You may want to sit down for what you are about to read.
The temperature you set on your thermostat does NOT determine how cold or hot the air is coming out of your vents.
Yep, it’s true. Don’t feel bad, though, if you didn’t know this. Unless you are an HVAC professional who installs and repairs heating and cooling units daily, like the guys and gals at AZ Perfect Comfort, it’s not something that comes up.
The number you see on your thermostat is telling your HVAC unit how long to run. So, if you turn on your air conditioner and turn it down from 75 to 70, you are telling your AC unit to run longer, until the air around the thermostat registers at 70 degrees.
Misunderstanding, even simple ones, can lead to placing your thermometer in the wrong place inside your home. Keep reading to find out the best places for your thermostat. But first, let’s talk about why the thermostat is so important.
Purpose of the Thermostat
The purpose of your thermostat is to measure the temperature in your Phoenix, Arizona, home. It does so using sensors activated by a switch, mechanically or electrically, depending on your type of thermostat. The sensors activate the switch, telling the thermostat to open or close, contract, or expand.
No matter what type of thermostat you have, though, placement is critical to get the most accurate service. Below are tips on where to place your thermostat inside your home.
Placement: Away from Doors and Windows
Think about how many times you open and close the doors and windows in your home each day. Think about how much heat you get from the sun shining through your windows, skylights, or sliding glass doors. Evaluate how well your windows and doors are sealed and whether they create drafts.
Even in the newest homes, with air conditioning and heating systems installed by the best Phoenix-based companies, doors and windows create temperature fluctuations that tell your HVAC thermostat to switch on and off or run continuously. This affects your indoor temperature and puts wear and tear on your system.
Placement: Away from Air Vents
Because we now know that the air coming out of your air vents does not represent the temperature setting, we also know it is a bad idea to place your thermostat near your air vents.
Doing so will cause your thermostat to senses different temperatures. Every time a blast of air exits the vent, it could be colder or warmer than before, leading to a new reading by the thermostat.
Eventually, your thermostat will wear out, and you’ll need to call a local HVAC repair technician.
Placement: Centrally Located Interior Wall
It probably doesn’t cross your mind too often but take a moment to think about places you frequent: your friend’s and family members’ homes and office buildings. When they say, “Let me turn the air down,” they usually get up and go somewhere. Where do they go?
Most of the time, it is to the most central part of the building or home. Interior hallways are often a good location. That’s because the air in that central area has been circulated the most. Therefore, it can give you the best temperature reading.
Placement: Not Too High and Not Too Low
If you had a dollar for every time a Phoenix HVAC pro has said, “heat rises,” you’d be rich. But they say it for a reason, it’s true.
When installing your HVAC thermostat, keep this in mind. Because heat rises, you don’t want to place your thermostat too high on your wall or sense hotter temperatures and run excessively.
Also, because heat rises, that means lower areas of a room are colder. Placing a thermostat too low can give inaccurate temperature readings.
Quality HVAC installers licensed in Arizona will not only know this information but will also teach you the best height for a thermostat is between 52 and 60 inches from the floor.
HELP- My Thermostat Was Installed In The Wrong Place
If you realize your thermostat was installed in the wrong location, don’t worry. Everything is fixable. Some may be fixable with something simple, like a thermostat with a remote sensor. Some may require a little more creativity.
We are stacked with creativity and know-how, and we enjoy a challenge that could improve your indoor air quality and save you money in the long run.