Creating an HVAC Preventative Maintenance Checklist

August 5th, 2014

135382813Maintaining your HVAC system can help you keep it working efficiently for a longer period of time. There are certain ways that you can check on how the unit is functioning. Use the following tips to create an HVAC preventative maintenance checklist that will help you extend the life of your unit.

Replace Your Air Filter

Your air filter does a lot of work, especially when you run your HVAC system for long periods of time. You should replace your air filter once every three months to ensure optimal efficiency. Take a look at it every month, though, to see if it starts to get dirty sooner than normal. Try to buy a quality filter that will grab onto the most particles to keep them from clogging up your unit.

Check on the Unit

Spend some time looking at the outside part of the unit to ensure that nothing is affecting it from the exterior of your home. Brush away leaves or other debris that might be disturbing the unit. Make sure there is at least 2 feet of space around the HVAC system to encourage optimal efficiency.

Hire the Professionals to Inspect the Unit

Once a year, it is a good idea to hire the professionals to come in to look at your HVAC unit. This way, the professional repair team can thoroughly look over your unit to determine if everything is functioning properly. If they see a problem, they have the tools and the expertise to fix it so your unit works well enough to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without increasing your energy costs.

If you need some help maintaining your HVAC system, Russett Southwest is here for you. With some of the best heating and air conditioning services in Tucson, we make it easy to keep your system functioning properly. We can also remodel or replace units that are past their prime. To learn more about our services or to request a maintenance visit, call (520) 629-9676.

Tax Credits for Replacing Your Heating and Cooling System

July 21st, 2014

458148501Older heating and cooling systems use much more energy than newer ones. In order to provide incentive for homeowners to change over to newer, more energy-efficient systems, the government started offering tax credits. Read on to learn more about these credits and how much you could potentially get back for making the switch.

The Units that Qualify

There are certain products that qualify for the tax credit. If you replaced your advanced main air circulating fan or your central air conditioning unit, you can qualify for this tax credit and get some money back. The increased energy efficiency can also save you money on your monthly energy costs, which helps you enjoy comfortable interior temperatures without spending as much.

The Maximum Credit Amount

The maximum amount for the lifetime credit equals about 10% of the total costs, which equals $500 for all of the improvements to your energy systems combined. Once you receive the full $500, you have gotten your full refund. If you have not yet received the full amount, you can expect more money back.

Manufacturer Rebates

Even if you do not qualify for the tax credit, there are plenty of heating and cooling system manufacturers that offer rebates when you purchase their products. Updating your system is a quick and easy way to save some money on energy costs, to stop wasting so much energy, and to enjoy the benefits of newer units.

If you are ready to update your heating and cooling systems, Russett Southwest can help. We can expertly install, service, and repair a wide variety of brands and products. We can help you find the right products to really meet the needs of your home: You can choose between top brands like Rheem, Carrier, York, Lennox, and Ruud. We also have thermostats, filters, electronic air cleaners, humidifiers, and improved filtration systems. To learn more about our products and services, visit us online or call (520) 629-9676.

Dealing with Common Summer Air Conditioner Problems

July 5th, 2014

Person looking for a new homeIn Tucson, air conditioning is like a lifeline during the summer. If you are without it, surviving the brutal temperatures of the season will be rough. Keep reading to learn about how to deal with some of the most common air conditioner problems so you can enjoy cool temperatures all summer long.

A Water Leak

If you notice water leaking near your HVAC system, you might have a simple clog. Check the drain line to make sure there is nothing clogging it. You should also check to see if the drain line is still connected. These simple fixes might be all you need to stop the leak and get your air conditioner functioning properly.

A Unit That Turns On and Off

If your unit consistently turns on and off, you might want to call in the professionals to check the thermostat and make sure it is functioning properly. Often times a quick adjustment is all you need to fix the issue. You should also ask the professional to clean the condenser, the evaporator unit, and the fan to ensure that the problem does not keep happening.

The Air Conditioner Does Not Blow Cold Enough

There is nothing worse than turning on the air conditioner during the summer and not feeling cold air. If this is happening with your unit, you should clear out the area near the condenser to try to improve the airflow. Changing the air filter might also help. Try to put some shade over the unit so it stays cooler during the day. Replace the insulation on the refrigerant line. If you still have a problem after taking all of these steps, you should call in the professionals to help you diagnose and fix the problem.

For more than 65 years, Russett Southwest has provided some of the best air conditioner repair services in all of Tucson. We understand how a broken air conditioner can affect your life, which is why we work so hard to ensure that your unit functions properly. If you are having issues or just want yearly maintenance, we can help. Call (520) 629-9676 to learn more.

What Are the Health Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality?

June 20th, 2014

459903291A dirty or poorly maintained heating and cooling system can drastically decrease the quality of the air inside your Tucson home. Poor indoor air quality has far-reaching effects on the health and comfort of your family. Scheduling regular heating and cooling maintenance for your HVAC system will help to maintain healthy indoor air quality as well as ensure that your furnace and air conditioner always function at peak efficiency.

Respiratory Problems

Even short-term exposure to airborne pollutants can cause respiratory problems such as irritation of the nose and throat. Itchy, watery eyes, headache, fatigue, and dizziness may also occur. Repeated exposure can cause these symptoms to become worse, while they may improve when you are not at home. Those who are very young, very old, or have compromised immune systems may be at particular risk for respiratory troubles that can lead to further medical complications.

Allergies and Asthma

Poor indoor air quality means increased levels of common allergens in your home, such as dust, pollen, animal dander, mold, and insects skin or droppings. Thus, poor indoor air quality is associated with a higher incidence of allergies and asthma among affected family members. Studies indicate that the rates of childhood asthma are increasing, making indoor air quality in the home particularly important for the many families who have children affected by this disease.

Serious Health Effects

Long-term exposure to polluted indoor air can have significant effects on overall health. Poor indoor air quality is associated with a higher risk of developing heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, and even some forms of cancer. These health concerns may not arise for many years, which is why it is important to regularly maintain and clean your heating and cooling system.

Russett Southwest Corp. proudly provides comprehensive heating and cooling maintenance, repairs, and replacement in the Tucson area. Call us today at (520) 629-9676 to schedule indoor air quality services for your new or existing home, including mold investigation, testing, and assessment. You can find out more about your home’s furnace and air conditioner on our website.

A Look at Our HVAC Maintenance Services

June 5th, 2014

176842108Maintaining your HVAC system is essential to keep your furnace and air conditioner operating at peak capacity, saving you money on your utility bills. Regular maintenance will also prolong the lifetime of your HVAC system, preventing problems and maximizing the number of years these appliances will function before requiring replacement. Russett Southwest Corp. offers the preventive maintenance services you need to enjoy your current heating and cooling system for years to come.

Filter Maintenance

Your HVAC filter protects your heating and cooling system and reduces reduce indoor air pollution for a healthier home. A dirty filter not only allows airborne pollutants to continue circulating through your home; it also reduces your heating and cooling efficiency as well. Filters may be either washable or disposable, but each needs regular care or replacement to do its job. Russett Southwest Corp. offers filter cleaning or replacement on a regular basis so you can’t forget this important task. We will also discuss your indoor air quality needs to help you choose the best filter for your home and determine how often it should be serviced.

System Cleaning and Check

Russett Southwest Corp.’s Peak Performance Service includes cleaning and maintenance of your heating and cooling system twice a year. Even with an air filter in place, some dirt and dust can still enter your HVAC system. Regular maintenance includes system cleaning to remove dust that may be affecting your furnace and air conditioner’s performance. Additionally, Russett Southwest Corp.’s regular maintenance services include a thorough check of your heating and cooling systems’ components to identify parts that are worn or failing. Replacing or repairing these components before they have completely failed will help to maintain a comfortable indoor environment and prevent the need for emergency repairs.

Russett Southwest is here to provide the cleaning maintenance services you need to enjoy year-round comfort and energy savings in Tucson. Please call (520) 629-9676 for 24/7 heating and cooling service or to schedule a service call at any time. Click through our website for more information, tips, or to sign up for our email coupons and newsletter.