Whether it’s because you freeze in one room and burn up in another, or just to improve efficiency, consider a thermostat relocation or replacement.

Thermostats keep the house comfortable most of the year and are critical in climates with extreme heat and cold. But sometimes, they just don’t seem to do the job. When they don’t work correctly, they can cause discomfort discourse in the home! Is it time to relocate your thermostat or maybe just replace it?

First, what’s the best location for a thermostat? The thermostat usually is on the first floor of your home and on an inside wall. It should be out of direct sunlight and not too close to the heating or air conditioning vents. Thermostats usually work best when centrally located in your living space.

Sounds easy enough. What could possibly go wrong? First, you might not be the original owner of the home. Or maybe you’ve remodeled and the former spare bedroom is now your office. It’s so hard to type when your fingers are frozen, so hard to think clearly when those first signs of heat stroke appear…

Balancing upstairs and downstairs temperatures is tricky in the most temperate of climates. Heat rises, so the upstairs always runs warmer than the downstairs space. Or maybe you now close certain doors, affecting how vents reach the thermostat and help to shut off the furnace or A/C once they kick on.

If your thermostat is not working correctly, first try to determine if placement of the thermostat is the cause or if you’ve done something to affect its function. Have you unknowingly blocked a return vent? Maybe you placed computer or stereo equipment right next to the thermostat and the heat from the equipment is affecting readings. These are all simple fixes, along with closing blinds to keep sunlight off the thermostat during the time of day the sun hits the wall.

If you need to move the thermostat a short distance because of computer equipment or for aesthetic reasons, it’s a relatively simple task. A few tips include turning off the circuit breaker for the furnace or A/C before starting and taking a photo of the connections so you can reconnect them correctly.

But if your problem is more involved, such as in the upstairs/downstairs problem, you might be better off replacing the thermostat with a newer model. Programmable thermostats can overcome some of the problems, at least attempting to balance temperatures while you’re home or with less manual effort. And you can’t beat the idea of setting the heat to come on before you roll out of your warm bed each morning if you keep a fairly regular schedule. Programmable thermostats also save energy.

You also can purchase a smart wireless thermostat. Replace your current thermostat with a receiver on the wall and use at least one transmitter in any room in the house. For example, take it into your office if you’re the only one home during the day and need to control that room’s temperature over the empty living room. At night, take the transmitter into your bedroom or place it in your baby’s room. You can have several transmitters and programs for each day.