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.

Signs That Your Air Conditioning Needs to be Repaired

May 20th, 2014

117892962Are you wondering whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired? Knowing the telltale signs of air conditioning problems will alert you to the need to call your Tucson heating and cooling specialist. Keep an eye out for the following signals that could indicate it’s time to call a pro.

High Energy Bills

One of the first indications that your air conditioning isn’t functioning properly can be a high energy bill. If you notice a sudden uptick in the total you owe at the end of the month, it could be due to an inefficient air conditioner. The less efficient your air conditioner becomes, the more energy it must consume to keep your Tucson home comfortable.

Loud Noises

While it’s normal to hear some noise while your air conditioner operates, a change in the type or volume of noise you hear could indicate a problem. Banging, squealing, screeching, or other noises associated with your air conditioner’s function should be checked out by a professional. These noises often indicate the need for replacement parts or additional lubrication to restore normal and quiet function.

Continual Operation

If you’ve noticed your air conditioner running constantly, it might mean the appliance isn’t functioning very efficiently. When it can’t keep your home cool, your air conditioner will turn on frequently in further attempts to reduce the indoor temperature. Any changes in your air conditioner’s operation should be brought to the attention of your heating and cooling service.

Low Airflow

One way to test your air conditioner’s health is to hold your hand in front of an air register while the unit is on. Do you feel cool air flowing, or is there barely any movement? Little to no airflow is a sure sign that your heating and cooling system should be cleaned or repaired.

Are you experiencing air conditioner troubles in Tucson? Russett Southwest Corp. can help we offer heating and cooling maintenance, repairs, and replacement so you can enjoy a comfortable home all year long. Check us out on the Web or call (520) 629-9676 to schedule an appointment today.

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.