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What Wrong with this Picture: Baby It's Cold Inside

Why is it so cold in here? I can see my breath! 

Thermostat next to fireplace

ANSWER: Incorrect thermostat placement

Well, that’s because the thermostat in this home is located right next to the fireplace. The area immediately around the fireplace will tend to be warmer than the rest of the house, and the thermostat reads the air temperature as higher than it actually is throughout other rooms, causing the heat to come on less. Thermostats should be located near the air return and away from light sources, heat sources, and windows.