When you are installing a new programmable thermostat, make sure find a good location where it can accurately measure the temperature inside your home. Your professional HVAC contractor may help you a lot to with properly placement of your thermostat, because your thermostat only knows what the temperature is in the area surrounding it. That’s why placement is so integral to functionality.
For example, installing your thermostat near an exterior door can dramatically affect how it works, as the opening and closing of the door will change the ambient temperature in the immediate area, regardless of temperature in the rest of the house. It will not read your indoor air temperature accurately and you may experience uneven heating and cooling.
For the same reason, it’s not recommended to place a thermostat near windows. This is only one of the reasons why, when it comes to HVAC installation and maintenance, you will need the guidance of a professional who’s able to draw upon years of experience and training.
The thermostat should also be located where it is not affected by heated or cooled air blowing from the registers. It should be mounted about 5 feet from the floor to get a good average reading from floor to ceiling. Warm air rises so temperatures in your home will naturally be warmer toward the ceiling and cooler at the floor.
An incandescent light bulb can raise the nearby air temperature several degrees and affect your thermostat’s temperature reading. The same is true for the sun.
Finally, mount thermostats well away from exterior doors and windows and away from kitchens to avoid inaccurate readings.
It’s better, before you paint a picture of how your home will look upon completion, down to the placement of thermostats and light switches, you should contact an HVAC contractor in your area.
The proper use of a programmable thermostat and pre-programmed settings can save you about $180 every year in energy costs, according to Energystar.com.
How Do You Set Up One Properly?
First, you need to decide which model is best for your schedule and how often you are away from home. Then decide which of the three different models best fits your schedule:
7-day models are best if your daily schedule tends to change; for example, if children are at home earlier on some days. These models give you the most flexibility and let you set different programs for different days—usually with four possible temperature periods per day.
5+2-day models use the same schedule every weekday, and another for weekends.
5-1-1 models are best if you tend to keep one schedule Monday through Friday and another schedule on Saturdays and Sundays.