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Have You Changed Your Filter?

October 8th, 2018

Have You Changed Your Filter?

 

The simplest and cheapest thing you can do to keep your system running effectively and efficiently is to change and replace your filters.  With different options available there will be one that is just right for you and your home.

 

Over time, dirty filters slow your system down and can cause major system breakdowns. A clogged filter restricts airflow which decreases the unit’s efficiency and ability to cool the air. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can reduce your system’s energy consumption between 5-15%. Additionally, a dirty filter can cause excessive wear on your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump

 

Check your filters at least once a month.  Use your energy bill as a reminder to check. Be sure to clean or replace your filters as necessary.  Doing so lengthens the life of your system and saves you money.

 

Got questions about your filters? Give us a call at (520) 629-9676 or visit us online at russettsouthwest.com. In addition to our heating and cooling services, we also offer a filter maintenance service.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit?

September 18th, 2018

 

 

Air conditioners work hard in Tucson, which could put a lot of strain on your HVAC system. If your system is no longer functioning as well as it once did, it might be time to consider repairing or replacing the unit. Use the following tips to decide which option is best for your current situation.

When You Should Repair

If your system is less than eight years old, you might want to look into repair options before you think about completely replacing it. Ask a professional repair team to come out and look at your unit to decide if it needs a small or large repair and how much it will cost. If the repair comes with a large price tag, it might be a better idea to update your entire HVAC system.

When You Should Replace

A new HVAC system can greatly benefit your home. With more efficient heating and cooling options, installing a new system is a great way to save money on energy costs. If you have had to repair your current HVAC system a few times, you should think about replacing it instead of trying to repair it again. If the unit is more than eight years old, a new system will probably give you better control over the interior temperatures. You should also think about replacing the unit if it does not heat or cool as it once did or you notice excessive dust inside the house. If you are gone for long periods of the day, a new system with a programmable thermostat can help you get optimal energy efficiency.

Russett Southwest is here to help you get the best heating and cooling systems in Tucson. We can repair and service your unit to keep it functioning at its best. If the time has come to replace your unit, we provide you with some of the top brands in the industry. To learn more about our products and repair services, visit us online or call (520) 629-967

Top 3 Reasons for Your High Utility Bill

September 11th, 2018

 

Since it’s summer in Tucson, a higher than average utility bill is to be expected. But there are other things in your home that may be contributing to your high bill. Besides your air conditioner working harder to keep your house cool, there may be some other factors driving up your energy usage.  Here are 3 additional factors that impact your energy bill:

 

  1. How well the system is taken care of. Like your car, your HVAC system requires regular maintenance to perform at its peak. Maintaining your system ensures that it will run at maximum efficiency which is good news for your wallet.
  2. How well your home is insulated. When the proper insulation is lacking, your heating and cooling systems have to work twice as hard to keep your home comfortable. Take a look at your roof, windows and doors to ensure they have proper insulation.
  3. How often your filters are changed. Changing your filters is the easiest and cheapest thing you can do to help your system operate optimally, yet it’s easily forgotten. Overtime, dirty filters slow your system down and can cause major system breakdowns. Check your filters at least once a month. Use your energy bill as a reminder to check. Be sure to clean or replace your filters as necessary.  Doing so lengthens the life of your system and saves you money.

Russett Southwest is here to help you get the best heating and cooling systems in Tucson. We can repair and service your unit to keep it functioning at its best. To learn more about our products and repair services, visit us online at www.russettsouthwest.com or call (520) 629-9676

To Maintain Your System, Do This!

August 8th, 2018

To Maintain Your System, Do This!

At Russett Southwest Corp, we understand the importance of a comfortable home and efficient HVAC system.  This is why we offer maintenance plans to help you keep your system in tip-top condition.

 

Continued routine service on the equipment in your home has the potential to bring you several benefits. Our maintenance agreements provide the convenience and regular maintenance necessary to keep the equipment in your home operating at peak performance.

 

Benefits

As a “Peak Performance Service” customer you will enjoy several benefits. Our “PPS” agreements include a twice-yearly inspection of the equipment in your home, typically in the spring and fall, to ensure your home is ready for the summer and winter seasons. Our warranty package provides complete mechanical coverage and offers coverage on all parts and labor for the life of the contract (restrictions apply, existing customers only). Our courtesy priority scheduling allows you to relax and let us call you when it’s time for your service visit.

 

By performing routine maintenance your benefits may include:

  • Extended Equipment Life
  • Priority Customer Status
  • Priority Service Status
  • Improved Capacity
  • Transferable Agreements
  • Fewer Repairs
  • Lower Utility Bills
  • Inflation Protection
  • Discounted Remodels/Upgrade

 

Maintenance Plan

Whether you are looking for routine maintenance on the equipment in your home, warranty coverage*, or filter service to keep your indoor air quality at the optimal levels, Russett Southwest has a plan to fit your needs. Regular maintenance of the heating & air conditioning equipment provides you peace of mind. 

 

How “PPS” Agreements Work

  • Two visits per year for maintenance.
  • Courtesy call for service.
  • Priority scheduling.
  • If repair service is needed, discounts apply on parts and labor, over time charges do not apply.

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.

Keep Cool and Save Money

August 2nd, 2018

Keep Cool and Save Money

 

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 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 allow 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.

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