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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.

Air Conditioning Options: What Works For You?

January 17th, 2014

An air conditioner is a useful device during warm months. The equipment regulates the temperature of an area to a certain temperature that is set by the user. There are various air conditioner designs. For example, some air conditioners are placed in a window, and others are designed for the ceiling. Electronic fan designs are also an option; electronic fans blow out air and provide comfort.

Air Conditioning Advantages

The main advantage of using an air conditioner is that it makes an area cooler. Also, the unit offers health benefits. Older individuals and children can suffer from heat stoke easily. Because of this, keeping them cool is important. Plants and animals also benefit from an air conditioner unit. Most plants cannot handle increased temperatures. They benefit more in a shaded location or in an area that has a lower temperature. Pets also require comfort; the heat from the sun is not recommended for pets. Pets that have long fur cannot get comfortable when outside temperatures are harsh. An air conditioner also helps homeowners save money. When food is placed in an area that has a low temperature, the food spoils.

Air Conditioning Disadvantages

Professionals think that traveling from a cool area to a warmer area causes illnesses. Some illnesses can be gained easily if individuals remain in an air conditioned area that is closed.

Swamp Cooler Advantages

A swamp cooler is an evaporative cooler, and it functions when hot, outdoor air hits the soaked pads in the cooler. When the water evaporates, the hot air travels from the cool air and moves outside.

When this occurs, the unit lets cool air travel in the home. The air is usually 15 to 40 degrees cooler than the outside air. The unit distributes the air to various zones in the home using ducts or a ductless central location. A swamp cooler produces the same amount of air when compared to a central air conditioning system, and the cost is better.

Swamp Cooler Disadvantages

A swamp heater is best used in areas that have a low humidity, and will not work in very humid areas.

Tucson heating and cooling company  Russett Southwest  offers  Air Conditioning Services and various equipment that keeps homeowners comfortable during harsh weather conditions.

Dryer Vents: The Hidden Fire Hazard

January 5th, 2014

Clothes dryers are an essential appliance in homes today, but we do not always take the time to realize the importance of keeping dryer vents clean. A dryer vent that is left unattended for a long period of time collects lint and debris, becoming a fire hazard. The dryer’s airflow becomes blocked, and the accumulated lint can catch fire from the heating element. Dryer fires are responsible for thousands of home fires every year, but there are simple precautions homeowners can take.

The lint trap inside the dryer should be cleaned out after every use. Keeping the vent pipe clean is also very important, as this reduces the chance of a fire starting. A thorough professional cleaning of the vent keeps your appliance working efficiently, as well as being an essential fire prevention measure.

If you have clothes that have been soiled with chemicals or flammable liquid, this clothing should never be placed in a dryer. Some of the flammable chemicals may still be present in the material, despite being laundered. You do not want any lint from these tainted garments to end up in the dryer or exposed to heat, so opt to line-dry these garments instead. It is also a smart idea to keep containers of flammable cleaning products away from all heat sources, including your dryer.

Take time to read drying instructions on all items that you launder. Do not put anything in the dryer that contains plastic or rubber, as these items could overheat and ignite. If a garment label states that the item should be line-dried or dried on a low temperature, be sure to follow the instructions.

Check the vent that leads to the outside of your home. Make sure that the outside opening is clear and not blocked for any reason. If you have any reason to believe that your dryer vent is not functioning properly, and you are unable to determine this yourself, call a professional. Having your dryer vent periodically serviced by a professional such as Tucson Air heating and cooling company Russett Southwest can go a long way toward ensuring the safety of your family.