Like any major appliance, you often get out of it what you put into it – and air conditioners are no exception.
But there are many misconceptions out there about air conditioning that could cost you money in the long run. In other words, something that you think might be good for your unit may be anything but. In this post, we’ll tackle some of the most common air conditioning myths – many of which are likely to cost you.
Air Conditioning Myths That Are Costing You
- Turning the AC Way Down Will Cool Your Home Faster
You should only adjust your thermostat to the temperature that you want it at. It doesn’t matter whether you dial it down to sub-zero temperatures, it’s not going to cool your home any faster than if you just kicked it down a few degrees. What’s more is that if you set it low and then forget to adjust it to the temperature you actually want, you’re going to have a much higher energy bill.
- The Bigger Your AC Unit, the Better it Will Cool Your Home
You always want to right-size your air conditioning unit. If you purchase too large of an AC unit for your home, you’ll be expending more energy than you need. And if you choose too small of an AC unit, it’ll have to work harder to adequately cool your home.
- I Don’t Have to Change My Air Filter Regularly
Even if you’re a neat freak, you should follow manufacturer recommendations on when to change your air filter. Air filters are designed to catch dust, debris and other particulates, and if they’re not changed regularly, they’re going to impact the efficiency of your unit and cost you more long-term. Air filters are inexpensive and can save you money and maintenance headaches should you fail to change them.
- I Don’t Need Routine Maintenance
This is one of the bigger air conditioning myths out there. If you want your air conditioner to run efficiently and effectively for longer, it pays to have routine maintenance performed on it at least once a season. A professional technician can make adjustments to ensure it’s running well and resolve small issues before they have a chance to become large, expensive ones. Perhaps most importantly of all, preventative maintenance can ensure your air is working well during the dog days of summer when you need it most!
- It’s OK to Let My Air Conditioner Die Before Replacing it
While some may prefer to do this in order to avoid the cost of paying for a new AC unit, this isn’t always the best way to handle an air conditioner that’s on the fritz. That’s because your unit is likely to be running inefficiently, costing you more on your energy bills. It’s also not likely to do a very good job of cooling your home. And finally, you’re likely investing a decent chunk of change to keep it running via maintenance and repairs. A new air conditioner is likely to run much more efficiently and effectively than one you’re trying to squeeze life out of, which can save you more in the long run.
Contact Paul’s Heating & Air Conditioning Today
For more information on air conditioning myths that could cost you and more tips to keep your AC unit running better for longer, contact Paul’s Heating & Air Conditioning today.