Why is My Thermostat Displaying Recovery Mode?

If you look at your thermostat and see the words “recovery mode,” you’d be forgiven for thinking that something had gone wrong. However, you can rest assured that recovery mode is a perfectly normal function for many newer thermostats. This actually offers you plenty of benefits.

What Exactly is Recovery Mode?

During recovery mode, your thermostat is slowly transitioning to a new preset temperature after having been in an energy-saving mode. For example, if you have your heating or air conditioning system set to turn itself off while you’re out, and then to heat or cool your house to a desired temperature at the time you return home, it will enter recovery mode shortly before that time. This allows it to heat or cool your home gradually, slowly transitioning it to the desired temperature by the specified time.

The thermostat will typically shift into recovery mode around an hour before it needs to reach a specified temperature, allowing plenty of time to make the change in a way that requires less power.

What Are the Advantages of Recovery Mode?

Recovery mode offers several advantages. Perhaps the most significant is that it’s more efficient, reducing energy usage and therefore costs while simultaneously putting less stress on your system. By increasing or decreasing the temperature more slowly, it can use less total power and put less strain on your system than if it was running at full power in order to produce a quicker and more abrupt shift in temperature. This benefits you through both lower energy bills and lower maintenance costs.

Recovery mode can also give you a better and more comfortable experience by ensuring that your house is the temperature you want by the time you want it, rather than having to run at full power while it tries to quickly shift to your desired temperature.

Many modern thermostats also incorporate smart technology which can lead to your device going into recovery mode, even when you haven’t specifically set a timer. In these cases, the thermostat will learn from your behavior, so if you often set it to a certain temperature around the same time, it will begin to learn from this, saving you from having to manually adjust it and keeping you at a comfortable temperature.

Despite its potentially worrying name, seeing your thermostat is in recovery mode can also be a source of reassurance, letting you know that your system is functioning correctly and working to keep you comfortable.

How Do I Disable Recovery Mode?

Whilst there are no real disadvantages of recovery mode, some people may still prefer to have full manual control of their heating and air conditioning system and want to disable it for that reason. Whilst the exact process of turning off recovery mode will vary between thermostat models, the option will typically be found in the “Settings” or “Preferences” menu. Sometimes, this is will be found deeper within the settings in a menu such as “Smart Response Technology.”

If you’re unable to access the settings or disable recovery mode, we’d recommend consulting the instruction manual or checking on the manufacturer’s website.

Other Issues with Your Heating and Air Conditioning System?

If you’re experiencing genuine issues with any part of your heating or air conditioning system, or you’re looking to enjoy the benefits that a smart thermostat or any other upgrade could bring, contact Hoot today. We’ll be happy to help you understand your options and can provide a free quote with absolutely no obligations.