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Keep your heating costs down this winter

December 12th, 2018

 

Winter is in full swing in the Old Pueblo. Here are a few tips on keeping your home comfortable and your energy costs down.

 

Adjust your thermostat

According to the Department of Energy, you can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By making this adjustment, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating.

 

Take care of the filters

Replace or clean furnace filters as recommended. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Consider a tune up for your system.  Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to 5% of heating costs.

 

Seal the leaks

Caulk leaks around windows and doors. Look for places where you have pipes, vents or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling or floor. Check the bathroom, underneath the kitchen sink, pipes inside a closet, etc. If you find a gap at the point where the pipe or vents goes through the wall, seal it up.

 

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Russett Southwest. We help Tucson homeowners handle all of their heating and cooling needs! Contact us at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com to get started.

We’re Thankful For

November 20th, 2018

We’re Thankful For…

 

We love this time of year, friends, family and the holidays. Our hearts are full with gratitude. This year we’re most thankful for you, our customers.

 

Since 1947 we have operated with the simple philosophy of doing right by our customers. What makes us unique is our unwavering commitment to service and integrity. After 70 years in the business we’ve maintained our values and have provided heating and air conditioning services to a community we love.

 

So this year, we thank you, our valued customers for choosing Russett Southwest for your heating and air conditioning needs. Thank you for trusting us with the comfort of your home and your family. This Thanksgiving we are thinking of you and yours while enjoying our turkey and cranberry.

 

We are fortunate to have such amazing customers and to operate in an amazing place like Tucson. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! Our best from our family to yours.

 

Remember that we are here to help with all of your heating and cooling needs. From changing air filters Ton learn more or to schedule an appointment contact the experts at Russett Southwest at (520) 629-9676 or www.russettsouthwest.com.

Get Ready To Cool Down

November 8th, 2018

Get Ready to Cool Down

Now that the we made it through the Summer and Fall weather is beginning, let’s make sure your heating system can handle the cooler months. Use the following tips to prepare your system for the winter.

 

Test Your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors protect those in your home from dangerous gasses and life-threatening situations. You need be sure that they work. Maintaining these devices is simple all you have to do is change a battery. This may be one of the simplest things to do, but it is also one of the most important.

 

Schedule a Heating Maintenance Visit

To ensure that your home heating system is ready for the cooler months, have an HVAC technician come to your home and inspect your setup. Russett Southwest Corp. not only provides standard heating checkups, but also home energy audits to find energy inefficiencies in your home. By proactively finding and addressing these small issues, you can keep your system running efficiently and keep your energy bills down.

 

Check Your Windows

Be sure to check the sealing around your windows. There is nothing worse than a drafty window in the cold because it impacts your comfort and costs you money? If warm air is allowed to escape outside of your home, then your heating system will need to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature. Check your windows to make sure that your home is warm and your utility bill is low.

 

Change Your Air Filters

Changing your air filters is very important to keep your HVAC system running efficiently and your indoor air pure and clean. It is recommended that you change your air filters once every 3-4 months, and also that you are using the correct type of air filter for your home. If you need help in choosing the right air filter for your HVAC system, have a technician from Russett Southwest Corp. help you during their next service visit.

 

Russett Southwest Corp. has been proudly serving Southern Arizona since 1947. To learn more about our services or to schedule your seasonal maintenance appointment call (520) 629-9676 or visit us at https://www.russettsouthwest.com.

Making the most of Fall

October 23rd, 2018

Making the most of Fall

 

Those warm Tucson days are still with us…at least for a few more weeks. While it’s still necessary to run your AC during the heat of the day, now is the time to take advantage of those cooler mornings and evenings! Here are some tips to reduce energy costs while enjoying the season change:

 

Keep an eye on your thermostat

Since the weather can be unpredictable keeping your eye on the thermostat can help you manage your comfort and energy bill. Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat for this purpose. Bumping up the AC when you’re away will help you save money. Keep the adjustment right around 3 degrees because it takes less energy to get the house to the desired temperature when you return home.

 

Let the fresh air in

Make the most of the nighttime and early morning coolness by opening up the windows. Opening windows and doors on opposite ends of the house allows for the cool air to flow through. This keeps the house cool which means your air conditioner starts running later in the day, saving you money.

 

Use your ceiling fans

Did you know that the average ceiling fan uses only 60 watts of energy— even when running on high? That means that running your fan helps to keep you cool and can help cut down on your AC usage. While the weather is warm you should have your ceiling fans running on high with the air blowing down directly below the fan. This creates the most air movement in the center of the room, which is where you need it most for the “breeze” effect, which will feel cool on your skin.

 

Russett Southwest Corp. has been proudly serving Southern Arizona since 1947. To learn more about our services or to schedule your maintenance appointment call (520) 629-9676 or visit us at russettsouthwest.com.

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.

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