During the hot weather, running your air conditioning can be your highest monthly utility cost. So, it’s only natural that you’re looking for ways to consume less energy. That may entail trying an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit through air conditioner installation. Regulating your air conditioning’s fan setting is a second way you can conserve money. Your air conditioner relies on a fan to distribute the cold air it produces. You adjust this fan at your thermostat by changing it to “auto,” which indicates the fan will only work when the air conditioner is going. Or you can adjust it to “on,” which indicates it will run all the time. Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Shamokin and Sunbury? Not necessarily. Generally, operating your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to make your energy bill slightly higher. But it also provides a few perks (and disadvantages) when it comes to your residence’s comfort. Here’s why.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”
Having your air conditioner’s fan run continuously can better balance your house’s comfort. This is good if you have a two-story residence, since areas upstairs can be more hot. It’s also good if you have problems with inconsistent cooling because of hot and cold spots. It’s also great if someone in your household has allergies, asthma or other respiratory illnesses. That’s due to the fact the air is continuously being dispersed and filtrated. On the other hand, you may have to switch your air filters more regularly. Having the fan on constantly can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also cause the fan to wear out more quickly and need air conditioning repair. Your home may also seem more humid. Air conditioning helps manage humidity by extracting moisture from the air. But if the fan is continuously running, it’s challenging for moisture to drip from the condenser outdoors.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”
This is the highest energy-efficient setting, because the fan will only operate when your air conditioner does. It’s great if your house always seems pleasant, no matter what area you’re in. There are a few drawbacks to using the auto setting. You could experience hot and cold locations in your house and reduced air quality. This is because air isn’t constantly being distributed or being repeatedly filtered. That said, you’ll require a lower amount of energy and won’t need to get a new air filter as frequently. Both are savings that can build up throughout the year, so you’ll have to consider what’s right for your household. If you’re having home comfort issues during hot weather, LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. can help. We have a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your residence comfier while also helping you save more on electricity costs. Many also work with the latest smart home technology, allowing you to oversee and adjust temperature settings while you’re gone. To learn more about how we can make your residence more pleasant, contact us at 570-648-0748 now.