Misplaced Thermostats May Affect Hampton Roads Energy Bills

The Importance of Proper Thermostat Placement

A common issue for many homeowners is that their HVAC thermostats are placed in the wrong location in their home, causing the device to detect the wrong temperature for the room. The thermostat dictates the frequency with which your heating and cooling systems kick on, so having the correct temperature be detected is important because it will have a direct impact on your utility bill and home comfort if the incorrect temperature is being picked up.

Where to avoid placing your thermostat:
  • Near an open door
  • In a drafty area
  • In a direct line of sunshine from a nearby window
  • Near a high-energy appliance

All of these things can affect the accuracy of the reading on your thermostat. When it registers the wrong temperature, your home may be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than it needs to be. Although it may be a matter of a few degrees, this can add up over time, costing you money. Do a walk-through inspection of every thermostat in your home. Look carefully to make sure that you know where all thermostats are placed. If your home had a remodel done before you moved in, be sure to check for a thermostat in odd places, such as behind doors or in closets. You might be surprised to find one upstairs that you never knew you had.

Solutions for Improperly Placed Thermostats

If you find that your thermostat may be affected by its immediate environment, schedule an appointment with a professional from American Mechanical to determine whether this is a problem. There are several ways to remedy misplaced thermostats. If it is as simple as the sun shining on the thermostat a few hours each day, you can draw the blinds closed, install blackout curtains or put up indoor shutters. Another option is to set the thermostat to a higher temperature during those times. Thermostats located by a door or breezy room should be re-positioned to a less drafty area. This will more accurately record the correct room temperature, saving you money on heating and air conditioning and making your home more comfortable.

Call American Mechanical, Inc. today at (757) 347-8549 or contact us online to learn more about proper thermostat placement or to schedule a maintenance service in Virginia Beach!


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