Air Conditioning Myths That May Cost You More Money

August 08, 2016

Myth 1: Find your air conditioner technician from Craigslist.

The interweb has gifted us with a variety of choices to go to find an A/C system service technician, but proceed with caution because not all are comparable. While the Better Business Bureau provides you with information on whether a company is accredited and, if so, a letter grade determined by their business history and practices, other websites are open to anyone who requests to post an ad. Case in point, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad providing their services, despite whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the correct training and background.

If you choose a company or individual without being able to confirm their qualifications and expertise, it may end up costing you more ultimately. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t have the qualifications to properly service your specific AC equipment, you might end up needing another, more experienced company to fix their mistakes and it could end up costing you multiple service charges.

Myth 2: Working with a small business is better.

Working with small businesses can be wonderful for some small fixes – it’s wonderful for the local business, wonderful for the economy, and maybe even great for your bank account. But proceed with caution: small businesses or one-person operations could leave you in a lurch. If something fails, they may simply disappear and not be available to rectify the situation, or they might not have the resources to get you taken care of quickly, which is bad news if your air conditioning system breaks down in the heat of the summer.

Spending a little bit more for a larger, more reputable and reliable company can come with advantages that help give you more peace of mind, 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 confidence that they’ll be there if you ever require their services.

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

With the government putting an end to the making of R-22, many families are seeing the fee of refilling their AC system’s refrigerant increasing. It may seem like an easy fix to just use a different and lower cost refrigerant, but if an air conditioning service technician advises you to do that, you likely want to find a second opinion.

Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the system is designed for, and prior to 2010, it was typically R-22. Despite the extreme decrease of the production of R-22, those air conditioning systems are still designed for it, and substituting a different refrigerant may not only cause damage to your AC system, it could invalidate your warranty. A nullified warranty could cost you way more in future parts due to potential damage.

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

A lot of people who are not currently having trouble with their AC may assume they don’t truly need yearly maintenance. It’s running fine, so why waste the money on a tune-up, right? Except for the fact that an annual AC tune- up costs around $79 while repairs will set you back around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers demand routine maintenance to maintain your warranty, so skipping your annual tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, which means a huge payout if your AC decides to go out on the hottest day of the season.

Myth 5: Researching the business isn’t valuable.

It’s crucial to make sure you do your research before choosing an air conditioner service business, especially if you feel a single company is intimidating you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some sites don’t demand a company to be qualified to market their services. You absolutely need to know who you’re working with so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service twice.

Website reviews, references from family, and an a high accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all help you to understand the type of company you will be giving your business to and help you decide if they are right for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all great places to start your research process. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for past customer referrals. You may have to invest your hard-earned money with your air conditioning company, so invest the time and research to confirm they are the ideal company for you.

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

Over time, it will increase your bills to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature all through the day than to raise it 10 degrees while you’re away. It typically will not require an outrageous amount of additional energy to cool your home once you enter, depending on your home.

A programmable thermostat lets the temperature to be adjusted from a mobile device so you can easily adjust the temperature cooler before returning home, so your home is cool and comfy when you arrive. This decreases your energy throughout the day, as well as decreasing your cooling bills.

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

Fans help keep you cool, they don’t truly lower the temperature of the home by themselves. In fact, fans (comparable to refrigerators) actually increase the temperature in your home. The motor that is making your fan function generates heat, which can push heat into the air in your home. A good ceiling fan could 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 the breeze, all you’re doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the AC is already on. So keep ceiling fans off when there is no one in the room and extra air circulation is unneeded.

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

Thermostats use the temperature surrounding it to decide whether it needs to start up the AC to cool your home. Putting a thermostat in your bedroom will only help ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once your bedroom is cooled, the system will turn off and the rest of the floor or home could be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is placed near a warm window or an appliance, it may continuously read the temperature as being much higher than the living area actually is and constantly run your system, increasing your utility bills.

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

Lowering your air excessively may only make your air conditioning system work longer, it won’t get to a colder temperature any faster. If your thermostat is says 77, but you really want it to be 75, then set it on 75 and it will kick on until it gets to that temperature. Lowering the thermostat to 73 won’t make it cool to 75 any faster, and it will result in your system running longer, costing you 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 residents of the home, and the style of air filter you have for your air conditioning system, your air filter might need to be swapped out as often as every four weeks. Skipping the replacement of the air filter often enough not only means for your air conditioner to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also exacerbate respiratory ailments like common allergy symptoms.

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

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