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.

Indoor Filtration: What Can It Do For You?

February 20th, 2014

The air circulating in the home today is full of air-born particulates and pollutants that manufacturers of air filtration systems inside the home work hard to eliminate. Ordinary appliances and systems do not catch these harmful pollutants. Many come inside the home through the water and plumbing system and enter the air through breaks. The amount of contaminants and pathogens in the air can be high in some homes. Manufacturers design Indoor filtration systems to use air exchange methods to clean the air of contaminants before homeowners are exposed to them.

Test your Air Conditioning System
Regardless of who installs your air conditioning system, Indoor infiltration systems can be tested to be certain they stop the pollutants and particulates from entering the air circulation system. An inspector can check the heating and cooling systems in the home to make sure the air that people live in is healthy and contaminant free. Every homeowner should enjoy every aspect of environmental comfort. As the saying goes, air filters will clean out particles from the air that the lungs cannot clean out.

List of Pollutants
Filters work in different ways to capture the particulates. The list of vapors, gases and contaminants in the air include pollen, mold spores, house dust mite allergens, bacteria, cat allergies, viruses, atmospheric dust and smoke. Some light particulate matter will stay airborne for long periods, making it easy to inhale, while heavier particulate matter will collect in a corner and become airborne whenever a passing draft disturbs it.

Russett Southwest
Tucson air conditioning company Russett Southwest’s indoor filtration systems offer relief from these airborne pollutants and particulates. Their heating and cooling systems are one of the first designed to promote healthy living. An indoor environmental professional guides the process of designing, installing and testing the systems. Homes designed and installed by Russett Southwest comply with industry standards of air exchange methods that are found in every system.

Cash In On Energy Efficiency Tax Credits!

February 5th, 2014

Did you do a home improvement to your primary housing in 2012 or 2013? Are you considering doing any home improvements between now and December 31, 2016? Take advantage of the tax credits currently available for certain energy efficient home improvements made within these time frames. Thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act, you can receive a $500 credit for any qualifying home improvement made in 2012 or 2013.

If you purchased or installed any of the following in 2012 or 2013, you may qualify:

  • Insulation
  • Windows or Doors
  • Air Sealing
  • Natural Gas or Propane Furnace
  • Electric Heat Pump
  • Central Air Conditioning Unit
  • Air-Source Heat Pumps
  • Gas, Propane, or Oil Water Heaters
  • And More!

In addition to the $500 credit, there are also 30% back credits with no upper limit on more advanced systems. Systems such as geothermal heater pumps, turbines, and solar energy systems can qualify if they were installed at your primary or secondary residence. Rental homes are excluded from this offer. Residential fuel cell and microturbine systems may also qualify if installed on primary homes. Secondary homes and rental homes are excluded from this offer.

This extra tax credit is extended through 2016, meaning you can still get the work done this year and apply it to next year’s tax season!

With the 30% tax credit from the and the extra savings from using an energy efficient system, buying and installing an upgrade or replacement has become much more affordable.

For more information on this tax credit, to find out if you qualify, and how to claim it, click  here  to be directed to the  ENERGY STAR  website. You can locate  IRS form 5695 here  to apply for the Residental Energy Efficient Property Credit or the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit. Interested in installing an energy efficient air conditioning system? Contact Tucson air conditioning company Russett Southwest for more information today.