Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Hire your air conditioner technician from Craigslist.

The internet has given us a variety of choices to go to get an AC service technician, but proceed with caution 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 based on their business history and practices, other sites are available to anyone wanting 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 experience.

If you choose a business or individual without getting to verify their qualifications and skill set, it might end up costing you more over time. If the tech doesn’t have the qualifications to properly service your particular AC equipment, you might end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to correct their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be good for some odd jobs – it’s great for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even great for your wallet. But beware: small companies or one-person operations could let you down. If something bad happens, they may simply disappear and not be around to fix it, or they might not have the workforce to get you taken care of quickly, which is a problem if your AC malfunctions in the dog days of summer.

Spending a little bit more for a sizable, more trusted and reliable company can come with advantages that help offer you more assurance, 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 available if you need them again.

Myth 3: You can use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioner.

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

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is designed for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Regardless of the extreme reduction 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 air conditioner, it could invalidate your warranty. A nullified warranty may cost you a lot more in future parts due to likely damage.

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

Most people who are not currently having trouble with their AC may assume they don’t truly 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. Not to mention, most manufacturers require yearly maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so skipping your routine tune-up could cost you your warranty, which means a huge payout if your AC decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the summer.

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

It’s critical to check that you do your homework before choosing an AC service business, especially if you feel a single company is pressuring you. As we said in Myth #1, some sites don’t require a contractor to be qualified to market their services. It’s important to know who you’re working with so you don’t end up paying for the same service again.

Social media reviews, testimonials from friends, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of business you will be giving your business to and help you choose if they are ideal for you. Angie’s List, Google+, and Yelp are all wonderful websites to start your search. And, don’t be scared to ask for past customer references. You may have to invest your money with your AC contractor, so invest some time and research to confirm they are the best company for you.

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

Ultimately, it will actually cost you more to leave the thermostat at a lower temperature throughout the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you are gone. It typically will not require an excessive amount of extra energy to cool your home once you enter, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be changed from a phone or tablet so you can easily adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you get home. This reduces your energy during the day, as well as lowering your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep you cool, they don’t really 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 operate produces heat, which can add heat to the air in your family’s home. A good ceiling fan can help level the temperature of the room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel cool, all the fan is doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already running. So turn off ceiling fans 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 surrounding it to choose whether it needs to activate the air conditioner to cool 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 that bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will shut off and the remaining floor or home might be much warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a sunny window or an appliance, it might constantly think the temperature is much higher than the rest of the home really is and continuously run your air conditioner, upping your cooling bills.

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

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioner work longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really want it to be 75, then set it on 75 and it will kick on until it cools to that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it lower to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, squandering money and energy.

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

Depending on the health conditions of the residents of the home, and the type of air filter you use for your air conditioning system, your air filter might need to be swapped out as often as every month. Not changing the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioning system to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.

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