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

During the high temperatures, running your air conditioning can be your highest monthly utility cost. So, it’s normal that you’re seeking approaches to consume less energy. That could include finding an energy-efficient AC setting or even upgrading to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit during air conditioner installation.

Adjusting your air conditioning’s fan setting is an additional way you can conserve money.

Your air conditioner relies on a fan to distribute the cold air it creates. You manage this fan at your thermostat by changing it to “auto,” which means the fan will only run when the air conditioner is operating. Or you can adjust it to “on,” which indicates it will run continuously.

Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Grand Prairie? This isn’t always the case. Typically, operating your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to increase your energy bill slightly.

But it also has a few advantages (and downsides) as far as your family’s comfort. Here’s why.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”

Having your air conditioner’s fan operate all the time can better equalize your home’s comfort. This is good if you live in a two-story residence, since rooms upstairs can be more hot. It’s also ideal if you have issues with unbalanced cooling due to hot and cold spaces.

It’s also great if someone in your household has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues. That’s since the air is constantly being circulated and purified. On the other hand, you may have to install new air filters more regularly.

Having the fan on constantly can also increase your energy bills. It could also make the fan wear out more quickly and need air conditioning repair.

Your home may also appear more moist. Air conditioning helps manage humidity by extracting wetness from the air. But if the fan is continuously working, it’s harder for moisture to drain from the condenser outside.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

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

There are a few downsides to using the auto setting. You may experience hot and cold spots in your home and reduced air quality. This is since air isn’t continuously being distributed or being constantly filtrated.

That said, you’ll consume reduced energy and won’t be required to change your air filter as frequently. Both are savings that can tally up during the year, so you’ll have to consider what’s best for your household.

If you’re having home comfort problems during the summer, Mustang Mechanical can help. We have a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your residence more pleasant while also helping you save more on electrical bills. Many are also compatible with the latest smart home technology, giving you the ability to monitor and regulate home comfort settings while on the go.

To hear more about how we can make your family more comfy, contact us at 972-445-9504 right away.

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