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Choose a Filter that’s Right for You

June 15th, 2020

 

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.

Signs That Your Air Conditioner Needs Attention

May 26th, 2020

 

Like your car, your air conditioner requires maintenance to perform at its best.   Proactive maintenance also helps you catch small issues while they’re easily fixed and before they become costly. Here are 6 signs that your AC needs attention:

 

  1. No cool air. If the air coming out of your vents is not as cool as it used to be, or worse, it’s not cool at all, it’s time to have a professional take a look
  2. Weak air flow. If you notice that air flow is weak or non-existent, there may be an issue with your ductwork or debris in the vents restricting airflow.
  3. Moisture where it shouldn’t be. If you notice moisture building up around your air conditioner, it is not functioning properly. A HVAC professional can determine whether you have a refrigerant leak or another issue with your air conditioner.
  4. Strange sounds. Clanking, banging, squealing are signs that you system needs to be serviced. It could be that a belt slipped out of place or that there is a problem with the motor.
  5. Weird smells. A musty odor when your AC kicks on could be caused by debris in your unit or ducts or an issue with the wire insulation.
  6. Energy bill is higher than usual. If your energy costs are higher than normal, it may be caused by an inefficiency in the operating of your air conditioner and should be looked at by a professional.

 

Remember, periodic service checks help save you money and frustration by proactively taking care of your system and catching issues early on.  For more information about maintenance, contact Russett Southwest at 520-629-9676 or visit us online at russettsouthwest.com.

Keep Cool and Save Money

May 25th, 2020

 

Tucson summers and extreme heat go together like peanut butter and jelly. To stay comfortable without breaking the bank on energy costs, check out this strategy.

Step 1: Maintain Your Air Conditioner

Maintenance is vital to keeping your system running efficiently. Regular maintenance also helps you prolong the life of your system and ultimately saves you money by proactively addressing small issues before they become big problems.

Replace your air filters every 1-2 months during the summer months. You can use your energy bill as a reminder to do this. You also want to check the evaporator coil periodically (at least once a year) and clean it as needed. The area around your outdoor condenser coils needs your attention too. Make sure to remove debris and keep foliage trimmed at least 2 feet around the condenser for airflow.

Step 2: Your Cooling Strategy

There are several things you can do to keep your home cool without excessively high energy bills.

For starters, invest in a programmable thermostat. When you’re home, keep it set to 78°. When you’re not home, increase the temperature at least a few degrees. You can also take advantage of the cool, breezy evenings and mornings by opening your windows and turning your air off. The use of ceiling fans when you’re in a room allows you to turn up the thermostat by as much as 4° without compromising your comfort.

To keep in the cool air in and the hot air out, locate any air leaks and seal them with caulk or weather-stripping.

Step 3: A Cool Lifestyle

The temperature inside your home is comprised of many factors. In addition to the Tucson heat, things like cooking and the proximity of appliances to your thermostat have an impact on the comfort of your home.

To keep temperatures down without cranking the AC, limit the heat generation of your appliances. Make grilling meals a regular habit to keep the heat outside. When you do cook on the stove, use the fan on the range hood to remove heat and humidity. Try not to use your washer and dryer in the heat of the day and keep the fan running while showering.

Finally, move lamps, TVs, and other appliances away from the thermostat. The extra heat generated can cause the air conditioner to run for longer periods of time.

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.

Signs That Your Air Conditioner Needs Attention

May 11th, 2020

 

Like your car, your air conditioner requires maintenance to perform at its best.   Proactive maintenance also helps you catch small issues while they’re easily fixed and before they become costly. Here are 6 signs that your AC needs attention:

 

  1. No cool air. If the air coming out of your vents is not as cool as it used to be, or worse, it’s not cool at all, it’s time to have a professional take a look
  2. Weak airflow. If you notice that airflow is weak or non-existent, there may be an issue with your ductwork or debris in the vents restricting airflow.
  3. Moisture where it shouldn’t be. If you notice moisture building up around your air conditioner, it is not functioning properly. An HVAC professional can determine whether you have a refrigerant leak or another issue with your air conditioner.
  4. Strange sounds. Clanking, banging, squealing are signs that your system needs to be serviced. It could be that a belt slipped out of place or that there is a problem with the motor.
  5. Weird smells. A musty odor when your AC kicks on could be caused by debris in your unit or ducts or an issue with the wire insulation.
  6. Energy bill is higher than usual. If your energy costs are higher than normal, it may be caused by an inefficiency in the operating of your air conditioner and should be looked at by a professional.

 

Remember, periodic service checks help save you money and frustration by proactively taking care of your system and catching issues early on.  For more information about maintenance, contact Russett Southwest at 520-629-9676 or visit us online at russettsouthwest.com.

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.