During the high temperatures, operating your air conditioning can be your largest monthly electrical expense. So, it’s normal that you’re seeking approaches to save. That could include finding an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated model with air conditioner installation. Changing your air conditioning’s fan setting is an additional way you can save money. Your air conditioner works with a fan to deliver the chilled air it produces. You adjust this fan at your thermostat by setting it to “auto,” which signifies the fan will only run when the air conditioner is operating. Or you can switch it to “on,” which signifies it will work continuously. Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Athol? Not necessarily. Generally, using your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to make your energy bill slightly higher. But it also has a few advantages (and drawbacks) in relation to your home’s comfort. Here’s why.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”

Having your air conditioner’s fan go all day can better equalize your home’s comfort. This is ideal if you live in a two-story residence, since areas upstairs can be more hot. It’s also good if you have problems with uneven cooling due to hot and cold rooms. It’s also beneficial if one of your family members has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. That’s because the air is continuously being circulated and filtered. On the flip side, you may have to replace your air filters more often. Having the fan on all day can also drive up your energy bills. It could also cause the fan to wear out faster and need air conditioning repair. Your home may also feel muggier. Air conditioning helps control humidity by drawing moisture from the air. But if the fan is continually on, it’s harder for moisture to drain from the condenser outside.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

This is the highest energy-efficient setting, as the fan will only work when your air conditioner does. It’s great if your house always feels pleasant, regardless of which spot you’re in. There are a few drawbacks to using the auto setting. You may have hot and cold spots in your home and lower air quality. This is due to the fact air isn’t constantly moving or being continuously filtered. On the flip side, you’ll use reduced energy and won’t have to replace your air filter as frequently. Both are savings that can build up during the year, so you’ll have to think about what’s ideal for your household. If you’re running into home comfort difficulties during hot weather, Alpine Summit Heating & Cooling can support you. We have a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your house comfortable while also helping you save more on electricity costs. Many also work with the latest smart home technology, giving you the ability to monitor and change temperature settings while on the go. To find out more about how we can make your house more comfortable, contact us at 208-561-1226 now.