Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Get your air conditioner technician through Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has provided us with a variety of choices to go to get an air conditioning service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their business history and practices, other sites are available to anyone who wants to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad providing their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and knowledge.

If you decide on a company or individual without having the ability to verify their qualifications and capability, it might end up costing you more ultimately. If the tech doesn’t have the qualifications to properly service your specific air conditioner, you could end up needing another, more experienced company to correct their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple service charges.

Myth 2: Choosing a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be good for some minor home services – it’s great for the local business, great for the economy, and maybe even good for your wallet. But be careful: small companies or one-person operations could let you down. If something bad happens, they may simply disappear and not be there to rectify the situation, or they might not have the workforce to get to you quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioner breaks down in the heat of the summer.

Paying a little bit more for a bigger, 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 a call away if you ever require their services.

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

With the government ending the making of R-22, many people are seeing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant increasing. It may seem 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 may want to call for a second opinion.

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the equipment is designed for, and prior to 2010, it was commonly R-22. Regardless of the extreme decrease 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 harm to your air conditioner, it could void 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 believe they don’t truly need annual maintenance. It works just fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that a yearly AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers require annual maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so foregoing your routine tune-up could cost you your warranty, resulting in a big payout if your air conditioning system decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Researching the company isn’t valuable.

It’s crucial to make sure you do your research before deciding on an air conditioning service company, especially if you feel a particular company is putting pressure on you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some domains don’t need 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 family, and an a high accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of company you will be trusting your business to and help you figure out if they are ideal for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all wonderful review sites to start your research process. Also, don’t be scared to ask for previous customer testimonials. You might have to invest your hard-earned money with your AC contractor, so invest a little time and research to make sure they are the right company for you.

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

Long-term, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature over the course of the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are away from your home. It typically will not need an exorbitant amount of additional energy to cool your home once you arrive, depending on variables of the home.

A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be changed from a mobile device so you can simply adjust the temperature lower before returning home, so your home is nice and comfy when you enter. This reduces your energy throughout the day, as well as saving you money on your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep you cool, they don’t actually lower the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan run produces heat, which can add heat to the air in your home. An efficient ceiling fan can help level the temperature of your room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone below the fan to feel the breeze, all you’re doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the AC is already on. So keep ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and extra air circulation is unneeded.

Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.

Thermostats measure the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to start up the air conditioner to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in the bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is set on. Once the bedroom is cooled, the system will go 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 may continuously read the temperature as being much higher than the living area really is and keep running your air conditioner, upping your utility bills.

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

Lowering your air excessively may only make your AC operate longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then put it at 75 and it will run until it gets 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, wasting money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s acceptable to change your air filter once a year.

Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the home’s occupants, and the kind of air filter you use for your air conditioning system, your air filter could need to be replaced as often as every month. Not changing the air filter often enough not only causes your AC to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.

Call Falso Service Experts today if you have any questions about your AC or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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