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

During the hot weather, running your air conditioning can be your largest monthly utility expense. So, it’s normal that you’re looking for approaches to use less energy. That might entail trying an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit through air conditioner installation.

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

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

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

But it also offers a few perks (and disadvantages) as far as your family’s comfort. Here’s why.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”

Having your air conditioner’s fan run continuously can better stabilize your family’s comfort. This is good if you own a two-story residence, since rooms upstairs can be more hot. It’s also great if you have problems with unbalanced cooling on account of hot and cold rooms.

It’s also great if someone in your household has allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. That’s because the air is constantly being dispersed and filtrated. However, you may have to install new air filters more often.

Having the fan on all the time can also increase your energy bills. It could also result in the fan wearing out sooner and need air conditioning repair.

Your home may also feel more humid. Air conditioning helps manage humidity by clearing wetness from the air. But if the fan is always going, it’s harder for moisture to flow from the condenser externally.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

This is the highest energy-efficient setting, because the fan will only work when your air conditioner does. It’s great if your home always appears pleasant, whichever area you’re in.

There are a few disadvantages to using the auto setting. You may have hot and cold areas in your home and decreased air quality. This is since air isn’t constantly moving or being repeatedly filtrated.

On the flip side, you’ll consume less energy and won’t need to get a new air filter as regularly. Both are savings that can add up over the year, so you’ll have to consider what’s best for your family.

If you’re experiencing home comfort issues during hot weather, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning can assist you. We have a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your home comfier while also helping you save more on cooling expenses. Many can be partnered with the latest smart home technology, allowing you to monitor and change temp settings while you’re gone.

To find out more about how we can make your house more comfortable, contact us at 308-624-3485 now.

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