News

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.

 

Do This, Not That: Air Conditioning Tips

May 2nd, 2018

As you start turning on your air condoning system for the year, there are several things to keep in mind. Here are some of the most important do’s and don’ts to keep your system running efficiently all summer long.

Do use blinds and curtains to help regulate the temperatures of rooms in your home. Don’t leave windows open all the time. Open doors and windows, especially in the spring, can have a negative effect on your indoor air quality. That’s because pollutants, allergens, dust and more are able to enter your home unfiltered and settle on your surfaces. Instead, invest in quality curtains and blinds. Open them when it feels colder in a room or close them if it is getting too toasty.

Do change your filter. Don’t forget because it will cause problems! A dirty filter can lower indoor air quality and it makes your air conditioner’s job harder. A harder working system is less efficient and is more likely to need frequent repairs.

Do use zoning equipment to control the temperature of specific rooms in your home. Don’t use registers. Your cooling equipment is sized to cool specific square footage. When you open and close vents, the system is unable to cool properly and it cause damage to your unit. Instead invest in a zoning system. A zoning system divides your home into rooms or groups of rooms for customized home comfort.

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.

 

Now’s the Time to Check Your System

March 22nd, 2018

We love this time of year! Warm days and mild evenings are one of the reasons we love the Old Pueblo. It won’t be long though until the thermometer rises and we’re looking at triple digit temperatures.

Now is the time to have your air conditioning system looked at by an expert.  Pre-season maintenance is important as it can help you avoid a system failure during the scoring heat of the summer. Not to mention that catching and addressing issues proactively is going to save you time and money later.

In addition to having your system serviced by an expert, here are a few things that you can do yourself. While we always recommend a service check from a professional to review the performance and efficiency of your air conditioning system, there are things you can do yourself

 

  • Remove any objects or vegetation within 18 inches of the unit. It’s not a bad idea to take a hose and spray off the coils. Use a hose with a nozzle and spray the coils at a 45-degree angle to remove debris between the fins.
  • Check the filter for the air conditioning unit. Homeowners often overlook the inside part of the central air system, and this is where many problems begin. Changing the filter regularly is the best thing you can do for your central air system. Before you turn on your central air system for the first time, make sure you have a new filter in place and that there are no gaps where the air can pass unfiltered.
  • Test it! Turn your thermostat to cool and the fan to auto. Once your system kicks on, check your unit. Check the condenser to make sure the fan is spinning. You should be able to hear the hum of the condenser too.
  • Have an expert check your system to make sure it’s prepared to handle the Tucson summers. We recommend a service check from a professional to review the performance and efficiency of your air conditioning system.

 

Remember that Russett Southwest offers services to help you maintain your system and keep it running in tip top condition. This includes pre-season maintenance checks. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Russett Southwest. Contact us at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com to get started.

 

The 3 Biggest Energy Wasters in Your Home

February 22nd, 2018

Energy costs are the biggest expense in home ownership. Here are the top 3 biggest energy wasters in your home and what you can do to avoid them.

Duct Work/Sealing

In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

We recommend having air ducts in homes cleaned every 3-5 years. Clean air ducts improve the indoor air quality in your home and enhance the efficiency of your air conditioning/heating system, which may lead to a reduction in energy bills. (All duct cleaning services begin with our duct test.)

 

Old HVAC equipment

Old outdated central air units and window units are big on the list of the top home energy wasters. Look for a high SEER Rating. The SEER rating or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating is a measure of how efficient the unit is in using energy to heat or cool. The top rated HVAC units have SEER ratings of as high as 19. Many older central air systems have SEER ratings of half that.

You can save up to fifty percent or more on you heating and cooling bill by replacing an old outdated HVAC unit with one that has a high SEER rating. Look for SEER ratings of 14 or better.

 

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.

 

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Russett Southwest. We help Tucson homeowners handle all of their heating and cooling needs and can answer any questions you may have on heating and cooling efficiency.  Contact us at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com to get started.