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Choose a filter that’s right for you!

March 15th, 2016


If you want your heating and cooling system to function properly, it is important to regularly change the filter. Here are some tips to find the best filter to meet your needs and the needs of your HVAC system.

Change the Filter Once a Month

HVAC systems in Tucson work hard. Since you use the unit so frequently and there is a lot of dust in the air, it is important to change the filter on your HVAC system at least once a month. Use your electric bill as a monthly reminder. Change the filters regularly helps keep your system running efficiently and helps improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Fiberglass Air Filters

There are several filter options that help you keep your unit functioning properly. Fiberglass filters are very thin and are designed to protect the HVAC unit. They are also the most affordable option. Note that Fiberglass filters do not improve indoor air quality as much as some other filter options.

Polyester and Pleated Air Filters

Although these filters are similar in size to the fiberglass options, they do a better job of collecting dust. Polyester and pleated air filters can get rid of up to 45% of the air pollutants in your home. They are more of an investment than fiberglass options, but they help you keep your indoor air quality at an acceptable level.

High-Efficiency Air Fillers

True to their name, these air filters can get rid of about 85% of the air pollutants that are in your home. Each filter costs about $25, but they can capture even the smallest dust particles to ensure that you have the best indoor air quality.

Russett Southwest is here to help you with all of your Tucson heating 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 russettsouthwest.com or call (520) 629-9676.

Your Indoor Air Quality

February 29th, 2016


A tight home, like a human body that doesn’t breathe right, stands the chance of becoming sick. To minimize the chance of a home becoming sick, it must breathe properly under all normal living conditions. This must be designed into the specific home and tested to validate its performance.

Russett Southwest can also help service your indoor air quality needs in existing homes. Services include:

Investigative and assessment services relating to suspected poor Indoor Air Quality

Investigative and assessment services for suspected contamination from water leaks inclusive of but not limited to:

  • Broken water pipes
  • Roof Leaks
  • Exterior wall leaks
  • Sewer leaks
  • Window leaks
  • Condensate leaks
  • Pre-remediation mold investigations, testing and assessment
  • Post-remediation mold testing, assessment & clearance.

Pre-remediation mold investigations, testing and assessment

Post-remediation mold testing, testing and assessment

All investigative services are performed under the guidance of an IEP (Indoor Environmental Professional). All methods and testing are performed to meet compliance to, but not limited to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration).

At Russett Southwest, we pride ourselves on being one of the first of our industry to recognize and design systems that promote healthy living. Our 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 services or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676.

Enjoy the Weather!

February 20th, 2016

 

The mild winters and beautiful springs are part of the reason we love Tucson so much. As the temperatures climb into the 80’s into the next few weeks, here are some things you can do to maximize the beautiful weather while keeping your energy costs down:

  • Open those windows! Opening windows on the opposite side of the house allows the breeze to flow through keeping the temperature comfortable and letting in some fresh air.
  • Get the ceiling fans going. While it will be warm outside, you may not be ready to turn the AC on yet. Take advantage of mild weather by using your ceiling fans. This keeps air circulating and the temperature consistent.
  • Get ready! This is the perfect time to prepare your home for the warmer temperatures ahead.
    • Apply weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows to keep air inside. This will be vital when you start running your air conditioner.
    • Have a professional maintenance team check on the condition of your air conditioning unit before you use it. They can look over all of the parts to make sure everything is functioning as it should.
    • Plant trees and shrubs to keep the house and the air conditioner’s outdoor component in the shade, yet still allow air to circulate.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Russett Southwest. We help Tucson homeowners handle all of their heating and cooling needs and can answer any questions you may have on heating and cooling efficiency. Contact us at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com to get started.

Energy Wasted

February 3rd, 2016

Here are some of the biggest energy wasters in your home and what you can do to avoid them.

Duct Work/Sealing

In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

We recommend having air ducts in homes cleaned every 3-5 years. Clean air ducts improve the indoor air quality in your home and enhance the efficiency of your air conditioning/heating system, which may lead to a reduction in energy bills. (All duct cleaning services begin with our duct test.)

Old HVAC equipment

Old outdated central air units and window units are big on the list of the top home energy wasters. Look for a high SEER Rating. The SEER rating or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating is a measure of how efficient the unit is in using energy to heat or cool. The top rated HVAC units have SEER ratings of as high as 19. Many older central air systems have SEER ratings of half that.

You can save up to fifty percent or more on you heating and cooling bill by replacing an old outdated HVAC unit with one that has a high SEER rating. Look for SEER ratings of 14 or better.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Russett Southwest. We help Tucson homeowners handle all of their heating and cooling needs and can answer any questions you may have on heating and cooling efficiency. Contact us at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com to get started.

 

 

Great time to replace!

January 18th, 2016

Is your air conditioner or furnace more than 10 years old? Does your equipment make strange noises? Is your system producing odd smells? Are you having issues consistency heating or cooling the house? Are you bills increasing? Does your system require frequent repairs?

If you answered yes to any of these questions-it may be time to update your system. Now is a great time to do just that with Russett Southwest Corp.’s Winter Specials.

For a limited time, you can save from $2150 to $4150 in rebates and discounts! Here are just a few that you may be eligible for:

  • Up to $1600 in Lennox rebates
  • Up to $400 customer loyalty discounts and/or $250 in Military and Veterans discounts
  • Up to $300 in Federal Tax Credits

We’re also offering a free energy efficient test and duct leakage test (for TEP customers only.) This is a $150 value!

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, 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.