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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.

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Topics: Residential Heating, Furnaces, Temperature Controls

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

The Best Way to Set Your Programmable Thermostat in Winter

Posted by Ohio Heating

Oct 26, 2020 1:09:02 PM

Installing a programmable thermostat in your home can save you money on your energy bill without sacrificing your family's comfort.    

Heating your home using a programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the times you turn on the heat according to a pre-set schedule. These thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.

GENERAL THERMOSTAT OPERATION  WiFi  thermostat 2

You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill -- a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.

A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings.

In fact, as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly. The lower the interior temperature, the slower the heat loss. So the longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save, because your house has lost less energy than it would have at the higher temperature.

Programmable thermostats can trim about $180 a year from your energy bill by automatically reducing your heating when you need it least.

But do you know the best settings for winter?

Industry experts recommend the following temperatures when working away from home:

  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.  68 degrees
  • 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  60 degrees
  • 5:30 to 11 p.m.  68 degrees
  • 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.  60 degrees

The nighttime recommendation may seem a little chilly, but you can adjust according to what’s comfortable for you. However, research has shown that cooler temperatures ( mid-60s vs upper-60s/low-70s ) promote better sleep, and may even increase your metabolism.

If you are going to be away from home for a few days, they also recommend setting the thermostat to 55 degrees. 

Ohio Heating knows you want solutions to your temperature control issues. You don't have to suffer having your thermostat in an inconvenient location. We offer a wide range of solutions to let you customize your home. Choose from our wide range of thermostats:

  • Programmable
  • Hydronic
  • Voice Control                                                                        
  • WiFi Wireless
  • Digital
  • Manual
  • and more!
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Topics: Temperature Controls, Programmable Thermostat, heating your home

Is a Wi-Fi Thermostat Worth the Money?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jan 28, 2020 10:29:51 AM

Wi-Fi thermostats also known as Wi-Fi Smart thermostats are very popular right now.  Typically they cost more than a regular thermostat and may homeowners are wondering if they are worth the added expense.

Your thermostat acts as the main point of access for your heating and cooling system. Many of these new models learn your schedule and that can save you money. A Wi-Fi Smart thermostat  can turn itself down when you're away, to avoid heating or cooling an empty house. Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat

The more advanced models will even produce reports telling you how much energy you’re using and how you can utilize your system better, a feature well worth the slightly higher investment. The new temperature controls can pay for themselves in energy savings.

It allows you to determine when and at what temperature air is circulated. The remote access capabilities alone could be worth the extra money. While the features of the Wi-Fi devices are always changing and improving, even the most basic models allow you to: Adjust your home's temperature anytime, anywhere from a mobile device. 

(Keep in mind that most utility companies offer rebates on the newer thermostats, to help you offset the cost.)

There are plenty of devices to choose from: Honeywell, Nest, & Sensi are a few of the top brands.

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control
If you’re wanting the best, look no further than the Honeywell Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. Imagine sitting on the couch with you significant offer, “Baby it’s cold in here.” This unit comes with an awesome feature called far-field voice control.

Simply say, “Hello, thermostat, I’m feeling cold.” and the thermostat changes setting by 1 degree. There are many pre-programmed commands to tell the thermostat an action you’d like it to perform.

The unit has a very user friendly interface, very snappy and responsive. Flexible scheduling breaks away from the standard 7-day programming of other thermostats. It will allow for very unique schedules with 4 programmable periods per day.

The wifi thermostat also features smart response learning to better understand your heating and cooling needs. 

The Honeywell Lyric and Lyric T5 rely on your phone's geofencing feature to tell whether you're home or away. You can set the range to either 500 feet or 7 miles so that when you get outside of that 500-foot or 7-mile range, your thermostat should automatically set to "Away mode." When you cross back under that threshold, it's supposed to return to "Home mode" so it's nice and cozy when you arrive.

Use your smartphone to manage your smart thermostat...

Or use your tablet or computer. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection, or use the free app for smartphone/tablet to manage the thermostat remotely and take advantage of savings when away and maintain comfort when home. Simple setup takes the hassle out of programming your thermostat. You can also control the thermostat using the touch screen and change the background color to match your paint color or personal preference.

Wi-Fi Thermostat features:

  • 7-day programming
  • Simple setup
  • Energy-saving mode
  • Large color touch screen
  • Smart, flexible scheduling
  • Advanced fan/comfort control
  • Indoor humidity sensor
  • 1-year limited warranty

 

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we know you want the temperature of your home to be cozy and comfortable. We have a full line of temperature controls to solve any of your heating and cooling issues.

Whether you want to control your home's temperature from the internet or you just need a basic thermostat, our NATE certified techs can find the right solution for you and your budget. Give us a call today at 614.863.6666.

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What You Need to Know About Wi-Fi Thermostats

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 17, 2018 7:45:53 AM

Your thermostat acts as the main point of access for your heating and cooling system. It allows you to determine when and at what temperature air is circulated. Today's thermostats have improved immensely, so if your thermostat is older than ten years, you may want to consider a new Wi-Fi or smart thermostat.  

One of the most common types of temperature controls is a programmable thermostat.  To configure them, you simply enter in a general schedule that's consistent with the times you expect to be home or away. While they control the temperature automatically, they aren't exactly smart as you still have to make adjustments manually if you want to tweak the existing programming settings. WiFi  thermostat 2

Honeywell is making it easier for homeowners to control the temperature in their homes. The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat and the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control all rely on algorithmic-based learning. With these three thermostats, you can input the basic parameters for your schedule, similar to a traditional programmable model, but they also have the ability to learn your schedule over time and adapt automatically to changing patterns.

The Wi-Fi Smart  is ideally suited or the connected home and today's smartphone. It's packed with smart features, a customizable touch screen and our simple setup - the easiest way to program your thermostat. 

The Honeywell Lyric and Lyric T5 rely on your phone's geofencing feature to tell whether you're home or away. You can set the range to either 500 feet or 7 miles so that when you get outside of that 500-foot or 7-mile range, your thermostat should automatically set to "Away mode." When you cross back under that threshold, it's supposed to return to "Home mode" so it's nice and cozy when you arrive.

Use your smartphone to manage your smart thermostat

Or use your tablet or computer. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection, or use the free app for smartphone/tablet to manage the thermostat remotely and take advantage of savings when away and maintain comfort when home. Simple setup takes the hassle out of programming your thermostat. You can also control the thermostat using the touch screen and change the background color to match your paint color or personal preference.

Your Wi-Fi Thermostat features:

  • 7-day programming
  • Simple setup
  • Energy-saving mode
  • Large color touch screen
  • Smart, flexible scheduling
  • Advanced fan/comfort control
  • Indoor humidity sensor
  • 1-year limited warranty

A programmable thermostat, or even better, a model that learns your schedule can save you money. The more advanced models will even produce reports telling you how much energy you’re using and how you can utilize your system better, a feature well worth the slightly higher investment. The new temperature controls can pay for themselves in energy savings.

At Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning, we know you want the temperature of your home to be cozy and comfortable. We have a full line of temperature controls to solve any of your heating and cooling issues.

Whether you want to control your home's temperature from the internet or you just need a basic thermostat, our NATE certified techs can find the right solution for you and your budget. Give us a call today at 614.863.6666.

Learn More Now!
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Topics: Temperature Controls, Wi-Fi Thermostat

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