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Where Is the Best Place to Put a Thermostat In a House?

Jan 13, 2022

If you’re building a new house, or maybe reconfiguring your current home, placing your thermostat in the right location can make a big difference in your home’s temperature. Especially now with many homes upgrading to smart thermostats, many homeowners are wondering if the current location is the best place to put their new thermostat. Moving your thermostat can help regulate the comfort of your home. 

The heating and cooling experts at Nelson Comfort are here to help you figure out if your thermostat is in the right place. If you’re ready to upgrade your home’s comfort system, we offer Nest thermostats and other smart home devices to modernize your space. Call us today to learn more.

Why Would I Move My Thermostat?

Thermostats are the brain of your HVAC system. It tells the furnace or air conditioner when to be on and when to turn off. Your thermostat should provide an accurate temperature for the entire house, not just one or two rooms. This can be difficult to achieve if your house has multiple floors or a spread out design. 

If your home has rooms that are significantly colder than others, or hotter than others, moving your thermostat might help get a better reading on the overall temperature of your home. Recent advancements in home comfort technology have made our customers wonder if the current location is the best spot when they upgrade their thermostat to a Nest Smart Thermostat. With smart thermostats, you can set schedules, control the temperature from your home or smart speaker, and adjust the temperature based on the current weather and number of occupants in the home. Customers report an average of 10%-12% savings on their heating bills. 

If you’re interested in upgrading to a Nest Thermostat, trust the experienced team at Nelson Comfort to install your new thermostat and confirm that it is compatible with your current HVAC equipment. We can also evaluate to make sure your thermostat is in the best location in your home.

How to Find the Best Place to Put Your Thermostat

When it comes to finding the best place to put your thermostat, you’ll want to pick a location that is centrally located in the home. This should be a high-traffic area like a hallway or a living room. Because this room is populated frequently, your family members will notice temperature fluctuations and get an accurate feeling of the temperature in the house. 

It’s always a good idea to put your thermostat on an interior wall. Exterior walls tend to be the coldest walls in the house. An interior wall will get a more accurate reading of the room temperature. 

If your house has unoccupied floors or rooms, and your thermostat is frequently thrown off, it may be a good idea to have a zoned system installed. Each zone can be controlled with its own thermostat, and you can easily save energy by turning off the thermostats in unoccupied zones. 

Places You Should Not Put Your Thermostat

If your house is small and you’re not sure you have an ideal location for your thermostat in mind, here are some good rules to follow for places you should not put your thermostat. 


  • Keep your thermostat out of warm rooms like kitchens or particularly sunny rooms. 
  • Avoid putting your thermostat near drafty windows or vents where air might directly blow on it.
  • Thermostats should be kept away from appliances like televisions, stoves, and especially your furnace. Being close to these appliances can make the thermostat think the house is warmer than it actually is.
  • Don’t put your thermostat in a room that is empty or seldom occupied. 

Nelson Comfort Is Here to Answer All of Your Thermostat Questions

When you upgrade your thermostat or change the location of it, you’ll notice a difference right away. Our thermostat experts are here to help. Talk to Nelson Comfort to schedule a free assessment to determine the ideal location for your new thermostat and see if your system is compatible with a smart thermostat upgrade.

About The Author

Dan Detmer
Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!
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