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What’s the Quality of Your Air?

September 25th, 2017

Did you know that there is a growing body of scientific evidence indicating that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air? What’s worse is that most of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.

Furthermore people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often those most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

If you or your family have suffered endless allergies or other health issues, you may want to investigate the air quality in your home.  Indoor air quality issues are often related to short term and long term health issues.   According to the Environmental Protection Agency immediate health effects of low indoor air quality include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Chronic allergies are also related to indoor air quality. Prolonged exposure to indoor pollutants can result in respiratory problems, liver and kidney issues and cancer.                                                                                                                                                                                

At Russett Southwest we understand the importance of a healthy home which is why we offer specialized services in indoor air quality. We are proud to be an industry leader in indoor air quality services using the most up to date technology and highly trained specialists. We offer comprehensive home assessments and customized solutions. Your health and comfort are our priority.

If you interested in learning more about the quality of the air in hour home and how to improve it, call Russett Southwest Corp. at 520-626-9676 and ask about our Healthier Home Healthier You program. You can also visit us online at https://www.russettsouthwest.com/heating-cooling-services/indoor-air-quality/

When Should You Upgrade?

September 5th, 2017

While your heating and air conditioning system is designed to last for 10-15 years, there are certain telltale signs indicate it’s 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 system 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 you’re 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.

 

Top 3 Reasons for Your High Utility Bill

August 27th, 2017

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

How Indoor Air Quality Impacts Your Health

July 25th, 2017

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies or upper respiratory issues? Do your sinuses bother you constantly? Do you experience chronic headaches or fatigue? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to take a look at the quality of your indoor air. 

The fact is that we encounter pollutants and contaminants on a daily basis in the outdoor air. These contaminants can be tracked into your home. Long term, low level exposure can exacerbate or cause health issues like the ones listed above.

The good news is that there is something you can do. Russett Southwest offers a revolutionary Indoor Air Quality test that identifies and assesses the pollutants and contaminants in your home and offers customized solutions to address adverse conditions.

Russett Southwest Corp is proud to be an industry leader in indoor air quality. All testing is performed by qualified personal utilizing the latest technology and applied sciences to the standards, guidelines and acceptable industry practices by recognized organizations. The recognized organizations include but are not necessarily limited to, International Residential Code (IRC) as adopted locally, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Building Performance Institute (BPI), American Council of Accredited Certifications (ACAC), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indoor Air Quality Association, Inc. (IAQA).

Visit us online at https://www.russettsouthwest.com/heating-cooling-services/indoor-air-quality/ or give us a call at 520-629-9676 for more details.

 

DIY Tips for Your Air Conditioner

July 14th, 2017

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.