Why You Should Set Your Thermostat to “AUTO” Instead of “ON” for Better Indoor Air Quality

As a mold inspection expert, I frequently see people making common mistakes that can lead to poor indoor air quality and mold growth. One of these mistakes is setting the thermostat to “ON” instead of “AUTO”. Today, I will share the benefits of using the “AUTO” setting on your thermostat, including improved energy efficiency and enhanced moisture control in your home.

Understanding the difference between “ON” and “AUTO”

When your thermostat is set to “ON”, the fan in your HVAC system runs continuously, regardless of whether the air conditioner or heater is actively cooling or heating the air. On the other hand, when set to “AUTO”, the fan only operates when the system is actively cooling or heating the air, allowing the HVAC system to maintain a more stable indoor temperature.

Energy Efficiency
The “AUTO” setting is more energy efficient than the “ON” setting. When your thermostat is set to “ON”, the fan runs continuously, consuming energy even when it’s not necessary. By using the “AUTO” setting, the fan only runs when needed, resulting in less energy consumption and lower utility bills.

Moisture Control
One of the most important benefits of using the “AUTO” setting is its ability to remove moisture from the air. When the air conditioner is running, it not only cools the air but also dehumidifies it, helping to maintain a comfortable humidity level in your home. By allowing the fan to run only when the air conditioner is actively cooling the air, the “AUTO” setting enables the system to effectively remove moisture, thus reducing the risk of mold growth and other moisture-related issues.

Improved Indoor Air Quality
Mold and mildew thrive in damp, humid environments. By helping to maintain a more stable indoor temperature and lower humidity levels, the “AUTO” setting can prevent the growth of mold and mildew. This not only keeps your home healthier but also reduces the need for mold inspections and remediation.

Extended HVAC System Life
Running the fan continuously on the “ON” setting can put unnecessary strain on your HVAC system, potentially shortening its lifespan. By using the “AUTO” setting, you reduce wear and tear on your system, prolonging its life and helping you avoid costly repairs or replacements.

In conclusion, setting your thermostat to “AUTO” instead of “ON” offers multiple benefits for your home, your wallet, and your health. Not only will you see improved energy efficiency and reduced utility bills, but you will also experience better moisture control, resulting in healthier indoor air quality and a reduced risk of mold growth. Take advantage of these benefits and make the simple switch to “AUTO” on your thermostat today.