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Have you changed your filters?

March 19th, 2017

The simplest and cheapest thing you can do to keep your system running effectively and efficiently is to change and replace your filters.

Over time, dirty filters slow your system down and can cause major system break downs. A clogged filter restricts airflow which decreases the unit’s efficiency and ability to cool the air. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can reduce your system’s energy consumption between 5-15%. Additionally, a dirty filter can cause excessive wear on your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump

Check your filters at least once a month. Use your energy bill as a reminder to check. Be sure to clean or replace your filters as necessary.  Doing so lengthens the life of your system and saves you money.

Got questions about your filters? Give us a call at (520) 629-9676 or visit us online at russettsouthwest.com. In addition to our heating and cooling services, we also offer a filter maintenance service. Learn more here.  

 

Leverage the Weather With These Easy Tips

February 15th, 2017

 

If it’s February in Tucson, it must be spring! This is the time of year we all want to get outside and enjoy the mild temperatures. This time of year also presents an opportunity to keep your home comfortable without having to have your air conditioning or heat on.

Here are some tips to maximize the mild temperatures for your home comfort.

  • Open the windows! Opening windows on the opposite side of the house allows the breeze to flow through keeping the temperature comfortable and letting in some fresh air. This is a perfect way to get the most out of weather.
  • Get the ceiling fans going. While it will be warm outside, you may not be ready to turn the AC on yet. Take advantage of mild weather by using your ceiling fans. This keeps air circulating and the temperature consistent.
  • Get ready! Now is the time to have your air conditioning unit checked by a professional to ensure that it’s operating at full capacity to get your through the Tucson summer. Our professional maintenance team will check on the condition of your air conditioning unit and inspect all of the parts to make sure everything is functioning as it should.
  • Apply weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows to keep air inside. This will be vital when you start running your air conditioner.
  • Plant trees and shrubs to keep the house and the air conditioner’s outdoor component in the shade, yet still allow air to circulate.

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.

Now is the Time-Spring Checklist

February 7th, 2017

One of the reasons we love the Old Pueblo is because the weather this time of year is amazing. While other parts of the country are still dealing with bitter cold, we are enjoying mild temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

Now is the time, before it really heats up, 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.

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.

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.

 

3 Biggest Energy Wasters in Your Home

January 30th, 2017

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.

 

 

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

January 25th, 2017

 

Your heating and air conditioning systems are vital to the comfort of your home. So when you need a repair or replacement on your equipment, hiring an expert with integrity ensures you get exactly what you need at a fair price and good service.  Here are the top 5 questions that all home owners should pose before making a decision on hiring an HVAC contractor.

 

  1. How long have you been in business? The longevity of a company, especially a HVAC company, is an indicator of the business practices, expertise, service level and integrity of the company.
  2. Does the business meet state certification and licensing requirements?
  3. What kind of training and/or certifications do the technicians have? Technicians need to have a competent understanding of how things like electrical wiring, refrigerant, combustion systems, and airflow through heating ducts all work together to add heating or cooling comfort to a home. Not only is comfort important, but safety is critical – knowing the proper operation of home ventilation and exhaust systems when working with a furnace can be the key to preventing death or injury from events like carbon monoxide poisoning, which can occur if an HVAC system is malfunctioning or improperly installed.
  1. References-A professional heating and air conditioning company should have a list of recent customers you can contact in order to verify that the company performed the work in a timely manner and to the customer’s satisfaction. It’s important to actually call those references to get relevant details about how their projects fared.
  2. Check homeowner and business resources like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau. You can see verified reviews and ratings and gain insight into the customer experience.

 

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! Contact us at (520) 629-9676 or russettsouthwest.com to get started.

 

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