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Repair the Old AC? Or Replace It? Olive Has Opinions!

October 10th, 2017

ac-unit-repair-with-technicianOf course, I always have opinions! But there is one ongoing Big Question of the HVAC world, “should I continue to repair [a piece of HVAC equipment] or have it replaced with a new unit?” When it comes to whether to repair or replace an air conditioning system, I have plenty of opinions. I don’t have an answer, at least not a specific answer for your situation. Every home is different: they have different layouts, different levels of insulation, different numbers of people in them, people with different comfort requirements, different levels of air conditioning use. Some have a dog. Some have more than one dog. Some have cats for reasons I can’t figure out… but I’m getting off track.

The point is, the best way to get a solid answer to the question, “Repair or replace my air conditioner?” is to call experts. We’ll take a look at your AC and see if we can repair it so it gives you a few more years of useful and energy-efficient service. If we think it’s more cost-effective to replace the system, we’ll arrange for that as well.

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Check Out the Onyx 10-10-10 Warranty Available at Russell & Abbott

September 26th, 2017

onyx_logoWhat are your favorite fall activities? Mine should probably be no surprise… I like to run about outside and charge into enormous piles of leaves on the ground! With my nice thick black coat, it’s never too cold during the fall for me—it’s actually more comfortable than in the summer, when I have to do a lot of panting to cool down.

Now, as you’re listing out your favorite things to do in fall, check to see if get a new HVAC system is on there. It’s not? If that’s because your current system is still young and working fine, great! But if you know you need to have new heating and cooling installed this fall, but you just don’t feel like doing it, I’ve got a great offer for you that may change your mind: The Onyx 10-10-10 Warranty, which you can get through Russell & Abbott.

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The End of Summer Is No Excuse to Skip AC Repairs!

September 12th, 2017

Keep your dogs cooler than this—make sure you have your AC repaired!

Are those “dog days of summer” over yet? I’ll have to check on the constellations, I guess, but my sensitive nose can tell we’re heading toward the change of seasons. The official start of fall is a bit over a week away as I write this, and you’ll soon be hearing plenty from me about how you can best get ready for another cold season here in Tennessee.

But… we still have to talk about your air conditioning a bit. It still needs some TLC (technician loving care) at the end of the summer. It’s easy to slip into the mindset that, since the air conditioner is soon to go on its long winter vacation, it’s fine to just “crank it up and forget about it.” And if something starts to go wrong with it, “Ah, whatever, we’ll fix it in spring.”

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Mowing the Lawn Around Your Air Conditioner: Yep, We Need to Talk about This

August 29th, 2017

air-conditioner-units-near-grassWhat would the summer be like, even a lazy late August summer day, without the smell of grass clippings hovering in the air? Well, for one thing it would be a lot easier on some folks’ allergies! (My pals here at Russell & Abbott have great quality air filters that can help with allergies!) For most people and dogs, however, the smell of freshly mowed lawns is just the scent of summer.

If you could ask your air conditioner what it feels about mowing the lawn, it might have a few unpleasant things to say—because the outdoor air conditioner is sorta “allergic” to grass clippings as well!

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End of the Dog Days of Summer: Time to Think about Fall Maintenance!

August 15th, 2017

dog-sleeping-on-floorWe’re nearing the close of the “Dog Days of Summer.” The moment I started to think about writing my next post, I wondered, “Hey, what does ‘Dog Days of Summer’ even mean?” Most people think it means it’s the time of the year when it grows so hot that dogs lie around lazily panting all the time. However, that didn’t sound right to me—I lay around and pant all year!—so I did some research.

It turns out, I was right. The phrase comes to us from the ancient Greeks. Late July is the period when the constellation group Sirius (The Dog) comes up over the horizon just before dawn. The Greeks referred to these days, usually the hottest of the year, as “dog days” because of Sirius. The phrase made it to English eventually, and people have been making up stories about the meaning ever since.

But the dog days are going to come to an end soon, along with the hot weather, and that means it’s time to start thinking of “The Maintenance Days of Fall!” (There isn’t an HVAC constellation, however, so you’ll just have to go with a normal calendar for this.)

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Cool Down at Some Hot Events!

August 1st, 2017

At Russell & Abbott, we’ve always taken immense pride in being part of the local community. That’s why we can deliver such fantastic customer service: the people who call on us are our neighbors, and many of them become friends as well. The air conditioning equipment we supply to homeowners is the same that we use in our own homes—so we know exactly what an individual home needs for the best in comfort.

I’m thrilled to announce that we’re going to be at a number of upcoming late summer events here in Blount County. And we’ll be bringing along our “Ice Box,” a place where you can come inside and chill out with a powerful air conditioning system—just like the many air conditioning systems we install for our customers.

Check out our schedule below! We’d love for you to drop by and help support the community along with us! You can step out of the heat into our Ice Box when you need it!

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The Most Common Summer AC Repairs

July 17th, 2017

dog-wearing-sunglassesThis is one of the busiest times of the year for me. True, I’m not the one who’ll actually take on the work of fixing your air conditioner when it’s in trouble (I may be knowledgeable about HVAC equipment, but I have this “no thumbs” thing that makes it hard for me to hold tools). But it’s the high days of summer when people need my advice the most. Nobody wants to get trapped in a hot house when their air conditioner fails! If I can give them some helpful advice to watch for potential repair issues before they get worse, then I’ll have done my important Service Dog work.

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Top 2 Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning This Summer

July 3rd, 2017

air-conditioning-grillHoo-boy, it’s starting to get warm. I know that it feels warmer to me because I’m a dog with a thick black coat and have to do all my sweating through my paws or by panting. But we’re only getting into the deeps of summer now, so I know that much hotter and more humid days are coming up, and all you humans are going to need your air conditioner running on a pretty regular basis.

And I also know—because air conditioners are part of my job—that this mean you humans will start to rack up some bigger electrical bills. Air conditioners account for a hefty chunk of any home’s electric use over summer, and there’s not much we can do to change that. But what we can change is the size of that chunk. And I’ve listed the two best ways to lower your costs this summer when it comes to air conditioning.

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The Cool Difference a Ductless AC Can Make

June 19th, 2017

ductless-mini-split-remote-controlAh, June. The time of year when thoughts of spring turn to thoughts of Oh wow it’s too hot and I think I need a better air conditioning system! Or maybe you’re only looking to improve your current AC, get rid of hot spots, adapt to renovations, etc. Whatever the case, the system that might be ideal for you is a ductless system.

Ductless cooling and heating has been around for a while, but it wasn’t until recently it started to enter homes in a big way. If you’re looking to make some cool changes to your house or business, I definitely give my paw print of approval to checking out going ductless.

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Four Steps to Stay Chill This Summer

June 6th, 2017

I took this photo, so I got a neighbor dog, Cranston, to pose for me. I didn’t tell him I was going to turn the fan up THAT high!

The day I wrote this, the temperature outside here in Maryville was  79°F. Pleasant by almost anyone’s standards. Okay, it feels much hotter to me, but keep in mind that I’m a dog wearing a permanent fur coat. A black permanent fur coat. But for the rest of you, it might be necessary to run your air conditioner a bit, but you shouldn’t need it too much.

But … those blistering hot summer days are coming up, and when they set in, your air conditioner is going to work at its hardest, no matter how wise you are with your thermostat. You can expect higher utility bills to come along with those scorching days. Below I’ve listed four steps for homeowners to take to stay chill this summer, while also helping with energy costs.

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