Designing a residential HVAC system involves lots of details. Some of these details can make a big difference in terms of comfort and efficiency.
One such important detail is the placement of the thermostat.The thermostat is the device that measures the ambient temperature of your home and regulates the HVAC system accordingly.
It needs to be placed at a location where it can get the most accurate reading of your home’s air temperature.
For a homeowner, every corner or room of the home may appear identical. Such assessments c
an be problematic, leading to a deployment where your HVAC system may run unnecessarily or may not run enough. This can potentially increase your energy bill and make your home uncomfortable to live in.
Where should you place your home’s thermostat so that your HVAC system runs efficiently and your indoors remain comfortable?
Let’s first talk about the locations you should avoid.
Thermostats should never be placed in locations that may give false low or high readings. In other words, you should avoid placing thermostat in localized cold or hot spots. Examples of such locations include windows and doors, exterior walls, supply vents, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms and areas near lamps and TV sets.
Now that you know what locations to avoid, let’s turn our attention to the locations where your thermostat should go.
A thermostat should be placed on an interior wall. This wall must not have any ducts or pipes running through it; it needs to be away from windows and doors, and there shouldn’t be any supply register located above or below it.
Ideally, the wall should be located centrally.
Once you have decided the wall to place the thermostat, next you need to determine the right height for thermostat placement.
Since warm air tends to rise, you shouldn’t place your thermostat at a height greater than 52-60 inches from the ground. Otherwise, your thermostat will record a higher reading and your system won’t operate at optimum efficiency.
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