What is the recovery mode in a smart thermostat?

Generally, new HVAC systems are more energy-efficient compared to older HVAC systems. If you just installed a new HVAC system, you might have seen the recovery mode option on the screen of your smart thermostat. Smart thermostats also referred to as programmable thermostats, adjust your temperature to anticipate your comfort needs. In contrast, conventional thermostats allow you to adjust your room temperature following your needs, making the latter the less efficient energy option. Recovery mode on a smart thermostat is a relatively new concept found on a wide variety of premium models. Your HVAC system enters recovery mode before it gets ready to lower or raise your room temperature. For example, when you set your smart thermostat to lower the temperature by the time you arrive home from your errands, your HVAC system can start adjusting your temperature about an hour before the set time. In this case, recovery means the HVAC system is waking up from its power-saving mode. Since drastic room temperature changes consume more electricity, changing your room temperature gradually to achieve your desired temperature reduces your HVAC system’s load and energy consumption. In turn, it lowers your energy bills and reduces the chances of overloads and breakdowns. There are a few reasons why your system will go into recovery mode suddenly. Mostly it involves incorrect programming. For instance, not setting your thermostat to automatically turn off or on at a precise time might force your system into recovery mode. Consider checking your smart thermostat after a blackout or power surge to reset your thermostat back to its default configuration.

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