Your thermostat is a critical component of your heating and cooling system. It controls the overall comfort of your home by sending and receiving information to and from your system. There are a wide variety of thermostats to choose from on the market and depending upon the model you select, you can program many options to meet your unique comfort requirements.
One of the most popular solutions available today are Wi-Fi thermostats. In addition to being intuitive and user-friendly, these high-tech thermostats give you greater control and convenience over your home climate and help you save a significant amount of money in the long run. Some systems can even help you reduce your heating and cooling bills by as much as 20%.
You can program your thermostat to maintain certain temperatures at specific times and, in some cases, “smart” thermostats will even learn your temperature preferences so that you don’t even have to think about adjusting them yourself. Plus, many smart thermostats generate reports on your spending and savings so that you can see where you should adjust your energy use.
That’s just the beginning. In addition to giving you full control over your home climate, some Wi-Fi thermostats will tell you when to change your filter, alert you to potential system issues, and update you on extreme temperature changes, whether or not you’re home. As long as you have access to Wi-Fi, you can control your system from any mobile device in the world. This gives you a huge amount of freedom that’s not available with conventional thermostats because you’re not tied to a certain location in order to monitor your system and adjust temperature, humidity and fan levels. This will allow you to adjust the climate of your beach house before you get there so that it’s cool and comfortable when you enter your home or you can turn up the heat in your hunting lodge to ensure the pipes don’t burst during a bout of cold weather.
Not interested in a Wi-Fi thermostat? Then, choose a simple, programmable thermostat that offers many of the same basic features, including the ability to program the temperature of your home for different times of the day and different days of the week, which will help minimize wasted energy use and maximize your comfort.
Where should you locate your Thermostat?
That’s an important decision that will impact the performance of your heating and cooling system. Your thermostat should reflect the ‘average’ temperature of the area you are heating or cooling. If it is placed in an area that is usually hotter or cooler than your other rooms, your home’s comfort will surely be negatively affected.
Poor Thermostat Locations
- Exterior walls
- Above wall dimmer switches
- Guest rooms
- Top of staircases
- 2-story foyers
- Stone or brick walls
- Direct sunlight
- Rooms with operable fireplaces
- Blocked by pictures, shelves or other wall decor
Best Thermostat Location
Ideally, your thermostat should be installed on an interior wall, away from all the areas listed above. It’s best placed toward the center of your home, and just as importantly, you should consider which rooms you and your family spend most of your time in since that area should be the most comfortable space in your home.