Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your AC technician through Craigslist.

The internet has gifted us with a variety of places to go to look for an AC service technician, but beware because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their company history and practices, other web pages are available to anyone who requests to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist lets anyone 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 hire a contractor or individual without getting to verify their qualifications and competence, it might end up costing you more in the long run. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t know how to properly repair your actual air conditioner, you might end up needing a second, more experienced contractor to fix their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be good for some minor home services – it’s wonderful for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even good for your pocket book. But be careful: small businesses or one-person businesses could let you down. If something fails, they may conveniently disappear and not be around to fix it, or they might not have the resources to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your AC dies in the extreme temperatures of summer.

Spending a little bit more for a bigger, more reputable and reliable company can come with perks that help provide you with more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert 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 fine to use any type of refrigerant in your AC.

With the government discontinuing the production of R-22, many people are observing the cost of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant increasing. It may seem like a simple fix to just use a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an AC service technician gives you that advice, you likely want to find a second opinion.

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

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

A lot of people who don’t currently have trouble with their air conditioner may assume they don’t truly need annual maintenance. It works just fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Don’t forget the fact that a yearly AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will cost you around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers instruct you to receive annual maintenance to maintain your warranty, so disregarding your routine tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, which means a large payout if your AC decides to go out on the hottest day of the year.

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

It’s important to ensure you do your homework before choosing an air conditioning service business, especially if you feel a single company is putting pressure on you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some sites don’t require a company to be qualified to advertise their services. You absolutely need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service twice.

Online reviews, testimonials from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of business you will be offering your business to and help you decide if they are ideal for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good websites to start your homework. Also, don’t be scared to ask for previous customer references. You may have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioner contractor, so invest the time and research to ensure they are the best company for your home.

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

Long-term, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature all through the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are gone. It typically will not need an outrageous amount of more energy to get your home comfortable once you return, depending on variables of the 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 returning home, so your home is nice and comfy when you get home. This saves you energy during the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep you cool, they don’t actually lower the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan function creates heat, which can push heat into the air in the home. A well-working ceiling fan does help level the temperature of the room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t a person beneath the fan to feel the cool air, all the fan is doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the AC is already running. So turn off ceiling fans when no one is in the room and additional air circulation is not needed.

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

Thermostats use the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to turn on the AC to cool down your home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only ensure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the system will go off and the rest of the floor or home might be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it could continuously read the temperature as being much higher than the living area really is and keep running your AC, raising your cooling bills.

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

Lowering your air excessively may only make your AC run longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then set it on 75 and it will run until it reaches 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, squandering money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s acceptable to replace your air filter once every twelve months.

Depending on the health issues for the residents of the home, and the style of air filter you have for your air conditioner, your air filter may need to be replaced as often as every four weeks. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioner to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

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