Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your AC technician on Craigslist.

The internet has given us a variety of places to go to look for an A/C system service technician, but be careful because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau provides you with information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade depending on their company history and practices, other web pages are available to anyone who requests to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad for their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and knowledge.

If you choose a contractor or individual without being able to verify their qualifications and skill set, it may end up costing you more in the long run. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t have the knowledge to properly service your specific AC equipment, you may end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to fix their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Choosing a small business is better.

Hiring small businesses can be wonderful for some minor home services – it’s wonderful for the local business, great for the economy, and probably even wonderful for your bank account. But beware: small companies or one-person businesses could leave you in a lurch. If something goes wrong, they may conveniently disappear and not be there to rectify the situation, or they might not have the resources to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your AC dies in the dog days of summer.

Spending a little bit more for a larger, more trusted and reliable company can come with benefits that help provide you with more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the assurance that they’ll be there in the future if you ever need them again.

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

With the government discontinuing the making of R-22, many families are noticing the price of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like an easy fix to just substitute a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician recommends this, you likely want to call for a second opinion.

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is developed for, and previous to 2010, it was normally R-22. Although there is extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your AC system, it could void your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you way more in future parts due to likely damage.

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

A lot of people who aren’t having trouble with their air conditioning system may think they don’t truly need annual maintenance. It’s working fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that an annual AC tune- up costs around $79 while the cost of a repair averages around $500. Also, most manufacturers instruct you to receive yearly maintenance to continue your warranty, so disregarding your routine tune-up could cost you your warranty, which means a huge payout if your air conditioning system decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the summer.

Myth 5: Researching the business isn’t valuable.

It’s critical to check that you do your due diligence before choosing an air conditioning service contractor, especially if you feel a single company is pressuring you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some sites don’t require a person to be qualified to advertise their services. You absolutely need to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service twice.

Social media reviews, references from neighbors, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of contractor you will be trusting your business to and help you decide if they are best for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all great places to start your research process. Also, don’t be scared to ask for previous customer testimonials. You might have to pay a pretty penny to your air conditioner company, so invest some time and research to make sure they are the best company for your home.

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

Ultimately, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature throughout the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you are gone. It normally will not need an outrageous amount of more energy to cool your home once you arrive, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be adjusted from a phone or tablet so you can actually adjust the temperature back down before coming home, so your home is nice and comfy when you enter. This reduces your energy throughout the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly decrease 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 operate creates heat, which can put heat in the air in your family’s home. A good ceiling fan can help level the temperature of your room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel cool, all the fan is doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already running. So turn off ceiling fans when there is no one in the room and additional air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats read the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to turn on the air conditioner to cool the home. Placing a thermostat in a bedroom will only make sure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will turn off and the remaining floor or home may be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is put near a sunny window or an appliance, it could always determine the temperature is much higher than the rest of the home actually is and constantly run your AC, increasing your cooling bills.

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

Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioner run longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really feel better at 75, then put it at 75 and it will kick on until it gets to that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, wasting money and energy.

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

Depending on the health conditions of the home’s occupants, and the style of air filter you use for your air conditioner, your air filter may need to be changed as often as every month. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only makes your AC to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

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