Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Get your air conditioner technician from Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has gifted us with a variety of places to go to look for an AC service technician, but beware because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau displays information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their organization’s history and practices, other sites are open to anyone who wants to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad promoting their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and experience.

If you choose a company or individual without getting to verify their qualifications and skill set, it may end up costing you more over time. If the tech doesn’t have the knowledge to properly fix your actual air conditioner, you could end up needing a different, more experienced technician 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 odd jobs – it’s great for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and maybe even good for your pocket book. But be careful: small businesses or one-person companies could leave you in a lurch. If something fails, they may merely disappear and not be around to fix it, or they may not have the manpower to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioner goes out in the dog days of summer.

Spending a little bit more for a sizable, more established and reliable company can come with perks that help offer you 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 if you need them again.

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

With the government putting an end to the making of R-22, many families are seeing the cost of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant rising. It may sound like an easy fix to just substitute a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an air conditioner service technician recommends this, you may want to find a second opinion.

Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the equipment is designed for, and prior to 2010, it was usually R-22. Despite the extreme decline of the production of R-22, those air conditioners are still designed for it, and replacing R-22 with a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your air conditioning equipment, it could nullify your warranty. A voided warranty might cost you a lot more in future parts due to possible damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need annual AC maintenance.

Many people who aren’t having trouble with their air conditioning system may think they don’t truly need yearly maintenance. It works just fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that a routine AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will set you back around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers demand annual maintenance to continue your warranty, so skipping your yearly tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, resulting in a large payout if your air conditioner decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

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

It’s crucial to ensure you do your homework before picking an AC service company, especially if you feel a specific company is pushing you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some websites don’t demand a person to be qualified to market their services. It’s important to know their qualifications and history so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service twice.

Online reviews, testimonials 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 right for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all good review sites to start your search. And, don’t be afraid to ask for past customer references. You might have to invest your money with your air conditioner contractor, so invest a little time and research to make sure they are the right company for your AC.

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

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

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be increased or decreased from a mobile device so you can actually adjust the temperature cooler before returning home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you enter. This decreases your energy during the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep you cool, they don’t really reduce the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is making your fan function generates heat, which can push heat into the air in the home. A good ceiling fan does help level the temperature of your room and may contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is below the fan to feel cool, all it’s doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already on. So turn off ceiling fans when there is nobody in the room and extra air circulation is not needed.

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

Thermostats use the temperature around it to choose whether it needs to turn on the AC to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in a bedroom will only ensure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the AC will shut off and the remaining floor or home might be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is put near a well-lit window or an appliance, it could always read the temperature as being much higher than the rest of the home truly is and constantly run your air conditioner, raising your cooling bills.

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

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

Myth 10: It’s acceptable to swap out your air filter annually.

Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the people living in the home, and the style of air filter you use for your AC, your air filter might need to be replaced as often as every four weeks. Not changing the air filter often enough not only causes your air conditioner to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.

Call Climate Control Service Experts today for more information about your AC or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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