Turning on a conventional fan is cheaper than running an air conditioner. But what about running your air conditioner in fan mode? Many people see the option of a fan mode on their AC unit without knowing what it means, along with several other modes. Here’s what you need to know about all your AC unit has to offer.
Understanding the Air Conditioner Fan Mode
Air conditioner fan mode will make the machine work like a fan. However, it will only blow and circulate air without cooling it. The practice may cause a cooling sensation due to the breeze hitting your skin. However, the air temperature will not decrease a little bit.
Fan mode on an AC unit means that the fan will run without the compressor turning on. This can be a good option if you want to circulate the air in your home without cooling it. It can also be helpful if your AC unit is not blowing cold air but the fan is still working. By running the fan only, you can help distribute the cool air already in your home.
Running your AC in fan mode will save some energy consumption because your AC compressor would not have to work. Experts recommend you try this trick during cool weather when you don’t need the temperature to decrease. You can also turn on the fan mode after your AC reaches your ideal air temperature. This will help to circulate the air in your room and keep it at a comfortable level.
Some people believe that running the AC in fan mode can also help to dehumidify your room. However, this has not been scientifically proven. Nevertheless, if you live in a humid climate, you may want to try this method to see if it makes a difference in your home.
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Any Other Modes to Know
If you look at your AC remote, you likely see other modes. Here’s what they will do if you use them.
Cool mode is the regular AC setting. This mode will run your AC steadily to maintain the temperature and fan speed as you set them. People choose this mode to keep their utmost comfortable environment.
Sometimes, it is not the air temperature that causes discomfort but the humidity instead. Setting your AC in dry mode will not have to work to reach lower temperatures. Even fan speed can go slow if needed. Your AC will focus on removing extra moisture in the air. This mode is suitable on rainy days or if you live near the sea.
The “Dry” mode on your AC is designed to help remove extra moisture from the air. This can be helpful on rainy days or if you live near the sea. The AC will lower the temperature and even the fan speed if needed to remove as much moisture from the air as possible.
Power Saver Mode
This setting automatically lets the compressor shut down after hitting the thermostat’s target temperature set. Don’t worry, as it will automatically turn on again when the temperature needs cooling again. You will notice your AC turns on and off occasionally when it’s in power saver mode.
This can help save you money on your energy bill as the compressor won’t constantly run. Power saver mode is best used in areas that don’t require constant cooling, such as a room that isn’t used often or during milder weather.
Quick Cool Mode
Turning on your AC in this mode will allow you to reach your ideal temperature sooner, which drives your AC to work with maximum effort. However, this mode is antithetical to the power saver mode. If you keep running your AC this way, your electric bill will more than likely rise. The other mode your AC has is the auto mode.
This is the most energy-efficient mode for your air conditioner. In this mode, your AC will turn on and off as needed to maintain the temperature you have set. This means that your AC won’t be working overtime to reach or maintain a specific temperature, saving you money on your energy bill.
We need less cooling during overnight hours. When this mode is on, your AC will increase your thermostat by 0.5 to 1 degree every hour, 2-3 degrees. You will not notice the difference as you sleep. It is an effective trick to conserve energy without even feeling the comfort difference.
If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to use this mode during the hours you are asleep automatically. If not, no worries! Just remember to adjust your thermostat before going to bed manually.
Setting up the AC modes will affect your comfort and your electric bill. Therefore, it is best to learn what those modes allow you to do with your AC so you know how to optimize indoor comfort while also saving energy. It is such a shame to ignore those beneficial features.
ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re looking to have a new HVAC system installed, we’re on-call and ready to assist you. So if you’re in need of an HVAC installation, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an inspection! Our HVAC installation experts will check your ductwork, measure, check wire sizes, and more before making recommendations to ensure maximum efficiency and comfort. Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC installation team online by clicking here.