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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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Topics: Residential Heating, Furnaces, Replacing Your Furnace

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.

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Topics: Residential Heating, Furnaces, Temperature Controls

What Does NATE Certified Mean?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jul 29, 2021 4:55:12 PM

Your heating and air conditioning system is one of the most expensive and complex parts of your home. Keeping it running smoothly and repairing it when there are problems is important. Finding the right HVAC contractor is one of the best ways to ensure that your HVAC system operates at peak efficiency for the longest time possible.  An experienced and certified technician is an invaluable resource, and the person you’ll count on to keep you and your family comfortable in your home year round.

Qualifications are a key factor when choosing an HVAC contractor. They should have more than the bare minimum of  expertise.  Your contractor should be fully licensed and have experience.  He or she should be a member of industry organizations that set standards for licensing and best practices.

Additional third-party certifications are also available that HVAC technicians can earn.   Being certified by NATE is one of most prestigious in the industry, and the only one accepted by the entire HVAC industry. At Ohio Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re proud of the fact that we only employ NATE certified technicians. But, what does this designation mean for you as the homeowner?   NATE-3-1

What does NATE Certified mean?

North American Technicians Excellence, Inc. (NATE) develops and promotes excellence in the installation and service of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) equipment by recognizing high-quality industry technicians through voluntary testing and certification. NATE is supported by a broad spectrum of industry representatives including contractors, distributors, educators, manufacturers, technicians and utilities.

What does employing NATE certified technicians mean to you?

NATE certified technicians are recognized as meeting the highest industry standards for knowledgeable installation and services of HVAC equipment and systems. This level of expertise means they are more likely to install and service systems right the first time. As a homeowner, this translates into better customer service, fewer callbacks and better word of mouth.

By hiring NATE-certified technicians, customers know they are getting employees who know what they are doing and who are serious about customer service.

Manufacturers and distributors of HVAC equipment endorse NATE certification because it encourages proper installation and service of equipment, which ultimately means fewer service calls and warranty returns later on.  

Other advantages for homeowners and the HVAC industry include:

  • Certified techs stay in the industry longer and are more productive than non-certified techs.
  • NATE provides a uniform standard of knowledge that trainers can use to prepare the future HVAC workforce.
  • Properly trained and tested technicians can assure the correct installation and servicing of HVAC equipment, which saves homeowners on their energy bills over time.

NATE certified technicians will size and install your system so that it operates at peak efficiency, saving you money and energy.  This is significant because, according to www.energystar.gov, improper installation of your HVAC equipment can reduce its efficiency by up to 30 percent! No one wants higher utility bills and a shorter life for their equipment.

Ohio Heating & Air can provide complete services for you and your family. We've been a leader in residential and commercial heating and cooling for over 16 years.  Whether for repair, maintenance,  installation or replacement, choose Ohio Heating & Cooling We have the experience to meet all of your heating and cooling needs.

Complete customer satisfaction is one of our top priorities. We can deliver the quality and comfort your family deserves.    

 

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Topics: Residential Heating, refrigeration equipment, commercial heating & cooling, NATE certified

Zoning Your Home's Heating & Air System

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jan 29, 2021 1:08:00 PM

Are you having problems finding a temperature that everyone in your home agrees on? What is Ohio Heating energy savingscomfortable for some people isn't ideal for others. There are those who like to sleep in a cold room, while others like it warmer. There are ways to combat the temperature wars at your home. 

System zoning lets you control the temperature of your heating and air conditioning system in the different rooms of your home. 

Zoning allows you to divide your house into areas with varying temperatures. This can be cost-efficient as you can control the conditioning areas you don’t use often or where others want a different temperature.

Zoning can successfully control the airflow and temperature needs in a specific area without affecting other areas. Zoning, if done properly, can save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bills.

As you have probably noticed, heat rises, which leaves your first floor feeling nice, your second floor hot, your attic hotter, and your basement pretty chilly. Not only do you have natural laws adding to the varying temperatures in your house, but windows and winds can find their way into changing the temperature in your home. 

Expecting to have one thermostat in one room of your house to control all of the rooms in your home is unrealistic. Zoning solves the inconsistent and discomforting temperatures in your home by setting up four thermostats in four separate areas or zones of your home. 

There are two main benefits of zoning your home:

Energy efficiency: By controlling different areas of your home, you can save up to 30% on your energy bills, which can be hundreds of dollars each year. 

Home comfort: Whether you want different areas of your home the same temperature or different, everyone in the home is comfortable.

The team at Ohio Heating & Air has helped thousands of families stop the thermostat wars and enjoy the comfort of their homes. We are the experts in zoning your HVAC system. We offer a full line of zoning temperature controls

Ohio Heating & Air has the knowledge and resources to deliver comfort and safety in a home heating or air conditioning system. From small homes to large ones, we have become a trusted name in Columbus and Central Ohio.

As a Bryant factory authorized dealerwe offer competitive prices on custom systems. Bryant_Factory_logo_crop-8-584996-edited-1Whether a basic system or a high-end, energy-efficient system with zone control, we have an intelligent indoor climate solution for you.

Call us at 614-863-6666 to learn more about zoning your home's heating & air system.

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Topics: Residential Heating, Zoning

Our Techs Are NATE Certified

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 22, 2020 11:56:32 AM

Hiring the right heating and air conditioning contractor is important to ensure that your HVAC system operates at peak efficiency for years to come. Not only do you want someone who is licensed but also technicians that are NATE certified.
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There are many third-party certifications that HVAC technicians can earn. Being certified by NATE is one of most prestigious in the industry, and the only one accepted by the entire HVAC industry. At Ohio Heating & Air, we’re proud of the fact that we only employ NATE certified technicians. But, what does this designation mean for the average homeowner in Columbus?

What Does NATE Certified Mean?

North American Technicians Excellence, Inc. (NATE) develops and promotes excellence in the installation and service of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment by recognizing high-quality industry technicians through voluntary testing and certification. NATE is supported by a broad spectrum of industry representatives including contractors, distributors, educators, manufacturers, technicians and utilities.

Why Does Hiring a NATE Certified Tech Matter?

NATE certified technicians are recognized as meeting the highest industry standards for knowledgeable installation and services of HVAC equipment and systems. Because NATE certified technicians meet those high, industry-established standards, it is more likely that they will install and service systems right the first time. 

By hiring NATE-certified technicians, customers know they are getting employees who know what they are doing and who are serious about providing the best service possible

NATE certified technicians will size and install your system so that it operates at peak efficiency, saving you money and energy.   This is significant because, according to www.energystar.gov, improper installation of your HVAC equipment can reduce its efficiency by up to 30 percent! This means higher utility bills and a shorter life for your equipment.

Ohio Heating & Air can provide help you find the right equipment for your home and your budget. 

614-863-6666

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Topics: Residential Heating, refrigeration equipment, commercial heating & cooling, NATE certified

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