Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your air conditioner technician on Craigslist.

The interweb has given us a variety of options to go to look for an A/C system service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau provides you with information on whether a business is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their company history and practices, other web pages are open to anyone wanting to post an ad. For example, Craigslist will allow anyone to post an ad for their services, despite whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and knowledge.

If you decide on a contractor or individual without getting to identify their qualifications and capability, it could end up costing you more ultimately. If the tech doesn’t have the qualifications to properly repair your specific air conditioner, you might end up needing a different, more experienced company to repair their mistakes and it could cost you multiple service charges.

Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be wonderful for some odd jobs – it’s wonderful for the local business, good for the economy, and maybe even wonderful for your wallet. But beware: small businesses or one-person companies could let you down. If something backfires, they may merely disappear and not be there to rectify the situation, or they might not have the resources to get you taken care of quickly, which is not what you want if your air conditioning system breaks down in the extreme temperatures of summer.

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

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

With the government putting an end to the production of R-22, many homeowners are observing the price of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant increasing. It may sound like an easy fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician advises you to do that, you likely want to get a second opinion.

Manufacturers specify the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is developed for, and prior to 2010, it was normally R-22. Although there is extreme decline of the production of R-22, those AC systems are still designed for it, and replacing R-22 with a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your air conditioner, it could nullify your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you way more in future parts due to possible damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need yearly AC maintenance.

Many people who don’t currently have trouble with their AC may think they don’t actually need routine maintenance. It’s operating fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that an annual AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will set you back around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers demand annual maintenance to continue your warranty, so disregarding your yearly tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, resulting in a large payout if your air conditioning system decides to go out on the hottest day of the year.

Myth 5: Finding out about the contractor isn’t important.

It’s critical to check that you do your research before choosing an air conditioning service business, especially if you feel a specific company is pressuring you. As we said in Myth #1, some websites don’t demand a person to be qualified to advertise their services. It’s important to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to pay for the same service multiple times.

Social media reviews, testimonials from friends, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of contractor you will be trusting your business to and help you choose if they are right for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all great review sites to start your search. And, don’t be scared to ask for past customer testimonials. You could have to pay a pretty penny to your air conditioning technician, so invest the time and research to ensure they are the ideal company for your home.

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 colder temperature over the course of the day than to bump it up 10 degrees while you are away from your home. It typically will not take an outrageous amount of more energy to get your home comfortable once you enter, depending on variables of the home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be changed from a tablet or phone so you can simply adjust the temperature back down before coming home, so your home is cool and comfortable when you get home. This decreases your energy during the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t really lower 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 operate produces heat, which can add heat to the air in your family’s home. A good ceiling fan can help level the temperature of your room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is below the fan to feel cool, all the fan is doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the AC is already running. So keep ceiling fans off when there is nobody in the room and additional air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats measure the temperature near it to choose whether it needs to activate the air conditioner to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in the bedroom will only ensure that bedroom reaches the temperature that the thermostat is set on. Once that bedroom is cooled, the AC will shut off and the rest of the floor or home might be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it could continuously think the temperature is much higher than the home really is and continuously run your air conditioner, increasing your cooling bills.

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

Lowering your air excessively may only make your AC run longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really feel better at 75, then set it on 75 and it will work until it cools to that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 73 won’t make it lower to 75 any faster, and it will make your system run longer, squandering money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s ok to swap out your air filter once every twelve months.

Depending on the health issues for the home’s occupants, and the kind of air filter you have for your air conditioning system, your air filter could need to be swapped out as often as every 30 days. Not changing the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioner to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call McKinley Heating Service Experts today to inquire about your air conditioner or to set-up your free in-home consultation.

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