During the high temperatures, operating your air conditioning can be your highest monthly utility charge. So, it’s given that you’re looking for methods to use less energy. That might entail finding an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit through air conditioner installation. Switching your air conditioning’s fan setting is another way you can save money. Your air conditioner relies on a fan to distribute the chilled air it makes. You manage this fan at your thermostat by setting it to “auto,” which signifies the fan will only be on when the air conditioner is cooling. Or you can set it to “on,” which signifies it will run continuously. Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Marshalltown? Not necessarily. Typically, using your air conditioner’s fan all the time is going to drive up your energy bill slightly. But it also offers a few advantages (and downsides) in regard to your family’s comfort. Here’s why.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”
Having your air conditioner’s fan operate all the time can better stabilize your house’s comfort. This is great if you have a two-story home, since spaces upstairs can be warmer. It’s also great if you have difficulties with inconsistent cooling due to hot and cold spaces. It’s also great if one of your loved ones suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory symptoms. That’s because the air is consistently being dispersed and filtered. However, you may have to replace your air filters more regularly. Having the fan on all day can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also result in the fan wearing out faster and need air conditioning repair. Your house may also appear more humid. Air conditioning helps control humidity by clearing moisture from the air. But if the fan is continually working, it’s more difficult for moisture to drip from the condenser externally.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”
This is the best energy-efficient setting, since the fan will only work when your air conditioner does. It’s good if your residence always seems pleasant, whichever room you’re in. There are a few disadvantages to using the auto setting. You could have hot and cold spots in your house and lower air quality. This is due to the fact air isn’t always being distributed or being repeatedly purified. On the other hand, you’ll need a lower amount of energy and won’t be required to replace your air filter as often. Both are savings that can add up throughout the year, so you’ll have to consider what’s best for your family. If you’re experiencing home comfort difficulties during hot weather, B & G HVAC can help. We have a wide range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your residence comfortable while also helping you save more on energy bills. Many also work with the latest smart home technology, giving you the opportunity to check and change temperature settings while on the go. To hear more about how we can make your house more comfortable, contact us at 641-316-3360 today.