If your thermostat is positioned incorrectly, you could be leaving money on the table. Certain conditions can cause your thermostat to malfunction, in which case your HVAC system will consume energy unnecessarily. To maximize the performance of the air conditioning system in your Gainesville home, the condition, use, and location of your thermostat are very important.
Your Thermostat Sits Opposite a Window
Windows are a major source of heat gain, and this could impact your thermostat if you’ve positioned it across from a window. As solar energy streams in during the heat of the day, it will trick your thermostat into believing that your home is warmer than it actually is. This could reduce your furnace’s effectiveness as it might not cycle on as it should.
Your Thermostat Is Next to an HVAC Vent
Your HVAC vents deliver warm or cool air to your home, depending on the season. Move your thermostat away from these vents because it will sense the air coming through and communicate with your HVAC system accordingly.
Your Thermostat Is Located in the Kitchen
The kitchen produces more heat than any other room in the house. Whether you are baking a casserole in the oven or heating up a pot of soup on the stove, you don’t want your thermostat to sense that heat. Moving it into a cooler room will make it more effective.
Your Thermostat Is on an Exterior Wall
Exterior walls can absorb heat from outside. Interior walls offer the best placement options for thermostats because they more accurately reflect the actual temperature inside your home.
An Object Gets in the Way of Your Thermostat
Don’t let objects block your thermostat’s access to the rest of your space. Curtains, bookshelves, furniture, artwork, and decor can all reduce your thermostat’s effectiveness. Keep it on an open wall with nothing blocking the face of the thermostat.
Never attempt to move your thermostat yourself. You might accidentally cause damage to its electrical system. Instead, hire a professional HVAC technician to handle the job. For thermostat assistance and preventative HVAC maintenance, contact Bounds Heating & Air, Inc. at 352-472-2761.
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