Does the thermostat turn the HVAC system on and off before the house is sufficiently comfortable? Do you find yourself constantly adjusting the temperature to keep the systems running longer? Are your energy bills suspiciously high? If you think you might have any one of these problems, the placement of your thermostat may be the issue. Many homeowners move into a home and never question the placement of the thermostat, but not doing so could cost you your comfort and your hard earned money.
Factors Affecting Thermostat Readings:
- Sources of Heat or Cold: Heat from lights, electronics, and direct sunlight along with excess cold from a frequently opened refrigerator can all affect the temperature sensed by the thermostat.
- Installation on an Exterior Wall: Exterior walls, especially in older homes, are colder or hotter than interior walls depending on the season. Even with proper insulation, the thermostat could still be exposed to temperatures that aren’t representative of the temperatures throughout the home.
- Too Close to Heating and Cooling Vents: The temperature of the air coming directly out of the supply vents for your heating and cooling systems is going to be much warmer or cooler than it will feel in the room. This air needs to disperse and warm or cool the air before the thermostat shuts the systems down. Placing the thermostat too close to one of these vents could cause the system to short cycle, and the room will never get comfortable.
- Drafts: Drafts from windows, exterior doors, garages, or any other source should be avoided when installing your thermostat. These drafts can cause temperature differences around your thermostat causing it to keep the heating and cooling system running for longer than necessary.
Leave Your Thermostat Install to the Pros at Four Seasons
Guessing could lead to discomfort if the systems are shutting on and off prematurely. It could also lead to high energy costs because the units are running for longer than you really need them to for comfort. This is a lot for a homeowner to assess on their own, but luckily Four Seasons has the HVAC professionals you need to get your thermostat installed properly and in the proper place!