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

During the summer, using your air conditioning can be your biggest monthly electrical charge. So, it’s given that you’re looking for approaches to use less energy. That can involve using an energy-efficient AC setting or even upgrading to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit through air conditioner installation.

Switching your air conditioning’s fan setting is another way you can save money.

Your air conditioner relies on a fan to distribute the cold air it creates. You adjust this fan at your thermostat by changing it to “auto,” which indicates the fan will only work when the air conditioner is working. Or you can switch it to “on,” which indicates it will be on continuously.

Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Northglenn? Not always. Generally, running your air conditioner’s fan constantly is going to drive up your energy bill slightly.

But it also has 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 all the time can better balance your family’s comfort. This is ideal if you have a two-story home, since areas upstairs can be warmer. It’s also ideal if you have issues with unbalanced cooling on account of hot and cold areas.

It’s also good if one of your loved ones has allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues. That’s due to the fact the air is continuously being dispersed and filtrated. On the other hand, you may have to switch your air filters more regularly.

Having the fan on all the time can also increase your energy bills. It could also make the fan wear out faster and need air conditioning repair.

Your house may also seem more humid. Air conditioning helps manage humidity by drawing water from the air. But if the fan is continually running, it’s more difficult 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 residence always seems cool, regardless of which room you’re in.

There are a few disadvantages to using the auto setting. You may run into hot and cold spots in your home and decreased air quality. This is since air isn’t continuously being distributed or being continuously purified.

On the flip side, you’ll use reduced energy and won’t need to replace your air filter as often. Both are savings that can add up throughout the year, so you’ll have to consider what’s right for your needs.

If you’re experiencing home comfort problems during the summer, Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 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 electrical expenses. Many also work with the latest smart home technology, giving you the opportunity to oversee and adjust temp settings while on the go.

To hear more about how we can make your family more comfortable, contact us at 303-452-4146 now.

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