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How Indoor Air Quality Impacts Your Health

July 25th, 2017

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies or upper respiratory issues? Do your sinuses bother you constantly? Do you experience chronic headaches or fatigue? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to take a look at the quality of your indoor air. 

The fact is that we encounter pollutants and contaminants on a daily basis in the outdoor air. These contaminants can be tracked into your home. Long term, low level exposure can exacerbate or cause health issues like the ones listed above.

The good news is that there is something you can do. Russett Southwest offers a revolutionary Indoor Air Quality test that identifies and assesses the pollutants and contaminants in your home and offers customized solutions to address adverse conditions.

Russett Southwest Corp is proud to be an industry leader in indoor air quality. All testing is performed by qualified personal utilizing the latest technology and applied sciences to the standards, guidelines and acceptable industry practices by recognized organizations. The recognized organizations include but are not necessarily limited to, International Residential Code (IRC) as adopted locally, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), Building Performance Institute (BPI), American Council of Accredited Certifications (ACAC), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indoor Air Quality Association, Inc. (IAQA).

Visit us online at https://russettsouthwest.com/heating-cooling-services/indoor-air-quality/ or give us a call at 520-629-9676 for more details.

 

DIY Tips for Your Air Conditioner

July 14th, 2017

A well maintained AC unit will run more efficiently, use less energy, and cost less money to run. A properly maintained system will also last longer before needing to be replaced. Here a few simple tips that will help keep your system running throughout the long Tucson Summer.

 

  1. It’s all about the filter! Replacing your air conditioner air filter (or cleaning it, if you have a reusable filter) is one of the most important regular AC maintenance chores. It should be done every month during high-use seasons. When the filter becomes full of dust, dirt and allergen particles, the air flow will decrease, making your system work harder than it should have to. This slows efficiency and can take a toll on your energy bill.
  2. Check Your Thermostat: Check your thermostat to make sure it’s working properly. If you have an older, mechanical thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable model. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature in the house to be warmer while you are away and cooler when you’re home. This tip saves you energy and money.
  3. Keep the Unit Clean: Over time leaves, dirt, and debris build up on the outside of the air conditioner unit, decreasing system capacity and reducing air flow. After shutting off the power to the unit, use a garden hose to gently wash out the debris, starting at the top with the hose at about a 45° angle. Do NOT use a power washer, and take care not to bend or damage the delicate fins on the coil.
  4. Inspect Wiring and Components: ALWAYS start your inspection by turning off the power to the unit, which can be done at the service disconnect on your outdoor unit or at the main breaker panel of your home. Next, remove the access panel on your condensing unit and look for signs of overheating – melted insulation on wires, blackened or burned-looking wires, etc. Then check electrical connections to make to ensure they are tight.  Finally take a look at the contactor switch. If you notice excessive pitting, it’s time to replace the switch.

Remember that Russett Southwest is here to help! If you see any of these problems and have questions or would like an expert’s help, give us a call at 520-629-9676 or schedule an appointment online russettsouthwest.com.

To Maintain Your System, Do This…

July 7th, 2017

At Russett we understand the importance of a comfortable home and efficient HVAC system.  This is why we offer maintenance plans to help you keep your system in tip-top condition.

 

Continued routine service on the equipment in your home has the potential to bring you several benefits. Our maintenance agreements provide the convenience and regular maintenance necessary to keep the equipment in your home operating at peak performance.

 

Benefits

As a “Peak Performance Service” customer you will enjoy several benefits. Our “PPS” agreements include a twice-yearly inspection of the equipment in your home, typically in the spring and fall, to ensure your home is ready for the summer and winter seasons. Our warranty package provides complete mechanical coverage and offers coverage on all parts and labor for the life of the contract (restrictions apply, existing customers only). Our courtesy priority scheduling allows you to relax and let us call you when it’s time for your service visit.

 

By performing routine maintenance your benefits may include:

·         Extended Equipment Life

·         Priority Customer Status

·         Priority Service Status

·         Improved Capacity

·         Transferable Agreements

·         Fewer Repairs

·         Lower Utility Bills

·         Inflation Protection

·         Discounted Remodels/Upgrade

 

Maintenance Plan

Whether you are looking for routine maintenance on the equipment in your home, warranty coverage*, or filter service to keep your indoor air quality at the optimal levels, Russett Southwest has a plan to fit your needs. Regular maintenance of the heating & air conditioning equipment provides you peace of mind. 

 

How “PPS” Agreements Work

  • Two visits per year for maintenance.
  • Courtesy call for service.
  • Priority scheduling.
  • If repair service is needed, discounts apply on parts and labor, over time charges do not apply.

 

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://russett.wpengine.com/ or call (520) 629-9676.

 

Are You Ready for Monsoon Season?

June 21st, 2017

 

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 rain, lighting, wind and dust of the reason.

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, efficient life of your 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 monsoon, to clear away the debris. 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.

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://russett.wpengine.com/ or call (520) 629-9676.

Signs Your Air Conditioners Needs Attention

May 22nd, 2017

Like your car, your air conditioner requires maintenance to perform at its best.   Proactive maintenance also helps you catch small issues while they’re easily fixed and before they become costly. Here are 6 signs that your AC needs attention:

 

  1. No cool air. If the air coming out of your vents is not as cool as it used to be, or worse, it’s not cool at all, it’s time to have a professional take a look
  2. Weak air flow. If you notice that air flow is weak or non-existent, there may be an issue with your ductwork or debris in the vents restricting airflow.
  3. Moisture where it shouldn’t be. If you notice moisture building up around your air conditioner, it is not functioning properly. A HVAC professional can determine whether you have a refrigerant leak or another issue with your air conditioner.
  4. Strange sounds. Clanking, banging, squealing are signs that you system needs to be serviced. It could be that a belt slipped out of place or that there is a problem with the motor.
  5. Weird smells. A musty odor when your AC kicks on could be caused by debris in your unit or ducts or an issue with the wire insulation.
  6. Energy bill is higher than usual. If your energy costs are higher than normal, it may be caused by an inefficiency in the operating of your air conditioner and should be looked at by a professional.

 

Remember, periodic service checks help save you money and frustration by proactively taking care of your system and catching issues early on.  For more information about maintenance, contact Russett Southwest at 520-629-9676 or visit us online at russettsouthwest.com.

 

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