Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your AC technician from Craigslist.

The internet has given us a variety of choices to go to find an A/C system service technician, but be careful because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a contractor is accredited and, if so, a letter grade depending on their business history and practices, other websites are available to anyone who requests to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad providing their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and knowledge.

If you decide on a company or individual without being able to verify their qualifications and expertise, it could end up costing you more ultimately. If the technician doesn’t have the knowledge to properly service your specific air conditioning system, you might end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to correct 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 great for some odd jobs – it’s great for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and likely even great for your bank account. But proceed with caution: small businesses or one-person companies could leave you holding the bag. If something fails, they may simply disappear and not be available to fix it, or they could not have the resources to get your issue resolved quickly, which is a problem if your air conditioner malfunctions in the heat of the summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a sizable, more established and reliable company can come with perks that help give you more confidence, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified team of servicemen and women who provide you service 24/7/365, and the assurance that they’ll be available if you need them again.

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

With the government putting an end to the production of R-22, many families are noticing the price of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant increasing. It may sound like an easy fix to just substitute a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician recommends this, you may want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the equipment is produced for, and prior to 2010, it was usually R-22. Regardless of the extreme reduction 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 AC system, it could invalidate your warranty. An invalidated warranty could cost you a lot more in future parts due to likely damage.

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

Most people who don’t currently have trouble with their AC may believe they don’t actually need yearly maintenance. It’s working 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. Additionally, most manufacturers demand annual maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so foregoing your annual tune-up could cost you your warranty, resulting in a huge payout if your air conditioning system decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the year.

Myth 5: Learning about the company isn’t valuable.

It’s important to make sure you do your due diligence before picking an AC service company, especially if you feel a particular company is intimidating you. As we said in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a person to be qualified to advertise their services. You need to know their qualifications and history so you don’t have to pay for the same service twice.

Social media reviews, references from neighbors, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of company you will be offering your business to and help you decide if they are best for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all good review sites to start your research process. And, don’t be scared to ask for prior customer testimonials. You could have to pay a pretty penny to your AC company, so invest the time and research to make sure they are the ideal company for your home.

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

Ultimately, 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 typically will not take an excessive amount of additional energy to get your home comfortable once you enter, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be changed from a tablet or phone so you can just adjust the temperature back down before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfy when you get home. This saves you energy throughout the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

Myth 7: Constantly running ceiling fans will help lower the temperature in your home.

Fans help cool people, they don’t actually reduce the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (like refrigerators) actually raise the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan run generates heat, which can push heat into the air in the home. A well-working ceiling fan does help level the temperature of a room and may contribute to cooling air by circulating, but if there isn’t a person under the fan to feel cool, all the fan is doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already on. So turn off ceiling fans when there is no one in the room and extra air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats read the temperature around it to determine whether it needs to start up the air conditioning system to cool down your home. Placing a thermostat in the bedroom will only make sure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will shut 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 home actually is and continuously run your system, upping your cooling bills.

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

Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioner run longer, it won’t get colder any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really want it to be 75, then put it at 75 and it will kick on until it gets to that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will cause your system to run long, wasting money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s ok to change your air filter annually.

Depending on the health issues for the residents of the home, and the kind of air filter you utilize for your AC, your air filter may need to be swapped out as often as every month. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioning system to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.

Call Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your AC or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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