Common HVAC Mistakes That Hurt Your System’s Efficiency

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Keeping your Livingston, Texas, home energy-efficient is likely a top priority, especially when the summertime heat rolls around. You may know that poor energy efficiency can lead to skyrocketing energy bills. However, you could be unaware of some common HVAC mistakes you may be making that can indicate an impending repair.

Failing to Regularly Replace HVAC Filters

One of the most common problems associated with poor HVAC efficiency is a dirty or clogged filter. When your air filter is clogged, it will reduce the airflow in your system, making your HVAC system work harder to get rooms to the desired temperature. The harder your system needs to work, the more energy it will expend, which will translate to higher energy bills.

Ignoring Unusual HVAC Sounds or Smells

When your HVAC system emits unusual sounds or smells, it's often an indication that something is wrong in the system. Loud rattling can be a sign that parts are loose or items are stuck in the system. When components become damaged and don't work as they should, your system will run less efficiently.

Keeping Your Outdoor Unit Covered

While covering your outdoor AC unit may be advisable during the winter months to protect it, the cover should never be left on when your system is running.

Not Having Your System Maintained

One of the best ways to keep your system running efficiently is by having regular annual maintenance. During your maintenance visit, a technician will clean both the indoor and outdoor units, check the refrigerant level, and ensure that your system has proper airflow. The technician also will discuss with you any repair issues that can limit efficiency.

Don't fall prey to the common air conditioning system efficiency mistakes listed above. Contact us at 936-465-9191 today. One of our McWilliams & Son Heating & Air technicians will schedule your maintenance service.

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