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Indoor Air Quality

Friday, August 27th, 2021








Did you know that long term exposure to low levels of pollutants and contaminants can lead to chronic health issues and in some cases acute health effects? What’s more is that we come in contact with these pollutants and contaminants on a regular basis. Outside our home and inside.

Some of the health issues associated with inadequate indoor air quality include allergy flare ups and respiratory issues. The elevated levels of pollutants can also reduce the percentage of oxygen in the air which may increase the rate of breathing required to supply adequate oxygen to the blood stream.

The good news is that the build-up of pollutants and contaminants in your home, assuming adequate house-keeping measures are practiced, can usually be attributed to things that can be improved like inadequate ventilation, filtration and pressure management.

It’s with this in mind that Russett Southwest Corporation developed a comprehensive process to test, assess and resolve indoor air quality issues in your home. This process is part of our Healthier Home, Healthier You program.

Russett Southwest Corporation, an industry leader in indoor air quality has developed a revolutionary Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) test, assess and inform (TAI) program to evaluate the environmental conditions with-in your home and provide solutions for adverse conditions.

Call us to schedule your appointment to have your homes indoor air quality checked!

November, a Great Month for Services

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Did you know that November is a great month to get both your heating system serviced and repaired for the upcoming winter season and to have your AC system maintained for the next years use? While we are coming into the colder months of the year, it’s time to really think about your AC and what it needs before the heat comes roaring back!

Peace of Mind

Let’s face it, with winter on our minds, now is the time that we are already thinking about our heating units. While it is on your mind, get the AC system serviced. If you put it off, you may end up starting the warmer months waiting to get an appointment to get service, and no one wants to be in that situation. You may even save some money if you can find a deal on AC services or one getting both AC and furnace services done at the same time.

Don’t Delay.

First, let’s address the issue of delaying an air conditioning repair at the end of the cooling season. If you noticed something not quite right with your AC during the last month you were using it regularly, you may have decided to wait it out, and see if the problem goes away while not in use. Don’t. Air conditioning repairs should be done as soon as the problem is detected. Letting the AC shut down for the heating season with a potential malfunction can have serious repercussions. It can lead to more expensive repairs down the road and you may discover the air conditioner won’t work at all when the spring warmth arrives.

Repair or Replace. That is the Question.

If you’re working with an old air conditioning system and aren’t sure if you should repair it or replace it, the cooler months are a fantastic time to figure it out. Call an expert to conduct an energy audit on your system. You may be able to bring your old system up to date with some repairs and upgrades, or it may be time to consider full-on replacement. Either way, you’ll be better off paying for an inspection and repairs before something actually breaks and you need emergency repairs.
Make the most of the fact that your AC probably isn’t running right now, and you may not have to turn it back on except on occasional days for the foreseeable future. Right now is the time where you won’t be stressed out to have your air conditioning system looked at if you suspect it needs repairs. Call Russett Southwest Corporation today to schedule your inspection before winter.

Do this, not that during the Monsoon Season:

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020


While we love the light show and cooler temps that the Monsoons bring with them, there are a few things to keep in mind during this time.

Be sure that you are using surge protectors. Surge protectors help protect you against the damage that your air conditioning may undergo when there is lighting in the area.

Trim trees and the landscaping. If a limb comes off a tree and hits the house, it can cause damage to your home, your outdoor furnishings, your HVAC system, or even vehicles.

Do not open doors and windows during the storm. While the breeze and cooler temperatures make it tempting, remember that monsoons also bring humidity. Opening doors and windows invites the humidity in and makes your air conditioner work even harder when you do turn it back on.

Check it out after a storm. Take a look around your home after a monsoon. How does your roof look? How does your AC unit look? Be sure to clear any debris and take care of necessary repairs.

Russett Southwest is here to help you get the best heating and cooling systems in Tucson. To learn more about our products and services, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676

When Should You Upgrade?

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

While your heating and air conditioning system is designed to last for 10-15 years, there are certain telltale signs indicate its time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call Russett Southwest Corp. to help you make a change if:

Your system is more than 10 years old. Newer systems are more efficient which saves you money. A new system with the ENERGY STAR label can save you up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

If your air conditioning equipment needs frequent repairs, it may be time to consider upgrading. If your system has become less efficient, it could be costing you more than it should to cool your home.

Does your air conditioner make a lot of noise? You may have an undersized duct system or an issue with the indoor coil of your cooling system. This may be an indicator that it’s time for a change.

Before investing in a new system, have a professional check your home and HVAC system for costly air leaks. This could be part of the problem.

At Russett Southwest, your comfort is our goal. Since 1947, we have served as one of the top heating and cooling companies in the Tucson area.  Our experience means that you’ll get the best service and products for you and your home. To learn more or to schedule a visit, check out our website or call (520) 629-9676.

Keep Cool and Save Money with this Strategy!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020


Tucson summers and extreme heat go together like peanut butter and jelly. To stay comfortable without breaking the bank on energy costs, check out this strategy.


Step 1: Maintain Your Air Conditioner

Maintenance is vital to keeping your system running efficiently. Regular maintenance also helps you prolong the life of your system and ultimately saves you money by proactively addressing small issues before they become big problems.


Replace your air filters every 1-2 months during the summer months. You can use your energy bill as a reminder to do this. You also want to check the evaporator coil periodically (at least once a year) and clean it as needed.  The area around your outdoor condenser coils needs your attention too. Make sure to remove debris and keep foliage trimmed at least 2 feet around the condenser for airflow.


Step 2: Your Cooling Strategy

There are several things you can do to keep your home cool without excessively high energy bills.


For starters, invest in a programmable thermostat. When you’re home, keep it set to 78°. When you’re not home, increase the temperature at least a few degrees.  You can also take advantage of the cool, breezy evenings and mornings by opening your windows and turning your air off. The use of ceiling fans when you’re in a room allows you to turn up the thermostat by as much as 4° without compromising your comfort.


To keep in the cool air in and the hot air out, locate any air leaks and seal them with caulk or weather-stripping.


Step 3: A Cool Lifestyle

The temperature inside your home is comprised of many factors. In addition to the Tucson heat, things like cooking and the proximity of appliances to your thermostat have an impact on the comfort of your home.


To keep temperatures down without cranking the AC, limit the heat generation of your appliances. Make grilling meals a regular habit to keep the heat outside. When you do cook on the stove, use the fan on the range hood to remove heat and humidity. Try not to use your washer and dryer in the heat of the day and keep the fan running while showering.


Finally, move lamps, TVs, and other appliances away from the thermostat. The extra heat generated can cause the air conditioner to run for longer periods of time.


At Russett Southwest, your comfort is our goal. For over seventy years, we have served as one of the top heating and cooling companies in the Tucson area.  Our experience means that you’ll get the best service and products for you and your home. To learn more or to schedule a visit, check out our website or call (520) 629-9676.

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