How to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy Efficient

May 5th, 2014


Improving your air conditioner’s energy efficiency offers many benefits. An energy-efficient A/C will use less energy, costing you less on your monthly utilities. Reducing the amount of energy your air conditioner requires to provide indoor comfort will also reduce your home’s carbon footprint, making a positive difference in the environment.

Service Your Unit Regularly

Air conditioners can lose up to 15% efficiency for every year they are not serviced by a professional. The best time to have your air conditioner inspected is before cooling season starts. This will ensure that your unit is ready to go on the first hot day of the year. Contact your local heating and cooling service about setting up a regular schedule for inspections and maintenance. While at your home, your air conditioning expert will clean, repair, and replace any parts that are worn to ensure your A/C is operating at peak efficiency.

Use Your Thermostat Wisely

You directly control the amount of energy your air conditioner consumes by setting your thermostat. Keep the temperature lower only when your home is occupied; turn up the temperature when you aren’t home to avoid using energy to cool an empty house. Replacing an older thermostat with a programmable model can help you maintain a more energy-efficient cooling system without the need to constantly change the temperature manually.

Keep Surroundings Clear

Your air conditioner’s outdoor condenser requires adequate airflow to function properly. Check your yard periodically and clear away any debris, such as branches, leaves, rocks, and other items. Keep foliage trimmed back from the unit for at least three feet in all directions. Avoid storing items near or against your outdoor condenser or indoor air handler to prevent damage and maximize airflow for efficient cooling.

Are you ready to enjoy greater energy efficiency and improved cooling this summer in Tucson? Contact Russett Southwest Corp. today by calling (520) 629-9676 to talk to a qualified heating and cooling specialist about your needs. Click through our website to check out the latest heating and cooling news.

How to Prep Your Air Conditioning for Hot Summer Weather

April 21st, 2014

With the arrival of spring, summer isn’t far off, nor is the need to use your home’s air conditioning. Before the summer cooling season arrives in Tucson, there are a few simple steps you can take to prepare your air conditioner for the hot weather. In addition to performing some maintenance yourself, contact Russett Southwest Corp. for a professional inspection and tune-up to ensure your A/C is ready to go on the first day of summer.

Change Your Filter

Your HVAC system uses an air filter to screen out debris before air is drawn into your furnace or air conditioner. This filter should be changed every one to three months, depending on the type of filter you use. Failing to change your filter reduces the efficiency of your air conditioner because a dirty filter limits the amount of air that can be pulled into the system for cooling. This makes the unit’s motor work harder, causing it to wear out or fail quickly. Changing your filter is an inexpensive and easy step towards better air conditioning efficiency and a longer-lasting HVAC system.

Clean Around Your Condenser

Your air conditioner’s condenser is the large unit located outdoors. Because this essential component of your system is always outside, it’s important to check around your condenser before cooling season hits to make sure the area is clear of debris. Branches, rocks, insect or rodent nests, and other debris can cause damage or block airflow. Make a thorough inspection of the area around your condenser, clearing away any debris or plant overgrowth to ensure the unit has three feet of clear space in all directions. You can also clean the condenser yourself between service visits.

You can schedule an air conditioning tune-up in Tucson today by calling Russett Southwest Corp. at (520) 629-9676. We offer comprehensive heating and cooling services, including A/C repair, heating inspections, and indoor air quality control. Visit us on the web to learn more about us or to schedule service online.


Common Indoor Air Pollutants

April 5th, 2014

Indoor air quality is a concern for many homes. Pollutants such as dust, pollen, and animal dander in your home’s air can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and respiratory illnesses. Your Tucson air conditioning service can help by determining the source of poor indoor air quality in your home and taking steps to correct it to create a healthier environment for you and your family.

Non-Biological Pollutants

Smoke and dust are two of the most common non-biological pollutants found in homes. While it is impossible to prevent dust accumulation in your Tucson home, regular cleaning can remove excess dust before it can be recirculated by your air conditioner or heater. To remove dust effectively, use a damp cloth, electrostatic duster, or a vacuum. Feather dusters will only move dust around your home, rather than remove it completely. Additionally, smoke from tobacco products and wood-burning fireplaces can also accumulate in your home, reducing indoor air quality. Avoid smoking indoors, especially if you have children. Always step outside to smoke, as opening a window may not be sufficient to remove smoking byproducts from the air of your home. If you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace, make sure it is adequately ventilated and be sure to have the chimney cleaned and inspected once a year.

Biological Pollutants

Biological air pollutants come from living organisms. These may include mold spores, viruses, bacteria, animal dander, and particles from insects such as cockroaches or dust mites. Addressing leaks and scheduling regular pest prevention services for your home can reduce the incidence of mold and pest-related allergens in your air. You can also purchase a higher-quality air filter for your HVAC system, which will remove animal dander and larger biological pollutants from the air before it is heated or cooled.

If you are concerned about the air quality in your home, contact Russett Southwest Corp. today by calling (520) 629-9676. We provide fast, effective heating, cooling, and air quality solutions throughout the Tucson area. You can find more important information about your home’s indoor air quality on our website.

Keys to Saving Money in the Summer Months

March 20th, 2014

Saving money on energy costs in the summertime is easier than you think. By following just a few common sense rules, you can reduce your energy consumption and stay nice and cool in your home. Here are three tips to help homeowners save money this summer.

1) Keep the Lights Off Whenever Possible

Keeping the lights off will reduce the amount of electricity that you use while keeping the house cooler at the same time. If you have children who forget to turn the lights off or you have that same bad habit, lights with sensors in them will stay off unless someone enters the room.

2) Use Fans to Funnel Cool Air Around the House

A fan can be an effective tool to reduce or eliminate the need to run the air conditioner in your home this summer. If you live in a smaller home, you can run a window unit and have a fan blow cool air into adjacent rooms. Another idea is to put a bowl of ice near a fan. The air around the ice will be cold and the fan will blow the cold air around the room.

3) Keep Doors and Windows Closed When the AC Is On

Make sure that you have the doors and windows closed when the air conditioner is on. If warm air enters the house, the air conditioner has to do more work to keep the inside of your home cool. That increases energy consumption and increases your energy bill.

There are a variety of great ways that you can keep your home cool without spending a lot on energy costs. If you are looking for an energy efficient way to keep your home cool this summer, contact the folks at Tucson air conditioning company Russett Southwest for an energy audit or an estimate for your new air conditioning unit.

Thermostat Upgrade Can Save Your Money

March 5th, 2014

A home that is very hot or too cold is not pleasant or energy-efficient. When homeowners leave their homes with the air conditioner running, it makes the environment in the home uncomfortable, and the energy bill will increase. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat is the best option. It is a very affordable solution to home heating and cooling problems. When homeowners use programmable thermostats, their homes will be more comfortable, and the energy bill will remain manageable.

Thermostats With Advanced Features

When the first batch of digital thermostats were offered in stores, they were tough to use by homeowners. Many individuals did not use the programmable settings properly. The Environmental Protection Agency estimated that most homes that have programmable thermostats did not understand how to program the devices. However, the digital thermostats that are available in stores today are much easier to use. Most thermostats have a simple to use display and an optional memory card. Homeowners can have various temperatures for different times of the day.

Energy Savings Info

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners gain the most energy savings when they maintain a consistent temperature in their home for around eight hours. For each degree that is increased during an eight-hour time span during the summer, the cooling bill will reduce by one percent. To gain the most energy savings, schedule the thermostat properly. When away from home, keep the temperature about 10 degrees higher. By using this technique, the energy bill will reduced by 10%.

Other techniques should be used during the cold months of the year when no is home. To lower energy costs, preset the thermostat to adjust the temperatures at night while everyone is asleep. The device should let everyone wake up in a warm environment. This technique lets every remain comfortable at night without increases the energy bill.

Overall, upgrading a thermostat can lower overall energy costs. For more information about thermostats, contact the Tucson air conditioning professionals at Russell Southwest.