During the high temperatures, using your air conditioning can be your biggest monthly electricity cost. So, it’s normal that you’re checking for ways to save. That may include trying an energy-efficient AC setting or even making the switch to an ENERGY STAR®-rated system through air conditioner installation. Modifying your air conditioning’s fan setting is another way you can save money. Your air conditioner uses a fan to distribute the chilled air it produces. You manage this fan at your thermostat by changing it to “auto,” which means the fan will only work when the air conditioner is going. Or you can adjust it to “on,” which means it will be on constantly. Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Alice? This isn’t always the case. Typically, operating your air conditioner’s fan constantly is going to make your energy bill slightly higher. But it also has a few perks (and drawbacks) as far as your residence’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 good if you have a two-story residence, since areas upstairs can be more hot. It’s also ideal if you have problems with inconsistent cooling due to hot and cold spots. It’s also advantageous if one of your family members suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory illnesses. That’s because the air is consistently being dispersed and purified. On the other hand, you may have to install new air filters more often. Having the fan on all day can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also result in the fan wearing out more quickly and need air conditioning repair. Your residence may also seem more humid. Air conditioning helps control humidity by extracting wetness from the air. But if the fan is continually working, it’s harder for moisture to drip from the condenser externally.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”
This is the most energy-efficient setting, because the fan will only go when your air conditioner does. It’s great if your residence always feels pleasant, whichever spot you’re in. There are a few downsides to using the auto setting. You could experience hot and cold areas in your home and reduced air quality. This is since air isn’t always being distributed or being repeatedly purified. That said, you’ll use a lower amount of energy and won’t have to switch your air filter as frequently. Both are savings that can add up during the year, so you’ll have to think over what’s ideal for your home. If you’re running into home comfort issues during hot weather, Rescue Heating & Air can support you. We have a wide range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your residence comfier while also helping you save more on electricity bills. Many can be partnered with the latest smart home technology, allowing you to check and regulate temperature settings while you’re gone. To learn more about how we can make your house more comfy, contact us at 361-265-4371 now.