During the summer, operating your air conditioning can be your highest monthly electrical charge. So, it’s normal that you’re checking for methods to use less energy. That could involve trying an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated system during air conditioner installation. Regulating your air conditioning’s fan setting is another way you can conserve money. Your air conditioner uses a fan to deliver the cool air it makes. You adjust 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 indicates it will operate constantly. Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Bishop? This isn’t always the case. Typically, running your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to make your energy bill slightly higher. But it also has a few pluses (and drawbacks) in regard to your family’s comfort. Here’s why.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”
Having your air conditioner’s fan operate continuously can better balance your family’s comfort. This is good if you have a two-story home, since rooms upstairs can be more hot. It’s also great if you have issues with uneven cooling because of hot and cold spots. It’s also good if someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory symptoms. That’s since the air is constantly being distributed and filtered. On the flip side, you may have to switch your air filters more regularly. Having the fan on all the time can also drive up your energy bills. It could also result in the fan wearing out faster and need air conditioning repair. Your house may also appear muggier. Air conditioning helps manage humidity by extracting water from the air. But if the fan is continually working, it’s harder for moisture to flow from the condenser outside.
Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”
This is the most energy-efficient setting, because the fan will only operate when your air conditioner does. It’s great if your residence always appears the right temperature, regardless of which room you’re in. There are a few disadvantages to using the auto setting. You may experience hot and cold locations in your residence and decreased air quality. This is due to the fact air isn’t constantly being distributed or being repeatedly purified. That said, you’ll need a lower amount of energy and won’t be required to replace your air filter as regularly. Both are savings that can add up during the year, so you’ll have to think about what’s right for your needs. If you’re having home comfort issues during hot weather, Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We sell a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your home comfortable while also helping you save more on energy expenses. Many also work with the latest smart home technology, giving you the opportunity to check and change temp settings while on the go. To learn more about how we can make your house more pleasant, contact us at 760-784-9034 today.