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Moving Your Thermostat Could Increase Home Comfort with your Central Air Conditioning System in NJ

While there are many reasons why your central air conditioning system in NJ may not be operating at peak efficiency, the placement of the thermostat isn’t likely to be top of mind. It may seem unusual that your thermostat could be in the wrong place, but if your living in an older home or one that has been remodeled in any significant way, that may be the case. There are many changes that can take place in the layout and design of a home that can unduly affect your thermostat, and therefore your home comfort this summer.

For example, windows are a major source of heat gain, and this could impact your thermostat if it has been positioned across from a window. Windows that were once positioned elsewhere or were much smaller could now be in closer proximity to the thermostat.

As solar energy streams in during the heat of the day, it can trick your thermostat into believing that your home is warmer than it actually is. The result could be that the system will cycle on and off in faster intervals due to the room heating up faster where there are more or larger windows near the thermostat. This could make it too cool in other parts of the home and unduly increase your energy bills.

With so many homeowners going for an open floor plan remodel, walls that once separated the kitchen from the living area may have been keeping the close proximity of the thermostat from cycling on when the oven is in heavy use. The kitchen produces more heat than any other room in the house. Whether you are baking a casserole in the oven or heating up a pot of soup on the stove, you don’t want your thermostat to sense that heat. Moving it into a cooler room will make it more effective.

It doesn’t have to be a remodel that can unduly affect the position of the thermostat in cycling on your central air conditioning system in NJ. It’s not uncommon to have a thermostat on an exterior wall that is poorly insulated, which can raise the close proximity temperature that the thermostat detects. Interior walls offer the best placement options for thermostats because they more accurately reflect the actual temperature inside your home.

Even redecorating can have an adverse effect on the thermostat’s ability to accurately read the indoor temperature. For example, objects that block the thermostat such as curtains, bookshelves, furniture, artwork, and decor can all reduce your thermostat’s effectiveness. It’s important to keep it on an open wall with nothing blocking the face of the thermostat.

In order to make the proper determination that the thermostat is in the wrong place, and if so to move it requires a skilled HVAC technician. They can assess all aspects of the HVAC system to determine its efficiency as well as do an energy audit to see what challenges your system may be facing in terms of reaching peak efficiency.

If you suspect that your central air conditioning system in NJ is not operating efficiently due to any number of factors, contact Joe Hurley today at 732.660.1600.