Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Hire your air conditioning technician on Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has given us a variety of places to go to look for an A/C system service technician, but beware 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 company history and practices, other sites are open to anyone who requests to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist allows anyone to post an ad providing their services, despite 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 being able to verify their qualifications and capability, it may end up costing you more in the long run. If the tech doesn’t know how to properly repair your actual air conditioning system, you may end up needing another, more experienced technician to fix their mistakes and it could cost you multiple service charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be wonderful for some odd jobs – it’s good for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and likely even great for your pocket book. But be careful: small operations or one-person companies could leave you in a lurch. If something goes wrong, they may simply disappear and not be around to repair it, or they may not have the manpower to get your issue resolved quickly, which is a problem if your AC goes out in the extreme temperatures of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a sizable, more trusted and reliable company can come with benefits that help give you more assurance, 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 if you ever require their services.

 
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 homeowners are observing the price of refilling their air conditioning system’s refrigerant going up. It may seem like a simple fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an air conditioner service technician advises you to do that, you likely want to call for a second opinion.

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the equipment is developed for, and before 2010, it was typically R-22. Regardless of the 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 destruction to your air conditioning equipment, it could void your warranty. An invalidated warranty might cost you way more in future parts due to potential damage.

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

Many people who aren’t having trouble with their air conditioner may believe they don’t actually need annual maintenance. It’s working fine, so why spend the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that an annual AC tune- up runs you around $79 while repairs will set you back around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers require routine maintenance to continue your warranty, so skipping your annual tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, resulting in a big payout if your air conditioner decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the summer.

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

It’s important to make sure you do your homework before choosing an air conditioning service contractor, especially if you feel a specific company is intimidating you. As we said in Myth #1, some domains don’t require a contractor to be qualified to place an ad for their services. You absolutely need to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service twice.

Online reviews, testimonials from neighbors, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of company you will be giving your business to and help you choose if they are ideal for you. Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google+ are all good review sites to start your research process. Remember, don’t be afraid to ask for prior customer testimonials. You could have to invest your money with your air conditioning company, so invest some time and research to ensure they are the ideal company for your AC.

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

Long-term, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a colder temperature all through the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you’re away. It normally will not require an exorbitant amount of more energy to get your home cooled down once you enter, depending on the home.

A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be adjusted from a tablet or phone so you can actually adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfy when you arrive. This saves you energy during the day, as well as reducing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help cool people, they don’t truly decrease the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is forcing your fan to function creates heat, which can add heat to the air in your family’s home. A good ceiling fan can help level the temperature of the room and may assist in cooling air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel the breeze, all the fan is doing is wasting energy and money, especially if the air conditioner is already on. So keep ceiling fans off when there is nobody in the room and more air circulation is unnecessary.

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

Thermostats use the temperature surrounding it to determine whether it needs to start up the air conditioner to cool down your home. Placing a thermostat in the bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once the bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will go off and the rest of the floor or home may be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a well-lit window or an appliance, it could constantly read the temperature as being much higher than the home actually is and keep running your air conditioner, increasing your utility bills.

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

Turning your air down lower may only make your air conditioner work 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 work until it reaches that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it lower to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, costing you money and energy.

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

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 might need to be replaced as often as every month. Not changing the air filter often enough not only causes your air conditioner to work harder and reduce efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today to inquire about your air conditioning system or to set-up your complimentary in-home consultation.

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