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Take Care of Your Air…During Monsoon Season

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Now that the Tucson Monsoon season is in full force, let’s talk about how you can keep your air conditioning system running effectively in spite of the rain, lightning, wind, and dust of the reason.

Change your filters once a month during monsoon season. It’s the best course of action to combat all the dust that is kicked up.  Changing your filter is also one of the easiest and most cost-effective things you can do to ensure a long, efficient life of your air conditioning system.

Did you know that your air conditioning unit is in danger whenever there’s a lightning strike nearby? An electrical surge or strike in your area can impact your system. Your best bet to keep your system safe is to invest in a surge protector. The surge protector absorbs the electric surge before it can even get to your A/C unit.

Keep your air conditioning unit free of debris. Check the area around your unit periodically, especially after a monsoon, to clear away the debris. This keeps your system working more efficiently.

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 https://www.russettsouthwest.com/  or call (520) 629-9676.

Choose a Filter that’s Right for You

Monday, June 15th, 2020

 

If you want your heating and cooling system to function properly, it is important to regularly change the filter. Here are some tips to find the best filter to meet your needs and the needs of your HVAC system.

Change the Filter Once a Month

HVAC systems in Tucson work hard. Since you use the unit so frequently and there is a lot of dust in the air, it is important to change the filter on your HVAC system at least once a month. Use your electric bill as a monthly reminder.  Change the filters regularly helps keep your system running efficiently and helps improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Fiberglass Air Filters

There are several filter options that help you keep your unit functioning properly. Fiberglass filters are very thin and are designed to protect the HVAC unit. They are also the most affordable option. Note that Fiberglass filters do not improve indoor air quality as much as some other filter options.

Polyester and Pleated Air Filters

Although these filters are similar in size to the fiberglass options, they do a better job of collecting dust. Polyester and pleated air filters can get rid of up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home. They are more of an investment than fiberglass options, but they help you keep your indoor air quality at an acceptable level.

High-Efficiency Air Fillers

True to their name, these air filters can get rid of about 85% of the air pollutants that are in your home. Each filter costs about $25, but they can capture even the smallest dust particles to ensure that you have the best indoor air quality.

Russett Southwest is here to help you with all of your Tucson heating and cooling needs. Our maintenance services make it easy to ensure that your HVAC system is functioning properly. To learn more visit us online at russettsouthwest.com or call (520) 629-9676.

Signs That Your Air Conditioner Needs Attention

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

 

Like your car, your air conditioner requires maintenance to perform at its best.   Proactive maintenance also helps you catch small issues while they’re easily fixed and before they become costly. Here are 6 signs that your AC needs attention:

 

  1. No cool air. If the air coming out of your vents is not as cool as it used to be, or worse, it’s not cool at all, it’s time to have a professional take a look
  2. Weak air flow. If you notice that air flow is weak or non-existent, there may be an issue with your ductwork or debris in the vents restricting airflow.
  3. Moisture where it shouldn’t be. If you notice moisture building up around your air conditioner, it is not functioning properly. A HVAC professional can determine whether you have a refrigerant leak or another issue with your air conditioner.
  4. Strange sounds. Clanking, banging, squealing are signs that you system needs to be serviced. It could be that a belt slipped out of place or that there is a problem with the motor.
  5. Weird smells. A musty odor when your AC kicks on could be caused by debris in your unit or ducts or an issue with the wire insulation.
  6. Energy bill is higher than usual. If your energy costs are higher than normal, it may be caused by an inefficiency in the operating of your air conditioner and should be looked at by a professional.

 

Remember, periodic service checks help save you money and frustration by proactively taking care of your system and catching issues early on.  For more information about maintenance, contact Russett Southwest at 520-629-9676 or visit us online at russettsouthwest.com.

Keep Cool and Save Money

Monday, May 25th, 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 more than 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 https://www.russettsouthwest.com/  or call (520) 629-9676.

Signs That Your Air Conditioner Needs Attention

Monday, May 11th, 2020

 

Like your car, your air conditioner requires maintenance to perform at its best.   Proactive maintenance also helps you catch small issues while they’re easily fixed and before they become costly. Here are 6 signs that your AC needs attention:

 

  1. No cool air. If the air coming out of your vents is not as cool as it used to be, or worse, it’s not cool at all, it’s time to have a professional take a look
  2. Weak airflow. If you notice that airflow is weak or non-existent, there may be an issue with your ductwork or debris in the vents restricting airflow.
  3. Moisture where it shouldn’t be. If you notice moisture building up around your air conditioner, it is not functioning properly. An HVAC professional can determine whether you have a refrigerant leak or another issue with your air conditioner.
  4. Strange sounds. Clanking, banging, squealing are signs that your system needs to be serviced. It could be that a belt slipped out of place or that there is a problem with the motor.
  5. Weird smells. A musty odor when your AC kicks on could be caused by debris in your unit or ducts or an issue with the wire insulation.
  6. Energy bill is higher than usual. If your energy costs are higher than normal, it may be caused by an inefficiency in the operating of your air conditioner and should be looked at by a professional.

 

Remember, periodic service checks help save you money and frustration by proactively taking care of your system and catching issues early on.  For more information about maintenance, contact Russett Southwest at 520-629-9676 or visit us online at russettsouthwest.com.

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