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DIY: Understanding your Air Conditioner’s Symbols *

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One of the biggest challenges most people face after buying and installing an air conditioner unit is using its remote control. The air conditioner symbols used by the manufacturer on their remotes can be confusing. Considering that you have to control most of the processes of the air conditioner using its remote control, you have to understand the symbols.

So, what do you do if you just invested in one of the best air conditioners in the market and the user manual has not explained how to use the symbols in a clearly-laid out manner? Well, you have to ask the expert doing the air conditioner installation work for you to explain the aircon symbols on the remote control.

However, make the user manual supplied by the manufacturer your best friend, even if your AC unit installer has taken his/her time to explain the symbols to you.

However, if you still want more clarification on the ac remote symbols, we have you covered. In this post, we have rounded the common air conditioning symbols present in major air conditioners brands.

Air con symbols and their meaning

Turn On and Turn Off Symbol

This symbol is present in all air conditioning units. It is easy to spot and mostly positioned at the end of the remote control. It is denoted by the capital letter “I” and is encircled. You press it once, and it turns off your AC unit if it was on. You press it again, and it turns it on.

Plus and Minus Buttons

These symbols are also present in any air conditioning unit. They are positioned next to each other on your remote. They help to adjust the temperature of the room. If you want to increase the temperature in the room, you only need to press the plus button. Press minus when it is hot.

Sun Symbols

This symbol is present in advanced AC units. When you press the bolded sun symbol, your unit will throw out hot air. This means that it will cool your room, and thus should be used when it is hot.

Snow Flake Symbols

These symbols are the opposite of the sun symbols. Modern AC units can warm or cool a room. Therefore, during the winter, you want to increase temperatures in a room. That’s when you press the snowflake symbols. In most cases, they have levels of heating up a room. It is up to you to choose your desired level.

Fan Symbol

Turning the fan symbol on means that air conditioner will be in ventilation mode. When in this mode, it uses the fans to maintain room temperature; hence less energy is used.

Internal Fan Speed

These symbols help to increase the rate of fan rotation. The faster the fan, the higher the rate of heating or cooling a room. Therefore, during the hot season, you should increase the fan speed to cool a room at a faster rate, and vice versa. The speed of the fan is denoted by the bars. The more the bars, the higher the speed.

Auto-Function Symbol

This mode allows the machine to function automatically to maintain the ambient temperature at desired levels.

Horizontal Air Swing

The direction of airflow is crucial when it comes to heating or cooling a room. If you want to direct air out through windows and doors, you go for the horizontal air swing symbol. Air will flow horizontally in the room.

Vertical Air Swing

This pushes air in a vertical direction, which means it escapes through ventilation.

Dry Mode Symbol

This AC symbol helps to remove unpleasant humidity from the room.

Turbo Button

If you need more cooling, then this is the symbol to press. It heats or cools the room in a short time.

Bottom Line…

Understanding your air conditioner symbols is crucial for efficient use of your unit. When you know what every symbol means, you will be able to make the most out of your unit.

If the user manual doesn’t explain how to use the symbols in a clear manner, request your air conditioner installation expert to explain the symbols for you.

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