Thermostat Placement Guidelines to Improve Home Comfort
Your thermostat acts as the brain of your HVAC system. Your heating and cooling system rely on the thermostat to tell it when to turn on and off. But a thermostat is only going to be accurate if it’s installed in the correct place. Hans Heating and Air shares thermostat placement guidelines to improve home comfort so your home will have a uniform temperature throughout.
Tips for Thermostat Placement
If you’re building a new house and you’re trying to determine the best place for your thermostat, or you’re having issues with your current thermostat placement, our tips can help you figure out the best place to have your thermostat installed.
On an Interior Wall
You should place your thermostat on an interior wall of the house. You don’t want to put it on an exterior wall as this wall could be susceptible to drafts. Drafts can make this wall feel cooler and influence your thermostat into thinking your home’s temperature is similar to the temperature outside. You should also keep your thermostat away from doors and windows as drafts from opening and closing them could influence the temperature reading as well.
In the Center of the Home
Ideally, you’ll want to put your thermostat in a hallway near the center of your home. If you have a two-story house, thermostats should be placed near the stairs so they can get a reading of the temperature upstairs as well. Your thermostat should be taking a reading of your entire home, and the middle of the house is the best place it can do that.
Distance from the Furnace or Other Appliances
You’ll want to keep your thermostat away from the source of heat in your home, the furnace, or the heating system. When your thermostat is placed close to the furnace, it might think the home is warmer than it is and may tell the furnace to turn off before it has actually warmed the home.
While thermostats might be an eyesore from an interior decorating standpoint, do not try to cover the thermostat or block it with an appliance like television or lamp. Not only will this make the thermostat harder to access, but the heat generated from appliances can also manipulate the home’s temperature reading.
Keep out of Sunny Rooms
When your staircase is near the front of the house, you may put your thermostat near an entryway with many big windows. These windows are great for bringing in natural light, but are difficult for your thermostat to gauge an accurate reading on the home. Make sure that when you pick a room to put your thermostat in, the wall you place it on does not receive a lot of direct sunlight.
Schedule an Appointment with Hans to Relocate Your Thermostat
Feel like your home’s temperature isn’t evenly distributed? Hans Heating and Air can help you with that. Talk to us about thermostat upgrades or installation to learn more about the best place to install a programmable or smart thermostat in your home, and schedule an appointment with the heating and air conditioning system professionals at Hans. We can also provide maintenance, repair and installation for your home’s heating and cooling systems.