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3 Myths About Central Air Conditioning

Popsicles, beaches, sandals, ice cream trucks and trips to the beach – we all know those timeless staples of summer that immediately come to mind as spring slowly-but-surely gives way to, at times, the sweltering June through August months. But aside from all the fun it has to offer, air conditioning always plays an important role in ensuring you, and your family remains comfortable. While there are a myriad of tips out there to help you keep your living space pleasant and cool, many of them turn out mirroring the seasonal theme – hot air!

Today we’re broaching three common myths to ensure you know how to make sure your AC unit is ready to do its part for the long haul. Because when it comes to cooling your home, knowing the facts can help you take care of your air conditioning unit – so it can take care of you!

“It’s a waste of time to have my unit proactively serviced!”

MYTH! Remember that air conditioning units NEED to breath. Routine cleaning ensure your unit runs smoothly and efficiently. More importantly, it endures you nip issues related to inactivity (winter) in the bud. Putting routine maintenance off can quickly blossom into an acute phone call to a repair shop on a Friday night or weekend – cornering you into all the surplus charges that accompany it.

“I’ll just purchase the biggest air conditioned I can afford, it’s basically just a big refrigerator.”

MYTH! Air conditioners are far from one trick ponies. Aside from cooling, they also dehumidify your air – lest you prefer a clammy and cool living space. While size certainly makes sum difference, it doesn’t afford you indiscriminate discretion to choose the a the biggest and aesthetically-pleasing unit you lay your eyes on — choosing a unit that fits your home is an integral part of the process. A plethora of factors, including insulation, air leakage, roofing and windows all factor in your unit’s efficiency. Wile units that properly accommodate the spaces they function in, they also yield added benefits, including minimizing electricity usage.

“I’ll minimize my costs by turning the settings up or down.”

MYTH! While oscillating settings to fit your needs may sound like a great idea, it’s not as simple as is sounds. When you return to your uncomfortably hot living space, you’re forcing your AC unit to overcompensate to cool your space down. Additionally, dialing it down won’t do the trick either. Most air conditioner units operate at one speed, so turning the dial lower only requires it to run longer, which can shorten its shelf life.

Lets be honest, it may be easy to buy into the latest and greatest trends, but the reality is that the best way make sure you aren’t consistently digging into your wallet is to make sure you air conditioner is being used sensibly. That includes keeping the thermostat at a consistent, and reasonable setting. Additionally, Double-checking your windows and doors are free of drafts and using window coverings, if possible all play a part in championing the lifespan of your air conditioning unit. Electric bills can spike in the summer, so don’t let common myths steer you in the wrong directions, and make sure preventable repairs don’t put a dent in your budget.

Whether it be AC repair, AC service or central air installation in Buffalo NY, if/when you need anything fixed, adjusted or maintained, don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out our contact form and we’ll call you — our staff knows the ins-and-outs of Western New York’s temperamental seasons and are ready to help!

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