During the summer, using your air conditioning can be your highest monthly electricity expense. So, it’s only natural that you’re seeking approaches to save. That can include trying an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated system with air conditioner installation. Modifying your air conditioning’s fan setting is an additional way you can save money. Your air conditioner relies on a fan to distribute the cold air it produces. You control this fan at your thermostat by switching it to “auto,” which means the fan will only work when the air conditioner is operating. Or you can adjust it to “on,” which signifies it will run continuously. Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Front Royal? Not always. Typically, operating your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to make your energy bill slightly higher. But it also provides a few pluses (and drawbacks) as far as your residence’s comfort. Here’s why.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”

Having your air conditioner’s fan go all the time can better stabilize your home’s comfort. This is good if you live in a two-story residence, since areas upstairs can be hotter. It’s also great if you have issues with unbalanced cooling because of hot and cold areas. It’s also great if one of your loved ones suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. That’s since the air is consistently being circulated and purified. However, you may have to replace your air filters more regularly. Having the fan on all day can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also result in the fan wearing out faster and need air conditioning repair. Your house may also feel muggier. Air conditioning helps manage humidity by extracting wetness from the air. But if the fan is constantly going, it’s challenging for moisture to flow from the condenser externally.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

This is the highest energy-efficient setting, since the fan will only operate when your air conditioner does. It’s good if your home always feels the right temperature, regardless of which area you’re in. There are a few drawbacks to using the auto setting. You may have hot and cold locations in your house and decreased air quality. This is due to the fact air isn’t always flowing or being continuously purified. That said, you’ll consume reduced energy and won’t need to get a new air filter as regularly. Both are savings that can build up throughout the year, so you’ll have to think about what’s best for your home. If you’re experiencing home comfort problems during warm weather, Dave's Diversified Services 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 can be partnered with the latest smart home technology, giving you the ability to check and adjust home comfort settings while on the go. To find out more about how we can make your house more pleasant, contact us at 540-636-3396 now.