eliminate cooking odors or pet odors, but be careful how you do it. Many people don't realize that air fresheners and scented candles also contain harmful carcinogens. Get rid of odors by using homemade potpourri, natural, unscented candles or crack a window when you use candles to allow fresh air in and fumes out.

Removing dust, allergens and odors can make a huge difference in 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.

Today's homes are constructed tighter than ever trapping stale indoor air and pollutants. Proper filtration cleans the air in your entire home. 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.

Ohio Heating & 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. 

We service all makes and models of air cleaners and ultra violet air purifiers. 

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Do Air Cleaners Help Prevent Colds & Flu?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Feb 28, 2020 8:12:53 AM

lRight now everyone is thinking about colds and flu prevention. Flu and viruses are on everybody's mind. Keeping your family healthy can be difficult but there are a few tips to help guard against colds and flu this season.

1. Encourage your loved ones to get a flu shot.It's the best thing you can do to prevent the flu.

2. Wash your hands often and encourage your children to do thewoman_sneezing.jpg same. When you come in contact with people who are contagious, you need to clean your hands continually, according to Alan Pocinki, MD. internal medicine at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. 

Proper hand washing must include scrubbing hard for 20 seconds or more. Water temperature doesn't matter.  The scrubbing is what actually removes the germs. 

3. Stock up on alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  When away from home, this is the first line of defense.

4. Avoid getting close to people who are sick.  It's the time of year when people will understand if you don't shake hands or hug. 

5. Clean your surroundings often.  You should sanitize doorknobs and light switches and any other places that people touch with their hands a lot. 

6.  Install a whole house air cleaner.  Premium priced furnace filters can't match the performance of whole house filtration equipment. When high efficiency air cleaners  are attached to your heating and cooling system, they 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 filtration cleans the air in your entire home. 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.

Ohio Heating and Air 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 quality indoor air experts can diagnose and help you solve any indoor air issues you may have.

We carry a full line of Aprilaire ventilation solutions that are designed to deliver improved performance and reliability. They are maintenance-free and come with a five year warranty.

Give us a call or fill out the form on the right to schedule a Free Consultation about your home's air quality.  We service all makes and models of air cleaners and ultra violet air purifiers. 

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Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Air Cleaner, colds and flu prevention, Aprilaire ventilation solutions

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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The Air in Your House is Dirtier Than You Think

Posted by Ohio Heating

Apr 25, 2019 7:28:13 AM

After a long winter, it's great to open the windows and blinds at the first sign of spring. Warmer Aprilaire_indoor_airweather isn't the only reason it is a good idea to get some fresh air into your home.  Dirty indoor lurks inside the cleanest homes. You may even be contributing to the problem and not even know it.

Some of the biggest contributors to toxic indoor air are the cleaning products you use around your home. Household cleaners are often made with chemicals that can release toxic fumes into the air in the form of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

These hazardous chemicals can cause your family to feel ill. Headaches, nausea, and other ailments have been linked to some of these products. Be extra careful if you have small children or babies in your home. Always clean with the windows open or use all natural products if the windows are closed.

Need a reason not to cook? Cooking is a large contributor to dirty indoor air. Using a range hood fan with the window cracked while you cook, can eliminate harmful fumes from your kitchen and pull in fresh air. 

You may want to eliminate cooking odors or pet odors, but be careful how you do it. Many people don't realize that air fresheners and scented candles also contain harmful carcinogens. Get rid of odors by using homemade potpourri, natural, unscented candles or crack a window when you use candles to allow fresh air in and fumes out.

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.

Today's homes are constructed tighter than ever trapping stale indoor air and pollutants. Proper filtration cleans the air in your entire home. 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.

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. 

We service all makes and models of air cleaners and ultra violet air purifiers. 

EASY FINANCING OPTIONS AVAILABLE • LOW MONTHLY PAYMENTS • APPLY ONLINE 

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Topics: Indoor Air Quality, air cleaners

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