If you walked into your home to find your Honeywell thermostat on Recovery mode, there is no need to worry. Many users assume that when this happens, something is wrong with their thermostat. Your thermostat is not broken nor does it need any repairs. Recovery mode is actually a very common feature that smart thermostats have and it is not a sign that anything is problematic with your device. 

When your Honeywell thermostat works in Recovery Mode, it simply means that the thermostat is trying to adjust towards a previously set temperature according to the schedule you established. For example, if the thermostat is set to cool down a room to 70 degrees at 8 pm, then the HVAC system should start working before 8 pm to achieve that temperature on time.

You can allow it to finish this recovery process by itself or you can reset it.

Keep reading to find out what to do when your thermostat enters Recovery mode as well as what are the benefits of using this feature the right way! 

Reasons a thermostat can enter Recovery mode

Your thermostat can enter Recovery mode for a few reasons. But regardless of the reason that causes this feature to activate itself, the goal remains to offer you an optimum temperature in your home. 

You might notice that Recovery mode starts before you get home so that the temperature will cool down or heat up according to the settings you established previously. 

Another reason why thermostats might enter Recovery mode is the fact that they try to adjust to a different temperature that goes against their learned schedule. 

Usually, a Honeywell thermostat will enter Recovery mode when it needs to adjust from a mode that is energy-saving. When this happens, it will turn on your HVAC system before the time you scheduled a certain temperature, so it will get the chance to adjust gradually. For instance, if you set up your thermostat to offer you a temperature of 70 degrees F at 8 pm, it will enter Recovery mode at about 7 pm so you get the perfect temperature at the time you wanted it. Similarly, if it is summer, your thermostat will enter Recovery mode when it needs to adjust to a cooler temperature that you established according to your schedule and comfort. 

Ultimately, Recovery mode will be activated every time your thermostat needs to adjust from one temperature to another in order to offer you the best living conditions in your home. 

There is also the possibility of having your thermostat enter Recovery mode when there is a problem with its regular functions. So, if you notice that your thermostat enters Recovery mode for no apparent reason according to your schedule, it is worth taking a deeper look at its features and making sure it is working properly. 

What can you do when your thermostat enters Recovery mode

You have two options when your Honeywell thermostat enters Recovery mode. You can allow it to run its course and get to the desired temperature by itself or you can turn the Recovery mode off and adjust the temperature as you need. 

Most thermostats will get to the right temperature in only a few minutes so you will not have to wait too long. 

If you choose to stop the Recovery mode you can do that very easily as well. You will have to open the menu from which you control your thermostat and go to the Settings section. Here you will find a feature that says Smart Response Technology. This feature is usually located under the Preferences sub-section. When you select the Smart Response Technology you will have the option to turn off your Recovery mode. 

On Honeywell thermostats, there is also the option to schedule your Recovery mode for working on only certain days. For instance, you can turn it on during your workdays or when your schedule changes throughout the day. 

If you chose to turn on your Recovery mode feature, you will have the option to turn it on by following the same process any time you want. If you don’t turn on the Recovery mode on your thermostat, it will start adjusting the temperature right when you set it up and you will actually get the temperature you want later than you would like. So, you will wait an additional 30 minutes or an hour on top of the schedule you established when you programmed your thermostat. 

Advantages of Recovery mode

Once you get familiar with Recovery mode, you will start to appreciate it as it brings several benefits. 

For instance, Recovery mode will help you save energy and pay less on your electricity at the end of the month. Since Recovery mode will decrease or increase temperature gradually, your HVAC will not be as solicited and it will not consume as much energy. 

An increased level of convenience is also another significant benefit of the Recovery mode. Thanks to this feature, you can count on having the optimal temperature exactly when you need it by simply making the right settings on your thermostat. 

Recovery mode also helps maintaining your HVAC system like new for a long time since there will be no sudden load on it. Avoiding intense and significant amounts of cool or warm air on your HVAC system will prevent certain potential failures from happening in the long run. 

Final thoughts 

Recovery mode is one of the benefits that smart thermostats bring, compared to regular thermostats. This feature will look different according to the thermostat model you have and in some devices, it is even called Smart Recovery. But in essence, the Recovery mode acts the same for all types of thermostats and it is fairly popular for those who use Honeywell thermostats for the benefits this feature can bring. 

You will also find plenty of indication on how to make the most out of Recovery mode and other features of your thermostat in the instruction manual of your product. Plus, if you have any additional questions, you can get in touch with customer service and find the best solution for your product and HVAC system. 


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