Should I Have My Thermostat Set To “Auto” or “On”?

In the battle to keep your Salisbury home comfortable, your HVAC system is your greatest ally. You may wonder, then, if there are certain settings on your thermostat that can help keep your interior at the desired temperature. One setting on nearly every thermostat is a choice between “On” and “Auto.” By understanding the differences between these options, you’ll be better able to keep your home comfortable and help conserve energy.

Who’s Doing the Work?

One easy way to understand the difference between “On” and “Auto” is that these settings allow you to decide who or what is doing the work. If you have your thermostat set to the “On” position, then you will be the one doing the work, as it is entirely up to you when your HVAC system will turn off. If, however, you choose the “Auto” setting, then your thermostat will do the work of turning your HVAC system on and off when it senses a change in the temperature in your home.

In other words, the “On” setting keeps the HVAC system running until the setting is changed to “Auto” or “Off,” while “Auto” allows the system to turn off and on according to normal heating and cooling cycles.

Best Use Cases

Generally, the “Auto” setting is the best choice for normal conditions. Most thermostats are very good at accurately detecting the temperature, meaning that you don’t have to worry about your home being uncomfortable. If you want your home to become extremely hot or cold for some reason, though, then the “On” setting is your best option.

A more common use case for the “On” setting is if you simply want to move air around your home without changing its temperature. By keeping the blower running, you can provide fresh air to the rooms in your home without paying extra money to heat or cool the air. This is especially helpful if your home has been closed up for a long period of time.

The Pros Who Know

At Real HVAC Services, we take pride in our extensive HVAC knowledge. It’s what allows us to take such good care of your system with repairs and maintenance. We can take care of both typical split systems and ductless systems, all at a fair price. Due to our commitment to service and ongoing training, we’re also able to offer plumbing services too.

If you need an HVAC installation, repair or tune-up in Salisbury, give us a call today.

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