Why Does Thermostat Placement Matter?

Smart thermostat on wall.

As warmer days creep in and your HVAC makes the switch to cooling season, you may begin to consider how you can make your home more comfortable this summer. Scheduling tune-ups, replacing air filters, and maintaining a clean home are all important this season, as well as your thermostat.

Your thermostat is the control center of your HVAC system. It acts as a brain, letting your system know how cool or warm to make your home. As an important part of your home, there are many aspects of thermostat use that are important; one of which is placement.

Placing Your Thermostat

Your thermostat is equipped with sensors that allow it to read the temperature of your home and help your HVAC system adjust according to the settings you choose. The correct placement of your thermostat is essential in order to correctly identify your home’s needs.

For this reason, here are a few locations you should never place your thermostat.

  • In direct sunlight. The heat from the sunlight will increase the temperature, causing inaccurate readings and potentially damaging the sensors.

  • Against an external wall. For similar reasons, you should never place a thermostat on an external wall as this can cause false readings due to exposure to the conditions outside.

  • Near air vents. If placed near an air vent, your thermostat will be in the direct line of the cool air blowing from your HVAC system.

  • In the kitchen. Cooking creates heat and steam, which could affect your thermostat if placed too close to the action.

Where Should My Thermostat Be Placed?

Now that you know where not to place your thermostat, let’s discuss where you should. Ideally, your thermostat will live on an interior wall near a room or rooms that your family frequently uses. This will allow the thermostat to have the most accurate readings and properly cool the rooms you use most, creating a comfortable environment for the whole family.

If you have questions about your thermostat or HVAC system, give the Dyess Air & Plumbing team a call at (843) 242-0855.
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