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

During the hot weather, using your air conditioning can be your highest monthly utility expense. So, it’s normal that you’re seeking approaches to use less energy. That might involve trying an energy-efficient AC setting or even making the switch to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit through air conditioner installation.

Changing your air conditioning’s fan setting is a second way you can save money.

Your air conditioner works with a fan to deliver the cold air it creates. You control this fan at your thermostat by setting it to “auto,” which indicates the fan will only be on when the air conditioner is going. Or you can adjust it to “on,” which indicates it will be on continuously.

Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Hamilton? Not always. Usually, running your air conditioner’s fan constantly is going to increase your energy bill slightly.

But it also gives a few perks (and downsides) when it comes to your home’s comfort. Here’s why.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”

Having your air conditioner’s fan operate all the time can better balance your family’s comfort. This is good if you live in a two-story residence, since spaces upstairs can be hotter. It’s also ideal if you have issues with uneven cooling on account of hot and cold spots.

It’s also good if one of your family members has allergies, asthma or other respiratory symptoms. That’s since the air is continuously being circulated and filtrated. However, you may have to replace your air filters more frequently.

Having the fan on all day can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also cause the fan to wear out prematurely and need air conditioning repair.

Your residence may also seem muggier. Air conditioning helps manage humidity by drawing water from the air. But if the fan is constantly on, it’s harder for moisture to flow from the condenser outside.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

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

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

On the flip side, you’ll require a lower amount of energy and won’t have to switch you air filter as often. Both are savings that can build up during the year, so you’ll have to think about what’s ideal for your family.

If you’re having home comfort issues during hot weather, Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can help. We offer a substantial range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your home comfortable while also helping you save more on electrical costs. Many are also compatible with the latest smart home technology, allowing you to check and change temp settings while on the go.

To learn more about how we can make your loved ones more pleasant, contact us at 513-268-5164 today.

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