Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning’s safety & emergency services run the gamut. Is your system making a strange noise? Do you know how often to change the filter? What about the best setting for your furnace or air conditioner? Depending upon the model you own, the fan and temperature settings can vary considerably. We'll go over the most common, but be sure to talk to a professional if you have any questions.
Basic Fan Settings for Your Furnace and Air Conditioner
For older or more basic systems, you have a single variable fan that runs at a constant speed whenever it's running. It's best to set this type of fan to "auto," to conserve electricity. Unfortunately, it uses enough to pad your bill and waste a lot of energy. The auto setting only runs the fan when heating or cooling is needed.
Advanced Settings for HVAC Units with Variable Speed Motors
Variable speed motors operate at slower or faster speeds depending on the needs of your home. Advanced units allow you to run the fan in "constant" mode. This option gives you the advantages of even air distribution without using too much energy. You do a better job of filtering your indoor air, and you extend the life of your system by avoiding hard stops and cold starts.
Heat Pumps and the “Emergency” Setting
The typical thermostat for a heat pump system has an emergency setting. Homeowners sometimes use this to heat or cool their homes quickly. Others believe they need to use it whenever they want cold air, but a heat pump is a dual-purpose device. It heats and cools efficiently.
“Emergency” means emergency. You should only use this setting when there’s a problem while you wait for a repair technician. It uses much more energy than other settings and will damage your system if you use it all the time.
Who provides your safety & emergency services? Contact our team of experts at Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning today. Save money and increase your home’s comfort when you schedule your maintenance or repair visit. Our factory-trained, NATE-certified technicians can quickly identify the best settings for your home.