Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Hire your air conditioner technician on Craigslist.

The interweb has gifted us with a variety of choices to go to find an A/C system service technician, but be careful because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau gives you information on whether a company is accredited and, if so, a letter grade based on their business history and practices, other web pages are open to anyone who requests to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad providing their services, despite whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and background.

If you decide on a contractor or individual without getting to identify their qualifications and capability, it might end up costing you more over time. If the tech doesn’t know how to properly repair your particular air conditioner, you may end up needing another, more experienced company to correct their mistakes and end up paying multiple services charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be great for some minor home services – it’s good for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and maybe even wonderful for your pocket book. But be careful: small businesses or one-person operations could leave you in a lurch. If something fails, they may conveniently disappear and not be there to repair it, or they might not have the resources to get your issue resolved quickly, which is not what you want if your air conditioning system dies in the dog days of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a larger, more trusted and reliable company can come with advantages that help provide you with more peace of mind, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert workmanship, a large certified team of servicemen and women who provide you service 24/7/365, and the assurance that they’ll be there if you ever require their services.

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

With the government ending the production of R-22, many people are observing the fee of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant increasing. It may sound like a simple fix to just substitute a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician advises you to do that, you probably want to call for a second opinion.

Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is produced for, and before 2010, it was typically R-22. Although there is extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and replacing R-22 with a different refrigerant may not only cause damage to your air conditioning equipment, it could nullify your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you a lot more in future parts due to possible damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need yearly AC maintenance.

Many people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioning system may believe they don’t actually need annual maintenance. It’s running fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that an annual AC tune- up runs you around $79 while repairs will set you back around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers instruct you to receive routine maintenance to maintain your warranty, so skipping your annual tune-up could cost you your warranty, resulting in a large payout if your AC decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Finding out about the contractor isn’t necessary.

It’s crucial to ensure you do your research before choosing an air conditioning service business, especially if you feel a particular company is intimidating you. As we said in Myth #1, some domains don’t require a company to be qualified to place an ad for their services. It’s important to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to pay for the same service twice.

Online reviews, referrals from friends, and an a high accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of company you will be giving your business to and help you figure out if they are right for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all good websites to start your homework. Remember, don’t be shy to ask for past customer references. You could have to invest your money with your AC contractor, so invest a little time and research to ensure they are the best company for your AC.

Myth 6: It will cost more to turn your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re not at home.

Ultimately, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature all through the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are away from your home. It typically will not need an outrageous amount of more energy to cool your home once you return, depending on variables of the home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be changed from a mobile device so you can simply adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you get home. This saves you energy over the course of the day, as well as lowering your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly lower the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan function produces heat, which can put heat in the air in the home. A good ceiling fan can help level the temperature of your room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t a person under the fan to feel the breeze, all the fan is doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already working. So leave ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and more air circulation is not needed.

Myth 8: Where the thermostat is installed doesn’t matter.

Thermostats read the temperature near it to determine whether it needs to activate the AC to cool down your home. Installing a thermostat in your bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will shut off and the rest of the floor or home could be much warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a sunny window or an appliance, it might always determine the temperature is much higher than the living area truly is and continuously run your air conditioner, increasing your energy bills.

Myth 9: Turning your thermostat down much lower will help it cool faster.

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your AC run longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is set on 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 cool to 75 any faster, and it will cause your system to run long, costing you money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s acceptable to change your air filter once a year.

Depending on the health issues for the people living in the home, and the style of air filter you use for your AC, your air filter may need to be changed as often as every four weeks. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only causes your AC to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.

Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today if you have any questions about your air conditioner or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.

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