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.

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 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.