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How to Choose an Air Purifier

Posted by Ohio Heating

Nov 11, 2021 1:30:00 PM

As cold weather approaches and we spend more time indoors. it is time to consider a whole house air cleaner.  air cleaner 22-108529-edited

On average, we take about 20,000 breaths a day and spend more than 90% of our time indoors. The level of environmental pollutants can be five times higher indoors than outside making a case for cleaning the air inside our homes.

if anyone in your family suffers from allergies, sneezing, wheezing, red eyes or asthma, a whole house air cleaner can help reduce the exposure to mold, pollen, dust, dander, and other toxins in the air.

The first line of defense is to clean the air in your home. Removing dust, allergens and odors can do wonders for the health and quality of your family's life.

Here are some types of air cleaners to consider:

HEPA FILTERS  
By definition, true HEPA filters are at least 99.97% efficient at filtering 0.3 μm mass median diameter (MMD) particles in standard tests. Most penetrating particle sizes may be smaller than 0.3 μm, so the filtration efficiency of most penetrating particles can be slightly lower. HEPA filter efficiency is better than MERV 16. HEPA air filter

HEPA filters may not be an appropriate option for some into HVAC systems due to high-pressure drops and the likelihood that systems will need new filter racks to allow sufficient sealing to prevent filter bypass.

To function properly, HEPA filters must be sealed properly in filter racks. Filters are often delicate and require careful handling to prevent damage and preserve performance.

ELECTRONIC AIR FILTERS
There include a wide variety of electrically-connected air-cleaning devices designed to remove particles from airstreams.

Removal typically occurs by electrically charging the particles using corona wires orby generating ions (e.g., pin ionizers), and:
• Collecting particles on oppositely charged plates (precipitators, ESP),or
• Charged particles’ enhanced removal by a mechanical air filter, or
• Charged particles’ deposition on room surfaces.

The fraction of particles removed from the air by an electronic filter is termed “removal efficiency.”

The effectiveness of reducing particle concentrations depends on:
• Removal efficiency
• Air flow rate through the filter
• Size and number of particles
• Location of the filter in the HVAC system
• Maintenance and cleanliness of electronic filter componentsUltraviolet germicidal irradiation 6-17 at 2.05.12 PM

It is critical to wipe the wires in electrostatic precipitators as silicone buildup reduces efficiency. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using electronic air filters.

ULTRAVIOLET ENERGY (UV-C)
Ultraviolet energy inactivates viral, bacterial, and fungal organisms so they are unable to replicate and potentially cause disease.

The entire UV spectrum is capable of inactivating microorganisms, but UV-C energy (wavelengths of 100 – 280 nm) provides the most germicidal effect, with 265 nm being the optimum wavelength.

The majority of modern UVGI lamps create UV-C energy with an electrical discharge through a low-pressure gas (including mercury vapor) enclosed in a quartz tube, similar to fluorescent lamps.

Roughly 95% of the energy produced by these lamps is radiated at a near-optimal wavelength of 253.7 nm. UV-C light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are emerging for use.

Types of disinfection systems using UV-C energy:
• In-duct air disinfection
• Upper-air disinfection
• In-duct surface disinfection
• Portable room decontamination

BIPOLAR IONIZATION/CORONA DISCHARGE / NEEDLEPOINT IONIZATION AND OTHER ION OR REACTIVE OXYGEN AIR CLEANERS iWave-C
Air cleaners using reactive ions and/or reactive oxygen species (ROS) have become prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic. New devices that are not mentioned elsewhere in this guidance likely fall into this category. iWave air cleaner-1

Technologies utilize various methods to create reactive ions in the air that react with airborne contaminants, including viruses. The design of the systems can be modified to create mixtures of reactive oxygen species (ROS), ozone, hydroxyl radicals, and superoxide anions.

If you’re looking for air filtration systems for any environment, whether industrial, commercial, restaurant, or healthcare, Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has an air cleaning solution for you.

We provide professional air filtration services individually tailored to meet the requirements of our clients. We offer a broad line of equipment to satisfy your air quality and air compliance requirements. Call 614-863-6666 to learn more.
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Do You Need an Air Purifier for Spring?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 16, 2021 12:04:55 PM

Spring is finally here, but it brings with it problems for many allergy sufferers. Seasonal allergiesallergies or hay fever are an immune response to pollen and mold. Your immune system sees these allergens as a threat and then an allergic reaction happens. Histamine is produced by antibodies to fight off the allergens. This causes many of the symptoms of allergies, such as a runny nose or sneezing.

Seasonal allergies are often caused by grass or tree pollen in the spring. In Ohio, we usually get tree pollen bloom in early March. Grass pollen is common in late spring and generally lasts until July. 

The nice spring weather may make you want to go outside or throw open your windows, but if you have spring allergies, monitor the pollen count. The higher the count, the worse your allergies will be. The National Allergy Bureau of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology is a good place to check.

If you suffer from hay fever, besides consulting a healthcare professional, you may want to consider adding a whole-house air purifier to your HVAC system. 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. 

As we are all spending more time in our homes, improving the quality of your indoor air is essential. Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning is a company that is not only a leader in heating and air conditioning systems but in providing our customers the highest quality of indoor air.  Our indoor air quality experts can diagnose and help you solve any indoor air quality issues you may have. 

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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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Topics: Indoor Air Quality, Air Cleaner, Air Filters, whole house air cleaners

Do You Know Why You Should Change Your Air Filter Monthly?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Dec 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

When was the last time you checked your furnace filter?  Dirty filters are the most common heating system issues that we see in Columbus and Central Ohio.  Many homeowners don't realize that your air filter plays a very important role in establishing the comfort level of your home and it should be changed monthly during peak usage.

ductwork.jpgA dirty filter can cause:

  • Diminished airflow.  Badly clogged filters can prevent air from passing through as it should. This means your system is working much harder than it should to supply the right amount of conditioned air in your home.
  • Frozen coil. If your cooling system is running harder due to a clogged filter, you also run the risk of having the cooling coil freeze inside of the system.
  • Total loss of cooling or heating. This is also a probability if your air filter goes unchanged for months and months on end. This happens because the system has worked so hard that something breaks or wears out and needs to be replaced or serviced.
  • Short cycling. Short cycling means the heating and cooling system turns on and off more than it should. When your system short cycles, it could overheat or break down from the added work, potentially causing damage to the equipment.

Other side effects are:

  • Shorter equipment life cycles
  • Higher fuel bills
  • Poor air quality
  • More dust or dirt in your home

If you’re not sure when you last switched out your filter, it may be a good time to do so in order to get around any potential damage that may come with a clogged air filter.

If you don’t know where your home’s filter is located or you simply have a question about the variety of air filters available, give Ohio Heating and Cooling a call 614.863.6666.  We also have a variety of affordable whole house air cleaners to meet any of your family's needs and your budget.  These provide a much cleaner environment and can reduce toxins in the air.

Need a new furnace or boiler? We have a heating solution for your  home that won't break your budget.  We offer a full line of traditional gas furnaces, oil furnaces, variable speed furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps.  

Buying a new heating system for your home can be confusing.  Selecting just the right options and features can be difficult.  Our highly trained team at Ohio Heating and Cooling can help you make the right decision.

Our sales, service and installation teams are specially-trained in the design and installation of heating and cooling systems. They can help you determine the right system for your home and your budget.  

Ohio Heating and Cooling, residential heating & cooling contractors, who have the  North American Technician Excellence (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 our technician steps into your home, you know you are getting someone who has demonstrated exceptional levels of knowledge in HVAC.

We repair and service all makes and models.

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Topics: Air Filters, furnace filter, whole house air cleaners, residential heating & cooling contractors

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