Where Should You Place Your Household Thermostat?

Whether you realize it or not, the location of your thermostat has a direct impact on your household climate. Thermostats work by measuring the temperature around them and then sending instructions to your HVAC system to heat or cool the home accordingly. So, if your thermostat isn’t getting accurate information, it can easily lead to your heating and cooling appliances running either too often or not often enough.

How to Find a Good Spot for Your Thermostat

Ultimately, the best places to put your thermostat are spots that can provide an accurate representation of your home’s temperature. First and foremost, you should always put your thermostat on an interior wall. You should also measure any potential spot’s distance from the floor and ensure that it’s between 50 and 62 inches. If you place the thermostat higher or lower than that, it will regularly be getting readings that are too hot or too cold, respectively.

One good option is to put the thermostat somewhere near the center of your home. Usually, the middle of a house won’t experience too many temperature fluctuations and should be close to the home’s average indoor climate. Alternatively, you could set up your thermostat in the room where you and your family spend the most time. That way, your home’s heating and cooling systems will always be acting in accordance with that room’s needs. As long as you’re hanging out there, you should be comfortable.

Where Shouldn’t You Put Your Thermostat?

Most importantly, you should keep your thermostat out of any rooms that are especially warm or cold. For example, the kitchen is a bad spot due to the regular warmth from the oven and stove. You’ll also want to keep it away from any windows or exterior doorways, as those areas tend to see frequent temperature fluctuations. The spot you choose should also be away from direct sunlight and at least several feet away from any air vents.

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