Everyone likes to come home to a space that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Having a house with the proper temperatures is not only welcoming but it improves the overall health of your home.
On vs. auto air conditioning settings
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the “auto” and “on” setting on your air conditioner unit?
Using the “on” setting will cause your central air to run ongoing, around the clock. The “auto” allows the system, including the blower fan, to shut off once the thermostat reaches your temperature setting.
There are several reasons to use the “auto” setting only.
If your air conditioner system is set to “on” the fan is always running; it is less energy efficient and more costly. Allowing the system to turn off once the space has reached your ideal temperature will drive down your energy bills.
When the system is set to “on” the fan is constantly running which leads to more frequent repairs. An air conditioning system set to “auto” will have a lower life span.
An air conditioning system set to “on” won’t dehumidify your home as well as one set to “auto”. A unit set to “auto” will help regulate moisture from the air.
Your air conditioner has two jobs
If your air conditioner is running properly it should be regulating the temperature and humidity of the air in your home. The thermostat setting of your home should be set to below 85 degrees. And the Environmental Protection Agency recommends maintaining 30 to 50 percent humidity levels in your home. This is because high humidity levels, those more than 50 percent, create a warm, humid condition and can breed mold and dust mites.
Mold and dust mites
If mold grows on the thermostat fan and evaporator coils it can cause several health issues including coughing, sneezing, wheezing, sinus, and congestion. As the mold becomes airborne in the ventilation system the symptoms will increase. And children exposed to dust mites are five times more likely to develop asthma.
If mold is present in your air conditioner you will need to hire a mold removal service to properly remediate the problem.
The best way to fight mold and dust mites is by controlling the humidity levels in your home. Don’t leave the air conditioning setting to “on” for more than 24 hours because your home will be unable to rid itself of humidity. You should also have your HVAC system routinely checked to ensure it is running properly.
Consider preventive maintenance such as cleaning the air ducts throughout your home. This will help decrease the amount of allergens and dust mites that are airborne. Cleaning them will also lower the chance of mold spores spreading.
If you suspect you may need mold removal services, or if you would like to understand more about mold removal and remediation services in New Orleans, LA or in Los Angeles, CA there are several professional companies in the area.
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