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  • Problems with Cooling? Look to Thermostat Placement

    Does your air conditioner always seem to struggle, no matter what steps you take to help it perform at its best? That can be a big problem here in Burbank, CA, especially as spring turns to summer and the mercury starts to climb. There are a number of reasons why an air conditioner won’t perform the way you need it to — anything form a faulty component to a large house to an aging an inefficient system. But one common cause is often overlooked, and it has nothing to do with the system itself. Your thermostat may be in a poor location in the house, causing it to misread the temperature and turn on and off at inopportune times. The good news is that — assuming that’s the case — then a trained technician can move it very easily to a part of the house that more accurately reflects the temperature.

    Reasons for Poor Thermostat Placement

    Your home is a big space, and getting an accurate gauge of the average temperature is tougher than it might seem. For instance, if the thermostat or its sensors are close to a breezeways, such as one created by a door to the outside, it may read the temperature as cooler than it might be otherwise. Similarly, sunlight exposure in the room where the thermostat is located may cause it to read the temperature as hotter than it should be. Fluctuating temperatures are a problem too, especially here in Southern California, where homes don’t have as much insulation as they could.

    Finding the Ideal Spot

    Finding the best spot for your thermostat means performing a basic energy audit on your home: gauging things like square footage, insulation and the presence of mitigating factors like large windows and the presence of outside doors nearby. With that data in hand, the technician can then find a perfect spot in your home for the thermostat to work as it should.

    The experts at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can move your thermostat for you.

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