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Prepare for the Season Change

September 29th, 2015

Even though the thermometer is lingering in the 90 degree range, we know that fall is on its way. 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.

Test Your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors protect those in your home from dangerous gasses and life-threatening situations. You need be sure that they work. Maintaining these devices is simple all you have to do is change a battery. This may be one of the simplest things to do, but it is also one of the most important.

Schedule a Heating Maintenance Visit

To ensure that your home heating system is ready for the cooler months, have an HVAC technician come to your home and inspect your setup. Russett Southwest Corp. not only provides standard heating checkups, but also home energy audits to find energy inefficiencies in your home. By proactively finding and addressing these small issues, you can keep your system running efficiently and keep your energy bills down.

Check Your Windows

Be sure to check the sealing around your windows. There is nothing worse than a drafty window in the cold because it impacts your comfort and costs you money? If warm air is allowed to escape outside of your home, then your heating system will need to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature. Check your windows to make sure that your home is warm and your utility bill is low.

Change Your Air Filters

Changing your air filters is very important to keep your HVAC system running efficiently and your indoor air pure and clean. It is recommended that you change your air filters once every 3-4 months, and also that you are using the correct type of air filter for your home. If you need help in choosing the right air filter for your HVAC system, have a technician from Russett Southwest Corp. help you during their next service visit.

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 https://www.russettsouthwest.com.

 

When Should You Upgrade?

August 30th, 2015

Certain telltale signs indicate it’s 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 system 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 you’re 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 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 https://russett.wpengine.com/ or call (520) 629-9676.

Take Care of Your Air…During Monsoon Season

August 9th, 2015
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Now that the Tucson Monsoon season is in full force, let’s talk about how you can keep your air conditioning system running effectively in spite of the rain, lighting, wind and dust of the reason.

Change your filters once a month during monsoon season. It’s the best course of action to combat all the dust that is kicked up. Changing your filter is also one of the easiest and most cost effective things you can do to ensure a long, efficient life of your air conditioning system.

Did you know that your air conditioning unit is in danger whenever there’s a lightning strike nearby? An electrical surge or strike in your area can impact your system. Your best bet to keep your system safe is to invest in a surge protector. The surge protector absorbs the electric surge before it can even get to your A/C unit.

Keep your air conditioning unit free of debris. Check the area around your unit periodically, especially after a monsoon, to clear away the debris. This keeps your system working more efficiently.

At Russett Southwest, your comfort is our goal. Since 1947, 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://russett.wpengine.com/ or call (520) 629-9676.

Keep Cool & Save Money with this Strategy

July 27th, 2015

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.

 

5 Tips for Saving Energy (and money) this Summer!

July 13th, 2015

Did you know that heating and cooling account for nearly half of the energy use in a typical home? This makes heating and cooling the largest energy expense in your home. With this in mind, and with the triple digit heat upon us, we’re sharing our top 5 tips for saving energy and money this summer.

  1. The quickest way to save energy on home cooling is to regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s filters. A clogged filter restricts airflow which decreases the unit’s efficiency and ability to cool the air. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can reduce your air conditioners energy consumption between 5-15%
  2. A programmable thermostat can help you save up to 10% on heating and cooling a year according to the Department of Energy. Keep the house warmer than normal when you’re away and set it to 78° when you’re home. You could save as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.
  3. Air loss through ducts accounts for about 30% of a cooling system’s energy consumption. Have your ducts insulated and sealed.
  4. Take advantage of your ceiling fans. The use of fans allows you to raise the thermostat up to 4 degrees without compromising your comfort.
  5. If you’re ready for a new air conditioning unit, consider buying an ENERGY STAR qualified unit. These models are up to 15% more efficient than standard models. Talk to an expert to make sure you are getting a unit that is the right size for your home and comfort needs.

In total, these changes can help you reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50% and that’s great news for your energy bill!

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.