You rely on your HVAC system to keep you cool when it’s hot outside. Unfortunately, when your system doesn’t run efficiently, it’ll fail at performing this function. Here are five signs your HVAC system in Chino Hills, CA, isn’t running efficiently:

Dirty Air Filters

Air filters in your HVAC system trap dust, pollen and other particulates that contaminate your indoor air quality. Clogged air filters also make it harder for your system to operate, which increases wear and tear. Changing your filters every month during peak cooling season can improve your system’s efficiency.

Increased Utility Bills

While your utility bills increase when your power company raises their rates or temperatures are hotter than normal, they should stay fairly consistent otherwise. However, if you see your utility bills skyrocket, that’s a great indicator that your system is wasting energy even if it seems to be working perfectly.

Low Refrigerant Levels

Refrigerant helps your HVAC system absorb heat and remove humidity from your home. Low refrigerant levels make it harder for your system to cool, reducing efficiency. In addition, refrigerant leaks require immediate repair, as they contain toxic halocarbons.

Older HVAC System

HVAC systems have an expected lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Older HVAC systems experience wear and tear that require costly repairs and preventive maintenance to keep running. While repairs and maintenance can increase efficiency, there comes a time when it’s best to replace the system.

Thermostat Issues

Sometimes the issue isn’t with your system but with your thermostat. If your thermostat doesn’t respond to changes, is more than 10 years old or struggles to maintain your desired temperature, it also decreases HVAC efficiency. If the issue is with your thermostat, it’s easier to replace it than make repairs.

You don’t have to put up with an inefficient HVAC system or thermostat. Contact us at Metz Air Control today to find out how a new smart thermostat can keep your HVAC system running efficiently.

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