During the summer, running your air conditioning can be your biggest monthly electricity expense. So, it’s normal that you’re checking for methods to save. That may include using an energy-efficient AC setting or even upgrading to an ENERGY STAR®-rated system through air conditioner installation.

Modifying your air conditioning’s fan setting is a second way you can save money.

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

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

But it also gives a few perks (and disadvantages) in regard to your residence’s comfort. Here’s why.

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “On”

Having your air conditioner’s fan operate continuously can better balance your home’s comfort. This is good if you own a two-story house, since rooms upstairs can be warmer. It’s also ideal if you have difficulties with inconsistent cooling due to hot and cold spaces.

It’s also advantageous if one of your loved ones suffers from allergies, asthma or other respiratory symptoms. That’s due to the fact the air is consistently being dispersed and purified. On the flip side, you may have to put in new air filters more often.

Having the fan on all day can also make your energy bills more expensive. It could also result in the fan wearing out more quickly and need air conditioning repair.

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

Air Conditioner Fan Set to “Auto”

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

There are a few drawbacks to using the auto setting. You might run into hot and cold spots in your house and reduced air quality. This is since air isn’t always being distributed or being continuously filtered.

On the flip side, you’ll use reduced energy and won’t need to get a new air filter as frequently. Both are savings that can tally up during the year, so you’ll have to think about what’s best for your family.

If you’re having home comfort problems during warm weather, Watts Electric & AC can support you. We sell a wide range of energy-efficient air conditioners that can keep your house comfortable while also helping you save more on energy costs. Many are also compatible with the latest smart home technology, giving you the ability to monitor and regulate temperature settings while you’re gone.

To hear more about how we can make your house more pleasant, contact us at 601-736-7362 today.