Thermostats are the brains that run the heating and cooling of your house. Placement of the thermostat is critical to the efficient heating and cooling of your home.
First let’s cover where not to put your thermostat.
1) Don’t put your thermostat on an exterior wall
Winter can be brutal in Edmonton with temperatures plunging as low as -30°C or even -40°C, so you definitely want to avoid putting your thermostat on an exterior wall. This is doubly important if you are living in a fifties style bungalow common in much of the Edmonton Inner-city. with little or no insulation, your furnace will be working overtime to try to keep up with the temperature of your cold walls, adding unnecessarily to your heating bill. In the summer this can work against you too, with your air conditioning doing extra to compensate for your hotter walls.
Similarly, avoid placing it close to a window or a door leading to the outside. Windows, especially in older houses, can be drafty and make a house appear colder to the thermostat than it actually is. Doors leading outside will also wreak havoc on your thermostat.
2) Avoid Direct Sunlight
Your thermostat is not a vampire, but even so you should avoid exposing it to direct sunlight. During the day, intense sunlight can cause it to think the room is warmer than it actually is. In the winter this will cause your home to be too cold, and in the summer your air conditioner will run too often.
3) Keep your Thermostat away from Heat Sources
Fireplaces, heat registers, incandescent light bulbs, stovetops and ovens can all throw off a thermostat’s readings. Install it well away from any of these will save you money on unnecessary cooling in the summer and keep your home at the appropriate temperature in the winter. The kitchen in general is usually a poor location. Fluctuations due to cooking can really throw a thermostat off, leaving the rest of your house colder than it should be.
4) Keep smart thermostats away from furniture and doors
If you are lucky enough to have a smart thermostat, you also have to keep in mind that a strong wireless signal is needed for optimal use. Keep it away from doors or furniture that might interfere with your wireless connection.
In a perfect world your thermostat should be placed centrally, on an interior wall out of direct sunlight in an area with good airflow. Close to a cold air return is often a good location. Ideally it is also a room where you and your family spend the majority of your time.
What’s better than the ideal placement in the house? Two or three ideal placements! Multi-zone heating systems controlled by smart thermostats can take your home comfort efficiency to the next level. Contact 1st Choice Heating & Plumbing if you have any questions about thermostats, thermostat placement or are interested in exploring a zoned heating and cooling system.
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