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12 Things You Didn’t Know About Ocean County and Toms River

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by admin

We live and work in an interesting area. That’s not news to anyone who lives here, of course. There’s a reason why the shore population explodes during the summer months. The Toms River region, and the Jersey Shore as a whole, is a fantastic place to be. That’s why we set our business roots down here all the way back in 1970.

Over the years, we’ve come to love the history of our community just as much as we love the people, places, sights, and sounds of it.

With that in mind, this month we’ve gathered a dozen quirky and cool facts from throughout the history of Toms River and Ocean County, some old, and some recent. We think you’ll find them interesting. We sure did!

  1. The true “Tom” of “Toms River” is unclear, but it’s widely believed to have been named after Thomas Luker, a ferryman who used to run a ferry that crossed the Toms River, which at the time was called Goose Creek. English Captain William Tom and a Native American man called Tom have both been possible origins of the name, too.
  2. A long, long time ago, Toms River was part of Shrewsbury Township. So long ago, in fact, it pre-dates the United States. Way back in 1767, before the U.S. was the U.S., a royal charter was acquired allowing a portion of Shrewsbury to secede and become Dover Township.
  3. The town continued to be known as Dover until 2006. Up until then, “Toms River” was an unofficial name sometimes used to describe the downtown area.
  4. A lot of surrounding towns would look a lot different if it wasn’t for Toms River, because portions of the town have been snipped off and became part of other communities. Towns like Jackson, Manchester, Barnegat, Berkeley and others were all created in part by tracts of land that used to be part of Toms River.
  5. The same holds true for Ocean County as a whole. The county used to be part of Monmouth County. It was finally split off into its own county in 1850.
  6. A little bit of Burlington County was also snipped off to form Ocean County, specifically Little Egg Harbor.
  7. When Ocean County separated from Monmouth County, a vote was held to decide what the county seat would be. The village of Toms River won, but another village was close in the running and almost won: Lakehurst. Imagine how different Ocean County would be if Lakehurst was the county seat!
  8. The Village of Toms River tried to secede from Dover Township two times in the early 1900s. Both efforts failed.
  9. The largest town in Ocean County is by far Jackson, which is just over 100 square miles in size.
  10. As of 2000, Ocean County was home to the wealthiest community in New Jersey: Mantoloking, which had a per capita income of over $114,000 as of 1999. (Second place is Saddle River in Bergen County, with an $85,000 income per capita.)
  11. Six Flags Great Adventure is probably bigger than you realize. As of 2012, after the amusement park was officially combined with the safari, it became the second largest theme park in the world, second only to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  12. The Garden State Parkway is now an essential part of life here, but the Parkway wasn’t always around. It didn’t connect the shore with North Jersey until the 1950s. Prior to that, people often had to make that the long trek on Route 9.

We could go on, but perhaps we’ll save some more tidbits for a future article. In the meantime, we hope you enjoyed. If you know some cool trivia and facts about our area, tell us about them in the Facebook comments!

Why Annual Furnace Inspections Really ARE Necessary

Posted on: November 6th, 2018 by admin

As a homeowner and a consumer, it’s easy to be skeptical when a heating and air conditioning company suggests you get an annual furnace inspection. It probably sounds like a sales pitch to you, and since you’ve never had annual maintenance done on your furnace before and everything has been fine, it’s got to be some kind of sales scam, right?

The truth is, annual furnace inspections really are an important part of home maintenance.

The experts to listen to on this topic aren’t HVAC contractors like us, either. Instead, listen to the furnace manufacturers themselves. Every furnace manufacturer recommends annual service and maintenance on their products. Further, these manufacturers include language in their warranties indicating that damage caused by improper maintenance, or a lack of maintenance, is not covered under warranty. (To be clear, the chances of you having a warranty claim rejected because you didn’t have annual inspections are exceedingly slim, though take note that they can ask for your service records before approving a warranty claim.)

According to a report on the subject from Angie’s List, “The manufacturers that built them all agree on this; you should get it serviced once [a year] for heating and once for cooling,” said Paul Mills, an HVAC tech from North Carolina. “Tuning it up and checking it out is definitely recommended. Much like a car, if you ignore it, a lot more things break. You [will] extend the life of it and help prevent major breakdowns.”

Annual inspections can be referred to a number of ways, but the terms are largely interchangeable. Annual maintenance, a checkup, a “tune up,” and others. All mean basically the same thing: a thorough review of your furnace and related systems by a qualified professional, checking for leaks, blockages, rust, corrosion, wear and tear on parts, and overall safety. Sometimes this might include a cleaning, too, if necessary.

No, you’re not going to discover some expensive problem with it every year – and that’s the point. The idea is to prevent problems before they happen, extending the lifespan of your furnace and addressing issues before they become expensive fixes.

In fact, more than half of no-heat service calls made during the winter could have been avoided had the furnace been serviced in the autumn.

As Fox Business noted in its report on the topic, “The best analogy is going to the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning; probably not necessary, but recommended.”

Depending on the age of your furnace, there is some flexibility in how often you get yours serviced. If you have a new furnace, it’s safe to have inspections every other year. When your furnace is over a decade old, however, an annual inspection is recommended.

A further benefit of annual maintenance is that it can help your heating system operate more efficiently, which means spending less money on your energy bills. Even routine maintenance you can do yourself can make a big difference. According to Energy Star, a branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), simply changing your air filters every three months can result in a reduction in your energy bills. A programmable thermostat can help, too.

Want to more about what is entailed with annual furnace maintenance? Contact us at (732) 244-2880 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

TV Show “George to the Rescue” Featuring Toms River Heating & Air Conditioning

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by admin

When Sergeant George “Tyler” McGibbon of Toms River, NJ returned home in 2017, the wounded warrior was welcomed with open arms. To help him transition back to civilian life, a squad of friends, family, contractors, decorators and veterans support groups went into action – including the team at Mitsubishi Electric, ABCO, and Toms River Heating & Air – to customize a home living space for him.
Renowned actor Gary Sinise set the project in motion with his RISE program which provides injured veterans with specially customized smart home makeovers. They teamed with George To The Rescue, the hit NBC TV show that undertakes home makeovers for people in need.

Soon after, the garage in the McGibbon family home had been transformed into a new living space with full bed, bath and living room customized for Sgt. McGibbon. Stylish, roomy and functional, it’s an all-new place to call home as he continues therapy and readjusts to daily life.

Maximizing limited home space. Jason Wong of ABCO’s Lakewood, NJ branch spoke to the versatility of Mitsubishi Electric’s ductless equipment. “It lets us tailor HVAC systems to meet specific needs of individual customers. That’s what we did for Sgt. McGibbon.” The job called for a heating and cooling solution that didn’t take up a lot of space and provided year round comfort, durability and energy efficiency.

The indoor Mitsubishi MLZ one-way ceiling cassette heat pump was installed in the bedroom and living areas

Out of sight comfort from above. Mitsubishi Electric MXZ-C One-Way Ceiling Cassette Heat Pump
The indoor Mitsubishi MLZ one-way ceiling cassette heat pump was installed in the bedroom and living areas.
The units are compact and fit snugly between standard ceiling joists and are ideal for retrofit and new construction.

  • Sleek design easy mounting
  • A variety of speeds and capacities
  • Sync with wifi kumo cloud app for remote control
  • Quiet operation reducing distracting noise
  • Washable antibacterial and deodorizing filters that capture & neutralize bacteria, pollen, and other airborne allergens
  • Accessible from bottom, no access panel is required

Stylish cozy all year, the way it should be.

For even more convenience, the units are sync’ed up with the kumo cloud wifi system. “Our ductless system was a logical choice for this project in which a small space was skillfully turned into a new fully-outfitted, roomy and comfortable apartment for Sgt. McGibbon,” said Tim Rabel of Mitsubishi Electric.

Catch the whole story . Now you can meet the family, the friends, the fire fighters and town officials who pitched in to make the project a success. Because George to the rescue chronicled it from beginning to end and will broadcast it on NBC TV on October 27, 2018. Tune in and learn all the details of this story of courage, coming home and inspiration.