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Which Uses Less Energy? AC Fan On or in Auto?

During the high temperatures, operating your air conditioning can be your biggest monthly utility cost. So, it’s normal that you’re checking for methods to consume less energy. That can involve trying an energy-efficient AC setting or even upgrading to an ENERGY STAR®-rated system through air conditioner installation.

Adjusting your air conditioning’s fan setting is another way you can spend less money.

Your air conditioner relies on a fan to deliver the cold air it makes. You manage this fan at your thermostat by setting it to “auto,” which means the fan will only run when the air conditioner is going. Or you can switch it to “on,” which means it will work continuously.

Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Moline? Not necessarily. Generally, using your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to drive up your energy bill slightly.

But it also provides a few perks (and disadvantages) in relation to your family’s comfort. Here’s why.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”

Having your air conditioner’s fan run continuously can better balance your family’s comfort. This is good if you own a two-story home, since spaces upstairs can be hotter. It’s also great if you have problems with unbalanced cooling due to hot and cold areas.

It’s also good if someone in your household has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. That’s due to the fact the air is continuously being circulated and filtrated. However, you may have to install new air filters more often.

Having the fan on constantly can also drive up your energy bills. It could also cause the fan to wear out sooner and need air conditioning repair.

Your house may also feel muggier. Air conditioning helps balance humidity by extracting water from the air. But if the fan is always running, it’s challenging for moisture to drain from the condenser outside.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

This is the highest energy-efficient setting, because the fan will only work when your air conditioner does. It’s good if your home always seems pleasant, regardless of which room you’re in.

There are a few drawbacks to using the auto setting. You might experience hot and cold locations in your home and reduced air quality. This is because air isn’t continuously flowing or being repeatedly purified.

On the other hand, you’ll need less energy and won’t have to change your air filter as frequently. Both are savings that can tally up throughout the year, so you’ll have to think about what’s right for your family.

If you’re having home comfort problems during hot weather, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We offer a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your house more pleasant while also helping you save more on electrical costs. Many can be partnered with the latest smart home technology, giving you the ability to monitor and regulate home comfort settings while away.

To find out more about how we can make your loved ones more comfy, contact us at 309-323-9584 today.

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