Misplaced Thermostats May Affect Hampton Roads Energy Bills

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One common issue that Hampton Roads homeowners may face is that their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) thermostats are misplaced. In other words, the device is detecting the wrong temperature for the room. Thermostats for air conditioning and heating may be placed near an open door, drafty area or in the direct line of sunshine from a nearby window. A high-energy appliance that generates high temperatures may be very close by, which can also affect the thermostat.


All of these things can affect the accuracy of 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.


Surprises
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.


Effects
If you find that your thermostat may be affected by its immediate environment, schedule an appointment with a Hampton Roads HVAC professional to determine whether this is a problem.


Remedies
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 repositioned 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.