Installing A Thermostat? 3 Things You Need To Think About Before Picking A Place

Posted on: 30 December 2014


In an effort to save money, you might head to the hardware store to pick up a brand new programmable thermostat. Since you will be taking apart your old model anyway, you might be thinking about moving that ugly white box to a different part of your house. However, your placement choice could drastically affect your thermostat's ability to gauge the current air temperature. Here are three things you need to think about before you pick a place, and why it might matter.

1: Enclosed Spaces

Wouldn't it be nice to move that box into that coat closet a few feet away? Although it might seem like the perfect solution for that eyesore, enclosed spaces are the worst possible place for a thermostat. Your thermostat's job is to detect the room temperature, and turn on or off your HVAC equipment appropriately. Unfortunately, if your thermostat is inside of a small closet, it can't tell how warm or cool your main living area is.

To make matters even worse, the lighting inside of closets can skew the temperature. For example, if you have traditional incandescent bulbs installed to illuminate your closet, it can make the area a little warmer. During the summer, your thermostat might kick on the air a little more frequently than it should, and during the winter, that heater might never start.

Never install your thermostat anywhere that it wouldn't be able to gauge the average room temperature. Avoid closets, areas behind doors, and spots behind hanging coats.  

2: Sunshine

Moving your thermostat into a bright area can cause problems too. As the sun beats down on that device, it can heat up the air directly surrounding the thermostat, and skew the reading.

If you don't want to deal with an uncomfortable room, try not to install your thermostat in direct sunlight. Instead of moving it across from main windows or skylights, try to install your thermostat on an inside wall, where that bright sun won't affect those readings.  

3: Drafts

Do your kids leave the front door open constantly? Unfortunately, if your thermostat is placed in your entryway, it might have a tough time knowing when to switch on your electric heater. Never install your thermostat near areas that could be prone to drastic temperature changes. Stay away from spots near doors and windows, so that incoming air doesn't interfere with your ability to keep your house comfortable.

Picking the right place for your thermostat might help you to keep your home a great temperature, and fiddle with those buttons a little less. Contact an electrician, like those at Feldman Brothers Electrical Supply Co, for more advice on  the best placement for devices in your home.