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 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.

The Monsoons are here!

July 1st, 2016

The Tucson Monsoon season has arrived. Here is how you can keep your air conditioning system running effectively in spite of the rain, lighting, 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 or call (520) 629-9676.

5 ways to save energy and money this summer

June 17th, 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 and with the Tucson summer in full swing, we’re sharing our top 5 energy and money saving tips for the summer.

  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 and ability to cool the air. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can reduce your air conditioners energy consumption between 5-15%
  2. A programmable thermostat can help you save up to 10% on heating and cooling a year. Keep the house warmer than normal when you’re away and set it to 78° when you’re home. 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. The use of fans allows you to raise the thermostat up to 4 degrees without compromising your comfort.
  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.

3 Air Conditioning Myths Debunked

May 24th, 2016

Air conditioning myths can cost you in efficiency and energy costs. Check out three of the most common myths-and the facts-of air conditioning.

Myth: To get the house cooled quickly, crank the air conditioner temperature down.

Truth: Central air conditioners are designed to work at a fairly constant pace and then turn off when your home reaches the desired temperature. So turning the temperature way down won’t cool it faster, it just means you might end up with a frigid house if you forget to readjust the thermostat once you hit a comfortable temperature, wasting money and energy.

Myth: An air conditioner is just to cool the air.

Truth: Sure, air conditioners produce a steady stream of cool air, but there’s actually another factor at play when it comes to making you comfortable in the summer. In addition to cooling the air, air conditioners also reduce humidity. Humid air feels hotter than dryer air. This function of your air conditioner is especially helpful during those muggy monsoon months.

Myth: The bigger the air conditioning unit is, the better!

Truth: Size does matter, but it isn’t just a matter of getting a big machine. A properly sized AC unit is one that is chosen to fit your home. This includes factors such as insulation, windows, air leakage, roof characteristics and which way the windows face. Air conditioners that fit the homes they serve may run a bit longer, but they also keep the occupants more comfortable and use less electricity than oversized units.

Russett Southwest is here to help you with all of your Tucson and cooling needs. Our maintenance services make it easy to ensure that your HVAC system is functioning properly. To learn more visit us online at or call (520) 629-9676.

Tips for hiring an HVAC Contractor

May 8th, 2016

Before inviting an HVAC Contractor into your home, it’s important to do your research. The best HVAC contractors are experienced, skilled and focus on the needs of you and your home when providing services and recommending equipment. Here are some tips to finding the best HVAC contractor for you!

  1. Ask for referrals. Ask your friends and neighbors what HVAC company they use and ask them to describe their experience and level of satisfaction.
  2. Take a look at their Better Business Bureau grade and reviews. The Better Business Bureau sets standards for ethical business practices and helps consumers identify trustworthy businesses. You can check out your potential HVAC Company online at your local Better Business Bureau website.
  3. Check out online reviews: What kind of reviews does the company have on Facebook? Angie’s List? Home Advisor?
  4. Check licenses and verify qualification. Here are some suggested questions to ask the potential contractor: Are you registered with your city and state to do heating and air conditioning work? Do you have copies of your current licenses or certifications I can see? How many years of experience do the technicians have?
  5. Ask for and call references. A professional contractor will have a list of past and current clients you could reach out to for more information. Be sure to ask the following questions in order to obtain a proper evaluation of how their projects came together: Did the contractor communicate throughout the process? How would you describe the quality of the work that was done? How would you rate the technician’s customer service?

Russett Southwest is here to help you with all of your heating and cooling needs. We’ve been proudly serving the Tucson and surrounding areas for nearly 70 years! Our technical are experienced, professional and non-commissioned which means the best service for you and your home! To learn more visit us online at or call (520) 629-9676.