During the hot weather, using your air conditioning can be your biggest monthly electrical charge. So, it’s given that you’re checking for ways to use less energy. That may include finding an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated model through air conditioner installation.
Changing your air conditioning’s fan setting is a second way you can conserve money.
Your air conditioner relies on a fan to distribute the chilled air it creates. You control this fan at your thermostat by switching it to “auto,” which means the fan will only run when the air conditioner is working. Or you can set it to “on,” which indicates it will run continuously.
Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Excelsior Springs? This isn’t always the case. Typically, using your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to drive up your energy bill slightly.
But it also provides a few advantages (and downsides) when it comes to your family’s comfort. Here’s why.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”
Having your air conditioner’s fan go all the time can better equalize your house’s comfort. This is good if you live in a two-story residence, since rooms upstairs can be warmer. It’s also good if you have problems with inconsistent cooling due to hot and cold areas.
It’s also great if one of your loved ones has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma or other respiratory symptoms. That’s due to the fact the air is constantly being circulated and filtered. On the other hand, you may have to put in new air filters more regularly.
Having the fan on all day can also drive up your energy bills. It could also result in the fan wearing out prematurely and need air conditioning repair.
Your home may also feel more humid. Air conditioning helps balance humidity by drawing moisture from the air. But if the fan is continuously working, it’s harder for moisture to flow from the condenser externally.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”
This is the most energy-efficient setting, since the fan will only go when your air conditioner does. It’s ideal if your house always appears pleasant, regardless of which area you’re in.
There are a few downsides to using the auto setting. You could have hot and cold areas in your home and reduced air quality. This is since air isn’t continuously being distributed or being repeatedly filtered.
On the other hand, you’ll consume reduced energy and won’t have to replace your air filter as regularly. Both are savings that can tally up during the year, so you’ll have to think over what’s right for your home.
If you’re running into home comfort issues during warm weather, Colvin's Heating and Cooling can assist you. We offer a wide range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your home more pleasant while also helping you save more on electrical costs. Many also work with the latest smart home technology, giving you the opportunity to check and adjust home comfort settings while on the go.
To hear more about how we can make your home more pleasant, contact us at 816-379-3918 today.