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facts and myths about air conditioning

In this “Age of Information,” it’s easy for people to assume they know the right answer. For years, they may believe something entirely false until they come across a book or blog that enlightens them to the truth. 

If you’re here, you must have a thirst for knowledge! You are wise enough to continue learning. But what’s the point of learning something new if it doesn’t benefit you in some way? In this case, this information can help you save money: We exposed 3 myths about air conditioning that will keep money in your wallet. 

Myth #1: Wait to Buy a New AC

Truth: Replace your old AC before it completely runs down.

We get a lot of use out of our ACs in Tampa Bay and that causes them to deteriorate quickly. Once they reach the decade mark, an air conditioner unit might need more frequent repairs. 

If you notice that you’re rebuilding your AC piece by piece or calling in for repairs more frequently, you should consider a new air conditioner installation. 

Tally up the price you’re paying to repair your air conditioner every few months, and the extra electricity an older model will use from month to month. Compare those numbers to the price of a new AC unit and its estimated cost per month. 

The difference may surprise you!

Myth #2 You Don’t Need Yearly Maintenance

Truth: You should always have your air conditioning unit serviced at least once a year, although twice a year is better. 

Your AC unit is outside in the rain, sunshine, and hurricanes! Dirt needs to be washed away, loose screws tightened, refrigerant levels checked, and drip lines flushed. 

When should you schedule an annual AC tuneup?

Preferably Spring and Autumn. This ensures that your unit is set up to work smoothly and efficiently, saving you from hot, sweaty nights and hundreds in repair bills.

Myth #3 A Bigger AC Unit Will Save You Money 

Truth: The size of your air conditioner unit should match the cubic feet of space you’re cooling. 

(An expert at Action Air Conditioning can help you to calculate the exact numbers.)

This is one of the greatest myths about air conditioning. The trouble starts when you install an AC that is too big or small. If it’s an inadequate size, it works hard all day and burns out before it should. If it’s gigantic, it runs for too short of a time and doesn’t properly dehumidify your air. 

So what’s the big deal about humidity level? 

Your relative humidity level should be between 50% and 60%. An efficient AC unit will keep your indoor air humidity between those percentages while matching the set temperature on your thermostat.

Cooling your house down faster may seem like an advantage, but it’s not. 

A larger unit will pump air through your home quickly, and bring the temperature down fast, but at the cost of less dehumidifying power. And humidity makes your air feel hotter. The thermostat may say it’s 75 degrees in your home, but if the humidity is high, it will feel closer to 80 degrees.

That will cause you to crank your AC down more which will use more electricity.

In dry climates, this may not be as important, but in the subtropical climate of Tampa, Florida, our humidity is troublesome. If you live anywhere in Florida, you want a perfect balance between humidity, temperature, and energy efficiency.

New AC Installation, AC Repair, or AC Maintenance in Tampa Bay

Did you originally believe any of these myths about air conditioning? If so, we hope that you will benefit from your newfound knowledge and share it with others!

If this article has you considering an AC unit replacement, visit our Tampa, Florida showroom, the largest selection in the Tampa Bay Area! Our experts will evaluate your needs and find the best solution for your home or business. 

When you make an educated decision, do it with the help of Action Air Conditioning. Our team of highly trained and certified technicians are standing by to repair, install, or service your cooling system in a timely and professional manner.

It’s our promise to serve you with integrity, honesty, and reliability. Contact us today!