10 Tips to Improve Air Conditioner Efficiency

March 12th, 2013

Energy costs continue to rise and the climate too seems to push thermometers past their averages these days. This combination can make air conditioning Tucson expensive yet necessary. Since air conditioners for those really hot days are required and you have no control over the electric companies, the only other way to combat high electric bills from air conditioning Tucson is to improve the efficiency of your unit and your home.

Here are some tips to help increase the efficiency of your air conditioning unit and make your home cooler for less cost.

Tip #1 – Clean debris from the unit’s housing and ensure that there is sufficient clearance around it. Leaves, bird feathers and other trash can become lodged in and around your unit. Also, bushes, plants and other growth should be trimmed back so there are several feet of clearance for your air conditioner to operate properly.

Tip #2 – Check air filters to ensure they are clean as dirty filters slow air circulation. If dirty, first try cleaning filters. If that still doesn’t improve air conditioning Tucson efficiency, replace it with a new filter and then clean filters on a monthly basis.

Tip #3 – Ensure that ventilation fins are open properly. These fins are often bumped and closed which restricts proper air flow to your unit. You can purchase a “fin comb” from an air conditioning Tucson supply store to help with this task.

Tip #4 – Make sure that your unit is shaded by either some natural means such as overhead trees or by installing a cover over it to block the sun’s heat. Air conditioning Tucson can be up to 10 percent more efficient if shaded according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tip #5 – Insulate unit ducts. Energy savings is increased if ducts are sealed and then wrapped in fiberglass insulation. Insulation should be Ro8 with foil facing.

Tip #6 – Increase temperature settings when you are not in the home or at night while sleeping so that cooling is not wasted. You can save up to nine percent for every degree you raise the thermostat during hot months.

Tip #7 – Use ceiling fans. Utilize ceiling fans to circulate cool air through the house instead of leaving your air conditioning Tucson unit fan running constantly. Ceiling fans set on low use considerably less energy than air conditioner fans which should always be set on “auto”.

Tip #8 – Ventilate the attic. Ensure that your attic is properly ventilated as a cooler attic can lower the internal temperature of a house by as much as 10 degrees making air conditioning Tucson work harder. To assist with this, use a box fan as an exhaust to eliminate hot attic air.

Tip #9 – Ensure that any windows facing the western sun are covered with drapes or blinds in the afternoon. Solar shade screens can be used should you desire more light without the heat during those hours. Such screens are specially weaved to block a great deal of sunlight.

Tip #10 – Check your home for air leaks and insulate them. Air escaping from a home can account for as much as thirty percent of additional cooling cost.

If your air conditioner is still not running properly and you aren’t experiencing better air conditioning Tucson efficiency after completing the above tips, it may require servicing by a professional service technician such as can be found at Russett Southwest Corp – Tucson’s heating and cooling experts. Our highly trained and skilled technicians will check your unit or units for proper air flow and coolant levels as well as clean internal coils and perform other repairs if required.

Simply contact one of the friendly and informative representatives at Russett Southwest Corp and soon you will be enjoying fresh and crisp air conditioning Tucson once again!

Arizona Attorney General’s Office Opens Suit Against ARS Rescue Rooter / Russett Services

September 30th, 2011


Please refer to the following articles posted by AZ Daily Star:

ARS Rescue Rooter faces complaints in other state:

Complaints spread vs. contractor accused of consumer fraud in Arizona

Unhappy Tucson ARS customers didn’t complain to agencies


Seeking ARS Rescue Rooter customers, employees

Corrections regarding ARS/Russett Services and Russett Southwest Corp. associations

HVAC Firm not linked to 1 facing complaints




To clear up some misunderstanding, Russett Southwest Corp is NOT associated with ARS Rescue Rooter / Russett Services in any way. We are two completely separate companies under different ownership with significantly different business philosophies. Please fell free to contact our office with any questions, comments or concerns. (520) 629-9676



Seeking ARS Rescue Rooter customers, employees

Aeroseal Duct Sealing Comes to Tucson

March 25th, 2011

Air Duct Sealing

Nearly 50% of the average home’s and commercial building energy bill is spent on heating air conditioning and ventilation. On average, 30 cents of every $1 you spend on heating and cooling your home or building disappears into thin air due to air duct leaks. Leaky ducts pull mold, dust and other pollutants into your home, presenting indoor air quality issues and creating and/or aggravating allergy problems. Using Aeroseal’s patented duct sealing technology, we can eliminate air duct leaks up to 90% saving you money in utility cost and providing a better living environment.


Leaky Ducts Contribute To:

  • Loss of cool and warm conditioned air to the outside or unconditioned spaces of your home resulting in high energy bills
  • Even the most energy-efficient heating and cooling systems not performing at its best
  • Forcing your system to work harder and wear out sooner, costing you yet more money
  • Excess humidity levels that can lead to costly home repairs
  • Hard to heat or cool rooms leading to discomfort
  • Musty odors and other indoor air quality (IAQ) issues



The Benefits of Duct Sealing:

  • Airtight savings: The money formerly leaking out of your ducts will stay in your pocket longer
  • Airtight comfort: Your hard to heat or cool rooms will have more even temperatures and be more comfortable.
  • Improved air quality: You will see a reduction in dust and humidity, along with fumes and other odors.
  • Reaches everywhere: Seals leaks nearly impossible to reach using other methods.
  • You’ll be a small part of a bigger solution: A reduction of the amount of air pollution created from generating less energy.
  • Improve your building air flow and ventilation problems.


Technology and Procedure:

Aeroseal Duct Sealing is a patented breakthrough technology that tackles leaks from the inside out. Aeroseal software allows the technician to accurately measure the duct leakage. The Aeroseal process puts escaping air under pressure and causes polymer particles to stick first to the edges of a leak, then to each other until the leak is closed. The air sealing system results are guaranteed for 10 years for residential homes. Click here for warranty details. When the sealing process is completed, the results are verified and the customer is provided with an Aeroseal duct sealing certificate.


  • Wall registers are covered in order for air to escape only through the leaks
  • Sealant in injected into the ducts for approximately 1 hour
  • Small aerosol particles are kept suspended in the airflow by continuous air movement
  • As the air stream makes a sharp turn to exit through a leak, the particles collide with and adhere to the leak edges
  • Ducts are sealed with only 1-2 oz. of the sealant material remaining in the ducts
  • A computer-generated analysis summarizing your home’s or building’s amount of leakage is generated, providing verification of success of the process

R-22 Phaseout

October 1st, 2009

According to various tests issued and overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), HCFC-22 (also called R-22) is considered to be an ozone-depleting substance.   While other current and future tests may conclude R-22 to be safe for the environment, since the mid 90’s, the EPA has produced an international effort to regulate and phase out the production and use of all ozone-depleting refrigerants, which includes R-22. As a result of the EPA’s regulation and phase out of R-22, the HVAC industry has generally accepted the use of R-410A as a replacement for R-22.

R-22 Phaseout Dates

October 1st, 2009

January 1, 2010

Ban on production and import of HCFC-22 (R-22) except for continuing servicing needs of existing equipment.


January 1, 2015

Ban on sale and use of all HCFCs except for certain uses, including continuing servicing needs of refrigeration equipment.


January 1, 2020

Ban on remaining production and import of HCFC-22 (R-22).


After 2020

The servicing of systems with R-22 will rely on recycled or stockpiled quantities.