Columbus, Ohio, has specific building codes for heating and ventilation. For owners and occupants, it is important to know these building codes.
Here are the applicable building codes in Columbus, Ohio, that relate to heating:
Every room that is inhabitable must have at least one window or skylight for ventilation. § 4523.02
“Ventilation” means the supply and removal of air to and from a space by natural or mechanical means. § 4501.43
Every dwelling and dwelling unit shall have heating facilities, which are properly installed, vented, and maintained in safe operating condition and are capable of safely and adequately heating all habitable rooms, bathrooms, and water closet compartments located therein to a temperature of at least seventy (70) Fahrenheit when the outside temperature is zero (0) degrees Fahrenheit. § 4523.05(a)
It shall be the responsibility of the occupant to operate the heating facilities in order to maintain temperatures at all times in all portions of the dwelling or dwelling unit and the premises which he occupies and controls so as to prevent injury or damage to water pipes and plumbing whenever operation of the heating facilities is under his control. § 4523.05(b)
It shall be the responsibility of the owner, operator or agent to operate the heating facilities in order to maintain at least seventy (70) degrees Fahrenheit temperature when the outside temperature is zero (0) degrees Fahrenheit or above in all portions of the dwelling or dwelling unit and the premises which he occupies or controls so as to prevent injury to the health of the occupants or damage to water pipes and plumbing whenever operation of the heating facilities is under his control. § 4523.05(c)
A “space heater” refers to a room heater, which is a self-contained, above-the-floor device for furnishing heated air through openings in its casing directly into the space in which the device is located or immediately adjacent to it. The device may be freestanding or recessed in a wall or partition. § 4501.38
Unvented space heaters are prohibited. § 4523.05(d)
A clearance of at least twelve (12) inches for the rear and sides and at least twenty-four (24) inches for the top and front of all room or space heaters is required. § 4523.05(e)
Open flame radiant type space heaters are prohibited. § 4523.05(f)
Burning of coal or wood in a fireplace not designed for such use is prohibited. § 4523.05(g)
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