Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your AC technician through Craigslist.

The internet has provided us with a variety of places to go to find an air conditioning service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a company is accredited determined by their organization’s history and practices, other websites are accessible to anyone who requests to post an ad. For example, 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 proper training and background.

If you decide on a business or individual without getting to identify their qualifications and capability, it could end up costing you more over time. If the tech doesn’t have the knowledge to properly fix your actual AC equipment, you might end up needing another, more experienced contractor to correct their mistakes and it could cost you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be wonderful for some minor home services – it’s good for the local business, good for the economy, and likely even great for your bank account. But be careful: small operations or one-person operations could let you down. If something backfires, they may merely disappear and not be around to rectify the situation, or they might not have the resources to get your issue resolved quickly, which is not what you want if your AC dies in the dog days of summer.

Spending a little bit more for a bigger, more established and reliable company can come with perks that help provide you with more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the peace of mind that they’ll be there if you need them again.

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

With the government ending the production of R-22, many people are noticing the fee of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant going up. It may sound like an easy fix to just substitute a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an AC service technician advises you to do that, you probably want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the system is developed for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Regardless of the extreme decline of the production of R-22, those air conditioners are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause destruction to your air conditioning equipment, it could invalidate your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you way 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 assume they don’t really need yearly maintenance. It’s running fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that an annual AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers demand annual maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so disregarding your yearly tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, which means a big payout if your air conditioner decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the season.

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

It’s crucial to ensure you do your homework before picking an air conditioner service company, especially if you feel a particular company is pressuring you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some sites don’t require a company to be qualified to market their services. It’s important to know their qualifications and history so you don’t end up paying for the same service again.

Website reviews, testimonials from friends, and an a great 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 choose if they are right for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all great websites to start your research process. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for previous customer referrals. You may have to pay a pretty penny to your air conditioner company, so invest some time and research to confirm they are the ideal company for you.

Myth 6: It costs more to turn your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re not at home.

Over time, it will actually cost you more to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature all through the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you’re away. It usually will not need an excessive amount of more energy to get your home cooled down once you enter, depending on variables of 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 arriving home, so your home is nice and comfy when you enter. This decreases your energy over the course of the day, as well as saving you money on your cooling bills.

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

Fans help cool people, they don’t truly lower the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is causing your fan to run generates heat, which can put heat in the air in your home. An efficient 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 cool air, all it’s doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the AC is already working. So turn off ceiling fans when no one is in the room and extra air circulation is not needed.

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

Thermostats read the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to turn on the air conditioning system to cool down your home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will go off and the remaining floor or home could be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is put near a warm window or an appliance, it may continuously determine the temperature is much higher than the rest of the home actually is and keep running your AC, raising your cooling bills.


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

Turning your air down lower may only make your AC run longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really want it to be 75, then set it to 75 and it will run until it reaches that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, squandering money and energy.

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

Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the residents of the home, and the type of air filter you utilize for your AC, your air filter could need to be replaced as often as every four weeks. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only makes your air conditioning system to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.

Call Calverley Service Experts today for more information about your air conditioning system or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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