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It's Time to Check Your Furnace

Posted by Ohio Heating

Sep 22, 2020 9:53:00 PM

It's the first day of Fall.  Unfortunately, summer is officially over and it is time to think about your furnace inspection-1heating system before the cold weather blows in. This is the perfect time to perform an annual furnace inspection to protect your family and your equipment in the coming months.  

Maintaining your system will result in:
  • Increased Efficiency
  • Quieter Operation
  • Fewer Opportunities for Breakdowns
  • Greater Peace of Mind    
Follow these steps to insure your equipment is ready for winter:
  • Begin with your air filter; these filters can collect dust and debris quickly, so it is important to replace your air filters every month. This task is simple and easy to do and it is key to keep your furnace clear of debris and running properly.
  • It is also a smart idea to start your furnace early. You do not want to learn that your furnace is not working when you actually need it. Since it’s been warm outside the past few months, something might have malfunctioned with your furnace. If your furnace is 15 years or older, you may want to consider replacing it. Older furnaces may only use 60% of the available heat to warm your house. Newer ones are 94% efficient and can save you money on your energy bill each month.
  • Cleaning your air ducts and vents are another mindless task that can make all the difference in the air flow of your home. Clean the vents and ducts around your home by removing the vent covers and by using the extension hose of your vacuum cleaner, all the debris should vanish.
  • Keeping all vents around your home is important for air flow and cost efficiency. It does not save you money if you close air vents in a selected few rooms that you are not using, this just makes the other open air vents work harder to circulate and warm up the rooms that the vents are closed in. If your home has floor vents, make sure that nothing is covering or blocking that vent from getting the air out.
  • Check your outdoor exhaust flue to see if there is anything in the way. You may find an animal nest or plant covering it. Also, many people store summer items next to their furnace which can be a safety hazard. If you have anything flammable such as a lawnmower, weed-eaters, or gas cans surrounding your furnace, you should promptly move it away from your furnace before you begin to run it.
  • This may sound like a no-brainer but make sure that your thermostat is set to its heating mode. Your furnace will not activate if you set your thermostat above room temperature and it is still on air conditioning mode.
  • It is also be a good idea to have a professional come out and tune up or check your furnace. You may find that you need another furnace or your old one fixed.

Maintaining your home's furnace helps extend the life or your equipment. So perform a furnace check early, before it’s too late!

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer a full line of traditional gas furnaces, variable speed furnaces and heat pumps and humidifiers. We also have highly effective media air cleaners that help remove particles from the air measuring just 1/24,000 of an inch. 

Our sales, service and installation teams are specially-trained in the design and installation of heating systems. They can help you determine which system is right for your home. We also offer easy financing options to make easy to afford a new system.

 We sell and service all makes and models.

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Topics: Maintenance, Residential Heating, Furnaces

Learn How to Winterize Your Home

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 13, 2018 11:01:58 AM

Even if you can't afford major repairs, such as a new furnace or new windows, there are small things you can do to save lots of money on heating costs – and you can handle most of them yourself. If you are interested in a cost-efficient way to winterize your home safely, the following tips are for you.

Here are 7 tips to prepare your home for winter:

  1. Apply window film. If you're really set on reducing your heating bill and don't mind energy savings 22investing some money, you could have window film installed over your windows. You'll find the film in home improvement stores. During the winter, it can reduce heat loss through old windows by up to 40 percent.
  2. Close the fireplace dampers. Warm air can escape through the chimney.
  3. Add some blankets to your bed. For every 1 degree you set your thermostat back, you can save 1 to 3 percent on your annual heating costs.
  4. Some simple things you can do are easy tasks such as reversing 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 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. Replace and clean 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 want to save money on your energy bills, use these 7 tips to see some return in your bills this winter. If you are interested in a new, more efficient furnace, contact Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning for a free estimate on the cost of a new furnace.  Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing furnace installation, service and repairs to residents in Columbus and Central Ohio for over 20 years.  Our NATE certified technicians are highly trained and can recommend the best heating system for your home and your budget. 

 

 

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Topics: Residential Heating, Furnaces, energy savings, Temperature Controls

Here Are Some Tips for Hiring an HVAC Contractor

Posted by Ohio Heating

Aug 10, 2018 10:30:19 AM

Are you thinking about a new heating and cooling system for your home?  Finding a professional you can trust can be difficult and confusing. Hiring a heating and cooling (HVAC) contractor is a big decision. 

You want to get a great price on a new system, but picking an unlicensed contractor with a too good to be true deal, can cause HVAC contractor helpyou lots of problems down the line. 

An unlicensed contractor often provides untrustworthy diagnoses, unreliable repairs, and shoddy craftsmanship.  Many homeowners have experienced serious problems and even safety issues when working with contractors who work outside of the laws and regulations designed to protect both you and the environment.

Here are some tips for finding the right contractor:

1. Hire a contractor who is licensed and insured. Before you call a contractor, know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help potential contractors better understand your heating needs.

2. Ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers for referrals. You can also contact local trade organizations for names of members in your area.

3.  Ask contractors for customer references and call them. Ask about the contractor's installation or service performance, and if the job was completed on time and within budget.

4. Check for rebates and special offers.A heating and cooling system is one of the largest purchases you'll make as a homeowner. 

5. The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and home to assess your needs. A bigger system isn't always better; a contractor should size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house, level of insulation, and windows. A good contractor will inspect your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks and insulation and measure airflow to make sure it meets manufacturers specifications.

6. Get written, itemized estimates and be sure to compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties. 
The lowest price may not be the best deal if it's not the most efficient equipment, because your energy costs will be higher.

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we constantly work to educate and train our technicians. We employ NATE certified technicians, licensed plumbers and gas fitters, as well as licensed sheet metal workers. Not only is this critical for proper installation, unlicensed personnel pose an increased risk for safety hazards, which could put your family in jeopardy. We are a fully licensed HVAC contractor and also fully bonded. 

We are also a Bryant factory authorized dealer. What Does it Mean to be a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer? 

Bryant_Factory_Authorized_Dealer

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to be a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer. It is not only a privilege, it is a designation that eliminates the guess work of finding the right heating and cooling contractor for you and your family. 

Bryant is so confident in their dealers that they back both product and performance with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Bryant’s Factory Authorized Dealer program is a stringent, standards-based national endorsement.  Less than five percent of HVAC professionals in the country are awarded this distinction.

To be awarded this endorsement Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning had to demonstrate a track record of superior customer service and high levels of technical expertise along with the appropriate industry insurance and licensing. Only HVAC dealers who meet the company’s high standards are considered for this designation.

When you work with Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning as a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, you’ll find that we will go above and beyond to deliver both value and comfort. 

We also have the North American Technician Excellence, known as the NATE certification. 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 one of our technicians step into your home or place of business, you are getting a technician who has demonstrated exceptional levels of knowledge in HVAC.  

Although it can be tempting to choose your contractor based solely on pricing, it pays to be savvy about who you hire to work in your home. Many of our customers call us after researching sites such as Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau, where we have the highest ratings.

BBB_Angies

Don’t get burned by some “fly-by-night” self-described HVAC Contractor. Come to the experts, call Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning at 614.863.6666 today to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate. 

 

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Topics: Residential Heating, hiring an HVAC contracctor

7 Signs Your Furnace Needs Replaced Not Repaired

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 8, 2017 6:56:00 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 7 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 $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.
  7. Does your blower turn on and off frequently? This is another of an aging system when your blower turns on and off frequently, or if it often blows out cold air.
  8. Does your home feel dry or is dusty? Older furnaces can suck the moisture from your home leaving you with a dry feel to it. If someone in your home suffers from a dry nose, throat, or skin, the furnace could be the cause. Other changes that indicate that you need a new furnace are excess dust, static, droopy plants, cracked furniture, or even musical instruments that don’t seem to be in tune.

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. 

We repair and service all makes and models.  

Easy Financing Available!

 

Would you like to learn about how you can extend the life of your furnace?  Just download our free tips here:

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Topics: Residential Heating, Furnaces, Replacing Your Furnace

How to Hire an HVAC Contractor

Posted by Ohio Heating

Oct 7, 2017 2:01:00 PM

If you are considering a new heating and cooling system for your home, hiring a heating and cooling LivingRoomSales-2(HVAC) contractor is a big decision.Everyone wants to get the best price on a new system, but choosing an unlicensed contractor who offers a seemingly money-saving deal can cause a host of problems down the line.

Some of the problems you may face with an unlicensed contractor are untrustworthy diagnoses, unreliable repairs, and shoddy craftsmanship, to name just a few.  Many homeowners have experienced serious problems when working with contractors who work outside of the laws and regulations designed to protect both you and the environment.

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we constantly work to educate and train our technicians. We employ NATE certified technicians, licensed plumbers and gas fitters, as well as licensed sheet metal workers. Not only is this critical for proper installation, unlicensed personnel pose an increased risk for safety hazards, which could put your family in jeopardy. We are a fully licensed HVAC contractor and also fully bonded. 

We are also a Bryant factory authorized dealer. What Does it Mean to be a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer? 

Bryant_Factory_Authorized_Dealer

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to be a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer. It is not only a privilege, it is a designation that eliminates the guess work of finding the right heating and cooling contractor for you and your family. 

Bryant is so confident in their dealers that they back both product and performance with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Bryant’s Factory Authorized Dealer program is a stringent, standards-based national endorsement.  Less than five percent of HVAC professionals in the country are awarded this distinction.

To be awarded this endorsement Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning had to demonstrate a track record of superior customer service and high levels of technical expertise along with the appropriate industry insurance and licensing. Only HVAC dealers who meet the company’s high standards are considered for this designation.

When you work with Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning as a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, you’ll find that we will go above and beyond to deliver both value and comfort. 

We also have the North American Technician Excellence, known as the NATE certification. 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 one of our technicians step into your home or place of business, you are getting a technician who has demonstrated exceptional levels of knowledge in HVAC.  

Although it can be tempting to choose your contractor based solely on pricing, it pays to be savvy about who you hire to work in your home. Many of our customers call us after researching sites such as Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau, where we have the highest ratings.

BBB_Angies

Don’t get burned by some “fly-by-night” self-described HVAC Contractor. Come to the experts, call Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning at 614.863.6666 today to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate. 

 

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Topics: Residential Heating

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