Is Your Thermostat in the Right Place to Run Your HVAC System?

For your HVAC system to deliver the efficient operation and comfort you want, have you considered whether your thermostat is placed where it can operate most effectively? High utility bills, hot and cold spots, and HVAC system cycling could all be signs your thermostat isn’t happy where it is.

When it comes to the placement of your thermostat in your home, the old rule for real estate applies. It’s all about location, location, location!

Too much sunlight is no day at the beach for your HVAC system

If your thermostat is positioned in direct sunlight or beneath a skylight, elevated temperatures from radiant heat may cause your HVAC system to run more than is needed. Your system will try to cool the room where the thermostat is located, while shady rooms away from sunlight may be uncomfortably chilly.

Unnecessary operation will result in higher energy consumption and elevated utility bills. It will also cause wear and tear to your HVAC system, which can result in unexpected repairs and reduced service life.

Vents and drafts trick your thermostat

If your thermostat is placed near a vent, it will sense the temperature of the air as it re-enters the residential spaces of your home after it has passed through your HVAC system. Consequently, your system will shut off before the rest of the room adjusts to the desired temperature.

Similarly, drafts from windows and entry doors can cause your thermostat to sense a room is warmer or cooler than it should be. It will adjust your HVAC system’s performance for a small fluctuation, rather than the comfort needs of the whole room.

No room for your thermostat in the kitchen…

Because of food preparation activities, your kitchen tends to be warmer on average than other rooms in your home. Therefore, additional ambient heat from your oven or your refrigerator causes a kitchen-positioned thermostat to run your HVAC system more than necessary.

…Or the hallway

Hallways are also not a great choice for the location of a thermostat. While a hallway is typically located in the center of your home and away from sunlight, it is not a true day-to-day space for your household. Additionally, the long, narrow space does not allow adequate circulation for accurate temperature measurement. For greater comfort, a position a thermostat near the primary spaces. Ideally, where you spend most of your time.

Where should your thermostat be placed, then?

The ideal place for your thermostat is on an interior wall near the center of your home. Position your thermostat in an area where your household spends time, and away from sources of localized heat or cold such as sunlight or drafts.

A trained HVAC contractor can help too! Schedule a service visit and we’ll install a thermostat. We’ll choose an ideal location for your home’s comfort and energy-efficiency needs.

HVAC System and Thermostat Experts: Mills Heating & Air

For more than 30 years in the Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay or Walton county area, Mills Heating & Air has served homes and businesses with heating and cooling needs. If you need a professional contractor in northwestern Florida for HVAC system service, repair and upgrade needs, call us! We are also experts in the selection and installation of thermostats!

Mills Heating & Air offers multiple financing options to keep budgets intact. When you spread out payments, it allows you to enjoy better comfort and efficiency right away. Not ready to replace? Mills can repair and maintain any brand.

Contact Mills Heating & Air to discuss HVAC system options to maximize your comfort and savings. For lower bills, call Mills!

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