When most people move into a new home, they often aren’t overly concerned with the location of their thermostats. However, placing your thermostat in the right place has a significant influence on the efficiency of your HVAC system and its ability to maintain your desired home temperature.
Thermostats read ambient air temperatures and use that information to tell themselves to cycle on and off. A poorly-placed thermostat may cause it to read an incorrect ambient temperature — making the thermostat run either too often or not enough. Unnecessary cycles cause unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system, resulting 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
Your thermostat should read an uninfluenced temperature. Consider your kitchen space; the oven, microwave, dishwasher, and other appliances can alter your thermostat reading when they’re in use. If you choose your kitchen as a placement, there’s a good chance your HVAC system is not running as it should.
In Prolonged Sunlight
If your thermostat is in a room with an east-or-west-facing window, it will be 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 on the outer edge of the home will be influenced by outdoor temperatures, especially if the window or door isn’t correctly sealed.
In a Hallway
People assume hallways are the right place for thermostats. Direct sunlight, drafts, or radiating heat sources should not affect ambient temperature. While all of these are true, hallways still are not the best place for thermostats because people don’t spend much time there. A more active area provides your thermostat with a more accurate assessment of what the people in your home are feeling.
Good Places for your Thermostat
Outside the Master Bedroom
Placing a thermostat outside the master bedroom combines the benefits of a hallway (minimal draft, sunlight, and external influences) and also is an area where people spend more time. This makes it a better indicator of the “living” temperature in your home.
Near the Center of the Home
Outside the master bedroom is often the center of the home. At this place, it’s less likely to be affected by the temperature outside or drafty windows with temperature-altering sunlight.
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 make sure that the area is near the center of the home and away from large windows and prolonged sunlight.
Do You Need to Move Your Thermostat?
Moving your thermostat could help your home maintain more comfortable temperatures or help your HVAC system run more efficiently. However, remember that it’s not a 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 Conditioning has been providing the Greensboro area with high-quality indoor air for years. Whether you need routine HVAC service or moving your thermostat to a more efficient location, we are your trustworthy AC partners. Contact Kay Heating and Air by calling (336) 274-6323.
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