Monmouth and Ocean Counties | New Jersey

Check out our blog and seasonal newsletter for the latest from the Tom Rostron Company. Here, you will find information about our newest products and initiatives as well as some special deals for blog and newsletter readers. Every issue, we offer some helpful tips for managing and maintaining your home systems. It’s not all business, though. We share good news from our Monmouth and Ocean county communities and even throw in a favorite recipe from our staff to try at home.

Duct Cleaning & Duct Sealing: What’s The Difference?, ductwork, hvac, ventilation, indoor air quality, iaq, tom rostron

Take a moment to think about the quality of the air you and your family breathe each day. Unless you’ve actually had your home evaluated, it can be incredibly difficult to tell whether or not your indoor air quality is actually up to par. While you can occasionally smell poor air, it can also be odorless, affecting you and your family in a multitude of ways. Add to this the fact that dirty ducts may be adding to your energy bills each month, and it stands to reason why it’s so important to focus on fixing what could be a potentially bad situation.

 Ice Dams: How You Can Stop This Nasty Winter Issue, blog, ice dams, tom rostron

Each winter when the cold weather rolls in, so too do a variety of headaches for residents of Monmouth and Ocean County communities. Many people don’t even realize that their homes are affected by ice dams, which are essentially ridges that form at the edge of a roof and prevent snow from properly melting and draining. Ice dams can cause plenty of issues, including as damage to walls, insulations and ceilings.

How can you keep this nasty weather issue from becoming a problem for your home? The first step is to gain an understanding of how they form in the first place.

Winter home, tom rostron

For those who are also looking to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their home, financial concerns can be omnipresent.  Don’t let financial worry get in the way of making an upgrade to your home! Jersey residents can enjoy substantial benefits from taking advantage of today’s promising rebate programs. Read on to learn about various ways Tom Rostron, through partnering with various incentive programs, can help save this winter.

snowy forest graphic design

Let’s face it — the holidays are over, things are getting back to normal. Many people set out to make changes in their personal and professional lives around this time of year, but what about home performance? One of the most important things to focus on in 2015 is making a home more energy efficient. Perhaps you were too busy last year and didn’t have the time to achieve your energy efficiency goals. Don’t worry, this is your year!

Why Your Holiday Checklist Should Include a Heating System Tune-up, heating maintenance, hvac, maintenance, blog, tom rostron

With the holidays fast approaching, many people simply try to keep things from falling off the rails. This is especially true when it comes to hosting family, in which case you'll want to do everything possible to keep them warm and comfortable. We've all heard of home heating emergencies that occur throughout the holiday season, and keeping them at bay can be easier said than done. Still, there are a number of things you can keep in mind if you want your home to be warm and comfortable.

 How Can I Keep My Pipes From Freezing?, winterize your home, winter prep, blog, tom rostron

Anyone who has ever experienced pipes freezing within their home knows just how stressful this scenario can be. Turning on the shower to find that it barely even drips or discovering that your sink won’t turn on can be scary, making it impossible to get on with the day without fixing the issue at hand. What’s worse is that frozen pipes can burst if not fixed in short order, causing water damage and promoting the chances of mold growth.

energy audit

For a lot of New Jersey homeowners, the importance of saving on energy bills grows ever present when winter approaches. Cold temperatures are already here, and knowing which steps to take in order to ensure that heating bills don’t go through the roof this winter is essential to moving forward in an intelligent manner. The first step towards making changes is to conduct a home energy audit.

Can A Home Be Air-Sealed Too Tightly?, air leaks, ventilation, tom rostron

NJ homeowners that place a strong focus on energy efficiency and home performance often find themselves hearing about air-sealing. Air-sealing is one of the best ways to increase a home’s energy efficiency, and to ignore its importance would be irresponsible. All this being said, many people wonder whether or not a home can actually be air-sealed too tightly, and it’s a good question to ask. Air flow can indeed play a major role in the health and safety of a home, as it helps to remove contaminants.

 What Can You Do About Your Drafty Windows?, air leaks, air sealing, blog, tom rostron

No matter how your try to cut it, there’s no getting around the fact that the cold temperatures are here to stay for the next handful of months. New Jersey winters may not be the worst in the world, but they can be downright cold and make for uncomfortable living conditions. There are a number of things that homeowners start noticing this time of year, and drafty windows rank up towards the top of the list.

dryer vent cleaning, tom rostron

Every once in a while, dryer-related warning signs pop-up that can serve as indications that something might be going awry. Perhaps your clothes aren’t getting quite as dry as usual or your socks have started coming out of the dryer soaking wet. These may seem like harmless annoyances, but they could be an indication that you have a dryer vent full of dangerous, flammable lint and other materials from the dryer. Sitting back and allowing the problem to continue, then, is simply not an option. 

Issues Associated with Clogged Dryer Vents