Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your AC technician from Craigslist.

The interweb has given us a variety of choices to go to get an air conditioning service technician, but beware because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau displays information on whether a company is accredited and, if so, a letter grade based on their business history and practices, other websites are open to anyone who wants to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist allows anyone to post an ad promoting their services, regardless of whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and background.

If you decide on a contractor or individual without being able to identify their qualifications and capability, it could end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t have the skills to properly fix your specific air conditioner, you could end up needing another, more experienced company to correct their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple service charges.

Myth 2: Choosing a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be great for some odd jobs – it’s wonderful for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and maybe even wonderful for your pocket book. But proceed with caution: small operations or one-person companies could leave you holding the bag. If something goes wrong, they may simply disappear and not be around to fix it, or they could not have the resources to get you taken care of quickly, which is not what you want if your air conditioning system goes out in the dog days of summer.

Spending a little bit more for a sizable, more reputable and reliable company can come with advantages that help give 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 assurance that they’ll be a call away if you need them again.

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

With the government putting an end to the making of R-22, many families are observing the price of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant going up. It may seem 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 detail the exact refrigerant the equipment is designed for, and previous to 2010, it was normally R-22. Regardless of the extreme decline of the production of R-22, those air conditioners are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your air conditioner, it could invalidate your warranty. An invalidated warranty might cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to likely damage.

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

Most people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioning system may believe they don’t really need annual maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why waste 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 run you around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers require annual maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so foregoing your annual tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, which means a big payout if your air conditioning system decides to die on the hottest day of the year.

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

It’s crucial to ensure you do your due diligence before choosing an AC service company, especially if you feel a specific company is putting pressure on you. As we said in Myth #1, some websites don’t need a contractor to be qualified to advertise their services. You need to know who you’re working with so you don’t end up paying for the same service multiple times.

Social media reviews, referrals from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of company you will be trusting your business to and help you figure out if they are best for you. Angie’s List, Google+, and Yelp are all great places to start your search. Remember, don’t be scared to ask for prior customer testimonials. You may have to invest your money with your air conditioner company, so invest the time and research to ensure they are the right company for you.

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

Ultimately, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a lower temperature over the course of the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are gone. It normally will not require an outrageous amount of additional energy to get your home cooled down once you return, depending on the home.

A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be increased or decreased from a mobile device so you can actually adjust the temperature lower before returning home, so your home is cool and comfy when you arrive. This decreases your energy over the course of the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t really decrease the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan run produces heat, which can add heat to the air in your family’s home. A well-working ceiling fan could help level the temperature of a room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone under the fan to feel cool, all the fan is doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the AC is already running. So keep ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and more air circulation is unnecessary.

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

Thermostats read the temperature around it to decide whether it needs to turn on the air conditioner to cool down your home. Installing a thermostat in a bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once that bedroom is cooled, the system will shut off and the remainder of the floor or home might be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a sunny window or an appliance, it may constantly read the temperature as being much higher than the rest of the home really is and constantly run your system, raising your energy bills.

Myth 9: Excessively lowering your thermostat will help it cool more speedily.

Lowering your air excessively may only make your AC run longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then put it at 75 and it will work until it cools to that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it lower to 75 any faster, and it will cause your system to run long, costing you money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s ok to replace 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 utilize for your air conditioner, your air filter may need to be changed as often as every month. Not changing the air filter often enough not only means for your AC to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.

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