Where Should Your Thermostat Be Located?
Location is everything! But we’re actually talking about a different kind of “real estate” here as far as “location, location, location” goes. In this case, we’re referring to the thermostat that controls your heating and cooling system. If a thermostat isn’t placed in the right spot, you could end up with inaccurate readings, uneven heating and cooling, and even higher utility bills. Here’s what we recommend as you go about deciding where your thermostat should be located.
Why Correct Thermostat Placement Matters
The main purpose of the thermostat for your heating and cooling system is to maintain optimal comfort within your living spaces. If your thermostat isn’t placed correctly, however, you could end up with inaccurate readings. When this happens, you may have issues with:
Higher utility costs
Uneven heating or cooling in your home
Increased wear and tear on your HVAC system
Thermostat Locations to Avoid
Let’s narrow down the potential places to put your thermostat by first looking at some of the spots you’ll want to avoid. What you don’t want is any location where you could end up with false readings because of exposure to excessive heat or cold air. The top locations in your home to avoid include:
Any walls that get direct sunlight
Near air vents
Too close to your kitchen
Near doors and windows
We also recommend not placing your thermostat in a hallway. This is a space that’s usually empty most of the time, so it’s not reflective of the preferred temperature in your home.
So, What Are the ‘Ideal’ Spots for Your Thermostat?
You want your thermostat located where it will get accurate readings that reflect the comfort level you prefer in your home. Typically, this means opting for an interior wall that’s not getting direct sunlight, not too close to the kitchen, and not getting hit directly by your air vents.
The center of the home tends to work best for most people with a thermostat location. Also, with thermostat placement, it can be helpful to:
Place it where most of your time is spent in your home
Keeping it away from frequently opened exterior doors
Put it where it can be easily accessed and adjusted
Is It Time to Update Your Thermostat?
Finding the ideal location for your thermostat is just one step you can take to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system. We also recommend upgrading from a traditional thermostat to a programmable one. These are thermostats designed to be more accurate throughout the year. You could ultimately be rewarded with an HVAC system that’s even more efficient, a more comfy home, and more reasonable utility bills.
Call Us Today
A properly placed thermostat is only going to serve you well if you also have a well-maintained HVAC system that’s equally efficient and reliable. Fortunately, the HVAC service team from 4Front Energy has all your home comfort needs taken care of. Contact our comfort pros today for prompt, top-quality HVAC services.
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