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Now that it’s June, the hot summer air is officially here to stay in South Florida. That means your AC is your best friend, along with your thermostat. If you’ve ever wondered if you’ve put your thermostat in the right location, this article is for you.

Your air conditioning (AC) system is crucial for keeping your home cool during the hot summer months. Your thermostat works with your AC unit and effectively controls your home’s temperature. Correct placement of your thermostat secures an accurate temperature reading.

In this article, we listed the five places you should not keep your thermostat to efficiently cool your Florida home without using too much energy.

Locations To Avoid Placing Your Thermostat

 

In Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is often warmer than other rooms in your home due to cooking and using appliances like your stovetop and oven. Your appliances produce significant heat, raising your kitchen’s overall temperature. When you place a thermostat in the kitchen, it tends to read these higher temperatures. As a result, your thermostat senses heat and will signal your AC to run more often or for more extended periods than needed. This extra work can make the system use more energy and cool your home unevenly, reducing the AC’s system’s efficiency and effectiveness.

In Your Hallway

The temperature in your hallways can differ from other parts of your house because they are usually less occupied. That means there’s less airflow, and they also might not be as well insulated as other rooms. Because of that, a thermostat in your hallway can receive inaccurate temperature readings, leading to poor temperature control in your main living areas. This can make your home less comfortable and cause your AC system to use more energy.

Near Your Window (or Direct Sunlight)

Placing your thermostat near a window or in direct sunlight can cause it to record a higher temperature because the sun’s heat warms the area around your thermostat. When your thermostat detects a higher temperature, it mistakenly believes that your entire house is warmer than it actually is. As a result, your AC system will work harder to lower your home’s temperature, often causing overcooling. This unnecessary energy usage can increase utility expenses and create an unpleasant living environment.

Near Your Air Vents

Another spot to avoid placing your thermostat is near your air vents. Placing your thermostat there can cause it to read your room’s temperature inaccurately and operate inefficiently. The cool air blowing from the vents can influence the thermostat, making it register a lower temperature than it should. 

As a result, your AC system can turn off prematurely, leading to uneven cooling and discomfort in different parts of the home. This can also cause your AC system to cycle on and off more frequently than necessary, leading to higher energy consumption, increased wear and tear, and higher utility bills.

Near Doors or Drafty Areas 

Installing your thermostat near an outside door or in a drafty area can result in inaccurate temperature readings. Placing the thermostat in these locations can expose it to warm drafts each time the door is opened or when leaks allow air to flow in and out. These drafts cause the thermostat to detect a lower temperature than what is present in the rest of the home. 

Your thermostat will inevitably signal your cooling system to turn on more often to make up for the perceived temperature drop. This can make your AC system run more frequently than necessary, leading to increased energy consumption, higher utility bills, and potentially uneven heating throughout your home. Also, the constant cycling of the HVAC system can lead to wear and tear, reducing its efficiency and lifespan.

Keeping It Cool

Your AC system helps keep your home cool and comfortable during these hot Florida summer months, and your thermostat is key to regulating your home’s temperature. The proper placement of your thermostat ensures it will provide you with accurate readings, which is essential. By avoiding the five problematic locations mentioned above, you can optimize your thermostat’s performance and have an ideal indoor environment while also minimizing energy consumption and reducing utility bills.

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If your thermostat is in the wrong location, give AC Care a call. We offer our services at an affordable rate with upfront pricing and no hidden surprises. We also provide financing options on approved credit to assist you in receiving the necessary services. We are confident in the quality of our work and offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. 

You can rely on us to meet and exceed your expectations every time.

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