In general, new HVAC systems are more energy-efficient than older models. If you just had a new HVAC system installed, you might see the recovery mode option on the smart thermostat.
So what does it mean when your smart thermostat display says it’s in recovery mode? In this post, All Weather, your go-to contractor for all your central air recharge needs, discusses what recovery mode does.
Smart Thermostats vs. Programmable Thermostats
Smart thermostats are just another term for programmable thermostats. Conventional thermostats allow you to adjust the room temperature according to your needs, while programmable thermostats adjust the temperature in anticipation of your needs, making the latter the more energy-efficient option. You can schedule when your smart thermostat lowers or raises the room temperature using digital apps or Wi-Fi connectivity.
How Recovery Mode Works
Recovery mode is a relatively new feature found on a wide variety of premium brands. Your HVAC system enters recovery mode just before it gets ready to raise or lower the room temperature. For instance, if you set your smart thermostat to lower the temperature by the time you get home from work, your HVAC system may start to adjust the temperature an hour before the set time. Recovery, in this case, means your HVAC system is waking up from its power-saving mode.
How Does Recovery Mode Help You Save Energy?
Drastic changes in room temperature consume more electricity. By gradually changing the temperature, the load on your HVAC system and its electricity consumption is reduced, lowering your electricity bill and reducing the risk of overloads and breakdowns.
What if your electricity bill keeps increasing even though you have a more energy-efficient HVAC model installed? In this case, it may be a sign of an HVAC unit low on freon. It’d be a good idea to have a technician inspect your HVAC system to determine the root cause of the problem.
Reasons Why Your HVAC System Is in Recovery Mode
There are other reasons why your HVAC system will suddenly go into recovery mode, and most of them involve incorrect programming. For instance, if you haven’t set your thermostat to automatically turn on or off at a specific time, it might go into recovery mode. Some smart thermostats also automatically adjust their settings based on your patterns of use. In most cases, recovery mode may seem a bit random because the settings were unknowingly changed.
Here’s a tip: It’d be a good idea to check your smart thermostat’s settings after a blackout, as a power surge can reset the thermostat programming back to its default configuration. Don’t forget to have your HVAC unit’s freon levels checked as well. An HVAC low on freon might be the culprit behind uneven cooling in your home.
How to Stop Your HVAC System From Going Into Recovery Mode
Try to minimize the difference between temperature settings by keeping them in a 5-to-7-degree range. Doing so not only prevents your HVAC system from going into recovery mode, but also reduces electricity consumption.
Should You Turn Off Recovery Mode?
If there’s only a minor difference between the thermostat’s temperature settings, turning recovery mode off won’t have much of an impact on your HVAC’s system electricity consumption. However, if there are large differences between the settings, it’s best to leave recovery mode on. That’s because, in addition to reducing your HVAC system’s electricity consumption, recovery mode also reduces the strain on your HVAC system caused by rapidly raising or lowering temperatures, extending its lifespan. If you’re considering turning recovery mode off because of performance issues, a central air conditioner low on freon might be to blame here. Consult your contractor just to be sure.
How to Tell if Recovery Mode Is a Sign Something’s Wrong With Your HVAC System
Recovery mode can also be triggered by malfunctions, although this usually only happens in a poorly-maintained HVAC system or a central air conditioner low on freon. If you notice any changes in your HVAC’s system’s performance, don’t hesitate to contact a professional HVAC technician.
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