During the hot weather, operating your air conditioning can be your highest monthly utility expense. So, it’s normal that you’re looking for ways to consume less energy. That may involve trying an energy-efficient AC setting or even making the switch to an ENERGY STAR®-rated system during air conditioner installation.
Regulating your air conditioning’s fan setting is a second way you can save money.
Your air conditioner relies on a fan to dispatch the chilled air it makes. You control this fan at your thermostat by setting it to “auto,” which means the fan will only run when the air conditioner is cooling. Or you can set it to “on,” which means it will run all the time.
Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Monroe? Not necessarily. Generally, operating your air conditioner’s fan constantly is going to make your energy bill slightly higher.
But it also gives a few advantages (and disadvantages) in regard to your family’s comfort. Here’s why.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”
Having your air conditioner’s fan run continuously can better stabilize your house’s comfort. This is ideal if you live in a two-story home, since areas upstairs can be warmer. It’s also good if you have difficulties with unbalanced cooling because of hot and cold areas.
It’s also beneficial if one of your loved ones suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. That’s because the air is constantly being circulated and purified. On the other hand, you may have to switch your air filters more regularly.
Having the fan on all day can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also make the fan wear out prematurely and need air conditioning repair.
Your residence may also seem muggier. Air conditioning helps control humidity by drawing water from the air. But if the fan is constantly going, it’s more difficult for moisture to flow from the condenser outdoors.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”
This is the best energy-efficient setting, because the fan will only work when your air conditioner does. It’s great if your residence always seems pleasant, whichever area you’re in.
There are a few drawbacks to using the auto setting. You could experience hot and cold areas in your residence and lower air quality. This is due to the fact air isn’t constantly flowing or being repeatedly filtrated.
On the flip side, you’ll need a lower amount of energy and won’t be required to get a new air filter as frequently. Both are savings that can add up throughout the year, so you’ll have to consider what’s right for your home.
If you’re experiencing home comfort difficulties during hot weather, Lanz Furnace and Fireplace can support you. We offer a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your residence comfortable while also helping you save more on electricity costs. Many can be partnered with the latest smart home technology, giving you the ability to monitor and adjust home comfort settings while you’re gone.
To find out more about how we can make your residence more pleasant, contact us at 608-291-3606 today.