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Smart Devices for Your Home

July 13th, 2018

 

Have you ever wondered what “Smart” products are out there for your home.  We all know that Alexa and Google home are fun to play with and can be a help around the house.  Need multiple timers and not enough devices? Ask Alexa or Google Home to set your timers for you as they can do multiple timers at once.  Let’s look at other smart devices that you may not have realized that yes they make a smart device for that.

 

For the garden lovers out there, here are a few cool gadgets to help you out.   First up the Wifi Garden Sensor. It will help you track light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture.  It will also analyze your garden for climate and conditions, and give you notifications on your gardens conditions and and weather forecast.  How about watering your garden from anywhere with internet access? Well that make a smart device for that also. Water up to four different areas with this device and it uses your current set up, so no digging to set it up.  It can detect soil moisture and water accordingly or you can set up your own schedule for it to follow.

 

For safety of your house they make several different smart devices from Smart doorbells with cameras to smart door locks and thermostats.  The doorbells let you see who is at your door from anywhere and even communicate with them without even being home. Drop your car off to get some work done and forget to grab your house key, no problem the new smart locks let you enter a code or use your smartphone to unlock your door.   Some are even capable to sense your approach and unlock for you which comes in handy if your hands are full. The thermostats let you control the temperature from anywhere. These thermostats let you control the thermostat from your smartphone using an app or your desktop. Set up a schedule that works for you and some will even “learn” your home and keep it at the temperature you find the most comfortable.   One smart thermostat has sensors and will turn off the when it senses movement inside the house. These thermostats let you control the thermostat from your smartphone using an app or your desktop.

 

Here are some cool new devices that are coming out or are already out but you never thought of.  They have a Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector that you simply place near areas that would have leaks, such as under sinks and by your water heater. It will alert you if it detects a leak or if the temperature gets below a desired temp that you set up.   There is a digital shower that will keep your water at your desired temperature and you can stop the water flow for a short period of time. You can set a duration time for your showers which helps you manage water usage. Hate mopping? They have a robot for that.  Smart knobs for your stove top come with smoke and gas detectors and will shut off automatically if it senses smoke or being away from the stove too long.

 

These are just some of the devices you can get for your home.  There so many more and if you can think of it they probably have a Smart Device for it.

Are You Ready For Monsoon Season?

June 19th, 2018

Are You Ready for Monsoon Season?

 

The Tucson Monsoon season is right around the corner. Here is how how you can keep your air conditioning system running effectively in spite of the dust, rain, lightning, and wind for the monsoon season.

Change your filters once a month during monsoon season. It’s the best course of action to combat all the dust that is kicked up. Changing your filter is also one of the easiest and most cost effective things you can do to ensure a long and efficient life for you air conditioning system.

Did you know that your air conditioning unit is in danger whenever there’s a lightning strike nearby? An electrical surge or strike in your area can impact your system. Your best bet to keep your system safe is to invest in a surge protector. The surge protector absorbs the electric surge before it can even get to your A/C unit.

Keep your air conditioning unit free of debris. Check the area around your unit periodically, especially after a storm and clear away any debris that may be on or around it. This keeps your system working more efficiently.

Take proactive measures to protect your AC system. Remember to turn your AC unit off when a monsoon storm hits near your home. Also, keep a tarp in an easy to access location so you can cover your outdoor AC unit before the storm hits. Keep bungee cords nearby so you can securely fasten the tarp to the top of the AC system.

Keep your AC unit maintenanced.  Having your AC unit maintained yearly (preferably before monsoon season hits) helps find the issues before the monsoon storms help to make them costly issues.  

At Russett Southwest, your comfort is our goal. Since 1947, we have served as one of the top heating and cooling companies in the Tucson area. Our experience means that you’ll get the best service and products for you and your home. To learn more or to schedule a visit, check out our website https://russettsouthwest.com/ or call (520) 629-9676.

Summer Energy Tips

June 7th, 2018

With triple degree temps now making itself known, we are really tempted to to turn down the thermostat to keep cool.  Here are some simple tips to help keep your summer electric bill from skyrocketing.

 

Close your blinds or curtains.  By closing your blinds or curtains you are actually helping to cool down your house.  Closing them during the warmest part of the day helps keep the cool air in by insulating your windows.  

 

Raise the Temperature.   Raising the temperature in your house when you are not home actually helps the AC unit to work better.  When you set your thermostat at a lower temperature all day your AC is actually working harder, costing you more money!

 

Using your ceiling fan.  Using your ceiling fan can help lower the inside temperature of your house by 10%!  Which helps if you are looking to save money and raising the temperature in your house even while home.  

 

Get an Energy Audit.  If you live in an older house you might consider having an energy audit done.  It can help tell you if you are helping to keep the local wildlife cool! While they may enjoy the cool air you are supplying them, your electric bill and wallet will not.   

At Russett Southwest, your comfort is our goal. Since 1947, we have served as one of the top heating and cooling companies in the Tucson area.  Our experience means that you’ll get the best service and products for you and your home. To learn more or to schedule a visit, check out our website https://www.russettsouthwest.com/ or call (520) 629-9676.

Got Allergies? There could be a sneaky culprit.

May 22nd, 2018

Allergy season is in full swing with all the trees and flowers in bloom, yeah for our allergies.  And outdoor air quality is at its finest making us all miserable with the itchy watery eyes, sneezing, sniffling and yes headaches galore.  But did you know indoor air quality is just as much to blame for your allergies? According to a 2015 Pima County Community Health Needs Assessment, Chronic lower respiratory diseases are the Third leading cause of death in Pima County.  Let’s take a look at what could be causing your allergies to be extra spiteful.

 

Dust, mold, outside allergens being tracked inside, and dirty air ducts are just a few things that can make the the quality of the air in your home poor.  Leaving your windows open to get that cool breeze that is blowing through also blows pollen into your house. Just doing a few simple weekly tasks can help alleviate your symptoms if your allergy pill is not doing the trick.  Such as washing your sheets weekly in water at 130 degrees, vacuuming and dusting, and having your air ducts cleaned. Even running your fan after a shower for 10-15 minutes will help keep the mold from forming in your bathroom.  

 

Another great option is to have a company come out and do an Indoor Air Quality assessment on your home.  Russett Southwest offers an Indoor Air Quality test and they will provide an assessment of your home and offer solutions that will help with your Indoor Air Quality.   To learn more about Indoor Air Quality or to schedule an Assessment of your home go to https://www.russettsouthwest.com/heating-cooling-services/indoor-air-quality/ or give us a call at 629-9676.  We would love to help you with all your heating, cooling, and air quality needs!  

It’s Getting Hotter, is Your AC Ready?

May 15th, 2018

As the temps are starting to rise is your AC ready for another Tucson summer?  Have you checked and replaced your air filters? How about getting that new Programmable or Smart Thermostat you have been eying?  Keep saying you want to have a professional come out and make sure your AC is running as efficient as possible?

Filters:  There are different types of air filters you can use and it really comes down to preference.  Washable are low cost and can last years is taking care of properly. Disposable filters are another option and should be replaced according to the manufacturer and have many different types available.

Thermostats: Programmable thermostats will let you set a schedule that works for your home.  Set it to turn to a warmer temperature when no one is home, why waste the energy air conditioning an empty house, and then set it to cool down before you would get home from work.  The new Smart Thermostats do everything a Programmable thermostat can but smarter. They can be used remotely with an app and some will even “learn” your home.

Maintenance:  Having your AC maintained can save you money over the long run.  Maintenance of your AC unit can help find the “small” problems before they become “big” problems and cost you thousands of dollars or having to replace your AC unit before its time.  

Remember that Russett Southwest is here to help you with all of your air conditioner needs. Our experts will help you keep your system running at its max capacity during its lifetime. We can also help you make decisions on upgrading or replacing your existing air conditioner. To learn more visit us online at russettsouthwest.com or call (520) 629-9676.

 

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