It’s important to make sure you get the best energy efficiency possible from your HVAC system. While factors like home weatherization and regular HVAC maintenance also play a role, you might be surprised just how much of a difference the location of your thermostat can make for your home heating and cooling costs.
Poor Thermostat Placement Makes Your System Work Harder
Some parts of your home are less suitable for thermostat placement than you may realize. Locations to avoid include drafty areas, exterior walls, areas close to heating or AC vents and locations that are near a sunny window. These locations can trick your thermostat’s sensors into responding as if your home were warmer or colder than it actually is. Locations like these place an unnecessary burden on your system, causing it to cycle on when it isn’t actually needed. These false starts not only cost you more in utilities, but they also mean you’ll likely need to schedule HVAC service sooner than you should.
Proper Thermostat Placement Improves HVAC Performance
A well-trained HVAC contractor knows that even if you choose a programmable thermostat to boost HVAC efficiency, proper thermostat placement is still necessary to achieve the level of energy efficiency today’s state-of-the-art thermostats are designed to provide. Placing the unit on an interior wall in a room where you spend most of your time and choosing a spot that’s reasonably close to a return air register will provide a more accurate temperature reading. This will help you achieve more even heating and cooling while avoiding unnecessary system cycling.
The technicians at McKamey Heating and Cooling can help you determine the best thermostat location in your home for optimal HVAC efficiency and performance. Give us a call to schedule your next high-quality thermostat installation.