The thermostat in your home plays a critical role in cooling and heating your home. A thermostat determines the temperature in your house and indicates when the air conditioning or heat should make adjustments. When your thermostat is located in a place where the reading may be impacted, the temperature in your home may suffer.

Where Should I Avoid Placing My Thermostat?

Avoid Sunlight

When the sun shines through a window and lands on the thermostat, the thermostat believes it is hotter in the room than it really is. The thermostat reads the temperature of the room where it is located. If the thermostat is near a window or a room that holds on to heat created by direct sunlight. When this happens, the air conditioner believes the room is hotter than it really is and kicks on more than it really needs to. This causes your house to cool more than it needs to. As a result, your air conditioner uses more energy. If your thermostat is in the path of direct sunlight, it could impact your heat as well as your air conditioning. Your heat will not come on when it is supposed to.

Air Vents

When your thermostat is near an air vent, the cold air from the air conditioner blows on it. This misinforms your thermostat about the temperature in your home because it is feeling a blast of cold air. This cold air makes your thermostat believe that it is colder in the room than it really is. This cold air can cause your air conditioner to short-cycle, which is terrible for the comfort of your home. The same is true if your heat is on. The hot air blows on the thermostat, and it believes the room is hotter than it really is.

Close to the Kitchen

The kitchen is most likely the hottest room in your house, even without the heater. Between the oven and stove in your kitchen in a small space. When you have a thermostat near the kitchen, it will read hotter than it really is. This means the air conditioner will turn on when it does not need to. This may cause problems for your thermostat because the fluctuations are confusing to the thermostat. This confusion prevents your thermostat from having a correct reading.

In a Hallway

You do not live in your hallway, and you should not place your thermostat there. You want to keep your house comfortable with your cooling and heating system. You want to place your thermostat in a place where the temperature is accurate. You would like to put your thermostat in a place where you spend the most time in your house. It would be best if you placed the thermostat in that room or in a place near that room. A hallway is a bad place for your thermostat because it is a narrow and long space with restricted airflow. It is also possible for someone to bump into the thermostat and accidentally change the settings.

Windows or Doors

Placing a thermostat near your doors or windows is the same as placing it near an air vent. Many windows tend to have drafts, which cools down the area around the windows. If the thermostat is in that area, it will read that the room is cooler than it is. If the thermostat is near a door, it can be exposed to the air from the outside. Doors open and close often, which means the outside air moves around the door, giving an inaccurate reading for your thermostat.

When thinking about the best place to put your thermostat, you want to put it in the center of your house. In addition to placing it in the center of your home, you want to make sure you keep the thermostat away from all of the areas mentioned above. It would be best if you also considered placing the thermostat in the room where you spend the most time. You want to keep the room in which you spend most of your time comfortable.

If you have more questions about the paper placement of the thermostat in your home, do not hesitate to get in touch with Comfort Systems.