July 13th, 2020
Hi everybody! I know you’ve probably got plenty on your mind right now, but this is the time of year when I have to bring up an important topic: changing your AC’s air filter.
I know it sounds odd to compare an air conditioning system to a pet, but this is one case where it makes sense. Pets take care of you in a special way: companionship. And you do something special for them in return: take care of their health. That means food, taking them on walks, water, taking them on walks, petting, taking them on walks, and regular trips to the vet. (Yes, I like going on walks. No, I’m not sorry to point that out!)
Your air conditioner takes care of you in a special way, and you need to take care of its “health” in return. No, put away the leash—you’re not taking your AC for a walk. You’re just going to change its air filter.
June 29th, 2020
I know that a heat wave is the last time when you want to worry about having new air conditioning in Maryville, TN. But when it’s hot here, it’s hot, and having an air conditioning installation isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity!
If you’re right now in the spot where you think it may be time for a new air conditioner, I encourage you to put some serious thought into it, and as soon as possible. Our team is here to help, but as much as I would love to develop canine mind-reading powers, none of us here will know you need our help until you ask for it! I’ve put a list below of some important questions to ask yourself when it looks like you may need an air conditioning replacement. If you have any uncertainties you can’t answer yourself, please call us. We can offer the professional analysis and opinions that will start you off on a solution.
June 24th, 2020
Wow, what can I say? What can we say? Everyone here at Russell & Abbott is honored and humbled that we’ve been named Best Heating & Air Company in the Maryville Daily Times Readers’ Choice Awards. And not once, not twice, but three years in a row!
It means so much to us to know that we have customers who are confident in our skill, training, and quality service to take care of any of their cooling and heating needs. We’re part of this community, and we pledge to always deliver the best service we can to all the customers who depend on us. We’re going to continue to offer the same top-notch service year after year. As always, just whistle and we’ll come running!
Russell & Abbott proudly serves Blount, Knox and Loudon Counties and the surrounding areas.
June 15th, 2020
I have a nice pattern for my life. It’s a bit mellower than for humans, but it keeps me busy. I nap on the couch when the sunlight hits it, I go on regular walks, I have my dinner, and I’ve got my regular blogging duties.
I bring this up because I want to talk to you about what happens when a routine gets interrupted. Not your routine. Your air conditioner’s routine. During the summer, when you have the AC running, it should work in familiar patterns: turning on, running for a stretch, then turning off for another stretch before starting up again. If you keep the thermostat setting steady during the day (which I recommend), these on-and-off patterns should stay about the same. This is called the cycle of the air conditioner.
But when you notice the AC is starting and stopping far more often than normal, you may have a problem called short-cycling. Sorry to say, but this isn’t good!
June 1st, 2020
I get plenty of questions about air conditioning systems and how they work. That’s why I have a blog! I could’ve just penned a short FAQ and then gone into retirement on my favorite couch. But I’m a hard-working blogger dog! I see great examples of hard work every day here at Russell & Abbott, and I want to do my part. I take the time to go in-depth on the questions people ask most often. And the question I’m tackling today is: “Does my AC also help dehumidify the house?”
I can answer this by dividing the question into two. “Does my AC lower humidity in my house?” The answer is yes. “Does my AC control humidity enough to make a difference to my comfort?” The answer is no.
May 18th, 2020
Late spring is air conditioning installation season! If you’ve been thinking about getting a new AC to replace the old, tired one in your house, now is the best time to get started—that way you can switch on the new air conditioning system and get a great flow of cool air around your home in time for our hottest and most humid Tennessee days!
It sounds like I’m making it seem so simple. And you know, it kind of is—at least when you leave the work to our awesome team. But you’ve got questions, so I’m going to put on my “Professor Olive” cap and give you the best answers I can. (The only reason I can’t give the best answer is because that answer depends on your particular situation. When you call our team about air conditioning in Knoxville, TN, they can give you those details.)
May 4th, 2020
The heat is approaching! We’re going to start seeing the spikes in warm and humid weather strike in May, and it’s time for your air conditioner to earn its keep. That also means it’s time for our great team here to support you when you’ve got an AC emergency. We’re still on the job because we know how vital it is for our clients to have working cooling systems during humid Tennessee days.
In my time as a blogger dog, I’ve heard about plenty of homeowners who make big mistakes when their AC breaks down on them. It’s understandable, but also preventable. Below I’ve listed some things I want you not to do when you’ve got major AC trouble in the coming weeks.
April 20th, 2020
The word professional gets tossed around a lot in all types of fields. The simple meaning of professional you’ll find in most dictionaries is “following an occupation for the purposes of livelihood”, i.e. doing a job for a living.
But professional can mean many different things when you put it in action. When I say something here like, “You need to have professional repairs for your air conditioning when it breaks,” it doesn’t mean find just anybody who makes money fixing air conditioners. It’s not a “brand” either, which anybody can “sell.” No, professional means people who make a living at AC repair … because they are the only ones who are qualified, trained, and certified to do the work right.
The short version: professional repairs are the only way to do AC repairs. Anything else puts your air conditioner at serious risk of bigger problems.
April 6th, 2020
It’s spring, and it means the time has come around once more for you to schedule a maintenance tune-up and inspection for your air conditioner.
I’ve said it before, but it always merits saying it again each spring and fall: maintenance is the most important service that we offer. Maintenance is not a “special” you might want to add to your HVAC system once in a while. It’s not like giving a dog some extra treats. It’s like remembering to feed your dog and take it to the vet regularly. It’s important for an HVAC system to have a regular tune-up and inspection twice a year. No other service helps keep your family safer and more comfortable with your heating and cooling system, and no other service pays off so much in the long-run.
March 23rd, 2020
Last fall I had everyone who reads my blogs on the regular (thank you for that!) do a mental exercise. Not too tough, like a Sudoku. All you had to do was give your air conditioning system a grade like in school: A to F. That helps you to plan ahead about your comfort system and take measures during the downtime period.
Now I want all of you to do the same for your furnace. Warmer weather means furnaces will soon go into hibernation—although we can never count out cold surprises during April—and attention starts to move to the AC. So it’s time to give your furnace a grade for the season it just handled, and you’ll have an idea if you need to schedule furnace service in Knoxville, TN during the spring.