3 Reasons Why Relocating Your Thermostat To A New Spot Might Be a Good Idea
I’ve been to people’s homes where relocating their thermostat would provide them better comfort. A thermostat located in a second-floor hallway might cause such extreme temperature differences in the bedrooms upstairs that one room is hotter than another room. In single-story homes, that thermostat could be located on the other side of the house or stashed away behind a door or bookcase somewhere in the house, creating uneven temperatures.
Other times, a thermostat is located on the inside of an exterior wall of the house. This could allow the radiant summer heat from the outside to confuse the thermostat into thinking it’s met the temperature you want it to be, but you’re sure it hasn’t. Other places you probably don’t want to have a thermostat is near the kitchen, the garage door, or near a window. Temperatures near these areas of the home might be a little different from other parts of the home you’re trying to keep at a certain level.
If you live in a single-story home, the majority of the time, you’ll find the best place to mount your thermostat is in the main hallway located about halfway between the bedrooms and the living room. You’ll probably notice the return air intake is located in the hallway too. The thermostat and the return air found there is done that way on purpose. Conditioned air from the living areas and the house’s sleeping areas are brought together to that area in the hallway and mixes. The temperature of the house’s air in that precise area is a great place to be measured.
In two-story homes, you’ll find most families in my area of the country have a thermostat in the master bedroom. It’s because the air temperature in the hallway upstairs can be different from the temperature of the air in the bedrooms, especially if the occupants close their bedroom doors at night to sleep.
Smart thermostats like the Nest, Ecobee, and Honeywell can figure out how long it takes to get your home to the temperature you desire. But if your thermostat is in the wrong place, even those more expensive thermostats won’t read the house’s correct temperature.
Relocating your thermostat to the right spot can save you money and make everyone experience the same temperatures no matter where they are in the home.
See Also: Check out our blog post on how to avoid hot and cold spots in your home.
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