Where’s the Best Place for a Thermostat?

Thermostat Placement | Kay Heating and Air

When most people move into a new home, they often aren’t overly concerned with the location of their thermostat. The truth is, the placement of your thermostat has a big influence on the efficiency of your HVAC system and its ability to maintain your desired home temperature.

The thermostat reads ambient air temperatures and uses that information to tell itself to cycle on and off. The trouble with a poorly placed thermostat is the location may cause it to read an ambient temperature that’s not indicative of the home’s actual median temperature. They can run either too often or not enough, which is trouble for the homeowner as it can cause unnecessary wear and tear, result in uneven heating or cooling and lead to higher energy bills.

Here’s some general information about what’s considered a good or bad location for your thermostat so you can avoid dealing with those headaches in your home.

Bad Places for your Thermostat

• Near the Kitchen – It’s best your thermostat reads an uninfluenced temperature. Consider your kitchen; the oven, microwave, dishwasher and any number of other appliances can alter the temperature when they’re in use. If your thermostat is in your kitchen there’s a good chance your HVAC system is running either too often or not enough, depending on the season.

• In Prolonged Sunlight – If your thermostat is in a room with a window facing the east or west, it’s likely being exposed to prolonged sunlight. It’s like being in a warm kitchen – if your thermostat is reading the temperature of a sunny afternoon, it won’t operate as intended.

• Drafty Doors and Windows – Thermostats near windows and doors are often on the outer edge of the home and are much more likely to be influenced by outdoor temperatures, especially if the window or door isn’t sealed very well.

• In a Hallway – Hallways are assumed to be good places for thermostats because they’re less likely to be in direct sunlight, affected by drafts and won’t be influenced by radiating heat sources like appliances or lamps. While those points are true, hallways still aren’t the best place for thermostats because people don’t spend much time there. A more active area provides your thermostat a more accurate assessment of what the people in your home are feeling.
Good Places for your Thermostat

• Outside the Master Bedroom – Outside the master bedroom is one of the best spots for a thermostat because it combines the benefits of a hallway – minimal draft, sunlight and external influences – but it’s also an area where people spend more time, making it a better indicator of the “living” temperature in your home.

• Near the Center of the Home – Another reason having a thermostat near the master bedroom is ideal is because that’s often near the center of the home, meaning it’s less likely to be affected by the temperature outside or drafty windows with temperature-altering sunlight.

• In Often-Used Areas – Wherever you spend the most time, that’s the temperature your thermostat should be reading so it can adjust accordingly and keep you comfortable. Just so long as that area is also near the center of the home and away from large windows and prolonged sunlight.

Do You Need to Move Your Thermostat?

If you think moving your thermostat could help your home maintain more comfortable temperatures or help your HVAC system run more efficiently, remember that it’s not an easy process you should attempt on your own. You will need a licensed and experienced HVAC service company, such as Kay Heating and Air, to get the job done correctly.

Kay Heating and Air has been providing the Greensboro area with quality AC service for years. Whether you need routine service or you’re interested in having your thermostat moved to a more efficient location, consider Kay Heating and Air as your trustworthy AC partners. Contact Kay Heating and Air by calling (336) 274-6323 or by visiting us online today!

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