Understanding how the different modes and settings on your thermostat work will help you run your AC system more efficiently. As a result, you will save money on energy bills and reduce wear and tear on your system. Therefore, it is essential to know the various thermostat modes to help you achieve your home’s desired temperatures.

Cool Mode

This setting activates the air conditioner. The unit’s compressor will run to introduce cool air into your house while moving the warm air outside. Once your unit’s temperature sensor reads that the temperature in the space has reached the temperature that has been set on the thermostat, your compressor will turn off while the fans maintain a constant speed. It is also important to note that the amount of time that your system will run will depend on the set temperature level.

Auto Mode

Another available mode with your thermostat is the auto mode. This mode allows you to run your HVAC system based on the already set temperature levels. You can set your thermostat to a specific temperature, and when the system goes above that temperature, it automatically turns on, and it goes off once your home is cooled according to your specifications. Many people simply set the temperatures that they would like for their home, set their AC unit to auto mode, and forget about it.

A common complement to the AC’s auto mode is a programmable thermostat. Basically, it’s a thermostat that you can program ahead of time. You would set it cooler for times when you know that you’ll be in the house and warmer for times like when you’re at work or asleep. Your system will run until it reaches the desired temperatures that you have programmed and then turn off. This mode works best for people who spend a large, scheduled time out of the home during the day or night, like those who have consistent work, school, or social commitments. Running your HVAC system using this auto mode with a programmable thermostat could be an efficient and cost-effective option.

Dry Mode

Most people residing in areas with high humidity levels are familiar with this thermostat mode. It works to eliminate the extra humidity within your home. When this mode is on, your compressor unit is set to run at a specific interval while maintaining a constant speed with the fans. Once the AC unit sensor detects low humid levels, it will signal the compressor to turn off.

Away and Home Modes

Modern thermostats allow users to run their systems more efficiently. With these modes, your thermostat will condition your home depending on whether there is someone home or not. Running your system with this mode helps you save on energy bills as it only turns on whenever you are at home. Additionally, you can also set your system to operate at specific levels while you are away. This is also useful when you have a pet.

Fan Mode

Generally, setting your thermostat to run with this mode means operating your system similar to the ceiling fans. The mode only helps circulate the air within your house without turning the compressor on. The primary benefit of this setting is that it helps you save on utility bills. It is an ideal mode to use when the temperatures outside are moderate and the air doesn’t need to be cooled.

Heat Mode

Once this mode is set, your air conditioner’s airflow reverses. It works to introduce warm air into your home while getting rid of the cold air. Your compressor is the unit responsible for providing the hot air. The heating mode is ideal during the colder seasons.

Eco Mode

With the eco mode on, the system’s compressor and fan work together in the most energy-efficient way possible. This setting means different things for different manufacturers, but it typically means that the unit will keep your home at a few degrees higher than many consider to be optimal–like at 78 degrees during the day and 80 degrees at night. Upon attaining the desired temperature levels, the compressor will go off, but the fan will stay on, and maintaining constant fan speed helps keep the set temperature levels consistent, which saves energy.

Understanding the different settings will help you run your system efficiently. However, if you are having issues with your thermostat, be sure to contact Honey's Air & Solar technicians right away. At Honey's Air & Solar, we offer the best cooling and heating services around Modesto and the neighboring areas. We also provide solar, heat pump, air conditioner, and furnace tune-ups services. For more information about any of our services, be sure to call us today!

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