Moving a Thermostat in Your Home: Should You Do It?

Moving a thermostat may solve certain issues with your HVAC system. These range from simply a matter of convenience — the thermostat may not be in the most preferable location — to problems with performance and accuracy of the unit. Some people simply don’t like how a thermostat fits with a particular room’s decor. Whatever the reason, moving a thermostat is definitely doable. However, it’s a decision that requires certain considerations.

  • Is the new installation possible? Wired thermostats need to be installed where the unit’s power wires can be connected to a source of electricity and multiple control wires can be extended to the air conditioner and furnace. Wires will need to be routed through walls or, in some cases, through the attic or crawl space to reach the new location.
  • Is the room properly located? A thermostat should be positioned where it receives adequate air circulation in order to accurately sense temperatures that are representative of the entire house. In most cases, this should be a centrally located room that is frequently used and convenient to residents. The unit should not be exposed to direct sunlight or installed close to an HVAC vent.
  • Are wireless signals strong? Wireless thermostats are increasingly common in homes. These models need to be located where the unit can transmit and receive signals to and from the air conditioner and furnace units.

Moving a Thermostat: DIY or Not?

Relocating a thermostat to a new spot in the same room or to a nearby room is often within the ability of a careful do-it-yourselfer with proper tools. However, when moving the thermostat to a more distant location, other issues arise. “Fishing” power and control wires through wall voids and other structural barriers usually requires equipment and the expertise of a qualified HVAC technician. Locating the source of electricity and connecting to it at the new installation point may also be an issue that should be handled by a professional.

If you’re considering moving a thermostat yourself, talk it over with a professional at Paitson Bros. We’ve been here with advice and experienced HVAC installation and service since 1922.

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