Avalon Heating & Cooling: Now open in Canton Rd. home


Avalon Heating & Cooling’s new location is bringing added exposure and new business to the local company.

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The staff of Avalon Heating & Cooling is ready to assist area customers. Shown from left are Gary Matthews, owner; Doug Mapes and Jerrad Kidd, service technicians, and Rebekah Matthews, office manager.

Gary Matthews opened the business in his Avalon Rd., Carrollton, home in 2000. As the business grew, he built a garage at the residence. Matthews moved the business to Carrollton into the former Center Township garage on the southeast end of the village a couple years ago. In January of this year, he relocated the business to 1530 Canton Rd., a location that is highly visible and provides easy access for customers.

Gary’s knowledge of the HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) industry is vast and dates back to his high school days when he attended Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

He worked with his father in the family’s heating and cooling business briefly and spent time working for another company prior to starting his own business.

“Our business philosophy is simple,” Matthews said. “It’s Be Honest. Being honest may not always be the favorite option, but it is always the best. For us it is simple: be fair and honest with your customers, employees and those you do business with.”

The business offers all types of HVAC repairs and installation. Free estimates are provided. The company specializes in Tempstar equipment, but also services furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioners, air cleaners and humidifiers.

The new location includes a sheet metal shop that provides custom sheet metal work. Matthews noted the company offers services for new and existing (older) homes.

“Customers can visit the new shop and browse the showroom in person,” said Matthews.  “We stock parts such as thermostats, transformers, gas valves and so much more!”

He understands the importance of helping others and works closely with Buckeye Career Center to offer internships and employment to graduates of the school and its adult education program.

In fact, two of its employees are graduates of Buckeye Career Center.

Matthews’ daughter, Rebekah, graduated from the HVAC program at Buckeye Career Center in 2013. She worked during the summer months during her school years and performed repair and installation work. She is now the office manager.

Doug Mapes of Carrollton is also a graduate of Buckeye. He started with the company during his sophomore year of high school and today works as a service technician.

Two other service technicians, Jerrad Kidd of Cadiz and Scott Ramey of Carrollton, also bring experience to the business.

Ramey has 25 years experience in the HVAC field and Kidd learned from Matthews, working his way up through ranks to service technician.

For service repairs or installation, call 330-735-3600. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  P.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until noon Saturday.

Additional information can be obtained from the company website, www.myavalonhvac.com.