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Keep Heating Costs Down this Winter

December 14th, 2015

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.

 

 

 

The Importance of Maintenance

November 29th, 2015

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.

Is it Time for a New Furnace?

November 16th, 2015

Your furnace is responsible for heating your home and keeping your family comfortable. However, age or lack of maintenance can compromise the ability of your heating system to work effectively. Here are a few signs that it may be time to replace your furnace.

 

Your Furnace is 20 Years Old (or More)

Age is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding if it is time to invest in a new furnace. Most furnace units are built to last between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is within this age range or even older, it is definitely time to look for a new unit for your home.

 

Lots of Repairs

Furnaces typically require frequent repairs during the last 2 years of their working lives. Constant repairs can quickly add up, making this option more expensive than simply investing in a new unit. Think about how many furnace repairs you have had in the last 2 years to determine if it is time to invest in a new one.

 

Increased Energy or Gas Bills

It is normal to experience increases in energy and gas bills during the winter when you are using your heating system frequently. But if you notice higher bills throughout the year, it might be due to an inefficient furnace. As furnaces age, they have to work harder and longer to meet heating demands. High bills are one of the most common signs that you need a new furnace.

 

You Have Heard Strange Noises

Have you heard strange noises that you do not normally hear around the house? Furnaces often produce strange sounds as they get older and start working harder. Listen for noises throughout the house to determine if a new furnace is a smart investment.

To learn more about maintaining or replacing your furnace, 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.

 

Repair or Replace?

October 26th, 2015

As the cool weather rolls in and we use our air conditioners less frequently, it’s a good time to consider repairs or replacement on your HVAC system. Your air conditioner has been working hard all summer which puts strain on your HVAC system. If your system is no longer functioning as well as it once did, it might be time to consider repairing or replacing the unit. Here are some tips to help you decide if a repair or replacement is necessary for you.

 

When You Should Repair

If your system is less than eight years old, you might want to look into repair options before you think about completely replacing it. Ask a professional repair team to come out and look at your unit to decide if it needs a small or large repair and how much it will cost. If the repair comes with a large price tag, it might be a better idea to update your entire HVAC system.

 

When You Should Replace

A new HVAC system can greatly benefit your home. With more efficient heating and cooling options, installing a new system is a great way to save money on energy costs. If you have had to repair your current HVAC system a few times, you should think about replacing it instead of trying to repair it again. If the unit is more than eight years old, a new system will probably give you better control over the interior temperatures. You should also think about replacing the unit if it does not heat or cool as it once did or you notice excessive dust inside the house. If you are gone for long periods of the day, a new system with a programmable thermostat can help you get optimal energy efficiency.

Russett Southwest is here to help you get the best heating and cooling systems in Tucson. We can repair and service your unit to keep it functioning at its best. If the time has come to replace your unit, we provide you with some of the top brands in the industry. To learn more about our products and repair services, visit us online at russettsouthwest.com or call (520) 629-9676.

 

 

 

Make the Most of Fall

October 11th, 2015

This week brings a much anticipated dip in temperatures (if you count mid 80s as a “dip”.) While it’s still necessary to run your AC during the warmth of the day-there are ways to take advantage of the cooler evening and early morning temperatures. Here are some tips to reduce energy costs while enjoying the season change:

Keep an eye on your thermostat

Since the weather can be unpredictable keeping your eye on the thermostat can help you manage your comfort and energy bill. Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat for this purpose. Bumping up the AC when you’re away will help you save money. Keep the adjustment right around 3 degrees because it takes less energy to get the house to the desired temperature when you return home. 

Let the fresh air

Make the most of the nighttime and early morning coolness by opening up the windows. Opening windows and doors on opposite ends of the house allows for the cool air to flow through. This keeps the house cool which means your air conditioner starts running later in the day, saving you money.

Use your ceiling fans

Did you know that the average ceiling fan uses only 60 watts of energy— even when running on high? That means that running your fan helps to keep you cool and can help cut down on your AC usage. While the weather is warm you should have your ceiling fans running on high with the air blowing down directly below the fan. This creates the most air movement in the center of the room, which is where you need it most for the “breeze” effect, which will feel cool on your skin.

Russett Southwest Corp. has been proudly serving Southern Arizona since 1947. To learn more about our services or to schedule your maintenance appointment call (520) 629-9676 or visit us at russettsouthwest.com.