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Do this, not that during the Monsoon Season:

August 25th, 2020

 

While we love the light show and cooler temps that the Monsoons bring with them, there are a few things to keep in mind during this time.

Be sure that you are using surge protectors. Surge protectors help protect you against the damage that your air conditioning may undergo when there is lighting in the area.

Trim trees and the landscaping. If a limb comes off a tree and hits the house, it can cause damage to your home, your outdoor furnishings, your HVAC system, or even vehicles.

Do not open doors and windows during the storm. While the breeze and cooler temperatures make it tempting, remember that monsoons also bring humidity. Opening doors and windows invites the humidity in and makes your air conditioner work even harder when you do turn it back on.

Check it out after a storm. Take a look around your home after a monsoon. How does your roof look? How does your AC unit look? Be sure to clear any debris and take care of necessary repairs.

Russett Southwest is here to help you get the best heating and cooling systems in Tucson. To learn more about our products and services, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676

When Should You Upgrade?

August 19th, 2020

While your heating and air conditioning system is designed to last for 10-15 years, there are certain telltale signs indicate its time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment, or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call Russett Southwest Corp. to help you make a change if:

Your system is more than 10 years old. Newer systems are more efficient which saves you money. A new system with the ENERGY STAR label can save you up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

If your air conditioning equipment needs frequent repairs, it may be time to consider upgrading. If your system has become less efficient, it could be costing you more than it should to cool your home.

Does your air conditioner make a lot of noise? You may have an undersized duct system or an issue with the indoor coil of your cooling system. This may be an indicator that it’s time for a change.

Before investing in a new system, have a professional check your home and HVAC system for costly air leaks. This could be part of the problem.

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 with this Strategy!

July 23rd, 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 over 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 or call (520) 629-9676.

Get ready for the Monsoons!

July 14th, 2020

The Tucson Monsoon season is here and it came in with a bang! Here is 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://russett.wpengine.com/ or call (520) 629-9676.

Take Care of Your Air…During Monsoon Season

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.