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Keep Cool and Save Money with this Strategy!

June 25th, 2019

 

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 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 allow 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 sixty 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 or call (520) 629-9676.

It’s Getting Hotter is your AC ready?

May 28th, 2019

 

As the temps are starting to rise is your AC ready for another Tucson summer?  Have you checked and replaced your air filters? How about getting that new Programmable or Smart Thermostat you have been eying?  Keep saying you want to have a professional come out and make sure your AC is running as efficiently as possible?

 

Filters:  There are different types of air filters you can use and it really comes down to preference.  Washable are low cost and can last years is taking care of properly.  Disposable filters are another option and should be replaced according to the manufacturer and have many different types available.

 

Thermostats: Programmable thermostats will let you set a schedule that works for your home.  Set it to turn to a warmer temperature when no one is home, why waste the energy air conditioning an empty house, and then set it to cool down before you would get home from work.  The new Smart Thermostats do everything a Programmable thermostat can but smarter.  They can be used remotely with an app and some will even “learn” your home.

 

Maintenance:  Having your AC maintained can save you money over the long run.  Maintenance of your AC unit can help find the “small” problems before they become “big” problems and cost you thousands of dollars or having to replace your AC unit before its time.

 

Remember that Russett Southwest is here to help you with all of your air conditioner needs. Our experts will help you keep your system running at its max capacity during its lifetime. We can also help you make decisions on upgrading or replacing your existing air conditioner. To learn more visit us online at russettsouthwest.com or call (520) 629-9676.

Signs That Your Air Conditioner Needs Attention

May 21st, 2019

 

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 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. 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.

Creating an HVAC Maintenance Checklist

February 28th, 2019

 

Maintaining your HVAC system is one of the most effective ways to get the most use out of it. Use this guide to learn how to create an efficient HVAC equipment maintenance checklist that helps you keep your unit running at its highest potential for many years to come:

 

Replace the Filters

Clogged filters hinder the HVAC system’s ability to run properly. You should check your air filters once every month, especially if you use the unit frequently. Replace the filter once every 90 days to ensure it remains clear enough to keep your HVAC system running properly. Clean filters allow your HVAC system to use energy as efficiently as possible.

 

Clean Off the Unit

Before you really start to use your HVAC system for the unit, you should walk outside and make sure there are no leaves or other debris that might hinder the unit. You should also make sure there is at least 2 feet of clear space around the exterior units.

 

Check the Refrigerant

When you live in Tucson, you rely heavily on the cooling part of your HVAC system. Checking the levels of the air conditioning refrigerant to ensure that the cooler works as efficiently as possible. It is important to have the right amount or your unit might not be working to its fullest potential.

 

Hire Professional Help

At least once a year, you should hire some HVAC professionals to come out and look at your system. They can go through the unit and make sure all of the parts are working well together to keep your system running properly all throughout the year.

 

Russett Southwest is here to handle all of your heating and cooling needs. From heating and cooling maintenance and repair to replacing broken systems, we make sure your home is always equipped with the most efficient heating and cooling systems. To learn more about our services or to schedule a visit, check out our website or call (520) 629-9676.

The Importance of Maintenance

February 15th, 2019

The Importance of Maintenance

 

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.