Furnace Efficiency for Winter in the Southwest

December 6th, 2014

Old and dirty gas furnaceThe temperatures in the Old Pueblo have already dropped below freezing for the first time since last January, which is why now is the time to start thinking about how to use your furnace efficiently this winter. Keep reading for some tips that will help you make the most of your heating system when you need it the most.

Get It Serviced

Before you really start to use your heater, you should schedule a maintenance check with a professional heating and cooling company. The maintenance crew can come to your home and look over the unit to ensure that it is working properly. If they need to make any repairs, they can do it before you really start relying on the furnace to keep you warm this winter. They can also change the filter and clean out the unit so it works as efficiently as possible.

Lower the Temperature when You Are Not Home

Before you leave for work in the morning, you should lower the temperature on the furnace so you do not waste hot air when you do not need it. Lowering the furnace by just a few degrees helps you significantly lower your energy costs and use the furnace even more efficiently.

Update Your System when You Need It

If you notice that your energy bills are much higher than they once were or if your unit is not heating your home as well as it should, it might be time for an upgrade. A newer furnace gives you much more energy efficiency and allows you to find a more comfortable temperature for the interior of your home. The next time you get your unit serviced, you should talk to the professionals about when you should upgrade to a newer system.

Russett Southwest is here to help you with all of your Tucson heating and cooling needs. For more than 60 years, we have provided the services you need to keep you comfortable in your home or office. For more information about our services, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676.

Signs You May Need to Replace Your Furnace

November 21st, 2014

86544098If your furnace is not operating at its highest potential, it could be costing you money. Look for the following signs to help you determine when it is time to replace your furnace.


Most furnaces have a lifespan of about 15 years. If you know that your unit is older than that, you might want to consider replacing it. A newer furnace will work more efficiently and lower the costs of heating your home.

Frequent Problems

If you frequently have to call the heating and cooling repair people to come to your home to look at your furnace, it is time to consider investing in a new one. The money that you spend on repair costs can be used to buy a new unit that will not give you so many problems.

Temperature Issues

You can sometimes tell that a furnace is past its prime when certain rooms are not as hot as you want them to be. If you notice major temperature fluctuations throughout your home, it is probably time to upgrade to a newer and better furnace.

The Need for Better Technology

If no one is at your house for long periods of the day, you might want to consider buying a new furnace so you can get a programmable thermostat. This system makes it easy to enjoy heat while you are at home and save on heating costs while you are gone.


When a furnace starts to reach the end of its life, it often makes a lot of noises. If you notice that your furnace is louder than ever before, you might want to consider buying a new one.

Russett Southwest is your answer for all of your Tucson heating and cooling needs. For more than 60 years, we have provided honest and reliable services that help you feel more comfortable in your home. If you think it might be time for a new furnace, we can help. Call (520) 629-9676 to find out how.

Reducing Heating and Cooling Costs

November 6th, 2014

156534187If you are tired of reserving a significant portion of your paycheck for your home heating and cooling costs, it might be time for a change. Use this guide to figure out how you can make your home more energy-efficient so you do not have to pay as much for your heating and cooling.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Maintaining your HVAC system helps it work as efficiently as possible. Make sure to schedule maintenance for your unit a few times during the year. This gives the professionals the chance to look at the filters and hoses and make sure everything is running smoothly.

Change the Temperature

Raising or lowering the temperature in your home by just a few degrees can have a big impact on your overall heating and cooling costs. Talk to the HVAC professional about the best temperature ranges to use to ensure that you are not wasting unnecessary energy and money.

Find the Drafts

A small draft in your home lets the hot and cold air that you pay for sneak out the windows and doors. Try to walk around your home and seal up any drafty areas to avoid paying more than you should. You might also want to improve the insulation of your home, especially if it is an older structure. This helps you utilize the HVAC system as efficiently as possible.

Use Window Treatments

Quality window treatments like drapes, curtains, or shades help you make the most of your interior heating and cooling. Leave the window treatments closed during the hottest part of the day during the summer so you do not have to spend as much to cool your home. You should also try to leave them open during the winter to let the sun heat your interior naturally.

At Russett Southwest, we want to help you get the most of your home heating and cooling. With regular maintenance and repair services, we give you the tools you need to lower your utility costs. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676.


Using Your Air Conditioning During the Fall

October 21st, 2014

490207229When the temperature begins to drop, you will probably find yourself using your air conditioning less frequently. However, you will still want to make sure that you are running your A/C frequently enough to keep your house cool. Here are some ways to ensure that you are running your air conditioning unit as efficiently as possible.

Don’t run your air conditioning when no one’s home. Many homeowners leave their air conditioning units running all day long—even when no one is home—believing that this is more efficient. In fact, the most efficient way to run your air conditioning is to run it at full speed when you actually need it, rather than leaving it to turn on and off all day.

Use ceiling fans. Ceiling fans do not lower the temperature, but they can make you feel more comfortable by circulating the air in a room. Using Energy Star approved ceiling fans while you are home can help you reduce your need to use your air conditioning unit. Since fans don’t actually make your house colder, however, you should always turn them off when a room is unoccupied.

Keep a window cracked. One of the best ways to keep a room from overheating is to leave windows slightly open. If there are multiple windows in a room, try opening one from the top and the other from the bottom. Letting in cool outside air will help you avoid unnecessary use of your air conditioning unit.

Russett Southwest is proud to provide first-class heating and cooling services to customers in the Tucson area. We have been serving the community for more than half a century, and we provide a variety of services to ensure quality indoor air. If your air conditioning unit is in need of service or repair, feel free to contact us at (520) 629-9676 or visit us online.

Preparing Your HVAC for Cooler Months

October 6th, 2014

78525636Although it might be difficult to picture a time in Arizona when the thermostat dips below 90 degrees, cooler months are on the horizon. Before the weather changes, make sure your HVAC system can handle the cooler months. Use the following tips to prepare your heating and cooling system for the winter:

Schedule Yearly Maintenance

Schedule your yearly maintenance for your HVAC system to make sure it is ready for winter. Call the professionals to come to your home and check out your heating and cooling system. They can go through the unit and check on the filters and make sure everything is functioning well with the system. If there is a problem, they can repair it to keep you from overpaying for your winter heating costs.

Get a New Thermostat

If you have an older thermostat, it might not accurately reflect the temperature in your house. This might have you using more heat than you want to, which can increase your utility costs. Updating your thermostat helps you get a more accurate reading on the temperature in your space so you can conserve energy and lower winter heating costs.

Schedule a Duct Cleaning

Dirty air ducts prevent air from circulating properly throughout the home, which might cause the HVAC system to work harder to keep you warm during the colder months. Schedule a professional air duct cleaning to clear out these pathways and allow the air to travel easily into each room. This also improves the indoor air quality of your home by preventing dirty air from continuously circulating through your ducts.

If you are ready to prepare your HVAC system for the cooler months, Russett Southwest can help. We provide some of the best heating and cooling services in the Tucson area to help you find the perfect temperature inside your home. To learn more about our services or to schedule a maintenance appointment, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676.