Need a Map: Temperature Sensor Placement - Nomadic Cooling

Need a Map: Temperature Sensor Placement

Our technical support team often fields the query, "Where should I position my temperature sensor?" While we're in the midst of revising our installation guides, we aim to provide you with essential information in the interim.

Essential Steps for Maximizing Cooling Efficiency:

  • Distinct Air Intake and Outtake: It's imperative to maintain a clear separation between intake and outtake air flows. This separation is a key factor in optimizing system efficiency.

  • Strategic Temperature Sensor Location: Place the sensor where the intake air enters the system. Accurate temperature readings and efficient system performance hinge on this.

Understanding the Role of Air Separators in Your Installation Kits:

Your kits include two distinct air separators, each engineered for customization to meet your unique needs.

  • Adaptable Soft Foam Air Separator: Ideal for positioning around outtake vents, whether they're circular or multi-directional. Its flexible design allows for modifications, including double stacking, to accommodate various spaces.

  • Customizable Dense Foam Air Separator: This should be situated sticker-side down on the faceplate, between the intake and outtake vents. It offers customization through cut-outs for elements like control panels and vents. Make sure it doesn't hinder vent movement or put undue stress on control panel wiring.

The Significance of Proper Temperature Sensor Placement:

Incorrect sensor placement can result in issues such as insufficient cooling or frequent air conditioner cycling. The sensor measures the intake air temperature. If it's located on the outtake side, the system may prematurely reach the set temperature and deactivate.

Comprehensive Guide to Sensor Placement:

  1. Separate Intake and Outtake Air: Ensure distinct separation between the intake and outtake air. This distinction is crucial for the system's efficiency.
  2. Correct Temperature Sensor Placement: Position the sensor on the side where the intake air enters. This is vital for accurate temperature readings and efficient system operation.

Understanding Air Separators:

Your installation kits come equipped with two types of air separators, each designed for customization based on your specific requirements.

  • Soft Foam Air Separator: Suitable for placement around outtake vents (circular, multi-directional vents). Its flexibility allows for adjustments, including double stacking, to fit varying spaces.

     
  • Dense Foam Air Separator: This should be placed sticker-side down on the faceplate, between the intake and outtake vents. It can be tailored with cut-outs for components like the control panel and vents. Ensure it doesn't obstruct vent movement or exert undue pressure on control panel wires.

Importance of Correct Temperature Sensor Placement:

An improperly placed temperature sensor can lead to issues like inadequate cooling or frequent cycling of the air conditioner. The sensor gauges the temperature of the intake air. If it's positioned on the outtake side, the system might prematurely register the set temperature and shut off.

Step-by-Step Guide for Sensor Placement:

1. Insert a zip tie through the middle of the mounting square.
2. Align the temperature sensor with the center of the mounting square, ensuring the zip tie ends flank the wire
3. Attach the sensor to the mounting square using the zip tie, but refrain from over-tightening.
4. Position the sensor's silver tip above the filter. Peel off the mounting tape backing and stick it near or directly on the filter. The sensor should consistently be above the filter.
5. Post-placement, verify the sensor's connectivity to the control panel and inspect the outtake sensor's connection.
     
6. Once properly aligned, secure the zip tie without compromising the wire integrity.

Additional Pro Tips:

During control panel and faceplate adjustments, scrutinize all wire connections. The control panel is central to your air conditioner's functionality, so confirm all connections are stable. After validating the internal components' proper alignment, affix the faceplate to the ceiling using the included screws.