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Top 3 Reasons for Your High Utility Bill

August 21st, 2019

 

Since its Tucson in summer, 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 break downs. 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 or call (520) 629-9676

Take Care of Your Air…During Monsoon Season

August 7th, 2019

 

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.

DIY Tips for Your Air Conditioner

July 17th, 2019

 

A well maintained AC unit will run more efficiently, use less energy, and cost less money to run. A properly maintained system will also last longer before needing to be replaced. Here a few simple tips that will help keep your system running throughout the long Tucson Summer.

 

  1. It’s all about the filter! Replacing your air conditioner air filter (or cleaning it, if you have a reusable filter) is one of the most important regular AC maintenance chores. It should be done every month during high-use seasons. When the filter becomes full of dust, dirt and allergen particles, the air flow will decrease, making your system work harder than it should have to. This slows efficiency and can take a toll on your energy bill.
  2. Check Your Thermostat: Check your thermostat to make sure it’s working properly. If you have an older, mechanical thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable model. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature in the house to be warmer while you are away and cooler when you’re home. This tip saves you energy and money.
  3. Keep the Unit Clean: Over time leaves, dirt, and debris build up on the outside of the air conditioner unit, decreasing system capacity and reducing air flow. After shutting off the power to the unit, use a garden hose to gently wash out the debris, starting at the top with the hose at about a 45° angle. Do NOT use a power washer, and take care not to bend or damage the delicate fins on the coil.
  4. Inspect Wiring and Components: ALWAYS start your inspection by turning off the power to the unit, which can be done at the service disconnect on your outdoor unit or at the main breaker panel of your home. Next, remove the access panel on your condensing unit and look for signs of overheating – melted insulation on wires, blackened or burned-looking wires, etc. Then check electrical connections to make to ensure they are tight.  Finally take a look at the contactor switch. If you notice excessive pitting, it’s time to replace the switch.

Remember that Russett Southwest is here to help! If you see any of these problems and have questions or would like an expert’s help, give us a call at 520-629-9676 or schedule an appointment online russettsouthwest.com.

5 tips for saving energy (and money) this summer!

July 12th, 2019

 

Did you know that heating and cooling account for nearly half of the energy use in a typical home? This makes heating and cooling the largest energy expense in your home. With this in mind, and with the triple digit heat upon us, we’re sharing our top 5 tips for saving energy and money this summer.

 

  1. The quickest way to save energy on home cooling is to regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s filters. 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 air conditioners energy consumption between 5-15%

 

  1. A programmable thermostat can help you save up to 10% on heating and cooling a year according to the Department of Energy. Keep the house warmer than normal when you’re away and set it to 78° when you’re home. You could save as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.

 

  1. Air loss through ducts accounts for about 30% of a cooling system’s energy consumption. Have your ducts insulated and sealed?

 

  1. Take advantage of your ceiling fans. The use of fans allows you to raise the thermostat up to 4 degrees without compromising your comfort.

 

  1. If you’re ready for a new air conditioning unit, consider buying an ENERGY STAR qualified unit. These models are up to 15% more efficient than standard models. Talk to an expert to make sure you are getting a unit that is the right size for your home and comfort needs.

 

In total, these changes can help you reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50% and that’s great news for your energy bill!

 

At Russett Southwest, your comfort is our goal. For more than sixty 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.

Get ready for the Monsoons!

June 27th, 2019

 

The Tucson Monsoon season is right around the corner. Here is how you can keep your air conditioning system running effectively in spite of the rain, lighting, 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://russett.wpengine.com/ or call (520) 629-9676.