What to Know About Thermostat Placement in Your Home

Home thermostat placement isn’t a random event. The location of the thermostat should be carefully considered to ensure that the unit is exposed to temperatures representative of average conditions throughout the house.

Nearby sources of heat or cold can bias thermostat readings. This causes the furnace or air conditioner to run too long — or not long enough. Fluctuating thermostat readings not only impact indoor comfort levels, they can raise operating costs and impose excess wear on the entire system.

To keep all parts of the house comfortable and efficient, here are some suggestions for optimum thermostat placement:

  • Choose a location on an interior wall in a central part of the house. A large open room such as a living room usually works well.
  • Thermostat placement on the wall should be between 52 and 60 inches above the floor.
  • Because heat rises and the upstairs is usually warmer than the downstairs, thermostat placement in a two-story house should always be on the first floor.
  • Don’t mount the thermostat on an exterior wall. Outdoor temperatures make exterior walls colder or hotter than most of the house.
  • Avoid thermostat placement where the unit will be exposed to direct sunlight through windows and/or air currents through exterior doors.
  • Steam from bathing or hot showers may affect thermostat-temperature sensors. Don’t install a thermostat near a bathroom door.
  • “Smart” thermostats incorporate sensors to detect occupancy and other factors inside the house. Make sure to place the thermostat away from shelves, doors, and other large objects that might block the thermostat sensors.
  • When installing a Wi-Fi thermostat, make sure it’s located to reliably connect to your home router.
  • Once the thermostat is installed, maintain it regularly by keeping it free of dust that may block air vents on the unit and by changing the batteries regularly, if required.

For advice and service to determine proper thermostat placement in your home, talk to the Paitson Bros. professionals. Since 1922, we’ve been the Wabash Valley’s choice for home heating and cooling excellence.

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