Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Hire your air conditioning technician from Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has provided us with a variety of choices to go to get an A/C system service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau gives 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 wanting to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist allows anyone to post an ad providing their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and experience.

If you decide on a business or individual without having the ability to confirm their qualifications and skill set, it could end up costing you more over time. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t know how to properly repair your particular air conditioner, you may end up needing a second, more experienced contractor 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 great for some small fixes – it’s wonderful for the local business, great for the economy, and probably even wonderful for your pocket book. But beware: small businesses or one-person companies could leave you in a lurch. If something bad happens, they may conveniently disappear and not be there to fix it, or they might not have the resources to get you taken care of quickly, which is bad news if your AC dies in the dog days of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a larger, more reputable and reliable company can come with perks that help offer you more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert workmanship, a large certified team of technicians who give you service 24/7/365, and the confidence that they’ll be available if you ever require their services.

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

With the government ending the production of R-22, many homeowners are observing the fee of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like a simple fix to just use a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an AC service technician gives you that advice, you probably want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the system is designed for, and prior to 2010, it was usually R-22. Regardless of the extreme decline of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your AC system, it could invalidate your warranty. An invalidated warranty could cost you a lot more in future parts due to likely damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need annual air conditioning maintenance.

Most people who don’t currently have trouble with their AC may believe they don’t actually need routine maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that a yearly AC tune- up runs you around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers demand routine maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so skipping your annual tune-up could cost you your warranty, meaning a huge payout if your air conditioning system decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Learning about the business isn’t valuable.

It’s critical to make sure you do your due diligence before deciding on an air conditioner service contractor, especially if you feel a particular company is pushing you. As we said in Myth #1, some sites don’t demand a company to be qualified to advertise their services. It’s important to know their qualifications and history so you don’t end up paying for the same service multiple times.

Online reviews, referrals from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of company you will be giving your business to and help you figure out if they are ideal for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all wonderful review sites to start your homework. And, don’t be shy to ask for previous customer testimonials. You could have to invest your money with your air conditioner company, so invest the time and research to make sure they are the ideal company for your home.

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

Long-term, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature all through the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you’re away. It typically will not take an outrageous amount of additional energy to get your home comfortable once you enter, depending on variables of the home.

A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be increased or decreased from a tablet or phone so you can easily adjust the temperature lower before coming home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you arrive. This reduces your energy over the course of the day, as well as saving you money on your cooling bills.

Myth 7: Continuously running ceiling fans will help lower the temperature in your home.

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t actually lower the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is causing your fan to operate produces heat, which can put heat in the air in your home. A well-working ceiling fan could help level the temperature of your room and may contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel the cool air, all you’re doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already running. So leave ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and additional air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats read the temperature near it to determine whether it needs to start up the air conditioner to cool down your home. Placing a thermostat in your bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the system will go off and the remainder of the floor or home may be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is put near a sunny window or an appliance, it might constantly read the temperature as being much higher than the home actually is and continuously run your AC, raising your utility bills.

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

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your AC operate longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then put it at 75 and it will kick on until it gets to that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, wasting money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s fine to change your air filter once every twelve months.

Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the home’s occupants, and the type of air filter you use for your air conditioning system, your air filter might need to be replaced as often as every 30 days. Not changing the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioner to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.

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