15 Different Modes in Air Conditioner: How to Choose the Right One

Gone are the days when our Air Conditioners used to be simple with just an ON/OFF switch and high, medium and low cool options. With the advancement in cooling technologies, our modern-day HVAC systems are smart now and have a lot more electronics in them and thus they provide multiple modes of operation.

There are many different modes in air conditioners these days, and after looking at my AC’s remote, I also got confused and curious. This incident happened when my father got us a Daikin Inverter AC.

Our AC remote has many modes, and some of these include Cool, Dry, Fan, Power chill, and Sleep. I did a little bit of research and found that each mode offers a unique set of benefits that can be tailored to a specific need.

So, how do you know which one is right for you? Well, it can be tricky to figure out which one is best for your needs. To make your task simpler, I am writing this article, that may help you to choose the best mode and get all your answers related to different modes in AC in the same place.

This blog post will also discuss the different modes in Air Conditioner and explain what each one does. We will also provide tips on choosing the suitable mode for your needs that can save you energy and money while using these modes on your air conditioner! Stay cool!

I have divided the modes of an air conditioner into two broader sections –

  • Standard Modes
  • Brand Specific Modes

Standard Modes

Standard Modes in an Air Conditioner

Standard modes are those modes that are very common and are available across all the air conditioner manufacturers. These modes are very basic and straightforward to use

These may be called by different names by different manufacturers, but they will always be present in every AC. Some of these modes are

  • Cool Mode
  • Dry Mode
  • Fan Mode
  • Sleep Mode
  • Turbo Mode
  • Energy Saver Mode or Eco Mode
  • Heat Mode 
  • Automatic Mode
  • Quiet Mode

These are the most common modes available in any standard air conditioners. Now, let us take a closer look at each one and see what they do:

1. Cool Mode

Cool Mode in air conditioner

The cool mode is the most basic and common mode used in air conditioners. As the name suggests, this mode is used to cool the room quickly.It does this by blowing out cold air at a high speed. This is the default mode that is used when you turn on the AC.

In this mode, your air conditioner will turn on the compressor. This will push cold air into the room. The compressor of the AC works continuously by circulating cool air throughout the room or space until the set temperature is achieved. The fan speed is also increased to circulate more air in the room so that cooling can be achieved quickly. 

In a regular non-inverter AC, when the AC senses that the desired temperature has been reached, it will turn off the compressor and only the fan will run.

However, in the inverter AC, when the desired temperature is reached, instead of switching off the compressor, it slows down and runs on a lower power to maintain the room temperature.

This is a great option if you just want to lower the temperature of the room without making it too cold. This is an energy-intensive mode and should be used sparingly.

This is the most energy-intensive mode on your air conditioner remote control. The lower the temperature is set, the higher the amount of time for which the compressor will run.

2. Dry Mode

Dry Mode in air conditioner

Dry mode is also known as dehumidification mode and is used to remove moisture from the air. In this mode, AC removes excess moisture from the air without lowering the temperature of the room to make the room feel more comfortable.

This is especially useful in regions with high humidity levels such as coastal areas near the sea or tropical areas during monsoon season, where there is a lot of moisture in the air.

This feature comes in handy during monsoon when you do not want your room to get any colder but want to get rid of all that stickiness from the air.

This mode will not cool the room as much as Cool Mode, but it will make the room feel more comfortable. It removes moisture from the air, which can help to reduce allergies and asthma symptoms. It can also help to prevent mold and mildew growth.

This mode also come in handy when we want to dry your wet clothes indoor. Yes, an air-conditioner help in drying your wet clothes as it works as a dehumidifier.

In this mode, your air conditioner will work similarly to the cool mode. The compressor will turn on and cold air will be circulated in the room. However, instead of blowing out cold air, the AC will blow out warm air. This warm air will help to remove moisture from the room and make it feel more comfortable.

The dry mode is not as energy-intensive as the cool mode because the compressor does not have to run for a long time to achieve the desired temperature. However, it is still more energy-intensive than the fan mode.

3. Fan Mode

Fan Mode in Air Conditioners

The fan mode circulates fresh air in the room or to simply create a breeze but does not actually lower the temperature. 

This is a good option if you just want to circulate fresh air after the desired room temperature is achieved or if you are trying to save on your energy bill.

This is the most commonly used mode after the cool mode. In this mode, only the fan of the air conditioner will run. The compressor will not turn on and no cold air will be circulated in the room. 

It is very energy-efficient because the compressor does not run and we all know that the compressor consumes the majority of power in an Air Conditioner. You can also use this mode to circulate air from other rooms in your house if you do not want to cool those rooms.

4. Sleep Mode

Sleep Mode in Air Conditioners

A sleep mode is a great option if you want to save on your energy bill. It automatically regulates the temperature of the room gradually over time so that you are not using as much energy to cool the room.

This is a special mode that is available in most air conditioners these days. This mode is used to make sure that you are comfortable while you are sleeping.

In this mode, the AC will slowly regulate the room temperature over a period of time. As during night the outside temperature reduces slowly, so this mode gradually increases the set temperature to 0.5 to 1 degree per hour. This will go up to a maximum of +3 degrees in temperature.

Sleep Mode
Sleep Mode in an Air Conditioner

After that it will start cooling the room again with the same 0.5 to 1 degree per hour. This will ensure that you are not woken up by a blast of cold air. 

The AC will also maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night so that you can sleep comfortably.

This mode is very energy-efficient because the compressor does not have to run for a long time to achieve the desired temperature. It is also very quiet because the fan speed is reduced. 

You should use this mode if you want to save energy and sleep comfortably at night.

5. Turbo Mode

Turbo Mode in air conditioner

Turbo mode is one of the most popular modes available on air conditioners. The turbo mode is perfect for those who want to cool their space quickly. It circulates air at a high speed, which can help to lower the temperature of the room quickly.

Previously, it was a special mode that was available in some air conditioners, but nowadays it is present in almost every brand. However, most brands have a different name for this mode, such as Quick Cool, Jet Mode, H’Cool, Power Chill, etc. 

Turbo Mode’s NameBrands
Power ChillDaikin AC
H’Cool or Himalayan CoolLG ACs
Instant CoolingVoltas AC
Quick CoolSamsung AC
Hi-PowerToshiba
Jet ModeLG ACs
POWERFUL CoolMitsubishi
Turbo ModeElectrolux , Blue Star
Powerful ModeHitachi ACs
Super/Turbo ModeIFB ACs

In this mode, the compressor will run at full capacity for few minutes and cold air will be circulated in the room at a high speed. This mode is used to cool the room quickly. 

The working of turbo mode is different for inverter and non-inverter AC. Let’s first consider this mode in inverter AC.

Turbo Mode in Inverter AC

As we all know that in inverter AC the compressor can work on varying power thus producing variable cooling. When we switch on the Turbo mode in an inverter AC then compressor get the highest power and work on the optimum capacity and fan speed is set to High.

Even a 1 ton inverter air conditioner will work as a 1.2 ton AC, thus making the room cool faster.

This mode is very useful. I personally use Power Chill mode in my Daikin 1.5 ton inverter AC whenever I come from outside. It quickly cools the room in few minutes and give me a comfortable environment with just a click of a button on my AC remote.

Turbo Mode in Non-Inverter AC

In non-inverter AC the turbo mode does not play any significant role because in these air conditioner the compressor either work on full capacity or does not work at all i.e switched off.

The only thing that this mode does in the non-inverter AC is to set the thermostat temperature setting to the lowest possible available in the AC. It can either be 16 °C or 18 °C depending on the model and manufacturer.It also set the fan speed to high.

Setting the temperature to the lowest value does not reduce the time taken by the AC to cool down the room.Hence, turbo mode in non-inverter AC is just a marketing stunt.

Turbo Mode in non-inverter AC is just a marketing stunt.

This mode is very energy-intensive because the compressor has to work harder to achieve the desired temperature. It is also very noisy because the compressor and fan are running at a higher speed. 

The major advantage of this mode is that it can save you a lot of time. However, it is important to note that this mode should only be used for a short period of time, as it can put a lot of strain on the compressor and reduce its lifespan. 

You should only use this mode if you need to cool the room quickly.

6. Energy Saver Mode or Eco Mode

Eco Mode in air conditioner

As the name suggests, this mode is designed to save energy by running the air conditioner at a lower power setting. This mode can be a great option if you want to save money on your energy bill or if you are looking for a more eco-friendly option.

It will lower the temperature of the room when it is not in use and raise the temperature when it is in use. This can help you save money on your energy bill each month.

This mode efficiently use the compressor and fan so that less energy is consumed to reach the set temperature.By default the Eco mode set the thermostat to 25 °C and fan speed to Low.

Eco Mode set the thermostat to default temeprature of 25 °C.

Eco mode or Energy Saver Mode differs from model to model. Some air conditioners will simply run at a lower power setting, while others will cycle on and off more frequently. This can be beneficial if you are not home during the day and do not need the air conditioner to be running at full power.

To use this mode, simply set your desired temperature and then select the energy saver mode. Your air conditioner will then automatically adjust itself to run at a lower power setting. 

You may notice that it takes longer for the room to cool down in this mode, but overall it will use less energy than if it were running at full power.

Personally, I think this is the most important mode that an air conditioner can have. Not only does it help you save money, but it also helps conserve energy which is good for the environment!

7. Heat Mode

Heat Mode in Air Conditioners

The heat mode is best used when you want to warm up your room or space. This mode will help to circulate the warm air in the room and evenly distribute it. If you have a large space, you may want to consider using this mode so that you can save on energy costs.

In this mode, the air conditioner reverses the process of cooling. The refrigerant in the AC absorbs the heat from the outside air and releases it inside. This means that hot air is introduced into the room and cold air is  ejected outside. This process continues until the room reaches the set temperature.

The heat mode is perfect for those who live in cold climates. It will raise the temperature of the room so that you can stay warm during the winter months.

This mode is only present in AC with the hot and cold features or AC with a heat pump. It is very beneficial during the winter months.

8. Automatic Mode

Automatic Mode in Air Conditioner

This mode is the most popular and commonly used mode on air conditioners. It allows the AC unit to automatically adjust the fan speed and temperature based on the room’s current conditions and on the outside temperature.

In most Aircons, the main goal of this mode is to achieve a specified temperature and maintain it automatically.

The auto mode also allows AC to automatically switch between different modes available in the AC unit to arrive at the most efficient one.

This is a great option if you want to save on your energy bill and also want your air conditioner to maintain a comfortable temperature without having to constantly adjust it yourself.

9. Quiet Mode

Quiet Mode in Air Conditioner

This mode is also known as silent mode. It is perfect for those who want to enjoy a good night’s sleep or just want to relax in a peaceful and quiet environment. 

This mode is also great for people who are working from home and need to concentrate on their work without any distractions.

The Quiet Mode feature on your air conditioner will lower the noise level of the unit by circulating air quietly so that it doesn’t disturb you while you are trying to rest. 

This mode allows the Air Conditioner compressor and fan to run slowly so that it makes the least noise possible. The fan speed is reduced to bare minimum. This results in a saving on electricity as well.

I personally recommend using this mode only when the desired temperature is achieved and the room conditions are comfortable.

Brand Specific Modes

Brand Specific Modes in Air Conditioner

Brand-specific modes are those which are unique to a particular brand or company. These modes offer some additional features that may not be available in other air conditioners. 

Some of these features may be very useful, while others may be just for marketing purposes.

  • Samsung’s Single User Mode
  • LG’s 4-in-1 Mode
  • Follow Me Mode
  • 6th Sense Mode (Whirlpool Aircon)
  • Self-Clean Mode
  • Freeze Protection (FP) Mode

Now that we have looked at the different types of brand specific modes available, let us take a closer look at each one and see what they do:

10. Samsung’s Single User Mode

Samsung's Single User Mode

This mode is designed for one person only. The user’s body temperature is monitored and used to adjust the temperature of the air conditioner. This is a great mode for those who want to save energy and money and have a comfortable environment. 

In this mode, the air conditioner will automatically adjust the temperature, compressor and fan speed based on the number of people in the room. This is done by using sensors that detect body heat and movement.

If there are no people in the room, the air conditioner will reduce the cooling capacity to save energy. When someone enters the room, the air conditioner will increase the cooling capacity to provide comfortable temperatures.

This mode works in conjunction with Cool/Heat mode. If other functions like 2-step Cooling/Fast/Comfort/ good sleep is on and you selected Single User Mode, then corresponding function is automatically cancelled.

When this mode is on, the vertical air swing will turn on automatically. In this mode, if the AC temperature is set lower than 24 °C, then AC will automatically increase the temperature to 24 °C.

This is a great way to save energy because you are only using as much cooling as you need at any given time!

11. LG’s 4-in-1 Mode

LG 4-in-1 Mode in Air conditioner

The LG air conditioner comes with a four-in-one mode that allows you to use the unit as a power saving machine. This mode allows three additional power-saving options – 80%, 60%, and 40% along with 100% default.

If the AC is set to 80%, then the AC will work on 80% power, thus saving 20% on energy bills. If it is set to 60%, then it will work on 60% power saving 40% on energy bills and so on.

This is achieved by lowering the power to the compressor that will indeed save electricity but at the cost of cooling speed. This mode will also decrease your comfort level as well. 

I personally recommend it to use this mode only when the desired temperature is achieved because using this mode from the very start will cool your room slowly and make your comfort level very low. 

After the desired temperature is reached, the user can choose the setting that they want based on their energy saving needs. 

LG’s 4-in-1 mode operation is one of the most efficient ways to use your air conditioner once the required cooling is achieved. This helps save energy and money while still providing optimal comfort.

12. Follow Me Mode

Follow Me Mode in Air Conditioner

This is a new mode that is becoming increasingly popular in air conditioners. This is a great mode to use if you want your air conditioner to follow you around the house

This mode is present in many modern AC and I found this function in Samsung, Carrier, Hitachi, Voltas, Bluestar and Midea AC. In Bluestar, Follow Me mode is known as i-Feel mode. In Whirlpool AC this mode is known as Around U mode.

The Follow Me feature uses an infrared sensor to detect your body temperature and will adjust the temperature of the room accordingly.

It works by detecting human presence in the room with the help of built-in sensors in the AC and providing cool or warm air depending on the setting that they choose in only that area where someone is present. 

The other variant of this mode, like in Carrier, Midea AC, works by detecting the presence of the remote control and the person holding it. It uses the remote’s thermostat to sense the actual temperature of that location and directs the airflow in that area only.

This is a very efficient way to save energy as it doesn’t cool the entire room when no one is present and you won’t have to keep adjusting the thermostat manually. If you are not in the room, it will automatically turn off or go into standby mode to save energy.

This mode is best for people who are always on the move and have difficulty keeping track of the air conditioner settings. It is also great for families with small children who tend to leave the air conditioner on all day.

This is also an excellent mode for people who are forgetful or tend to leave the air conditioner on when they leave the room. It is also a great way to save energy and money!

It also ensures that you are always comfortable and not wasting energy cooling an empty room no matter where you are in the house!

13. 6th Sense Mode (Whirlpool Aircon)

Whirlpools 6th Sense Mode in Air Conditioner

This is one of the most advanced modes available in Whirlpool air conditioners these days. The Whirlpool Aircon comes with a built-in sensor that can detect the temperature and humidity levels in your room.

Based on this information, the air conditioner will automatically adjust the cooling, fan speed, and other settings to provide you with optimal comfort.

In this mode, temperature and fan speed are automatically set based on actual room temperature. If the temperature of the room is below 23 °C, then AC start working in cool mode and the target temperature is to maintain 26 °C.

Indoor TemperatureOperation ModeTarget Temperature
23 °C or BelowFan Only Mode
23 °C – 26 °CDry Mode1.5°C less than the present room temperature
Over 26 °CCool Mode26 °C
6th Sense Mode ( Fuzzy Logic Operation)

If the temperature of the room is between 23 °C to 26 °C, then the 6th Sense mode automatically set it’s AC to dry mode and the target temperature is 1.5 °C less than the present room temperature.

If the temperature of the room is 23 °C or below, then this mode sets the AC to work in Fan only mode and there is no target temperature.

14. Self-Clean Mode

Self Clean Mode in Air Conditioner

It is natural for the dust and dirt to build up in our air conditioning unit over time. This can cause harmful microorganisms to be transmitted in the air resulting in deterioration of air quality.It can also reduce the cooling efficiency by 15 to 30%. 

The self-clean mode is a great way to keep our air conditioner clean and free of dirt, dust, and pollen. This mode is designed to automatically clean the air conditioner’s filter and evaporator coils with the tap of a button. 

It prevents the growth of mold and mildew inside the unit and prevents the rusting on evaporator coil.It also helps to improve the efficiency of the air conditioner and prevents the build-up of dirt and dust on the coils. The self-cleaning or auto clean mode stops the growth of airborne bacteria by removing moisture inside your heating/cooling unit.

To use this mode, simply turn on the air conditioner and set it to self-clean option on your air conditioner’s control panel. The unit will do the rest! You may notice a slight increase in noise level while the unit is running in this mode, but this is normal.

The Self-Cleaning Technology work by first frosting the evaporator coils by sending refrigerant through them and lowering its temperature. Then, a strong burst of hot air is sent through the frosted coils to melt the ice and making the ice to expand and detach from the evaporator. 

This in turn, flushes out all the dirt, dust and pollen that gets accumulated or stuck on it over time. The same process is carried out for the air conditioner’s filter. The dirt and water are then drained outside.

When this mode is selected, the air conditioner will run for a longer period of time (generally 30 minutes) than usual in order to clean the coils. After the cycle is complete, you can turn off the unit or switch it to another mode.

This mode helps our AC run better in high humidity climates.This is an excellent mode to use if you have allergies or asthma as it will help to remove pollen, dust, and other allergens from the air. It is also great for people who live in areas with high levels of pollution or humidity.

It is a great mode for people who want to keep their air conditioner clean and want to save energy because it doesn’t require you to do any manual cleaning!

How often to use it ?

Using Self clean mode purely depend on the user. However, I personally  recommended to use this mode in the interval of 15 days. You can also use this mode weekly if you live in the area with high atmospheric moisture such as sea shore or monsoon. 

15. Freeze Protection (FP) Mode

Freeze Protection Mode in Air Conditioner

This mode is also known as Min. Heat, 8C, or Low Heat (LH).It is designed to protect your air conditioner from freezing. During extreme conditions, when the temperature outside drops, the air conditioner’s coils may freeze and burst. This can damage the unit and cause it to malfunction.

The freeze protection mode prevents this by turning on the air conditioner for a short period of time in order to thaw the coils.To use this mode, simply select the FP option on your air conditioner’s control panel.

The unit will then turn on for a short period of time in order to thaw the coils. In this operating mode, the air conditioner runs at minimum power, on heat mode to blow warm air in a room,ensuring minimum use of electricity. 

It maintains a temperature of around 46 F (depending on the AC manufacturer) to prevent the interior temperature of the room from coming close to a freezing points.

After the cycle is complete, you can turn off the unit or switch it to another mode. This mode is very handy for homes in extremely cold climates such as hills or temperate regions of the world.

How to Choose the Best AC Mode?

Now that we have looked at all the different modes available in an air conditioner, let us see how to choose the right one for you:

The best mode to use depends on your needs and preferences. If you want to save energy, Single User Mode is a great option. If you need to quickly cool down a room, Turbo Mode is the way to go. And if you want to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout the night, Sleep Mode is your best bet!

S.NoNeedRecommended AC Mode
1Save EnergySingle User Mode or Eco Mode
2Quickly Cool Down a RoomTurbo Mode or Cool Mode
3Maintain Comfortable Temperature Throughout the NightSleep Mode
4Circulate Fresh AirFan Mode
5Remove Moisture from roomDry Mode
6Instant ComfortFollow Me Mode
7Heat RoomHeat Mode
8Cleaning the ACSelf Clean Mode
9Working from HomeQuiet Mode

If you want to cool your room quickly, then you should use the turbo or cool mode. If you want to circulate fresh air in your room, then you should use the fan mode. If you want to remove moisture from your room, then you should use the dry mode. If you want to save energy and sleep comfortably at night, then you should use sleep mode.

No matter what mode you choose, be sure to read the manual before using it. This will help you understand how the air conditioner works and how to properly use each mode. By doing this, you can ensure that you are using your air conditioner in the most efficient way possible! Stay cool!

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Final Verdict

As you can see, there are many different modes in Air Conditioner that are essential for people in different parts of the world. The mode that is best for you depends on your needs and preferences.

In our opinion, the Best Air Conditioner Mode is the one that can provide you with the most comfort while using the least amount of energy. We hope that this blog post has helped you understand the different modes available in air conditioners and make a decision on which one is best for you!

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