The location of your thermostats can affect the efficiency of your HVAC system and the overall comfort of your home.

Where Should Your Home's Thermostat Be Located?

Posted: October 14, 2022 at 10:10 pm
By: Lakes Region HVAC

If you have ever noticed certain rooms in your home are warmer or cooler than others, start by looking at your thermostat. Your thermostat is what controls your entire system, so if it is not doing its job effectively, then the rest of the system is unable to function properly. Choosing the right thermostat, and finding the optimal placement for it, can enhance your comfort and help with energy efficiency.

The thermostat needs to be placed so that it can get the most accurate reading of your home’s temperature. If it is getting false high or low readings, it can lead to your HVAC system running too much or not enough. Not only does this affect your overall comfort but it can drastically increase your energy bills as well.

Where to Avoid Placing Your Thermostat:

  • Exterior walls:

    radiant temperature from exterior walls will be cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer compared to the air in your home. This can cause your HVAC system to work unnecessarily hard.

  • Windows and doors:

    the thermostat will measure the temperature of the outside air that sneaks in through drafts or when the door or window is open. This can cause your system to cut on and off unnecessarily which is hard on the equipment and also very inefficient. Sun shining in through the windows can also cause false readings and make your air conditioner work harder during summer months and cause your furnace to not heat the rest of your home adequately during the cooler seasons.

  • Vents:

    similarly to drafts from windows or doors, placing a thermostat near a supply register will cause false readings from the air blowing out of the vent.

  • Hallways and less-used spaces:

    despite the fact that hallways are a common location for thermostat placement, they are not ideal. Most people do not spend much time in their hallways so setting their optimal temperature in that location does not make the most sense.

  • Bathrooms and kitchens:

    temperatures tend to fluctuate in bathrooms and kitchens more than most other rooms in a house. If your thermostat is placed in or near one of these rooms the steam from a shower or bath can lead to high A/C bills in the summer. Likewise, heat from cooking appliances in the kitchen can signal warmth to the thermostat while the rest of the house remains chilly during the colder months.

  • Lamps or TV sets:

    having lamps or television sets too close to your thermostat can also affect readings as they put out a significant amount of heat.

Utilizing programmable thermostats saves you money on energy bills and provides optimal comfort for you and your family.

It is recommended that you place your thermostat in a central location, on an interior wall. The thermostat should be positioned about 5 feet above the floor which will allow it to capture the temperature accurately while still being easy to read and adjust.

To learn more about smart thermostats, read our blog here.

If you still have any questions or would like to enlist the help of a professional technician, please reach out to us so we can guide you through the process of placing your thermostat.

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