Air Conditioner Remote Control Symbols Explained for User Convenience

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When you go shopping for your air conditioner, you are most likely looking at energy-efficiency, air quality and cooling speed. One of the points that will probably go completely unnoticed will be the functions on the remote control for the AC unit. But, once the AC unit has been unpacked, installed and you sit down to enjoy your cool air, you may suddenly find yourself baffled.

At first glance, you probably thought all these symbols on the remote control will be easy to decipher. But, the confusion can limit your capacity to fully enjoy the functionality of your AC. To shed some light on the subject, we will supply you with our expert understanding of remote control symbols and what they mean to you the consumer.

Understanding Air Conditioner Remotes and Symbol

You probably thought this would be easy, and it really should be. There was a time when there were only a couple functions for an AC unit and the symbols needed to control these functions were all pretty straight forward. Not anymore!

If you have purchased and installed your AC unit, one of the last things you will be introduced to is the remote unit and the countless pictures symbols, graphs, numbers and such all laid out on a clever LCD display. What you thought would be the easiest part about the AC unit now seems strange and daunting.

Obviously, some of these will be easier to understand than the rest. But, the only way you will get the most from your air conditioner will be to fully understand all of these and how they are used to improve the interior environment.

Typically the installation professional will give you a rundown of everything you need to know, but if they haven’t, you may find yourself with a costly unit that only performs with limited capacity. So to improve your understanding of your AC unit here is what you need to know about the symbols you will typically find on your remote, their functions and how you can use them to improve your home life.

What to Know about the Most Common Air Conditioning Symbols

The Power Button

This is what you will use to switch your air conditioner on and off. It looks very similar to the power button on most other electrical appliances and is represented by a vertical bar within a circle or semi-circle.

Cool Mode

The symbol of a snowflake is the universal sign for the cool air mode. Sometimes this cool mode will leave the air conditioner on despite the temperature settings you have entered into the thermostat.

Heat Mode

A relatively new symbol on the scene and not always present in every type of AC unit. This symbol looks a bit like the sun and represents the heating mode. This setting will reverse hot air that is typically blown out the back and send it in to the room to reach the desired temperature asset on the thermostat.

Dry Mode

The symbol for dry mode ironically appears as a raindrop or sometimes a series of drops in a triangle or circular form. It is easy to mistake this for the cool symbol of a snowflake. This setting is used to reduce the humidity levels of the room while still circulating cool air.

Fan Mode

The fan mode is important for a variety of reasons and is typically represented by a fan symbol. If you don’t want the room cooled any more than it already is, this function can help circulate the air of the room without the cooling feature, thus saving on energy expenses. It is also a good option to use every so often to prevent ice from building up in the AC unit.

Fan Speed

Looking a lot like the signal bars on your mobile device and allows you to choose the rate your fan blades will be circulating air. The number of bars will also indicate the various power settings with the shortest bar being the lowest setting and the longest bar the highest wind speed.

Auto Function

The Auto function bar is typically represented by the capital letter “A” surrounded by different arrows. The function is designed to maintain the current temperature setting whatever that may be. Both the cooling and heating functions will be used to achieve and maintain the temperature at a constant desired temperature.

Quiet Mode

This symbol looks like a person using the universal sign of silence, a single finger over the lips. While most air conditioner units are already pretty quiet, the “silent” or “quiet mode” setting takes this to a whole new level. Use this to allow your AC unit to function silently for listening to music, watching movies or getting a better night’s sleep temperature.

Vertical Air Swing

This symbol appears like a series of arrows pointing in various directions away from the internal mini-split unit. This function will cause the vertical blades of the AC air flow to either to oscillate, remain stationary or alternate between them according to predetermined automatic settings.

Horizontal Air Swing

This symbol will look almost identical to the vertical air swing icon, except the arrows will have a horizontal orientation. You can select this function to further adjust the flow of air in any horizontal setting or an oscillating orientation.

Turbo Cooling

If you have just arrived home and need the room cooled FAST, you need a turbo boost. This symbol looks like a strong person flexing their biceps. Sometimes a bolt of lightning is present on their chest as well. Typically this setting will cool the room within a space of 15 or 20 minutes.

Final Notes on the Various Symbols you Will Find on an AC Remote

We have taken a look at some of the most common symbols you can expect to find on an AC remote. Sometimes the variations of these symbols and functions will be different from unit to the unit such as sleep mode. Furthermore, there are many new AC models being produced and many have functions that are specific to the brand. If you have any further doubts about an obscure symbol on your AC remote, the best place to look for answers will be on the user’s manual.


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