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2nd Opportunity to Help with George to the Rescue

Posted on: November 2nd, 2020 by admin

We recently were honored to have the opportunity to help out a member of our community by taking part in our second project with the TV show George to the Rescue.  

17-year-old Sam suffered a life-changing injury while lifeguarding during the summer of 2019.  After a few months in the hospital, he was released and ready to go home.  However, there was a problem.  His family’s home was built in the 1880’s and was not wheelchair accessible.  Sam has unable to live at home for over a year.
 
George to the Rescue helped remedy this with a few home improvements, the biggest of which was an elevator.  For our part, we were able to work with their existing furnace, but improved it by installing a new Lennox SL18XC036 Air and Harmony III Zone system.  This will allow the family to easily and accurately control the temperature of all the areas of their home. We are so pleased to have been able to be a part of this amazing story.
 
Visit NBC.com to check out the episode and watch Sam come home 

To learn more about the first time we were able to help a member of the community, click here!

Lennox Fall Rebates

Posted on: October 1st, 2020 by admin

Lennox is offering rebates up to $1,350 on qualifying purchases this fall! 

Lennox consumer rebate offer flyer for HVAC repair in Spring Lake clients

 

Sell Between: September 7, 2020 through November 27, 2020

Install By: December 4, 2020

Submit Claims By: December 18, 2020

Disclaimer:  Rebate requires purchase and installation of qualifying items and submission of a completed online rebate form and proof of purchase to lennoxconsumerrebates.com no later than December 18, 2020. Rebate is paid in form of a Lennox Visa® Prepaid card. Card is subject to terms and conditions referenced on card and expires 12 months after the date of issue. Conditions apply. Use your Visa Prepaid card anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted in the U.S. The card is issued by The Bancorp Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. See promotional guidelines for terms and conditions.

They are also offering financing options.  These financing options can be combined with any rebate.  

Whether you are in need of furnace repair in Belmar or HVAC repair in Manasquan, TRHAC is here for you! Contact us anytime for your heating and cooling needs!

Brands We Carry and Why

Posted on: September 1st, 2020 by admin

When we enter a client’s home, we treat it as if it were our own. In order to provide top-quality service, we need to supply and deal with only top-quality products.  We partner with a variety of the best manufacturers to ensure we use only the highest rated components. When it comes to Ocean County HVAC repair, Toms River Heating and Cooling is committed to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations.  We do this with the knowledge and experience of our staff and the value of the products that we use.

Weil-McLain

As stated on the Weil-McLain website, “Weil-McLain, a division of The Marley-Wylain Company, is a leading North American designer and manufacturer of hydronic comfort heating systems for residential, commercial and institutional buildings since 1881.”  Weil-McLain does not employ their own service technicians.  They rely solely on individual distributors like us.  This means they put the trust of their company name in companies like ours.  This also means you can trust that our technicians are expertly trained and highly qualified. 

Lennox

The Lennox heritage: “Beginning with the introduction of the world’s first riveted-steel furnace in 1895, Lennox has focused on delivering on the values of trust, innovation and quality. These values can be seen in every product we manufacture today, and in the Lennox Dealers who stand behind those products.” TRHAC is proud to be one of those dealers.  We are also honored to hold the distinction of being a Lennox Premier Dealer. This means we are held to a higher standard than other dealers. By using Lennox products, we are proud to constantly provide the best service in Ocean County.

Mitsubishi HVAC

Mitsubishi HVAC “is a leading marketer of Zoned Comfort Solutions® and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air-conditioning and heating technology. Systems sold by the joint venture include a wide variety of technologically advanced products designed to deliver superior efficiency, comfort and control.” Mitsubishi has set up a network of state-of-the-art training centers. This ensures that all of their distributors and service professionals have the best education available for their products.

A.O. Smith

A. O. Smith is proud to be known as one of the world’s leading providers of water heating and water treatment solutions.”  They are experts in anything having to do with all types of hot water heaters including gas, electric, and tankless.  They stay on the leading edge by being one of the most innovative companies out there.

Moen

If you didn’t know, a lot of our jobs require plumbing knowledge and expertise as well.  When it comes to plumbing technology and products, Moen is top of the line. They are revolutionizing smart home products with faucets that respond to voice activation and products with touchless features.

Heating and Cooling Repair and Installation in Ocean County and Monmouth County is What We Do

These are just a few of the brands that we carry and use. One of our goals is to provide our customers with the best products available.  The way we accomplish this is by only doing business with companies that are the most innovative and successful enterprises in their respective industries.  We also understand the trust that many of these brands put in businesses like our own to service and install their products. We do not take this lightly and always make sure our technicians are expertly trained. Only when we have exceeded your expectations for HVAC repair in Monmouth County have we done our job.

How to Help Your Air Conditioner Run Efficiently

Posted on: August 1st, 2020 by admin

Ocean County Air Conditioner Repair being done on outdoor condenserIt’s summer!  And it’s a hot one!  We bet everyone has had their a/c on pretty continuously so far this summer.  We thought we’d cover a few tips on how to keep your air conditioner running smoothly, efficiently, and effectively in order to avoid needing Ocean County air conditioner repair.  There are some pretty easy things you can do at home to help keep your home cool while not putting any extra strain on your appliance.  Of course, if there are any issues with your HVAC system, give us a call to come take a look.  If you are noticing any strange sounds, smells, or if it feels like your a/c isn’t able to actually cool your home or maintain a temperature, we should inspect it to make sure there is no major damage or soon-to-be issues to take care of.  The sooner a problem is identified, the easier (and less expensive!) it is to fix! 

From general maintenance to strategic planning, here’s some tips on how to help your a/c function better.

Vents

Take a walk around your house.  Take a look at your vents and registers.  Are they blocked by furniture?  Do they look like they are clogged with dust and pet hair? One super easy thing to do that allows your air conditioner to run effectively is making sure all vents are unblocked and clean of debris.  This not only allows clear air flow, it’s better for you and your family too.

If you’ve heard the myth that closing off vents in rooms you don’t use will save you money, don’t believe it.  It is in fact false.  Your HVAC system was installed as an entire unit.  Meaning it’s meant to function as it was installed. It was designed to function most efficiently with all vents and registers open. When you close off certain air routes, your system is still working as if they are open.  So, by closing or blocking vents and registers, you are causing unnecessary strain on your unit.  Blockages lead to increased pressure which can lead to leaks and breakdowns.  That means higher energy bills and a visit from one of our highly-trained Ocean County air conditioner repair technicians.  Not that we don’t enjoy visiting our customers, but we’re sure you only want to see us for your regularly scheduled maintenance visits!

Thermostat Use

First, we highly recommend having a programmable or smart thermostat installed.  This allows you to set your thermostat to come on and turn off during certain periods of the day depending on your schedule.  Turning the temperature up while you’re not home gives the appliance a break.  Plus, you save on energy bills by not cooling your house when no one is home.  Then, you can set it to come on a little bit before you arrive home so your home is cool on your return.  You can do the same in winter with your heat. 

Secondly, consider moving the setting a few degrees higher than what you normally set it at.  As long as you and your family are still comfortable, a slight change in degrees (down in winter and up in summer) allow you to save money and protect your HVAC system from excessive use.

Lastly, make sure there is no heat-producing appliances installed near your thermostat.  Having anything that produces its own heat near your thermostat will cause it to run when it is not necessary.  If the air around the thermostat is warmer than the rest of your home, you’re a/c will think it needs to keep running when it does not. Extended running time causes unnecessary wear and tear on your entire system leading to early repairs and premature system failure.

Keep it Clean

No, this isn’t a moral request.  We’re talking about both the indoor portion of your unit as well at the outdoor condenser. When it comes to indoors, other than keeping vents clear and clean, make sure the area around your air handler is clean as well.  Ensure there is plenty of room for airflow surrounding the unit.  Making sure there is not a build-up of dirt and grime at the base of the unit and that there’s nothing stored close to or surrounding it.

As far as taking care of the condenser outdoors, don’t plant bushes, trees, or large flowers close to the unit.  It should have a clear flow of air around the entire machine.  A good rule is to keep a full 24 inches of space surrounding your unit. If you think your condenser needs a good cleaning, you can give us a call anytime.  You can also read this for some surface, non-invasive cleaning tips for your condenser.  Just make sure you turn off the power to the unit at your fuse box. Remove any obvious dirt, grime, and debris and rinse the unit well with your hose.

General Maintenance

Besides cleaning the individual portions of your air conditioner, make sure the filter in the air handler is changed at least every 3 months.  If you have a reusable filter, clean it often.  A clogged filter will restrict air flow reducing the efficiency of your unit.  Additionally, we should be inspecting your unit annually.  By having a qualified professional come in and thoroughly check your HVAC system, any small problems can be identified and fixed before they become major, expensive issues. 

If you need your unit inspected, or if you are noticing anything strange about the function of you’re a/c, give us a call today!  When it comes to Ocean County air conditioner repair, look no further than Toms River Heating and Air Conditioning.

Is Your Air Conditioner Good for You?

Posted on: July 1st, 2020 by admin

Most people don’t need convincing that having central air is a good thing.  With the weather warming up and humidity on the rise, central air can help make your home much more comfortable.  But is it good for you?  Well, we are certainly not doctors, so please don’t take this article as medical advice, but, yes, central air does provide certain health benefits.  Having a/c in your home does so much more than just keep your home cool.

Enhanced Air Quality

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One of the advantages of having central air is the benefit of improved indoor air quality. The stipulation on this is that in order for this to be true, you must change your air filter when necessary.  This is typically every three months on average.  Think of all the air in your home being circulated through your HVAC system.  Now put a dirty filter on the end of that.  Not so healthy right?  Now think of the same scenario with a clean, unclogged filter.  Much better.  The filter in your air conditioning system helps reduce mold, mildew, dander, and other air particles from circulation through your home.  With regular cleaning and replacements, an efficient air conditioning unit can effectively reduce asthma attacks by cutting down on allergens such as pollen and dust mites.  Keeping up with regular maintenance items like changing the filter actively improves the air you breath in your home.

Control Humidity

Depending on where you live, humidity can be pretty bad in the summer.  One of he best and easiest ways to combat high humidity levels is with central air.  With proper use of your a/c, you can keep humidity levels right where they need to be.  When levels get too high, pollutants such as mold and mildew can grow out of control.  Too low and people living in your home are at risk of dehydration that can affect the skin and the sinuses.  With appropriate use of you’re a/c, you can easily control the humidity levels in your home and help protect anyone with a respiratory condition from irritants like mold and mildew.

Healthier Sleep Habits

Many people have trouble sleeping in the heat of the summer.  An air conditioning system can help with that.  The ideal temperature to set your air at for nighttime is somewhere around 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  At this temperature, the need for your body to regulate its own temperature greatly reduces.  This can lead to a much more restful sleep. Your body’s temperature normally lowers at night and during sleep so keeping the room where you sleep cooler overnight helps your form healthy sleeping habits.

Air Conditioning Has Some Health Benefits

These are just a few of the reasons to have and maintain an effective air conditioning unit.  From more restful sleep to improved air quality, using your a/c does more than just keep you cool.  However, the only way it does this is if it is well maintained.  An air conditioner with a dirty air filter can cause more harm than good.  This can also be an expensive act of neglect.  By now changing or cleaning your air filter regularly enough, your unit has to work harder than intended.  This can lead to damage early failure of your system.  If it’s been a while since we’ve been out to inspect your HVAC system, contact us today!

Choosing an Air Filter Can Be Confusing

Posted on: June 1st, 2020 by admin

Air filters for furnace repair ocean county, woman looking confused with polka dot bandanna in hair and checkered shirt

The subject of air filters for your furnace can be a confusing topic. You will discover they are sorted by different ratings, have diverse components, and come in distinct sizes. How is an average homeowner supposed to know which air filter is right for their HVAC unit? Which one is right for the dwelling as well as the furnace? With the appearance of COVID-19, it seems like a good time to review the options.  It is important, possibly now more than ever, to keep everything in your home clean and sanitized. Give your home a breath of fresh air by changing your air.

How Do Filters Differ

Filters are produced by a diverse list of suppliers.  They are also made with a varied range of materials which affects their cost, overall performance, and rating. Furnace filters are rated on the MERV scale (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value).  This scores a filter by its efficiency in removing particles in the air from 0.3 – 10.0 μm in size. Air filters that filter out the largest quantity of a certain type of particle have a higher rating.

 

 

Basic Types of Filters

  • Fiberglass filters: These are a very affordable option. They typically have a MERV rating of 1 -4. Meaning, this type of material only filters out larger air particles.  So, if expense is the only factor you happen to be thinking of, they are a good alternative. Nonetheless, you have to remember that since they do not eliminate much besides dust, they are not recommended for homes with people with allergies. When you have no one in the household with allergies or immune concerns, these may be just an appropriate option for you.
  • Electrostatic filters: If you are looking for a filter you don’t need to replace, this is it. Rather than replacing this type of filter, you simply clean it. Typically, this is done by spraying it thoroughly with a hose. They work by making the air particles passing through multiple layers of material have a positive charge.  This causes the particles to stick to the filter before they have a chance to be spread through your home. They’re 97% successful in removing particles from the air.  You won’t find a MERV rating for an electrostatic filter, however.  This is because they’re not a dry media filter.
  • HEPA filters: HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and was originally developed during World War II to safeguard researchers whilst working on the atomic bomb. They needed something that would filter out radioactive particles from the air. That might give you a good idea of just how much these filters can eliminate from the air! The ability to get rid of almost 100% of particulates that are 0.3 μm in size makes a HEPA the most effective filter type on the market. That particular size is known as the MPPS or Most Penetrating Particle Size. It has been found that particles both larger and smaller are much easier to capture with a filter.  So, if a filter can grab almost all of the particles that are this size, it is very efficient.  Keeping this in mind, the capability to remove this much out of the air also indicates they may considerably hamper air flow if your system is not designed to handle that type of filter.  You can always give us a call and we can help you determine what type of filter is best for you.
  • Pleated filters: Normally in the range of 5-12 around the MERV scale, pleated filters end up right in the middle of the scale and make up pretty much the rest of the air filters on the market. A pleated filter is much more effective at removing air particulates than a non-pleated filter no matter the material. Their life span can be slightly longer than the significantly lower priced option also.  They are a great mid-range option that are usually appropriate for just about any system.

When you need a new air filter, the options can be overwhelming.  Thankfully, there are professionals like us who can help you navigate through all the alternatives.  Changing out your air filter is one of the easiest things you can do as a homeowner to help keep your HVAC system running efficiently.  It also helps keep your family healthy and helps reduce the symptoms of allergies and other respiratory issues when you select the right filter. Get in touch with us anytime and we can answer any questions you have!

Mitsubishi Spring Rebate

Posted on: May 1st, 2020 by admin

Mitsubishi is offering a $500 instant rebate for each Mitsubishi Electric System installed by an approved Diamond Contractor – which we are!

Mitsubishi rebate, Slice of home with rooms shown in different colors with different temperature settings with info about rebate

There are only a few requirements: The system must be purchased between March 30, 2020 and July 4, 2020. Also, this is a Diamond Contractor Exclusive so the system must be installed by an approved contractor.

Multiple systems per home may qualify with prior approval.

There is a large list of eligible equipment. Click here to see the full list.

Contact Us today for more information!

Allergy Season is Here – Are You Ready?

Posted on: April 1st, 2020 by admin

Spring is finally here! While the extended daylight hours and rising temperatures are a welcome change for most, if you suffer from allergies, spring may not be your favorite season. Are you prepared? What steps have you taken to help protect you and your family members from air pollutants? Contact us today to discuss which air treatment option is best for your home.

One product we would like to highlight this month is the REME HALO® air purifier. This is an in-duct air purifier so it easily helps treat the air in your entire home. Any area that your air conditioner reaches, the REME HALO® can purify it. As stated on the product page the “REME HALO® in-duct air purifier produces Hydro-Peroxide plasma that is distributed through the air handler, through the duct system and into the conditioned living space. Unlike passive air technologies, which need pollutants to pass through the unit for purification or filtration, the REME HALO® in-duct air purifier sweeps through your home actively purifying pollutants at the source. In addition, the charged plasma induces particles to coagulate or stick together making them bigger and easier for your filter to catch.” Unlike other air purifiers, rather than waiting for the pollutants to make their way to the machine to be eradicated, the REME HALO® actively treats the offensive air particles where ever they are.

The REME HALO® reduces odor and all three types air pollutants in your home. Particulates that the REME HALO® easily treats include common allergy triggers like dust, dander, pollen, and mold. In addition, with all the talk of new viruses in the news lately, the REME HALO® kills up to 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses. It now has a higher ionized hydroperoxide output allowing it to boast “faster kill rates for microbial contaminants in the air as well as on surfaces” according to the product description.

If you are interested in having a whole-home air purifier installed, now is the time! As always, we are available to go over any questions you may have and discuss what options are best for you. Make sure you give us a call to get on the schedule for installation today to make your homes air healthier!

How to Know When to Upgrade Your HVAC System

Posted on: March 1st, 2020 by admin

Even the best-made machines eventually need to be upgraded.  Most heating and cooling systems last a minimum of a decade.  If well maintained, some can last up to 20+ years.  There are a few signs to be aware of that may indicate that it is time to repair or replace your HVAC system components.Furnace repair, HVAC replacement, close up of inside of a furnace that needs servicing

  • Long Running Time – If you notice that your furnace and / or air conditioner is running much longer than normal, it indicates that the system is having trouble running efficiently. The source of this problem could be the blower, the coils, or just an aged system.  As an HVAC system ages, it will have a harder time spreading hot or cool air throughout your home in order to maintain the set temperature.  This may be a fixable problem, but if your system is on the older side, it may be time to upgrade your unit(s).
  • Age – Just as with most things, as your HVAC system ages, repairs may become more numerous and more expensive.  If you notice you are having to call for repairs fairly often, it may be time to think about replacing parts. At a certain point, it is more financially sound to invest in a new system than to constantly be paying for costly repairs.
  • Noises – Sometimes a noisy system can be easily fixed by tightening some bolts or replacing some parts.  However, as your HVAC system ages, it has to work harder and harder to function and this can get pretty loud.  If you have had to place multiple service calls to take care of a noisy furnace or air conditioner, it may be time to replace instead of repair.
  • Inefficiency – Higher than normal energy bills could be a sign that it may be time to replace your HVAC system.  As a system has to work harder to complete its job, you will notice an increase in your energy bills.   Occasionally, this may be a repairable problem, but more often it is a sign that it is time for an upgrade.

We’re sure you’ve noticed a theme in this article.  The factor that plays the largest role in deciding when to replace your HVAC system components is age.  On younger systems, most issues can be easily repaired.  However, as the furnace and air conditioner age, it can be very costly to keep them running efficiently.  One of the best things you can do for your HVAC system is to have an annual inspection done by one of our qualified technicians.  Identifying potential issues before they become problems and keeping all parts of your HVAC system in good running condition is important in maintaining efficiency. If you notice any of these issues with your system, give us a call and we will answer any of your questions and schedule a service call to take care of the problem!

The Trouble with Winter

Posted on: February 1st, 2020 by admin

snow covered homeBesides the cold, winter can wreak havoc inside your home in other ways.  One of the most common complaints other than the cold is how dry the air inside your home gets during the colder months of the year.  Here we’ll discuss some of the more common symptoms of dry air and how to combat them.

Upper Respiratory Issues – This can include sinus headaches, nosebleeds, and the common cold.  Your nasal passages require a moist environment to be able to appropriately trap viruses and other unwanted debris before they can make their way into your system.  When your nose and sinuses dry out, you are more susceptible to colds, sinus infections, and nosebleeds.  Plus, when your heat turns on, it can stir up allergens like dust and pollen, triggering allergy attacks and irritation to your airways.

Dry Skin – Just like your nasal passages, cold air sucks the moisture out of your skin as well.  This can be compounded by hot showers.  Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oil layer, drying your skin out even further.  You may notice your lips get more chapped in the winter and your skin may have a more aged appearance due to the lack of moisture.

Static Electricity – You’ve probably realized that you create many more static shocks in the winter than during other months.  This is because the decreased moisture levels in the air cause static electricity to build up.  When that happens, clothes and blankets stick together and you may get shocked every time you touch a metal surface like a doorknob.

Harm to the Wood in your Home – Just like your body, cold air draws moisture out of wood as well.  You may notice your wood floors creaking more during the colder months.  It can affect door jambs also making some doors hard to open or close.

What can you do?

One of the best things you can do to combat winter dryness is to add moisture back into your home.  The best way to do this is with a humidifier.  While you can add a portable humidifier to one or multiple rooms of your home, there are more permanent solutions such as a bypass humidifier.  These humidifiers use your HVAC airflow to deliver moisture to your home.  An example is the Lennox HCWB17.  Another whole-home option is a power humidifier like the Lennox HCWP18.   A power humidifier does not require an air handler or furnace to distribute moisture.  Other than adding moisture into your home, you need to add extra moisture to your body.  Increasing your water intake, using a skin moisturizer, and shortening your showers can all help to combat winter dryness.