|2008-09-18, 03:53 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2005
Cold air returns & thermostat placement?
Well we have finally made the first step to redoing our kitchen(again) This time we are phycially changing the layout... within the same space. But we are opneing up the wall between the dining room and kitchen and replacing a window with sliding doors.
We have 3 cold air returns on the main floor of a bungalow(built in '62). The basic shape of the house is like an L meaning across the width of the property and bedrooms down one side from the front.
The back of the house has a southern exposure.
First question.... The thermostat currently is on the wall dividing the Living room and dining room. But it is place on/in the dining room. Which is at the back of width(l shape) of the house facing south.
It is already a fair distance from the bedrooms and causes an uneven temperature variance between the bedrooms and dining room and living room area.
I am thinking once we take out the wall between the kitchen and dining room and the kitchen window is replace with a sliding door we made get more sunlight which will affect the thermostat. The window being replaced is on the back of the L part facing south
Now If I move the thermostat do the other side of the wall it is almost above a cold air return in the living room. No more than 3 feet from the side of it. The grill is wall mounted near the floor. From what I have read... it is not good to have the thermostat near the cold air returns.
I thought of moving it further away in to the hallway leading to the bedrooms
but I have another cold air return mounted on the wall near beginning of the bedroom hallway and the door way to the kitchen and another one down the hall about 12 feet but it is acutally in the middle bedroom again wall mounted near the floor.
So I am trying to figure out best placement for the thermostat. Ideally the new placement would help even out the variance in heating and cooling.
Second question.... with a bungalow.... I was wondering if one of these cold air returns should acutally be place closer to the ceiling?
Easy on me with the answers... HVAC is not my forte.... but since I about to make a mess... I figure now would be the time to move things if need be.
Thought's and idea's are welcome!