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Why Does the Placement of Your Thermostat Matter?

Why Does the Placement of Your Thermostat Matter?

Do your energy bills keep rising? Among other reasons, your heating and cooling system could be playing a role. Before calling in the experts, start by checking that your thermostat is in the ideal location for your home.

A thermostat plays a significant role in maintaining your home temperature, and an incorrect thermostat placement could lead to ghost readings and huge energy bills. So does the location of a thermostat matter? Keep reading to find out.

Does the Location of a Thermostat Matter?

Many homeowners are still unfamiliar with the importance of placing your thermostat in the right place. Your thermostat helps the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system maintain the required temperatures. Also, it monitors your home temperatures to ensure you get the preferred settings. So yes, the placement of the thermostat is crucial as it will help you get the most accurate temperature reading of your home.

What’s The Best Place to Install a Thermostat?

HVAC professionals can help place your thermostat away from external factors affecting its functioning. Set your thermostat in the following locations to ensure comfortable temperatures:

Rooms Used All the Time

You want to be comfortable in your bedroom, or your most frequently used rooms like a dining or family room, as much as possible. In most instances, they are the most visited rooms in any home. This makes these rooms the perfect places to place your thermostat(s). However, avoid placing the device in areas exposed to sunlight and heat as this can cause inaccurate readings on your thermostat which may reduce the effectiveness and efficiency of the thermometer.

Central Area of Your Home

The center of your home acts as the perfect place to place your thermostat. This helps avoid fluctuating home temperatures. Besides, placing it at the center increases the device’s accuracy. If the location of the thermostat is warmer or colder than the rest of your home, you’ll struggle with uneven temperatures and high utility bills. These unrealistic temperatures are often referred to as “ghost readings”. Consider putting your heating thermostat in the hall or living room for the greatest efficiency.

First Floor of Your Home

The first floor of your home is the best and most common location for a thermostat in a two-story house. For some homes, installing a thermostat on the second floor may work, however as heat rises, it may provide inaccurate temperature readings. In general, your safest bet is to install the thermostat on the first floor to have accurate temperature readings.

On the Inside Wall

Now we know which room to place the thermostat, but where is the best location in that room? Consider the inside wall of your home. Temperature changes are unlikely to affect the interior walls of your home. So, putting your thermostat on the interior wall will give accurate temperature readings.

Areas to Avoid When Placing Your Thermostat

You have so far identified the ideal places to install your thermostat. It’s now essential to know the areas to avoid when installing the device. For example, when installing a thermostat, avoid placing it near air vents or windows with a lot of sun exposure to prevent inaccurate readings. It would help if you also avoided places near heating appliances such as ovens in the kitchen.

Work with Experts Today!

When installing a thermostat, ensure that you place it in the recommended places. Avoid areas near air vents, heating appliances, open doors, and windows. This will help you maintain the required temperatures around your home. Additionally, it will help you save on energy bills.

Are you looking to switch to an automated heat & cool controller with smart specs? Find your ClimateCare professional today to find the coolest solution for all your smart home temperature needs.

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