Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Hire your air conditioner technician through Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has gifted us with a variety of options to go to get an AC service technician, but beware because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau provides you with information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their business history and practices, other web pages are accessible to anyone wanting to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad for their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and experience.

If you decide on a business or individual without getting to identify their qualifications and skill set, it may end up costing you more in the long run. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t have the knowledge to properly repair your specific air conditioning system, you may end up needing a different, more experienced company to fix their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple service charges.

Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.

Hiring small businesses can be good for some minor home services – it’s great for the local business, good for the economy, and maybe even good for your bank account. But proceed with caution: small operations or one-person operations could leave you in a lurch. If something backfires, they may merely disappear and not be available to fix it, or they may not have the manpower to get your issue resolved quickly, which is a problem if your AC dies in the dog days of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a bigger, more trusted and reliable company can come with benefits that help give you more peace of mind, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified team of technicians who give you service 24/7/365, and the confidence that they’ll be available in the future if you ever need them again.

 
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioning system.

With the government putting an end to the manufacturing of R-22, many people are seeing the fee of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant going up. It may seem like an easy fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an air conditioner service technician gives you that advice, you likely want to call for a second opinion.

Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the equipment is produced for, and prior to 2010, it was usually R-22. Despite the extreme reduction of the production of R-22, those air conditioners are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause damage to your air conditioning equipment, it could invalidate your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you way more in future parts due to likely damage.

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

Most people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioning system may think they don’t truly need routine maintenance. It works just 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 run you around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers demand routine maintenance to continue your warranty, so disregarding your annual tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, resulting in a big payout if your AC decides to die on the hottest day of the year.

Myth 5: Learning about the business isn’t important.

It’s important to make sure you do your homework before choosing an air conditioning service company, especially if you feel a single company is pressuring you. As we said in Myth #1, some websites don’t require a person to be qualified to advertise their services. You need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service twice.

Online reviews, referrals from neighbors, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of company you will be offering your business to and help you decide if they are ideal for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all great places to start your search. Also, don’t be shy to ask for past customer testimonials. You could have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioner company, 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.

Over time, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature throughout the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you are gone. It typically will not require an outrageous amount of more energy to get your home cooled down once you arrive, depending on the home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be adjusted from a mobile device so you can just adjust the temperature back down before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you enter. This reduces your energy over the course of the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep you cool, they don’t actually reduce the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is causing your fan to operate creates heat, which can push heat into the air in your family’s home. An efficient ceiling fan does help level the temperature of a room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel the cool air, all the fan is doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the AC is already running. So turn off ceiling fans when no one is in the room and more air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats read the temperature near it to determine whether it needs to turn on the air conditioner to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in the bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will go off and the remainder of the floor or home could be much warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a sunny window or an appliance, it might continuously read the temperature as being much higher than the home really is and constantly run your air conditioner, upping your utility bills.

Myth 9: Lowering your thermostat way low will help it cool faster.

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your AC operate longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 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 cause your system to run long, wasting money and energy.

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

Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the home’s occupants, and the kind of air filter you use for your air conditioner, your air filter may need to be swapped out as often as every four weeks. Not changing the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioner to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today if you have any questions about your air conditioning system or to set-up your free in-home consultation.

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