Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your air conditioning technician on Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has gifted us with a variety of options to go to look for an air conditioning service technician, but be careful 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 business history and practices, other websites are accessible to anyone wanting to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad providing their services, regardless of whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and knowledge.

If you choose a business or individual without having the ability to confirm their qualifications and expertise, it could end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t have the qualifications to properly fix your actual air conditioner, you could end up needing another, more experienced company to correct their mistakes and end up paying multiple services charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be good for some minor home services – it’s good for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even wonderful for your pocket book. But be careful: small businesses or one-person companies could leave you holding the bag. If something goes wrong, they may conveniently disappear and not be there to rectify the situation, or they could not have the manpower to get your issue resolved quickly, which is a problem if your AC goes out in the extreme temperatures of summer.

Spending a little bit more for a larger, more trusted 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 available if you ever require their services.

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

With the government putting an end to the making of R-22, many homeowners are seeing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant rising. It may seem like an easy fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician recommends this, you may want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the system is produced for, and before 2010, it was usually R-22. Although there is 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 damage to your air conditioner, it could nullify your warranty. A voided warranty may cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to likely damage.

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

A lot of people who aren’t having trouble with their air conditioner may think they don’t actually 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 repairs will cost you around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers require annual maintenance to maintain your warranty, so skipping your yearly tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, meaning a big payout if your AC decides to go out on the hottest day of the summer.

Myth 5: Researching the business isn’t important.

It’s critical to ensure you do your homework before choosing an air conditioning service contractor, especially if you feel a particular company is pushing you. As we said in Myth #1, some sites don’t require a company to be qualified to advertise their services. It’s important to know their qualifications and history so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service again.

Online reviews, referrals from family, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of business you will be offering your business to and help you figure out if they are ideal for you. Angie’s List, Google+, and Yelp are all wonderful review sites to start your homework. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for past customer referrals. You might have to pay a pretty penny to your air conditioner technician, so invest a little time and research to make sure they are the right company for your home.

Myth 6: It costs you more to turn your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re out of your home.

Ultimately, it will actually cost you more to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature all through the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you’re away. It usually will not require an exorbitant amount of more energy to get your home comfortable once you enter, depending on your home.

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

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

Fans help cool people, they don’t really lower the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is forcing your fan to operate produces heat, which can push heat into the air in your home. A well-working ceiling fan does help level the temperature of a room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone below the fan to feel the breeze, all the fan is doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioner is already working. So turn off ceiling fans when there is no one in the room and extra air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats read the temperature near it to determine whether it needs to turn on the air conditioning system to cool down your home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only make sure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will shut off and the rest of the floor or home could be much warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it might always read the temperature as being much higher than the living area actually is and keep running your system, raising your utility bills.

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

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioner run longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really feel better at 75, then set it to 75 and it will run until it cools to that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 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 fine to replace your air filter annually.

Depending on the health conditions of the home’s occupants, and the style of air filter you have for your AC, your air filter might need to be swapped out as often as every month. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioner to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your AC or to set-up your free in-home consultation.

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