As temperatures ramp up and we head into the heat of summer, air conditioning becomes a central part of a desert dweller’s life. Getting up early to walk pets or exercise, staying hydrated, keeping kids indoors during the heat of the day and generally monitoring the temperature, inside and out, is common practice for Phoenix area residents. The migration to the Southwest and the phenomenal growth of Phoenix, the hottest city in America, is due, for the most part, to air conditioning. Cool comfortable homes and offices make it possible for people to live and work in the extreme desert heat. Arizonan’s love their AC! Here are a few enduring air conditioning myths, that just won’t go away:
Air Conditioning Can Give You a Cold
As any doctor will tell you, viruses cause colds, not air conditioners. However, many people have the experience of going to bed in a hotel with air conditioning and waking up with a cold. It is possible that blowing cold dry air can adversely affect your sinuses or respiratory system, but only viruses cause infection and colds. You can’t blame that one on your air conditioner.
All Air Conditioners Are Created Equal
It’s true that the principles of air conditioning have not changed for many years. There are similarities across manufacturers, and most brands are built strong to last a long time. However, different companies have strengths in different areas. The main component that is unique in every case is you, the customer. What are your needs? If you are searching for a new air conditioning unit, it’s a good idea to get expert advice from experienced professionals who can advise you on the needs of your home environment.
AC Maintenance Consists of Changing the Air Filters a Few Times Per Year
Not so. With monsoon season here, dust storms will be headed our way. Desert dust, air pollution and VOCs make indoor air quality a genuine concern. Yes, changing air filters is an important part of maintaining your air conditioner. However, there’s more to your AC unit than air filters. Refrigerant levels should be inspected at least once a year. Other parts of an air conditioner need to be cleaned and serviced regularly, such as the condenser, blower, etc. Certain moving parts may require lubrication. Motors, electrical components and switches wear down. Unless you are a trained technician with the proper tools, you are not going to have the expertise to maintain an HVAC system.
Closing Vents Will Save Money by Directing Cold Air to Other Rooms
This myth seems logical, but it’s not true. Air conditioning systems are based on balance and pressure. By shutting off one room, you are creating an imbalance in the entire system which does not help and in fact, may hinder the effective cooling of your home. If you have imbalanced AC, it’s a good idea to schedule one of our experienced service techs to perform an HVAC inspection.
If You’re Patient, That Weird Noise Your Air Conditioner Is Making Will Go Away
Many homeowners with older air conditioning units are accustomed to hearing odd noises such as whirring or whining when their air conditioner starts up. However, when the noise starts waking you up at night or becomes excruciating, it’s time to give us a call. Ignoring warning signs from your AC unit can lead to bigger problems down the road.
Servicing Your Air Conditioner on a Regular Basis Saves You Money in the Long Run
This one is true. Regular maintenance extends the life of your air conditioner and enables service technicians to spot small problems before they become big ones. AC units are like automobiles – regular tune ups keep your car running smoothly. The same is true for your air conditioner. Why not schedule a tune up today?