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.

Combating Allergies In the Home

December 20th, 2013

Dealing with seasonal allergies can be not only an annoyance, but often a health problem. Those with conditions such as allergic asthma should consider allergy-proofing their home in order to ensure allergic reactions are kept to a minimum. Although there are a variety of factors to consider when combating allergies in the home, a house that is well-fortified against allergens can be a great first step for anyone who suffers from this condition. There are a few essential steps to take for anyone who is serious about getting rid of allergies in their home.

The first step to ensuring an allergy-free home is acquiring a high quality air filtration device. A powerful filtration device will circulate air and catch pollen and other allergens that could otherwise cause a negative reaction. A single filtration device can have a drastic effect on seasonal allergic conditions such as hay fever. Additionally, having several filtration devices throughout a household can be a powerful and lasting solution for anyone looking to get rid of allergies in the home.

Another potential option is to install a humidifier. Depending on the allergen, the humidity levels of a home may need to be changed. For some allergens, such as dust, a low humidity level can be very effective. In other conditions, humidity levels may need to be raised. The key is to balance air-moisture levels, this will ensure that allergic reactions can be kept to a minimum.

Air duct sealing and seasonal filter maintenance are essential in order to ensure that allergens don’t have easy access into the house. By ensuring that filters are taken care of and air ducts aren’t open to external allergens, one can reduce allergies in the home drastically.

Allergy-proofing a home can be difficult and a lot of work, because of this it’s often a good idea to hire a professional. Russett Southwest has years of experience combating allergies in the home and is more than capable of dealing with the unique allergic conditions of each individual. Anyone who suffers from outdoor allergies will experience tremendous benefits from allergy-proofing their home.

For more information on ways to reduce allergens in the home, contact Russett Southwest, your Tucson Air Conditioning and Heating provider. They offer advanced filtration and air conditioning repair services in Tucson.

Five Things To Check Before Calling An Air Conditioning Repair Contractor

December 6th, 2013

Air conditioners are one of today’s modern miracles to most, but they can be a pain if they’re not working properly. Luckily, there are some issues that you can fix yourself. Check out some of these issues before, “calling in the cavalry.”

1. Check the Batteries and Thermostat

Open the thermostat panel and remove the batteries. Install fresh batteries and try to turn your system on again. If the A/C unit still doesn’t turn on, check your thermostat settings and make sure the thermostat is set to cool. Lower your temperature below the current room temperature in order fort he A/C to kick in.

2. Check the Air Filter

The air filter not only keeps the air in your home clean, but also the air in your system. A clogged filter can stop the air from flowing properly through the system which can shut down your entire system.

If your filter is fairly new you just may have to hose it down outside and let it air dry, then replace it before turning your A/C back on. If your filter is old, you may be better off just replacing it with a new one.

3. Check There’s No Blockage in your A/C Condenser Unit

It’s not uncommon for outside debris to get into your condenser overtime. With the system turned off completely, from the outside power switch as well, you can take a few minutes to remove surrounding debris, check the condenser oils, and then clean them off.

4. Check your Breaker Panel or Fuse Box

Check that the fuses and circuit breakers are in place in your breaker panel. Flip your breakers off, and then flip them back on to ensure they’re in the right place.

5. Check the Indoor Unit Safety Switch

There should be a safety switch that’s located on a wall near by or attached to the system itself. Check that it didn’t get switched off accidentally.

If you still can’t figure out what’s wrong with your A/C, you may consider looking into Russett Southwest, your Tucson Air Conditioning and Heating Provider. They offer Tucson air conditioning repair services that are sure to get your system working again.


5 Tips for Selecting a Quality Tucson Air Conditioning and Heating Company

September 30th, 2013

Autumn has arrived and, although temperatures remain quite warm, the coming break in the excessive heat offers the perfect chance to acquire maintenance for retiring Tucson air conditioning units as well as for upcoming demands on Tucson heating units. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to find a good quality air and heating service provider since it can be quite uncomfortable having units down for extended periods of time. It is much better to do a bit of homework beforehand and locate a quality company that can properly maintenance your units before they break down.

Here are 5 tips that will help you select a quality Tucson air conditioning and heating company.

Tip #1 – Check Qualifications, Coverage and Expertise – When researching Tucson air conditioning and heating companies, you want to look into their qualifications, coverage and expertise in the industry. Plenty of “fly by night” companies and individuals exist that can leave you worse off than when you started. Therefore, to avoid unpleasant experiences, check on company business licenses, liability insurances and training qualifications, and ensure that all of these are up to date.

Tip #2 – Ask for and Check Referrals – One of the best ways to determine if a company is sound is to check with clients that they have served. People who have had direct experiences with companies are fast to provide a thumbs up or down to those seeking opinions and they are usually quite honest about such experiences. You can’t go wrong with companies that have been around for awhile and that have plenty of good references under their belt.

Tip #3 – Availability – Another good trait of a high quality Tucson air conditioning and heating company is their attention to customers. Good companies will go out of their way to meet customer needs in a timely manner so that the least amount of inconvenience occurs.

Tip #4 – Friendliness – This is one factor which has significantly deteriorated over the past couple of decades due to many companies sacrificing that warm, family-like atmosphere for the customers-are-cattle, in-and-out mentality. Therefore, it is quite refreshing to come across businesses that offer warm, friendly customer service through each step of the process.

Tip #5 – The Price Factor – Practically everyone looks for a good price on Tucson air conditioning and heating services, especially in economically difficult times. And comparable bids and prices are definitely a part of the overall equation. However, keep in mind that low prices can also be a tell-tale sign of insufficient knowledge, lack of experience and poor quality. Therefore, first ensure that the factors listed above are present before eliminating a company on price alone. A Tucson air conditioning and heating company that provides qualified service and good work, and is available and committed to meeting your needs in a friendly manner as well as provide a competitive price is a great catch.

Russett Southwest is such a company. Not only have we been faithfully serving Tucson area customers since 1948, but we are highly qualified, are customer oriented, offer multiple maintenance programs and provide 24/7 emergency service, all at competitive prices.