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.

3 things you need to know about Air Conditioning Efficiency

May 1st, 2016

  1. Thermostat Settings: In the summer, keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and set the thermostat to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home
    NOTE: There is a misconception that increasing the temperature will make your system work harder to cool the house when you are ready to do so. The fact is a higher interior temperature will slow the flow of heat into your house, saving energy on air conditioning.
  2. Air Flow: To maximize heat transfer, uninterrupted airflow is needed through the ducts and across the evaporator. Check the air filter each month, as a clogged filter can increase cooling costs by up to 15%.
  3. An ounce of prevention…: Professional preventative maintenance pays for itself in energy savings, fewer repairs and a longer-lasting system. Consider a maintenance plan to keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape

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.

Allergies got you down?

April 29th, 2016

Spring in Tucson means warmer weather, pleasant breezes and blooming plant life. These things also signal the beginning of allergy season.

Did you know that many allergies are related to the quality of air in your home? The air in your home is influenced by several factors including the quality of the outdoor air and your lifestyle. The most important contributing factor in your home’s air is the design and performance of your ventilation and filtration system.

As an industry leader in indoor air quality, Russett Southwest Corp. is proud to offer The Healthier Home, Heathier You program. This propriety two step program identifies potential air quality issues and provides custom solutions for you and your home.

If allergy season’s got you down, call our certified experts today to learn more about our Healthier Home, Healthier You program. (520) 629-9676 or visit us online at

Warmer Weather Ahead

March 28th, 2016

While we love the beautiful spring weather, we know that the heat is right around the corner. Air conditioning in the Tucson summers is a necessity and now is the time to make sure that your system is prepared for the long summer ahead. Here are some tips to help you prepare your system.

Clear Off the Condenser

Leaves and other debris could be blocking your condenser from properly managing the temperature of the refrigerant that keeps your home cool. Take a look at your condenser and clear off any of the debris. This simple step helps you maintains your system and can catch issues that may be affecting the unit before it causes serious problems.

Change the Filters

Changing the air filters helps to keep your air conditioning functioning at its best. Check the filters at least once a month. If the filter is clogged, it is important to change it to avoid unnecessary maintenance issues that might affect the way the unit can cool your home.

Get the Unit Checked

Before you use your unit this summer, have a professional maintenance team check on the condition of your unit. They can look over all of the parts to make sure everything is functioning properly. Yearly maintenance can prevent simple wear and tear issues that might keep you from getting the air conditioning that you need to make it through another Tucson summer.

Russett Southwest is one of Tucson’s top heating and cooling companies. We offer air conditioning maintenance checks and repair services that keep your home nice and cool throughout the summer. To learn more about our services or to schedule your next visit, call (520) 629-9676.