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Dangerous Toxins that Can Compromise Indoor Air Quality

Friday, June 26th, 2015

filterIndoor air quality affects how well you can breathe in your home. There might be certain toxins that negatively affect your indoor air quality without your knowledge. Keep reading to learn more about the toxins that could compromise your indoor air quality and how they might affect your health:

Biological Toxins

There is a wide range of biological pollutants that could hinder your indoor air quality. Bacteria, viruses, pollen, and even dander from animals could create potentially dangerous breathing conditions for you and your family. Dust mites and cockroaches could also lead to significant problems. Biological pollutants might lead to infections, allergic reactions, or asthma attacks.

Secondhand Smoke

Although actually smoking cigarettes is considered the fastest way to ingest tobacco smoke, secondhand smoke could be just as dangerous. With more than 200 known poisons, even secondhand exposure puts you at great risk for coming into contact with toxins like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. If you or someone else smokes inside of your home, it could severely affect your indoor air quality. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for certain cancers and causes health issues like pneumonia, respiratory tract infections, and ear infections. Secondhand smoke could even lead to asthma and asthma attacks.


Asbestos was a popular construction material used in older homes. If your home was built in or before the 1970’s, you might have asbestos interfering with your indoor air quality. Inhaling asbestos could scar your lung tissue and increase your risk for cancers like mesothelioma. Asbestos was used in floors, insulation, walls, pipes, and even heating equipment.

If you are worried about your indoor air quality, Russett Southwest is here to help. Our heating and cooling experts can check out your home to make sure the indoor air quality is not causing any major problems for you or your family. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676.

Changing Your Air Conditioning Filters

Monday, June 15th, 2015

156534187Changing the air conditioning filters is one of the most important aspects of your HVAC maintenance. Clogged filters could keep your unit from functioning as well as it should, which could raise your home cooling costs. It might also negatively affect the air quality in your house. Use the following guide to figure out how to change the filters so you can keep your air conditioner functioning at its best:

Change It Every Three Months

For the best results, you should change the filter every three months. If you are using the air conditioner a lot, like you would during a Tucson summer, you should check the filter once a month to make sure it still looks clean. If it is very clogged, you might have to change it more frequently to keep the air conditioner working as efficiently as possible.

Use Quality Filters

It is important to invest in quality filters that will work harder to remove dirt, dust, and other pollutants from the unit before they can compromise the way it works. Filters are rated with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) that runs on a scale of 1-12. The better filters have higher rating. The higher numbers require more energy to pull pollutants out of the air, though, so you might want to choose a filter closer to the middle of the scale.

Call for Professional Maintenance Checks

On top of changing the filter regularly, it is also important to schedule regular appointments with a professional HVAC company. Before you start to really use the air conditioner for the season, you should request a professional maintenance visit. The HVAC crew can check out your air conditioner to make sure everything is functioning properly so it works the best for you.

Russett Southwest is here to help you keep your air conditioner in top condition. We have been focusing on the heating and cooling needs of Tucson residents and businesses for more than 65 years. To learn more about our services or to request a visit, check out our website or call (520) 629-9676.

Creating an HVAC Equipment Maintenance Checklist

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

490207229Maintaining your HVAC system is one of the most effective ways to get the most use out of it. Use this guide to learn how to create an efficient HVAC equipment maintenance checklist that helps you keep your unit running at its highest potential for many years to come:

Replace the Filters

Clogged filters hinder the HVAC system’s ability to run properly. You should check your air filters once every month, especially if you use the unit frequently. Replace the filter once every 90 days to ensure it remains clear enough to keep your HVAC system running properly. Clean filters allow your HVAC system to use energy as efficiently as possible.

Clean Off the Unit

Before you really start to use your HVAC system for the unit, you should walk outside and make sure there are no leaves or other debris that might hinder the unit. You should also make sure there is at least 2 feet of clear space around the exterior units.

Check the Refrigerant

When you live in Tucson, you rely heavily on the cooling part of your HVAC system. Checking the levels of the air conditioning refrigerant to ensure that the cooler works as efficiently as possible. It is important to have the right amount or your unit might not be working to its fullest potential.

Hire Professional Help

At least once a year, you should hire some HVAC professionals to come out and look at your system. They can go through the unit and make sure all of the parts are working well together to keep your system running properly all throughout the year.

Russett Southwest is here to handle all of your heating and cooling needs. From heating and cooling maintenance and repair to replacing broken systems, we make sure your home is always equipped with the most efficient heating and cooling systems. To learn more about our services or to schedule a visit, check out our website or call (520) 629-9676.

Air Conditioning Mistakes that Can End Up Costing You

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

78525636Without the proper care and usage, your air conditioner might use too much energy to run, which significantly increases your home cooling costs. You do not have to sacrifice your own comfort to lower these costs, however. Be sure to avoid the following mistakes so you do not pay too much to keep your home cool:

Cranking the A/C When You Are Not Home

Although it might feel amazing to step into a blast of cold air when you walk into the house, letting the unit run while you are gone might be costing you a lot of money. Turn the thermostat up by at least a few degrees when you leave the house to ensure that you are not wasting energy. Installing a programmable thermostat can help you avoid this issue.

Ignoring the Filters

Cleaning the filters helps you keep the unit running as efficiently as possible. If you neglect to change the filters, the air cannot travel through the system as efficiently. You should change the filter at least once every ninety days to make sure it is clean enough to allow the air to travel through the system without wasting energy.

Operating an Old System

Older air conditioners do not work as efficiently as newer models. If you keep repairing an old unit instead of upgrading to a new one, you might be increasing your energy costs. New air conditioners use less energy to cool your home. Not only does this reduce your personal impact on the environment, but it also helps you reduce the amount that you spend on your monthly cooling costs.

With the help of Russett Southwest, you can get the most efficient, functional air conditioner. For more than sixty years, we have served as one of the top heating and cooling companies in the Tucson area. To learn more about our services or to schedule a visit, check out our website or call (520) 629-9676.

How to Heat and Cool Your Home Efficiently

Monday, April 20th, 2015

464066437Heating and cooling systems use up a lot of energy, which can increase your utility costs when you try to maintain a comfortable temperature at home. If you want to get the most effective heating and cool with the least amount of energy usage, use the following tips to enjoy optimal efficiency.

Be Diligent About Changing Air Filters

Dirty air filters can severely hinder the way your heating and cooling systems work. It is important to check on the air filters once a month to see if they need to be changed. Get a new filter when the old one looks dirty. Filters catch dirt and dust that would otherwise get into the system and increase its energy usage.

Call for Professional Maintenance

You should have your HVAC system maintenance at least once a year. The professionals can look at all of the parts of the system to make sure they are functioning properly. Tune-ups help the unit to function at its best to minimize the effect of wear and tear. Yearly maintenance is a great way to optimize the potential of your unit and to extend its life.

Use a Thermostat that You Can Program

Update your thermostat to a programmable model to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system even more. When you can program the thermostat to keep the unit at certain temperatures, you do not have to use as much energy when you are not at home. Programmable thermostats make it easy to keep the interior at a comfortable temperature without adding a lot to your energy costs.

Russett Southwest is here to help you keep your heating and cooling systems running at their best so you can always enjoy the temperatures you want at home. Our maintenance and repair services help you save money on energy costs without sacrificing your comfort. To learn more about our services or to schedule a maintenance visit, check out our website or call (520) 629-9676.


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