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

July 16, 2020

During the summer, operating your air conditioning can be your biggest monthly electrical cost. So, it’s normal that you’re checking for methods to use less energy. That can involve finding an energy-efficient AC setting or even making the switch to an ENERGY STAR®-rated system during air conditioner installation.

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

Your air conditioner uses a fan to deliver the cool air it makes. You manage this fan at your thermostat by setting it to “auto,” which signifies the fan will only run when the air conditioner is running. Or you can switch it to “on,” which signifies it will work continuously.

Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Newark? Not necessarily. Usually, running your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to increase your energy bill slightly.

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 go all the time can better stabilize your house’s comfort. This is great if you have a two-story house, since spaces upstairs can be more hot. It’s also great if you have difficulties with uneven cooling because of hot and cold spots.

It’s also great if one of your family members deals with allergies, asthma or other respiratory symptoms. That’s due to the fact the air is consistently being distributed and purified. However, you may have to replace your air filters more often.

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

Your house may also seem more moist. Air conditioning helps control humidity by removing water from the air. But if the fan is constantly on, it’s more difficult for moisture to drain from the condenser externally.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

This is the most energy-efficient setting, because the fan will only work when your air conditioner does. It’s great if your residence always feels pleasant, no matter what spot you’re in.

There are a few drawbacks to using the auto setting. You could experience hot and cold areas in your residence and reduced air quality. This is because air isn’t continuously flowing or being continuously purified.

On the other hand, you’ll need reduced energy and won’t need to get a new air filter as often. Both are savings that can tally up during the year, so you’ll have to think about what’s right for your household.

If you’re having home comfort problems during the summer, Luikart Heating & Cooling can help. We have a substantial range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your home comfortable while also helping you save more on cooling bills. Many also work with the latest smart home technology, allowing you to monitor and regulate home comfort settings while on the go.

To hear more about how we can make your home more pleasant, contact us at 740-200-5591 now.