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Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Get your AC technician on Craigslist.

The internet has gifted us with a variety of options to go to find an A/C system service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are created equal. While the Better Business Bureau displays information on whether a company is accredited and, if so, a letter grade depending on their company history and practices, other web pages are accessible to anyone who wants to post an ad. For example, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad providing their services, regardless of whether or not they’re actually qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and experience.

If you hire a company or individual without being able to verify their qualifications and capability, it might end up costing you more in the long run. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t have the knowledge to properly service your actual air conditioning system, you could end up needing a different, more experienced technician to fix their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple Trip Charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be good for some odd jobs – it’s wonderful for the local business, great for the economy, and maybe even wonderful for your pocket book. But proceed with caution: small companies or one-person companies could leave you holding the bag. If something fails, they may simply disappear and not be available to repair it, or they might not have the manpower to get your issue resolved quickly, which is not what you want if your AC goes out in the heat of the summer.

Paying a little bit more for a larger, more established and reliable company can come with perks that help offer you more assurance, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, quality workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the confidence 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 putting an end to the making of R-22, many homeowners are noticing the price of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant going up. It may sound like a simple fix to just substitute a different and cheaper refrigerant, but if an AC service technician advises you to do that, you may want to call for a second opinion.

Manufacturers detail the exact refrigerant the air conditioner is produced for, and prior to 2010, it was commonly R-22. Although there is extreme reduction of the production of R-22, those AC systems are still designed for it, and using a different refrigerant may not only cause harm to your air conditioning equipment, it could void your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you hundreds or thousands more in future parts due to possible damage.

Myth 4: You don’t need annual A/C system maintenance.

A lot of people who don’t currently have trouble with their AC may believe they don’t truly need yearly maintenance. It’s working fine, so why use the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that a routine AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will cost you around $500. Not to mention, most manufacturers instruct you to receive yearly maintenance to keep your warranty valid, so skipping your annual tune-up could also mean foregoing your warranty, meaning a huge payout if your AC decides to die on the hottest day of the season.

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

It’s crucial to make sure you do your due diligence before choosing an air conditioning service company, especially if you feel a specific company is pressuring you. As we discussed in Myth #1, some websites don’t demand a contractor to be qualified to advertise their services. You need to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service again.

Social media reviews, references from friends, and an a good 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 right for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all wonderful websites to start your research process. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for past customer testimonials. You might have to pay a pretty penny to your AC contractor, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the right company for your home.

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

Long-term, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a lower temperature all through 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 additional energy to get your home comfortable once you return, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be changed from a tablet or phone so you can actually adjust the temperature cooler before coming home, so your home is cool 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: Always running ceiling fans will help cool your home.

Fans help keep people cool, they don’t truly lower the temperature of the home alone. In fact, fans (similar to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is causing your fan to function creates heat, which can put heat in the air in your family’s home. A well-working ceiling fan does help level the temperature of your room and may help to cool air by circulating, but if there isn’t anyone under the fan to feel the breeze, all it’s doing is squandering energy and money, especially if the air conditioning system is already on. So turn off ceiling fans when no one is in the room and additional air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats measure the temperature surrounding it to choose whether it needs to activate the air conditioning system to cool the home. Placing a thermostat in the bedroom will only ensure that bedroom cools to the temperature that the thermostat is set to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will turn off and the remainder of the floor or home might be quite a bit warmer. If the thermostat is installed near a warm window or an appliance, it may always determine the temperature is much higher than the living area really is and constantly run your system, increasing your energy bills.

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

Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioning system operate longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set to 77, but you really would be more comfortable at 75, then put it at 75 and it will run until it gets 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, costing you money and energy.

Myth 10: It’s ok 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 changed as often as every 30 days. Not changing the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioning system to work harder and decrease efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory illnesses like common allergy symptoms.

Call Abbey Air Service Experts today to inquire about your air conditioning system or to set-up your no-charge in-home consultation.

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