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

July 16, 2020

During the high temperatures, using your air conditioning can be your largest monthly electrical charge. So, it’s given that you’re checking for ways to use less energy. That might involve finding an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit during air conditioner installation.

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

Your air conditioner works with a fan to distribute the cool air it creates. You adjust this fan at your thermostat by setting it to “auto,” which signifies the fan will only be on when the air conditioner is cooling. Or you can set it to “on,” which indicates it will run all the time.

Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Abilene? Not necessarily. Usually, operating your air conditioner’s fan all the time is going to drive up your energy bill slightly.

But it also gives a few perks (and disadvantages) in regard to your home’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 family’s comfort. This is great if you have a two-story residence, since rooms upstairs can be more hot. It’s also ideal if you have problems with unbalanced cooling on account of hot and cold spots.

It’s also great if someone in your household deals with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. That’s due to the fact the air is consistently being dispersed and purified. On the other hand, you may have to change your air filters more frequently.

Having the fan on constantly 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 seem more moist. Air conditioning helps control humidity by clearing moisture from the air. But if the fan is continually working, 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 feels comfy, no matter what area you’re in.

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

On the flip side, you’ll need a lower amount of energy and won’t need to change your air filter as frequently. Both are savings that can tally up over the year, so you’ll have to think about what’s best for your family.

If you’re running into home comfort problems during the summer, Abilene Air-Tech Inc can assist you. We have a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your house more pleasant while also helping you save more on cooling bills. Many are also compatible with the latest smart home technology, giving you the ability to check and change temp settings while you’re gone.

To find out more about how we can make your family more comfortable, contact us at 325-200-4667 now.

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