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The Importance of Maintenance

November 22nd, 2016

 

Just as your car needs its regular tune-up, your heating and cooling system also needs regularly scheduled maintenance in order to function properly. It’s the only way your HVAC system can deliver consistent comfort to your home throughout its life span. Here are just a few reasons why preventative maintenance is the best way to take care of your system.

 

Longer Life Span

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average HVAC system offers a 15- to 20-year life cycle, while a gas or oil furnace is capable of lasting up to 25 years. Regular HVAC maintenance ensures that your system lives up to its potential. When that maintenance isn’t being performed, you can expect a much shorter life span.

 

Not taking advantage of regular maintenance could easily add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your cumulative operating costs throughout the life of the system.

 

Better Performance

Keeping your HVAC system in good shape also means improving its energy efficiency and keeping your energy costs low. HVAC system issues that go unaddressed can cause greater wear and tear on your system, resulting in more energy needed to deliver the same amount of comfort than a comparatively better-kept system. Increased energy usage leads to increased energy bills over time, resulting in higher running costs.

 

HVAC system expenses account for as much as 50% of a typical household’s energy budget. Regularly scheduled maintenance helps reduce expenses while improving overall performance.

 

From changing air filters to routine maintenance, Russett Southwest has a preventative maintenance package for you. To learn more 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.

5 HVAC Terms You Need to Know

November 16th, 2016

 

Here are the top five terms related to your heating and cooling system that every homeowner should know:

 

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning):

Your HVAC system goes beyond your heater or air conditioner. HVAC companies cover most issues concerning the comfort of your home. HVAC technicians are trained to repair all different types of systems.

 

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio):

This SEER rating indicates how efficient your air conditioner is. The higher the SEER rating for your system, the more efficiently your system will work. A SEER rating is calculated by dividing the cooling output by the electricity input of your system. SEER ratings tend to be between 13 and 22, with anything more than 20 being a highly efficient system.

 

Ductwork:

Ductwork refers to the system of ducts used to transport air from HVAC equipment throughout your home. The purpose of ductwork is to evenly spread warm and cold air throughout your home — instead of heating or cooling just one or two rooms.

 

IAQ (Indoor Air Quality):

Measures how clean your air is inside your home. Most people don’t give much thought to it, but poor IAQ can have significant health consequences. A certified professional can test your home’s IAQ and make suggestions for improving it. Russett Southwest Corp. is an industry leader in Indoor Air Quality. Our Healthier Home, Healthier program is designed with the needs of your home and you in mind.

 

Energy Star:

ENERGY STAR® is a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed to help consumers and businesses save money by choosing energy-efficient products and technologies. Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment with the ENERGY STAR® label meets or exceeds federal guidelines for energy-efficient performance.

 

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

 

Top 5 money and energy saving tips

November 7th, 2016

 

Heating and cooling are the largest energy expense in your home and account for nearly half of your home energy use. With this in mind, we’re sharing our top 5 energy and money saving tips.

  1. Keeping your filters clean and replacing them regularly is the one of the easiest ways to save energy on home cooling. A clogged filter restricts airflow which decreases the unit’s efficiency. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can reduce your air conditioners energy consumption between 5-15%
  2. You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. You could save as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.
  3. Air loss through ducts accounts for about 30% of a cooling system’s energy consumption. Have your ducts insulated and sealed.
  4. Take advantage of your ceiling fans. During the warmer months, the fan should blow straight down (blades turning counter-clockwise) to help keep the room cool. In the cooler months, the blades should turn clockwise to help draw air up towards the ceiling and force the warm air down.
  5. 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 70 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 to Cool Down

October 25th, 2016

 

Before the weather changes, 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 maintenance appointment call (520) 629-9676 or visit us at https://www.russettsouthwest.com.

 

Make the Most of Fall!

October 19th, 2016

 

While it’s still necessary to run your AC during the warmth of the day, the cooler evenings are mornings are finally here! 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

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.

 

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