There are many different types of air-conditioning remote controls, and many of them, especially on older models, have multiple remote functions. And each of these functions has a different set of controls, which can be confusing. It’s a bit of a black box, and it can be hard to tell what is which. So I decided to go through all the different air-conditioning remote control modes & symbols and explain them to use them properly.
These modes & symbols are general and apply to most air conditioning brands such as Daikin, Panasonic, Mitshubishi Electric, LG, Toshiba, Fujitsu with slight variances on the name or icon on the remote control.
1. Cool Mode
In cool mode, the air conditioner takes in hot air and runs it through a compressor so as to produce cold before blowing it out into your room. Cool mode is the default mode that occurs when you turn on an AC unit for long periods of time.
The aircon has two settings which are the temperature and fan speed. You set these to achieve your desired room temp, but once you hit it, the compressor stops running while still keeping up with its job of distributing cool air evenly throughout all areas in a space.
The possibility of saving electricity with aircon cool mode depends on the temperature setting at first as well as how hot or cold your room is.
2. Dry Mode
Turning your AC to dry mode is something that works much like a dehumidifier. When your AC is working on dry mode, only the fan and the other components will be running, but they won’t be blowing out cold air.
Instead, the air will be passing through the AC, and the vapour condenses in the evaporator. All of this effectively gets rid of the excess moisture in the air. It then passes the dried air and throws it back into the room.
3. Dehumidifier Mode
A dehumidifier is what keeps the indoor air levels at an optimal humidity level. This can help everyone in the household. After all, when there isn’t enough humidity in the air, it can be increasingly difficult to breathe. It can also minimise the amount of dust in your home.
By reducing the excess dust in your home, the less you have to worry about dusting and cleaning. When you change to a dehumidification setting, you can effectively set your thermostat to a much higher temperature than you normally would, saving you a lot of money over the long haul.
Likewise, it can save you additional money because you won’t find yourself having to lower the temps in your home as much, which can keep you from constantly running your AC unit.
4. Auto Mode
When you turn your AC to auto-mode, it is going to keep your home at a consistent temperature. Whatever temperature you set the auto-mode to be is the temperature that it will work to maintain. Therefore, the fan will only start running when it needs to heat or cool the room based on how close the ambient temperature is to your registered temperature. It will do this by turning on the fan and pushing out cool or hot air based on the temps you want.
5. Fan Mode
This happens to be one of the more useful options when it comes to AC modes. This mode is good for keeping you cool and comfortable while also helping you minimise electricity costs. While it’s true that using the fan setting won’t be able to match the compressor when it comes to cooling your home, it can do a very good job of helping to provide air circulation throughout your home, which can have the same effect.
To compare, the fan mode only ends up consuming as many as 150W. Whereas, if you opted for the default mode, it could consume a whopping 1000W. Therefore, you can probably tell the kind of energy savings you could experience by switching to your fan.
6. Sleep Mode
This is a mode that you can enable on your AC unit that will effectively regulate the air throughout your home during the night. Because your body drops temperature naturally at night, your AC temps can increase by as many as 1 degrees per hour up to 3 degrees, and you wouldn’t even notice it. When you turn it on sleep mode, you can leverage these savings.
This is an intelligent temp control feature that you can use which will automatically adjust the amount of airflow being distributed throughout the room based on the air outlet temps. The setting can be raised by as many as 2 degrees Celcius without changing the level of comfort in the room.
This can equate to as much as a 20% increase in energy efficiency. This is a good feature that can maximise the cooling efficiency by reducing total power consumption. It can be very useful when you have the AC and other electrical devices on the same circuit.
8. Powerful/Turbo Mode
This is a mode that is going to utilise both the indoor fan and the compressor at a very high speed. Therefore, you will get the most powerful cooling offered by your unit. This is the complete opposite of what you can expect on the Eco-mode setting.
This is a setting that will engage everything to ensure that the unit is blasting as much as possible to achieve the desired temps in as little time as possible.
This is a setting where you can expect the highest energy usage. Therefore, it is going to cost more to run, and it would only be advisable to run this setting if you are only going to be using it for a short amount of time to kick start the process.
9. Quiet and Silent
This is a setting that is going to be useful for those times when you don’t want to be disturbed by your AC. When set in this mode, you will have your AC unit functioning as quiet as possible. This setting reduces the fan speed to its lowest setting to ensure it’s not audible. Any AC unit that has a silent mode will usually give you the ability to change to it on the remote, and it could be a good option to use when you are looking to focus.
10. Sensor Mode
You will find that AC units have sensors that are used to measure the temps in the room. These are the things that connect to your AC unit to regulate the temps in your home. Thus, if you have a malfunctioning sensor, it could cause issues with your entire system because it won’t be measuring the temps accurately in your room or home.
11. Heat Symbols
Not all AC units have a heat setting, which means you won’t always see this symbol on your remote. If you do have this setting, however, it’s likely that the symbol will be easy to identify. Most brands use the same symbol for heat, which is designed to look like a picture of the sun.
This symbol can look similar to a power button, which is one of the reasons why some users fail to identify this symbol. If you know your unit has heat settings, and it has a symbol like this, you should be able to figure out what that symbol was designed to do.
This is a basic guide to understanding aircon remote control modes and symbols. It may seem easy, but there are many factors that can influence which aircon mode you should be using at any given time. If you’re not sure what mode your air conditioner needs, call us now for more help on how to use these modes correctly! You might be interested to find out about other AC components too.
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