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When heating your Rome, Georgia, home through the winter, you probably consider many factors. However, you may not have thought about the location of your thermostat. Learn more about how the placement of a thermostat contributes to the comfort of your home.

Why Does Location Matter?

Because a thermostat monitors the temperature in your living space and adjusts it accordingly, you want to ensure that nothing is artificially cooling or heating the device. This prevents your HVAC system from running too often or not often enough. Here are a few locations to avoid for maximum efficiency:

  • Avoid placing your thermostat in the path of direct sunlight. In such a location, the air around the thermostat will be warmer than the average temperature throughout the home. The air conditioner will run too often, making the house cooler than you might like and running up your energy bill.
  • Similarly, don’t place the thermostat near an air vent. This location makes the thermostat read the air as colder than it is. Also avoid drafty areas like windows and doors.
  • Consider keeping the thermostat away from ovens, dryers and other appliances that generate a great deal of heat.
  • Don’t put your thermostat in the rooms at the ends of the house. Instead, choose a central location so that the device takes an average reading.

The Best Location for Winter

The best location to place your thermostat is on an interior wall in the center of your home. This gives you the best chance of keeping your home comfortable and the temperature consistent. You can also try placing the thermostat in an area where your family spends a significant amount of time.

Your thermostat’s placement was likely determined at construction unless you have moved it during remodeling. If you need help deciding whether it’s in the best place possible, call Pendley Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 770-854-1532. We’ll be glad to evaluate your thermostat’s placement in your home and make suggestions for a new location if needed.

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