During the summer, using your air conditioning can be your biggest monthly utility charge. So, it’s only natural that you’re looking for ways to save. That may entail finding an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit with air conditioner installation.

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

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

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

But it also gives a few pluses (and drawbacks) when it comes to your home’s comfort. Here’s why.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”

Having your air conditioner’s fan go continuously can better stabilize your home’s comfort. This is ideal if you own a two-story house, since areas upstairs can be hotter. It’s also ideal if you have difficulties with uneven cooling due to hot and cold spots.

It’s also advantageous if one of your loved ones has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues. That’s since the air is consistently being circulated and filtrated. On the other hand, you may have to switch your air filters more regularly.

Having the fan on all day can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also make the fan wear out prematurely and need air conditioning repair.

Your house may also feel more humid. Air conditioning helps manage humidity by extracting moisture from the air. But if the fan is continuously on, it’s challenging for moisture to drain from the condenser externally.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

This is the highest energy-efficient setting, as the fan will only operate when your air conditioner does. It’s ideal if your residence always feels the right temperature, no matter what spot you’re in.

There are a few disadvantages to using the auto setting. You may run into hot and cold locations in your residence and decreased air quality. This is due to the fact air isn’t continuously flowing or being continuously filtrated.

That said, you’ll consume a lower amount of energy and won’t need to get a new air filter as regularly. Both are savings that can tally up over the year, so you’ll have to consider what’s best for your household.

If you’re experiencing home comfort issues during hot weather, Fairfield Heating & Cooling can help. We have a wide range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your residence comfortable while also helping you save more on electricity bills. Many are also compatible with the latest smart home technology, giving you the opportunity to monitor and change temp settings while you’re gone.

To hear more about how we can make your house more comfortable, contact us at 740-331-4331 today.