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Is Your Thermostat on the Wrong Wall?  

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Energy-Saving Tips from Your HVAC Team in Easton, PA

Are your utility bills too high? Do you feel your home is not warm enough? Incorrect location of the thermostat could be the reason for your rising energy costs and continuing discomfort due to being too cold or too hot. To get accurate temperature readings, it should be located in the right place. The HVAC specialists at Comfort Solutions explain the dos and don’ts of thermostat positioning. 

5 Places You Shouldn’t Put Your Thermostat   

Your thermostat senses the temperature in the area you have placed it. When it does not match your desired setting, it signals your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump to turn on. Certain areas in your home can trick your thermostat into thinking that it is warmer or colder than it is. Here are some places to avoid putting it.

  • In direct sunlight: The sun rays could make the thermostat area hotter than the rest of your home, resulting in false readings.
  • Near windows and doors: Exposure to outdoor air makes the area around the thermostat feel cooler or warmer than the center of your home and causes the mismatch.  
  • Above air vents: The air from your furnace or air conditioner reaches your thermostat first. This results in it turning off the system before the rest of your home is warm or cold enough.
  • In the kitchen or hallway: The stove and oven make your kitchen warmer than other rooms. The hallway being empty for most of the time, on the other hand, is colder when compared to occupied areas. 
  • Near lamps, the fireplace or your TV: They emit heat which could skew thermostat readings.

What is the Best Place for Your Thermostat?

Determining the right location requires a bit of thought. For instance, consider which rooms you and your family spend the most time in. You want these areas to be comfortable. Ideally the best place to put your thermostat is in the center of your home and around 50 to 60 inches above the floor. This will prevent temperature swings and allow for more accurate readings. 

Proper thermostat placement helps maintain even indoor temperatures and keeps your energy bills in check. Some newer models have remote sensors to compare average readings from different spots. At Comfort Solutions HVAC, we have a range of solutions to meet your needs. Many homeowners choose products with smart technology which allow you to changing settings via your cellphone. We can help you install the right thermostat in the ideal place for your home. Our N.A.T.E. Certified technicians are committed to optimizing your comfort and energy savings. 

Take advantage of our preventative maintenance programs to avoid costly repairs and keep the HVAC system at in your Easton, PA home working efficiently throughout the year. 

Call us at 610-438-9300 for your thermostat installation appointment or request an estimate online.