Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Hire your AC technician on Craigslist.

The World Wide Web has provided us with a variety of options to go to look for an air conditioning service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are qualified. While the Better Business Bureau shows you information on whether a contractor is accredited based on their business history and practices, other sites are accessible to anyone who requests to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist lets anyone post an ad providing their services, despite whether or not they’re truly qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the actual training and experience.

If you hire a company or individual without having the ability to confirm their qualifications and capability, it may end up costing you more in the long run. If the tech doesn’t have the qualifications to properly repair your actual AC equipment, you may end up needing a second, more experienced company to fix their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Hiring a small business is better.

Contracting with small businesses can be great for some small fixes – it’s good for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and probably even good for your pocket book. But use caution: small companies or one-person businesses could let you down. If something backfires, they may merely disappear and not be there to repair it, or they may not have the resources to get your issue resolved quickly, which is not what you want if your air conditioning system dies in the dog days of summer.

Budgeting a little bit more for a sizable, more trusted and reliable company can come with advantages that help provide you with 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 peace of mind that they’ll be a call away if you ever require their services.

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

With the government ending the making of R-22, many people are seeing the price of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant going up. It may sound like an easy fix to just use a different and cheaper 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 system is designed for, and previous to 2010, it was usually R-22. Regardless of the extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your air conditioning equipment, it could nullify your warranty. A voided warranty might cost you way more in future parts due to likely damage.

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

Many people who are not currently having trouble with their air conditioning system may assume they don’t really need yearly maintenance. It’s running fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Well there’s the fact that an annual AC tune- up is priced around $79 while repairs will run you around $500. Also, most manufacturers demand annual maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so disregarding your annual tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, resulting in a big payout if your AC decides to breakdown on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Finding out about the company isn’t valuable.

It’s critical to make sure you do your research before choosing an air conditioning service business, especially if you feel a specific company is putting pressure on you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a contractor to be qualified to place an ad for their services. It’s important to know their qualifications and history so you don’t have to pay for the same service again.

Online reviews, references from friends, and an a good accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all assure you of the type of business you will be giving your business to and help you decide if they are best for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all wonderful websites to start your homework. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for previous customer references. You may have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioning contractor, so invest some time and research to confirm they are the right company for your home.

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

Over time, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a lower temperature throughout the day than to increase it 10 degrees while you’re away. It usually will not need an outrageous amount of extra energy to get your home comfortable once you return, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat allows for the temperature to be adjusted from a tablet or phone so you can simply adjust the temperature lower before coming home, so your home is cool and comfy when you enter. This saves you energy during the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.

Nest Thermostat

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

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly reduce the temperature of the home solo. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is causing your fan to run produces heat, which can push heat into the air in your family’s home. A good ceiling fan could help level the temperature of your room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if nobody is beneath the fan to feel the cool air, all you’re doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already working. So keep ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and additional air circulation is not needed.

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

Thermostats use the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to activate the AC 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 the bedroom is cooled, the AC will turn off and the rest of the floor or home might be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is put near a well-lit window or an appliance, it might constantly read the temperature as being much higher than the home actually is and continuously run your air conditioner, raising your utility bills.

Thermostat screen

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

Decreasing your air by too much may only make your AC operate longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really feel better at 75, then set it to 75 and it will work until it gets to that temperature. Decreasing the thermostat to 73 won’t make it get to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, wasting money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s fine to replace 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 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 causes your AC to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also aggravate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.

Call Epperson Service Experts today to inquire about your AC or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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