Myth 1: Hire your air conditioning technician through Craigslist.
The internet has provided us with a variety of places to go to look for an air conditioning service technician, but beware 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 depending on their business history and practices, other sites are open to anyone who requests to post an ad. For instance, Craigslist will let anyone post an ad promoting their services, not requiring them to verify whether or not they’re really qualified, licensed and bonded, or have the proper training and experience.
If you choose a company or individual without having the ability to identify their qualifications and competence, it could end up costing you more over time. If the serviceman or woman doesn’t have the knowledge to properly fix your particular AC equipment, you could end up needing a different, more experienced contractor to correct 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 good for some minor home services – it’s wonderful for the local business, great for the economy, and likely even good for your pocket book. But proceed with caution: small operations or one-person businesses could leave you holding the bag. If something backfires, they may conveniently disappear and not be around to repair it, or they could not have the workforce to get your issue resolved quickly, which is not what you want if your air conditioning system malfunctions in the heat of the summer.
Paying a little bit more for a sizable, more established and reliable company can come with advantages that help provide you with more peace of mind, including a one-year satisfaction guarantee, expert workmanship, a large certified work force that gives you service 24/7/365, and the peace of mind that they’ll be a call away in the future if you ever need them again.
Myth 3: It’s okay to use any type of refrigerant in your air conditioning system.
With the government stopping the production of R-22, many homeowners are noticing the fee of refilling their air conditioner’s refrigerant going up. It may seem like an easy fix to just replace your R-22 with a different and less expensive refrigerant, but if an AC service technician advises you to do that, you probably want to get a second opinion.
Manufacturers identify the exact refrigerant the system is developed for, and before 2010, it was normally R-22. Despite the extreme decline 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 AC system, it could invalidate your warranty. A voided warranty may cost you a lot more in future parts due to possible damage.
Myth 4: You don’t need yearly A/C system maintenance.
A lot of people who are not currently having trouble with their AC may believe 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 a routine AC tune- up costs around $79 while the cost of a repair averages around $500. Additionally, most manufacturers instruct you to receive annual maintenance to maintain your warranty, so disregarding your yearly tune-up could cause you to lose your warranty, which means a big payout if your AC decides to go out on the hottest day of the summer.
Myth 5: Researching the business isn’t valuable.
It’s critical to ensure you do your homework before choosing an AC service company, especially if you feel a specific company is pressuring you. As we mentioned in Myth #1, some domains don’t need a company to be qualified to market their services. It’s important to know what you’re getting into so you don’t have to worry about paying for the same service again.
Online reviews, testimonials from neighbors, and an a great accreditation grade with the Better Business Bureau will all confirm the type of company you will be giving your business to and help you choose if they are ideal for you. Google+, Angie’s List, and the BBB are all wonderful places to start your homework. And, don’t be scared to ask for past customer referrals. You could have to invest your money with your air conditioner technician, so invest a little time and research to confirm they are the best company for you.
Myth 6: It costs you more to turn your thermostat up while you’re away from home.
Over time, it will increase your costs to leave the thermostat at a cooler temperature throughout the day than to raise it 10 degrees while you are away from your home. It typically will not require an excessive amount of more energy to get your home cooled down once you return, depending on variables of the home.
A programmable thermostat permits the temperature to be increased or decreased from a tablet or phone so you can easily adjust the temperature cooler before arriving home, so your home is cool and comfy when you arrive. This saves you energy over the course of the day, as well as lowering your cooling bills.
Myth 7: Always 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 (similar to refrigerators) actually heat up homes. The motor that is causing your fan to run creates heat, which can push heat into the air in the home. An efficient ceiling fan can 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 cool, all the fan is doing is blowing through energy and money, especially if the AC is already on. So leave ceiling fans off when no one is in the room and more air circulation is not needed.
Myth 8: Don’t worry about where the thermostat is installed.
Thermostats use the temperature near it to determine whether it needs to turn on the AC to cool the home. Installing a thermostat in your bedroom will only ensure that bedroom lowers to the temperature that the thermostat is adjusted to. Once that bedroom is cooled, the air conditioner will go off and the remainder of the floor or home could be a lot warmer. If the thermostat is put near a sunny window or an appliance, it could constantly determine the temperature is much higher than the living area truly is and constantly run your system, raising your energy bills.
Myth 9: Turning your thermostat down much lower will help it cool faster.
Decreasing your air by too much may only make your air conditioning system work longer, it won’t get cooler any faster. If your thermostat is set on 77, but you really want it to be 75, then set it on 75 and it will kick on until it cools to that temperature. Putting the thermostat on 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 acceptable to swap out your air filter annually.
Depending on respiratory or allergy issues for the home’s occupants, and the kind of air filter you have for your air conditioner, your air filter might need to be replaced as often as every four weeks. Failure to change the air filter often enough not only causes your air conditioning system to work harder and lower efficiency, it could also irritate respiratory conditions like common allergy symptoms.
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