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3 things you need to know about Air Conditioning Efficiency

April 16th, 2020

 

  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.

 

  1. 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%.

 

  1. 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 russettsouthwest.com or call (520) 629-9676.

When Should You Upgrade?

February 18th, 2020

 

Certain telltale signs indicate its time to consider replacing heating and cooling equipment or improving the performance of your overall system. It may be time to call Russett Southwest Corp. to help you make a change if:

 

Your system is more than 10 years old. Newer systems are more efficient which saves you money. A new system with the ENERGY STAR label can save you up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

 

If your air conditioning equipment needs frequent repairs, it may be time to consider upgrading. If your system has become less efficient, it could be costing you more than it should to cool your home.

 

Does your air conditioner make a lot of noise? You may have an undersized duct system or an issue with the indoor coil of your cooling system. This may be an indicator that it’s time for a change.

 

Before investing in a new system, have a professional check your home and HVAC system for costly air leaks. This could be part of the problem.

 

At Russett Southwest, your comfort is our goal. For more than seventy 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 https://www.russettsouthwest.com/ or call (520) 629-9676.

Energy Wasted

February 11th, 2020

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.

The importance of Maintenance

December 26th, 2019

 

Just as your car needs its regular tune-up, your heating and cooling system also needs regularly scheduled maintenance in order to function properly. It’s the only way your HVAC system can deliver consistent comfort to your home throughout its life span. Here are just a few reasons why preventative maintenance is the best way to take care of your system.

 

Longer Life Span

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average HVAC system offers a 15- to 20-year life cycle, while a gas or oil furnace is capable of lasting up to 25 years. Regular HVAC maintenance ensures that your system lives up to its potential. When that maintenance isn’t being performed, you can expect a much shorter life span.

 

Not taking advantage of regular maintenance could easily add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your cumulative operating costs throughout the life of the system.

 

Better Performance

Keeping your HVAC system in good shape also means improving its energy efficiency and keeping your energy costs low. HVAC system issues that go unaddressed can cause greater wear and tear on your system, resulting in more energy needed to deliver the same amount of comfort than a comparatively better-kept system. Increased energy usage leads to increased energy bills over time, resulting in higher running costs.

 

HVAC system expenses account for as much as 50% of a typical household’s energy budget. Regularly scheduled maintenance helps reduce expenses while improving overall performance.

 

From changing air filters to routine maintenance, Russett Southwest has a preventative maintenance package for you. To learn more 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.

Keep your heating costs down this winter

December 17th, 2019

 

Winter is in full swing in the Old Pueblo. Here are a few tips on keeping your home comfortable and your energy costs down.

 

Adjust your thermostat

According to the Department of Energy, you can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By making this adjustment, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating.

 

Take care of the filters

Replace or clean furnace filters as recommended. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Consider a tune-up for your system.  Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to 5% of heating costs.

 

Seal the leaks

Caulk leaks around windows and doors. Look for places where you have pipes, vents or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling or floor. Check the bathroom, underneath the kitchen sink, pipes inside a closet, etc. If you find a gap at the point where the pipe or vents goes through the wall, seal it up.

 

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.