Your thermostat is a critical component that reads temperatures and turns your HVAC system on and off. Its placement is crucial for accurate temperature readings in your Saint Johns, FL, home. Read on to learn about possible thermostat locations and their effects on your device.
In Direct Sunlight
If you place your thermostat so that it directly faces sunlight, it will give an inaccurate temperature reading. If the sunlight shines directly onto your thermostat, it will record a temperature that’s higher than the actual one and turn on the air conditioner when you don’t need it.
Additionally, it may force your heat pump or furnace to stay off when you need heating. Such “ghost” readings often lead to frequently cycling on and off, which wastes energy.
Near the Kitchen
Your kitchen contains heat-emitting appliances that warm up the area without the help of an HVAC system. When the thermostat is in or near the kitchen, it registers different temperatures from those in the rest of the rooms, then switches on the air conditioner at the wrong time.
If you place the thermostat near or in the kitchen, the rest of your home will probably cool down whenever someone is cooking. The fluctuating kitchen temperatures can also lead to short, incomplete cycles that amount to energy wastage.
Near the Air Vent
If the thermostat is close to the vents, warm or cool air can blow on it and cause it to record different temperatures than it should. Conditioned air blowing directly on the thermostat can cause your system to switch between the heat and the AC when it’s not needed.
In a Central Location
A centrally located thermostat usually works best. When deciding on the location, you should also consider which rooms get used most frequently. That way, the thermostat is most likely to record average temperatures and switch the system on and off when needed.
Proper thermostat location will also save you money by preventing energy waste that can occur as a result of improper placement. Consider talking to a professional to identify the correct location for your home’s thermostat.
If you have any questions about controls and thermostats, contact us at Willman Air. Our team of professional HVAC technicians will help you get the best performance possible from your system.
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