Many are familiar with how a quality thermostat can make a difference in their day-to-day activities as well as their monthly bills; however, did you know that where you choose to place your thermostat makes a difference to overall home comfort? It’s true! Thoughtful thermostat placement is vital to keeping your home at the right temperature for you and your family! Let us explain!
Closest to the Centre Of The Home
It’s always important to place your thermostat as close to the centre of your home as possible. If you live in a two-storey home, it’s best to install the unit on the main floor. We often recommend placing your thermostat away from the kitchen, away from excessive light exposure, and away from your front door. This placement matters because the heat in your home is often determined by the temperature in the spot where your thermostat has been placed. If you are in an area that has lots of heat, (ie. the kitchen) it may fool the thermostat into thinking your home is warm enough, thus prematurely shutting it off. And as a result, your furnace will not properly heat your entire house.
Place Your Thermostat On An Inside Wall
When deciding on thermostat placement, it’s important to make sure it’s on the right wall! Try to place your thermostat on an inside wall between rooms, not an exterior wall. This matters because exterior walls are cooler than interior walls, a thermostat placed on an exterior wall may read your home’s temperature as colder than it really is and you may end up with a warmer home than you’d wanted. It’s also important to remember to install your thermostat about 5 feet from the ground so it’s able to read an overall average home temperature.
Avoid Sunny Places
Choosing to place your thermostat on a wall that gets a lot of sun can really impact the overall temperature of your home. When choosing the placement of your thermostat, make sure to place it on a wall that doesn’t receive direct sunlight. Placing your thermostat where it may receive extra heat, or where it may be exposed to outdoor temperatures can cause the heating system to work less or more than needed, and can lead to your home being a lot cooler or warmer than you’d like.
Avoid Drafty Places
When considering thermostat placement, make sure that you’re keeping it away from drafty places. This includes windows, doors, and vents. This matters because the air coming from these places can easily fool your thermostat into thinking your home is warmer or cooler than it actually is, changing the overall temperature of your home.
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