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How Can a Poorly Placed Thermostat Impact Your Air Conditioner?

Many homeowners often underestimate how vital their thermostat is to the proper heating and cooling of their home. Although a very small component of your HVAC system, it is actually the “brain” of the system and can make or break your cooling and heating efforts.

Many thermostat problems are caused by bad wiring, a faulty model, or poor calibration, but these are not the only reasons that a thermostat causes AC systems to develop repair issues. The location of your thermostat can actually lead to serious problems and discomfort in your home. Keep reading to learn more about bad places to install a thermostat and why each of these spaces presents a problem.

Direct Sunlight

If your thermostat is placed somewhere that it’s in direct sunlight for long stretched during the day, then the radiant heat from the sun can cause the sensor in the thermostat to register a temperature much higher that where the temperature of the room actually is. This “ghost reading” will cause your air conditioner to come on when it shouldn’t, and run for too long, causing wear and tear and premature repairs.

Outside Drafts

If your thermostat is too close to windows and doors that allow in outside air, then it will begin to pick up ghost readings. Although in this case, it will be lower than the room temperature, and can cause your AC system to short-cycle, which is when it turns on briefly and shuts off again. This strain will rapidly strain the system.

Distance Reach

If your thermostat is places too far from the center of the home then it can send the wrong signals to your air conditioner, resulting in uneven comfort. The AC system’s behavior will become erratic, which leads to stress on each of its components.

For expert thermostat installation in Allen, TX, contact Oaks Heat & Air today.

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