The most recent thermostat technology in Scottsdale, AZ., has incorporated the recovery mode which has caused some confusion among homeowners. “Recovery Mode” sounds like there has been some kind of HVAC issue that your system is recovering from. This is not the case. It does not usually indicate a significant problem with the HVAC system; in contrast, it is a beneficial feature to the homeowner. Recovery mode is a predictable and safe mode of the thermostat. It activates when getting ready to switch settings to a new temperature. It is a common setting in the latest thermostats and nothing to be alarmed about.

What Is Recovery Mode?

Understanding what recovery mode is and why it is happening will put your mind at ease. The good news is that recovery mode has nothing to do with a faulty system. Instead, it is an active feature in the thermostats that helps the system save energy while increasing or lowering temperatures. Your system goes into recovery mode when adjusting the temperature from an energy-efficient setting to a regular mode of operation.

The recovery mode’s purpose is to gradually adjust the temperature rather than blasting hot or cold air into your house, which is energy inefficient. For example, in the winter, your can set your thermostat so it automatically goes into an energy-saving mode during the day while you are at work. The thermostat will not call for as much heat during this time. However, you want to be comfortable when you get home. The system accomplishes this by gradually heating your house in anticipation of your arrival. The benefit of recovery mode is that your home is comfortably warm when in you walk through the door, and your HVAC system has not wasted a lot of energy by trying to raise the temperature rapidly.

Benefits of Thermostat Recovery Mode

The modern thermostat will enter a recovery mode for many reasons, most of which benefit the homeowner.

Increase Efficiency and Lower Stress on Your HVAC System

According to researchers and professionals, almost 50% of the total energy used in a home is for heating and cooling a house. Reducing energy costs means reducing how much it costs to run your HVAC system. The recovery mode of your thermostat tells your HVAC system to gradually generate hot or cold air, meaning the system will consume less energy in the long run.

In a home with a traditional thermostat, when you leave for work in the morning in the winter, you may turn down the thermostat to save on heating costs during the day when no one is home. When you get home from work, the house is uncomfortably cold, so you turn the thermostat back up. Your heating system will work hard to heat your home to your desired temperature rapidly. This rapid heating not only consumes more energy but can also cause more wear and tear on your system than gradually bringing the temperature up would. If your system has a recovery mode, you can rest assured it will lower the load on the HVAC system. This avoids premature component failure and saves money on repair costs, and may also increase the lifetime of your system.

Indicates the HVAC Is Running

With modern HVAC systems that run much quieter than older models did, it can be difficult to determine whether or not the HVAC system is functioning. However, if your thermostat is in recovery mode, you can rest assured your HVAC is working. The thermostat will indicate it is in recovery mode when and if it is working to adjust the temperature.

Other Benefits of Smart Thermostats

Recovery mode is only one feature of a modern thermostat that may benefit you as a homeowner. Smart thermostats also have other features that work with recovery mode to improve your HVAC system.

Boosts Comfort and Convenience

Smart thermostats can be integrated with your smartphone. This means that you can control the temperature of your home from anywhere, anytime, with just the push of a button. With this ability, you can easily adjust the temperature to a comfortable level if you are arriving home early. Conversely, if you are out later than expected, you can tell your thermostat to stay in energy savings mode.

Smart thermostats also offer convenience and comfort with their ability to react to real-time weather data. With the use of an internet-connected thermostat, users can tell the system to customize the temperature in their house according to outdoor conditions. Smart thermostats can detect sudden changes in the forecast, such as an impending cold front, and adjust the home’s temperature accordingly. This ensures that users don’t have to constantly adjust their thermostats throughout the week as the weather changes.

Behavior/Patterns Adaptation

As an innovative device, the modern thermostat uses some algorithms to learn a family’s behavior and make adjustments. The thermostat will learn, through motion sensors, when family members tend to be in the house or away. It will master the household’s routine and go from energy savings mode into recovery mode to bring the home to the desired temperature before the kids arrive home from school and you get back from work. The benefit here is that the home is at a comfortable temperature when family members are home, but energy is not wasted when no one is in the house. In addition, upon arrival, family members walk into a comfortable environment and do not have to wait for the HVAC system to warm up or cool down the house.

Equipped With Voice Commands and Movement Sensors

Many smart thermostats come with voice command capabilities, allowing you to easily and quickly adjust the settings from anywhere in your home. These voice commands are simple to use, usually requiring just a few words like “raise” or “lower,” and the thermostat will do the rest. This eliminates the need to get up to adjust your thermostat manually. If you have ever had to get out of bed because you forgot to turn the thermostat down at night, you know what a hassle a traditional thermostat can be. Many smart thermostats also come with features, like movement sensors, that can detect when people are in or out of the room and adjust the temperature accordingly.

How to Tell If Recovery Mode Is a Warning Sign

If your thermostat is stuck in recovery mode, try resetting it. If the issue persists after resetting, contact a professional to troubleshoot your thermostat. A professional can determine if there is a problem with the thermostat or if there is an underlying HVAC system issue.

Contact the Pros

At AC by J in Scottsdale, AZ, we have been helping the residents of the Phoenix Valley stay comfortable since 1983. Our skilled, qualified, and courteous team members are dedicated to excellence. We provide heating and cooling system maintenance, repair, and installation. We also offer plumbing, indoor air quality, and water treatment services.

If you need help with your smart thermostat or are interested in installing one in your home, we can help. Contact us today to make an appointment so we can get started!