Best Placement for Your Thermostat

hand adjusting thermostat

One often overlooked but very important component of your HVAC system is your thermostat. It’s the brains of the operation and it calls the shots – your system won’t do anything without a direction from it.

Does the placement of the thermostat matter?

Yes! Where your thermostat is placed in your home can have a huge impact on comfort levels, system efficiency and heating and cooling bills.

Issues with thermostat placement

Direct sunlight

If the thermostat sits in a place where direct sunlight hits it all day or even part of the day, it may register a temperature that is much higher than the actual room temperature. This false reading may cause the system to turn on or off prematurely, wasting energy and money.

Drafty areas

Similarly, when a thermostat is placed close to doors or windows, it may register a cooler temperature than actual room temperature. This may cause the heat to come on when it doesn’t need to or the air to turn off when it’s not actually cool enough yet.

Not centralized

The goal is for the thermostat to register the average temperature for the whole home. A thermostat that is placed on one side of the house will only register the temperature of that side. This could result in uneven heating and cooling.

Too close to vents

If a thermostat is placed too close to vents, it get hits with incoming air (cold or hot) constantly. It will heat up or cool down faster than the rest of your home leading to false readings and higher energy bills.

By the kitchen

With the oven, stove, microwave and other appliances, the kitchen can easily be one of the warmest rooms in your home. Avoid placing the thermostat in the kitchen and especially next to any heat producing appliances.

So, where should the thermostat go?

Remember these things when deciding on your thermostat’s placement:

  • Inside wall
  • Away from windows, doors, the kitchen, vents and sunlight
  • Near the center of your home