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Can My Furnace Hurt My Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

January 13th, 2020

woman-with-thermometerYour gas furnace has a straightforward job: keep your family feeling toasty warm all through the winter. Okay, it also keeps your pets toasty warm as well. I know most of us have fur coats, but make no mistake—we need to have comfortable environments to stay at our healthiest.

Because you’re asking me about indoor air quality and your furnace, you might be worried the furnace is doing, well, something to the air your family breathes. The simple answer is, yes, the furnace can harm indoor air quality. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid potential troubles. You can trust our team to help with better heating and better indoor air quality in Knoxville, TN.

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What Is a Variable Speed Furnace?

December 30th, 2019

gas-furnaceOne of the big jobs I do as an HVAC blogger dog is to keep up with changes in heating and cooling technology. Maybe a greyhound is better suited to this job because comfort advances move with incredible speed. But I still stay on top of the news, because it’s important for me to inform customers about the options they can investigate when planning a new heater installation.

In this post, I’m going to look at the variable speed furnace. This is a type of furnace that offers several excellent benefits for the right home. Stress on the right home—there’s no such thing as an HVAC installation that works for all homes. This is why I recommend you work closely with our Russell & Abbott family when you’re planning on a new furnace install or any other HVAC system.

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Some Important Fire Safety Tips for Christmas

December 16th, 2019

christmas-fireplace-familyI’m friends with a few firehouse dogs—the ones with the nifty spotted coats. I appreciate all the work they do, and of course the work of the firefighters! They have the essential task of protecting us all year long!

However, nobody wants to have a reason to call the fire department. Christmas season is, unfortunately, a busy time for my Dalmatian friends and their human co-workers. My Dalmatian contacts have passed on to me some important safety tips that I’d like to share with you. These can help keep your family and property safe through one of the most joyous times of the year.

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Get a $1,000 Gift in Time for Christmas With a New Purchase

December 9th, 2019

santa-oliveHey, I’ve put on my Santa hat. And I didn’t have to get all sooty sliding down a chimney to deliver gifts. I’ve come a bit early with this great announcement—an offer of a super Christmas gift when you get a super great new HVAC system.

From now until December 25, if you purchase a qualifying Onyx system (Gold and Platinum systems only), you’ll receive a $1,000 Visa gift card in time for Christmas. Plus, no payments for 6 months! Take 10 years to pay with our financing!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Russell & Abbott!

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When a Furnace Goes Bad, Maybe It Needs to Be Replaced

December 2nd, 2019

Trane xb90 furnaceIt’s getting to be the bundling-up time of the year—Thanksgiving is over, December is here, decorations are going up, and snow will soon arrive. And if you’ve got a furnace that isn’t getting the job done, ‘tis the season to get a new one.

If you’ve kept up with my blog, you’ll know that I’m always a careful watchdog when it comes to suspicious HVAC “contractors” who are looking to get a fast buck from customers by telling them they need to get new ACs or heaters every ten years. Honest and trained technicians like the ones at Russell & Abbott will always tell you when a furnace repair in Knoxville, TN is the better option. We aren’t going to pressure you into purchasing a new system when it’s unnecessary.

But today I’m here to talk to you about when it is necessary. Don’t just take my word for it on this blog! Please call our team for an expert—and honest—opinion about that faulty furnace.

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Russell & Abbot Has a New Financing Option!

November 22nd, 2019

We have some great news for the end of the year, right when you may need heating the most but find your budget at its tightest. Starting December 1st, we are offering a new financial option to make purchasing new equipment easier. It’s a 10-year financing option as low as $99 per month!

Not only is this an excellent option, but when you purchase qualifying equipment, you’ll receive our exclusive 10-10-10 warranty: 10 years for parts, 10 years for labor, and 10 years for warranty. With that warranty and our new 10-year financing option, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got your comfort covered affordably!

Call our office for more details. Russell & Abbott serves Blount, Knox, and Loudon Counties and the surrounding areas.

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A List of the Best Thermostat Settings (For All Purposes)

November 18th, 2019

thermostat-operationHey everybody, I’m here to talk about a favorite topic: easy steps you can take to improve home comfort and energy savings. I often write about the big problems, like busted furnaces and what can happen if you don’t schedule routine HVAC maintenance. But this really is a straightforward method that can make big improvements. It’s straightforward, people often overlook it …

… and it’s learning how to best set and adjust your thermostat!

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Olive’s All-Important Fall Reminder That Heating Maintenance Is Great!

November 4th, 2019

dont-forget-post-itThere’s so much I love about fall. And I probably love big piles of leaves the most! There’s nothing like running and jumping into a crisp stack of red and yellow leaves and rolling around in them. Plus, I adore the crisp weather. It’s ideal dog weather, the right balance for having a shiny black coat.

Here’s something else that I love in fall—heating maintenance. You probably think I’m a bit nuts to say that because heating maintenance sounds like it’s a chore. And who likes chores?

But here’s the good news. When you rely on our Knoxville, TN, HVAC professionals for your heating maintenance, we take over the “chore” part. You won’t have to do anything but call us. It’s so easy. And once we’re done, you’ll see all the benefits that make fall heating maintenance great.

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Leaving Your Filter in Place Can Make Your Home’s Air Worse

October 22nd, 2019

Greetings everyone! I get plenty busy during fall because this is the season when I look down my long list of topics to help our customers prepare for the winter. Dogs have “winter prep” pretty easy, because we come equipped with a nice fur coat. People have a touch more work to do, such as having their furnaces professionally tuned-up and taking care of spots where their homes can lose heat easily.

In all this hustle before winter weather, people (and this includes you, dear reader) may forget one simple task for their HVAC system—changing the air filter for a new one. I talk about changing the air filter plenty of times on my blog. Usually I focus on how routine air filter changes help the HVAC system perform at higher energy efficiency and provide better levels of heating and cooling. Today, I’m turning to a side-effect of a clogged filter people may not realize: it can make a home’s indoor air quality worse!

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Olive’s Top Tips for Find a New Air Conditioning System

October 7th, 2019

onyx-unitAre you already worrying about your Christmas shopping in October? There’s not much I can tell you that will help ease those worries—I know exactly how much a crunch these final three months of the year can be! However, I can help with an important bit of shopping you can take care of in October that can be a great gift to your family in the near future: a new air conditioning system.

“Wait … air conditioning? Olive, the cold weather is just coming up?”

Oh, I know! Everyone here at Russell & Abbott anticipates another busy winter season helping our customers keep warm. But right now, during the fall stretch of warm-to-cool weather, is the ideal lull time to upgrade parts of your HVAC system. If you think you need a new air conditioner, getting the work done now is convenient and lets you give extra time to think about your options.

And I have some expert tips about this! Because that’s my job:

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