Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your air conditioner technician from Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has provided us with a variety of choices to go to get an AC service technician, but beware because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their business history and practices, other web pages are accessible to anyone who wants to post an ad. For example, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad for their services, regardless of whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and experience.

If you hire a company or individual without getting to identify their qualifications and capability, it may end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t have the knowledge to properly fix your specific air conditioning system, you may end up needing another, more experienced company to correct their mistakes and end up paying multiple services charges.

Myth 2: Choosing a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be wonderful for some small fixes – it’s wonderful for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even great for your pocket book. But beware: small businesses or one-person businesses could leave you holding the bag. If something fails, they may conveniently disappear and not be around to repair it, or they could not have the manpower to get your issue resolved quickly, which is not what you want if your air conditioning system dies in the dog days of summer.

Paying a little bit more for a larger, more reputable and reliable company can come with advantages that help give you more peace of mind, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, excellent workmanship, a large certified team of technicians who give you service 24/7/365, and the confidence that they’ll be there in the future if you ever need them again.

 
Myth 3: It’s fine to use any type of refrigerant in your AC.

With the government ending the production of R-22, many families are seeing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant increasing. It may sound like a simple fix to just substitute a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an AC service technician recommends this, you may want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is produced for, and prior to 2010, it was commonly R-22. Regardless of the extreme decline of the production of R-22, those air conditioners are still designed for it, and replacing R-22 with a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your AC system, it could void your warranty. An invalidated warranty may cost you a lot more in future parts due to likely damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need annual A/C system maintenance.

A lot of people who aren’t having trouble with their air conditioner may assume they don’t actually need yearly maintenance. It’s working fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that a yearly AC tune- up runs you around $79 while repairs will cost you around $500. Also, most manufacturers require annual maintenance to maintain your warranty, so disregarding your yearly tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, resulting in a large payout if your air conditioning system decides to go out on the hottest day of the summer.

Myth 5: Researching the company isn’t necessary.

It’s crucial to ensure you do your homework before picking an AC service business, especially if you feel a single company is putting pressure on you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some sites don’t need a person to be qualified to place an ad for their services. You absolutely need to know their qualifications and history so you don’t end up paying for the same service twice.

Website reviews, testimonials from family, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of business you will be giving your business to and help you choose if they are best for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good places to start your homework. And, don’t be afraid to ask for past customer testimonials. You could have to invest your money with your air conditioner company, so invest some time and research to confirm they are the ideal company for you.

Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re away from home.

Over time, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a lower temperature over the course of the day than to raise it 10 degrees while you’re away. It normally will not require an excessive amount of more energy to get your home comfortable once you arrive, depending on variables of the home.

A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be changed from a mobile device so you can simply adjust the temperature back down before arriving home, so your home is nice and comfy when you get home. This decreases your energy during the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

Myth 7: Always running ceiling fans will help keep your home cool.

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t really decrease the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is forcing your fan to function creates heat, which can push heat into the air in your family’s home. A well-working ceiling fan could help level the temperature of the room and may contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone under the fan to feel the cool air, all it’s doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already working. So turn off ceiling fans when no one is in the room and more air circulation is not needed.

Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.

Thermostats use the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to start up the air conditioner to cool down your home. Putting a thermostat in the bedroom will only make sure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once that bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will shut off and the remainder of the floor or home might be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a warm window or an appliance, it could always determine the temperature is much higher than the rest of the home actually is and continuously run your system, raising your utility bills.

Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool more quickly.

Turning your air down lower may only make your air conditioner run longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really want it to be 75, then set it on 75 and it will work until it gets to that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, costing you money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s fine to swap out your air filter once a year.

Depending on the health conditions of the people living in the home, and the style of air filter you utilize for your air conditioner, your air filter might need to be changed as often as every four weeks. Not changing the air filter often enough not only causes your AC to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.

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