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The Importance of Maintenance

November 17th, 2017

 

Just as your car needs its regular tune-up, your heating and cooling system also needs regularly scheduled maintenance in order to function properly. It’s the only way your HVAC system can deliver consistent comfort to your home throughout its life span. Here are just a few reasons why preventative maintenance is the best way to take care of your system.

Longer Life Span

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average HVAC system offers a 15- to 20-year life cycle, while a gas or oil furnace is capable of lasting up to 25 years. Regular HVAC maintenance ensures that your system lives up to its potential. When that maintenance isn’t being performed, you can expect a much shorter life span.

Not taking advantage of regular maintenance could easily add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to your cumulative operating costs throughout the life of the system.

Better Performance

Keeping your HVAC system in good shape also means improving its energy efficiency and keeping your energy costs low. HVAC system issues that go unaddressed can cause greater wear and tear on your system, resulting in more energy needed to deliver the same amount of comfort than a comparatively better-kept system. Increased energy usage leads to increased energy bills over time, resulting in higher running costs.

HVAC system expenses account for as much as 50% of a typical household’s energy budget. Regularly scheduled maintenance helps reduce expenses while improving overall performance.

 

From changing air filters to routine maintenance, Russett Southwest has a preventative maintenance package for you. To learn more contact the experts at Russett Southwest. We help Tucson homeowners handle all of their heating and cooling needs! Contact us at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com to get started.

Get Ready to Cool Down!

November 6th, 2017

 

Typically the weather in Tucson stays pretty warm until Halloween. After that the cool weather tends to sneak up. Before the weather changes, make sure your heating system can handle the cooler months. Use the following tips to prepare your system for the winter.

Test Your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors protect those in your home from dangerous gasses and life-threatening situations. You need be sure that they work. Maintaining these devices is simple all you have to do is change a battery. This may be one of the simplest things to do, but it is also one of the most important.

Schedule a Heating Maintenance Visit

To ensure that your home heating system is ready for the cooler months, have an HVAC technician come to your home and inspect your setup. Russett Southwest Corp. not only provides standard heating checkups, but also home energy audits to find energy inefficiencies in your home. By proactively finding and addressing these small issues, you can keep your system running efficiently and keep your energy bills down.

Check Your Windows

Be sure to check the sealing around your windows. There is nothing worse than a drafty window in the cold because it impacts your comfort and costs you money? If warm air is allowed to escape outside of your home, then your heating system will need to work harder to maintain a consistent temperature. Check your windows to make sure that your home is warm and your utility bill is low.

Change Your Air Filters

Changing your air filters is very important to keep your HVAC system running efficiently and your indoor air pure and clean. It is recommended that you change your air filters once every 3-4 months, and also that you are using the correct type of air filter for your home. If you need help in choosing the right air filter for your HVAC system, have a technician from Russett Southwest Corp. help you during their next service visit.

Russett Southwest Corp. has been proudly serving Southern Arizona since 1947. To learn more about our services or to schedule your seasonal maintenance appointment call (520) 629-9676 or visit us at https://www.russettsouthwest.com.

 

Make the Most of Fall

October 31st, 2017

 

Those warm Tucson days are still with us…at least for a few more weeks. While it’s still necessary to run your AC during the heat of the day, now is the time to take advantage of those cooler mornings and evenings! Here are some tips to reduce energy costs while enjoying the season change:

Keep an eye on your thermostat

Since the weather can be unpredictable keeping your eye on the thermostat can help you manage your comfort and energy bill. Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat for this purpose. Bumping up the AC when you’re away will help you save money. Keep the adjustment right around 3 degrees because it takes less energy to get the house to the desired temperature when you return home.

Let the fresh air in

Make the most of the nighttime and early morning coolness by opening up the windows. Opening windows and doors on opposite ends of the house allows for the cool air to flow through. This keeps the house cool which means your air conditioner starts running later in the day, saving you money.

Use your ceiling fans

Did you know that the average ceiling fan uses only 60 watts of energy— even when running on high? That means that running your fan helps to keep you cool and can help cut down on your AC usage. While the weather is warm you should have your ceiling fans running on high with the air blowing down directly below the fan. This creates the most air movement in the center of the room, which is where you need it most for the “breeze” effect, which will feel cool on your skin.

Russett Southwest Corp. has been proudly serving Southern Arizona since 1947. To learn more about our services or to schedule your maintenance appointment call (520) 629-9676 or visit us at russettsouthwest.com.

3 Clues That You Need an Air Check

October 2nd, 2017

 

The air in your home is influenced by several factors including the quality of the outdoor air, lifestyle and by your ventilation and filtration system. Here are 3 clues that you need an indoor air quality assessment.

When do you experience symptoms?

Immediate signs of indoor pollutant exposure include headache, fatigue, and irritated eyes/nose/throat.  If you are experiencing these symptoms, take note of when and where they are triggered. Have you recently moved into a new home?  Have you recently remodeled your home or treated it with pesticides?

                                                         

What’s the source?

There are several factors that contribute to air quality. Environmental tobacco smoke, also called second hand smoke contains a mixture of over 4,000 compounds 40 of which are strong irritants. There is a wide range of biological pollutants that could hinder your indoor air quality. Bacteria, viruses, pollen, mold, pollen and even dander from animals could create potentially dangerous breathing conditions. Dust mites and cockroaches could also lead to significant problems. Household products like paints and cleansers may also contain pollutants. Are these things present in your home? What type of chemicals are present in your cleaning supplies?

 

How’s the ventilation?

One of the most important factors to identify is how effective the design and performance of your ventilation and filtration system is. A well designed, high performing system provides positive heath effects. 

If you interested in learning how to improve the air quality in your home, call Russett Southwest Corp. at 520-626-9676 and ask about our Healthier Home Healthier You program. We offer comprehensive home assessments and customized solutions. Russett Southwest Corp. is an industry leader in Indoor Quality. Your home comfort and health is our priority. 

What’s the Quality of Your Air?

September 25th, 2017

Did you know that there is a growing body of scientific evidence indicating that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air? What’s worse is that most of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.

Furthermore people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often those most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

If you or your family have suffered endless allergies or other health issues, you may want to investigate the air quality in your home.  Indoor air quality issues are often related to short term and long term health issues.   According to the Environmental Protection Agency immediate health effects of low indoor air quality include irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Chronic allergies are also related to indoor air quality. Prolonged exposure to indoor pollutants can result in respiratory problems, liver and kidney issues and cancer.                                                                                                                                                                                

At Russett Southwest we understand the importance of a healthy home which is why we offer specialized services in indoor air quality. We are proud to be an industry leader in indoor air quality services using the most up to date technology and highly trained specialists. We offer comprehensive home assessments and customized solutions. Your health and comfort are our priority.

If you interested in learning more about the quality of the air in hour home and how to improve it, call Russett Southwest Corp. at 520-626-9676 and ask about our Healthier Home Healthier You program. You can also visit us online at https://russettsouthwest.com/heating-cooling-services/indoor-air-quality/

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