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3 Clues that You Need an Air Check

September 26th, 2016

 

The air in your home is influenced by several factors including the quality of the outdoor air, lifestyle and by your ventilation and filtration system. Here are 3 clues that you need an indoor air quality assessment.

When do you experience symptoms?

Immediate signs of indoor pollutant exposure include headache, fatigue, and irritated eyes/nose/throat. If you are experiencing these symptoms, take note of when and where they are triggered. Have you recently moved into a new home? Have you recently remodeled your home or treated it with pesticides?

What’s the source?

There are several factors that contribute to air quality. Environmental tobacco smoke, also called second hand smoke contains a mixture of over 4,000 compounds 40 of which are strong irritants. There is a wide range of biological pollutants that could hinder your indoor air quality. Bacteria, viruses, pollen, mold, pollen and even dander from animals could create potentially dangerous breathing conditions. Dust mites and cockroaches could also lead to significant problems. Household products like paints and cleansers may also contain pollutants. Are these things present in your home? What type of chemicals are present in your cleaning supplies?

How’s the ventilation?

One of the most important factors to identify is how effective the design and performance of your ventilation and filtration system is. A well designed, high performing system provides positive heath effects.

If you interested in learning how to improve the air quality in your home, call Russett Southwest Corp. at 520-626-9676 and ask about our Healthier Home Healthier You program. We offer comprehensive home assessments and customized solutions. Russett Southwest Corp. is an industry leader in Indoor Quality. Your home comfort and health is our priority.

 

Why Indoor Air Matters

September 19th, 2016

 

As heating and cooling experts for 70 years, we understand the importance of being comfortable at home. We also understand the importance of a healthy home which is why we offer specialized services in indoor air quality. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around your home especially as it relates to the health and comfort of the people who live there. This is especially important since we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors.

Indoor air quality issues are often related to short term and long term health issues. According 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. The people that have the greatest susceptibility to the effects of low indoor air quality are the young, the elderly and those that experience chronic illness.

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. We offer comprehensive home assessments and customized solutions. Russett Southwest Corp. is an industry leader in Indoor Quality. Your home comfort and health is our priority.

3 Reasons for your high utility bill

August 30th, 2016

 

Most of us expect higher energy bills during the heat of the Tucson summer. Besides your air conditioner working harder to keep your house cool, there may be some other factors driving up your energy usage. Here are 5 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. If the time has come to replace your unit, we provide you with some of the top brands in the industry. To learn more about our products and repair services, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676

Should you repair or replace your air conditioning unit?

August 4th, 2016

 

Air conditioners work hard in Tucson, which could put a lot of strain on your HVAC system. If your system is no longer functioning as well as it once did, it might be time to consider repairing or replacing the unit. Use the following tips to decide which option is best for your current situation.

When You Should Repair

If your system is less than eight years old, you might want to look into repair options before you think about completely replacing it. Ask a professional repair team to come out and look at your unit to decide if it needs a small or large repair and how much it will cost. If the repair comes with a large price tag, it might be a better idea to update your entire HVAC system.

 

When You Should Replace

A new HVAC system can greatly benefit your home. With more efficient heating and cooling options, installing a new system is a great way to save money on energy costs. If you have had to repair your current HVAC system a few times, you should think about replacing it instead of trying to repair it again. If the unit is more than eight years old, a new system will probably give you better control over the interior temperatures. You should also think about replacing the unit if it does not heat or cool as it once did or you notice excessive dust inside the house. If you are gone for long periods of the day, a new system with a programmable thermostat can help you get optimal energy efficiency.

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. If the time has come to replace your unit, we provide you with some of the top brands in the industry. To learn more about our products and repair services, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676

What You Need to Know About Indoor Toxins

July 27th, 2016

Indoor air quality affects how well you can breathe in your home. There are certain toxins that can negatively affect your indoor air quality without your knowledge. Here’s what you need to know about the toxins that could compromise your indoor air quality and how they might affect your health:

Biological Toxins

There is a wide range of biological pollutants that could hinder your indoor air quality. Bacteria, viruses, pollen, and even dander from animals could create potentially dangerous breathing conditions for you and your family. Dust mites and cockroaches could also lead to significant problems. Biological pollutants might lead to infections, allergic reactions, or asthma attacks.

Secondhand Smoke

Although actually smoking cigarettes is considered the fastest way to ingest tobacco smoke, secondhand smoke could be just as dangerous. With more than 200 known poisons, even secondhand exposure puts you at great risk for coming into contact with toxins like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. If you or someone else smokes inside of your home, it could severely affect your indoor air quality. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for certain cancers and causes health issues like pneumonia, respiratory tract infections, and ear infections. Secondhand smoke could even lead to asthma and asthma attacks.

Asbestos

Asbestos was a popular construction material used in older homes. If your home was built in or before the 1970’s, you might have asbestos interfering with your indoor air quality. Inhaling asbestos could scar your lung tissue and increase your risk for cancers like mesothelioma. Asbestos was used in floors, insulation, walls, pipes, and even heating equipment.

If you are worried about your indoor air quality, Russett Southwest is here to help. Our heating and cooling experts can check out your home to make sure the indoor air quality is not causing any major problems for you or your family. To learn more about our Indoor Air Quality services including the Healthier Home, Healthier You program or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676.