If your thermostat is a good boy, wired to vibe with the internet, and the HVAC is doing better than ever, you don’t need to know this. But if your thermostat isn’t doing fine and you’re in discomfort from the wasted energy and the wrong work, you need to know how to move the thermostat. Probably relocation will help. Why? Because when you place/relocate it rightly, the inherent sensor can read the room temperature properly and soothe you in heat/cold with the proper delivery. If there is tampering with the placement of this sensor, your HVAC may act up.
The Necessity of Moving
There are two very prime reasons you could do it:
- Decor Disturbance: If your thermostat is ill-placed, which makes the setting/wall look bad. This could happen if you didn’t properly plan the placement, and after the placement, it looks horrible with the setting. Or, it could happen that you have recently redecorated or renovated the house, and you need a more “sightly” placement.
- Temperature Havoc: If you want better control of the airflow and temperature, you could try replacing it. And if the thermostat is placed in an improper manner, there could be an uneven flow of heat and cold and may have to pay high utility costs without actually liking anything that’s happening.
The Best Locations
The best place you can place your thermostat is a room that is frequently visited and used so that you can monitor it and not leave it at the far end of the house. Interior walls are an excellent option. For your smart thermostats, it is better to place them in a place that doesn’t hinder it: no bookshelves, no cabinets, no doors in view to look at. Also, place it near the router/Wifi device so that it doesn’t lose connection every other hour. If there are more than one thermostats to ensure maximum comfort, you can have them all linked.
How to Move a Thermostat
If you are planning to relocate it a few feet away from the original position, it will be better for you to thermostat wires or use the ones you have in stock. You may or may not need to rewire the stat. You will have to keep at hand a couple of tools: drill machine, drill bits, strings, etc. You may also need to splice the old wire and the new one together. There needs to be a temporary placement before you permanently relocate it for a wired thermostat.
- Run the wire from below the thermostat to the floorboard of the new location, maintaining the new position not to be any of the ones we told you to avoid.
- Remove the floor rims on the installation place. Use drill bits, and it should be hidden later when you fix another.
- On the intersection point between floorboards and drywall, use drill bits. This will hide the trim.
- Bore a hole into the basement.
- Thread the new wire up through the hole.
- Connect the thermostat to place it on an interior wall.
See if the heating system of the room is improved after the relocation. Check if previously all right rooms are dysfunctioning in temperature now. Check it for both day and nighttime. If it is all right, time to set it up permanently:
- After checking everything, remove it from the position and unwire the thermostat, taking everything back to square one.
- Cut the power of the HVAC system before doing anything else.
- From the thermostat back panel, remove the interface.
- Don’t dislodge connections but disconnect the cables.
- Remove the back panel from the wall.
- Install the back panel in the new place you just found. Drill holes to have it seated well.
- Reconnect the cables to the interface, connecting the correct wires to the correct ports.
- Your thermostat is relocated!
Where Not to Relocate
Here are the places you should avoid for your thermostats:
- Near any source that adds heat to it or drenches it in sunlight; therefore, avoid near the window. Not beside the window, not even the opposite of it is suitable for the therm. And it is not only the heating of the thermostat for which we are telling you to avoid it. Solar energy will heat up the room where the stat is and make it think your room is warmer than ever, and this will be the same, though for all rooms. As a consequence, even your furnace will throw issues.
- Near an HVAC ventilator, HVAC vents give cool air or hot air to our rooms. Again you can have your thermostat confused. So placing it away will let it sense the transmission and flow better.
- Inside the kitchen, the same reason. This room has the most heat of all the rest, and you don’t want your thermostat to be sensing so much from cake baking and soup cooking. Keeping it in a colder area will help a lot.
- On an exterior wall. You won’t be able to feel the impact of the thermostat if you place it outside and not in your room.
- In the way of things. Your thermostat should be accessible and not troublesome to get to. Inside bookshelves, furniture, around curtains, surrounded by artwork, is the wrong place. Keep a transparent wall for your thermostat.
You should now be able to move it. But if you think that changing cables, working with back panel installment, and the relocation entirely is a challenging task, you should call a specialist. Because if things aren’t properly done, chances are your thermostat will fail to act. This does not seem to be so hard when you have a wireless thermostat, but with a wired one, you will need opening up walls, drilling holes connecting the basement, as we mentioned in the temporary removal.
But even if it’s wireless, you need to have proper knowledge about the sensor placement, how your furnace should work, and the HVAC system. If you think it isn’t your cup of tea, get a specialist!