During the hot weather, operating your air conditioning can be your biggest monthly electricity expense. So, it’s given that you’re checking for methods to use less energy. That can include using an energy-efficient AC setting or even stepping up to an ENERGY STAR®-rated unit during air conditioner installation. Modifying your air conditioning’s fan setting is another 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 switching it to “auto,” which means the fan will only work when the air conditioner is cooling. Or you can adjust it to “on,” which indicates it will work constantly. Does putting your AC on “fan” save energy in Frederick? Not always. Generally, using your air conditioner’s fan all day is going to make your energy bill slightly higher. But it also offers a few pluses (and disadvantages) when it comes to your family’s comfort. Here’s why.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”

Having your air conditioner’s fan run continuously can better equalize your home’s comfort. This is great if you have a two-story home, since rooms upstairs can be hotter. It’s also ideal if you have difficulties with uneven cooling because of hot and cold spaces. It’s also advantageous if someone in your household has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems. That’s due to the fact the air is consistently being circulated and filtered. However, you may have to install new air filters more frequently. Having the fan on all the time can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also cause the fan to wear out prematurely and need air conditioning repair. Your home may also appear more humid. Air conditioning helps manage humidity by clearing moisture from the air. But if the fan is continually on, it’s challenging for moisture to drip from the condenser externally.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

This is the best energy-efficient setting, since the fan will only work when your air conditioner does. It’s good if your house always seems pleasant, whichever area you’re in. There are a few disadvantages to using the auto setting. You might run into hot and cold spots in your residence and lower air quality. This is due to the fact air isn’t continuously being distributed or being constantly filtrated. That said, you’ll use reduced energy and won’t be required to replace your air filter as regularly. Both are savings that can tally up over the year, so you’ll have to consider what’s ideal for your home. If you’re experiencing home comfort problems during warm weather, May's Heating & Air can assist you. We have a large range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your home comfortable while also helping you save more on electricity expenses. Many can be partnered with the latest smart home technology, giving you the opportunity to oversee and regulate home comfort settings while on the go. To hear more about how we can make your house more comfortable, contact us at 301-690-0397 now.