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When to Use Your Programmable Thermostat’s Hold and Run Modes

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A programmable thermostat allows you to program temperature settings for different times of the day based on your family’s schedule. When your home is empty, the thermostat will automatically adjust itself to use an energy-saving setting. When people begin to come back home, the thermostat will automatically return your home to a more comfortable setting. But what about those times when there is a change in your family’s normal schedule? That’s where your thermostat’s “hold” and “run” modes become useful. Today we’re going to talk about what a programmable thermostat’s hold and run modes are and when they are convenient to use in your home!


What are a programmable thermostat’s hold and run modes?


When you initially set up your programmable thermostat, the settings you use are based on your family’s predictable schedule. Although your family might stick to that schedule a majority of the time, things can come up that alter your plans.


If you are home during a time of the day that your home is normally unoccupied, you won’t want to use your programmable thermostat’s typical settings. But you also don’t want to have to reprogram everything just so you can stay comfortable for one day. Instead, programmable thermostats have “hold” and “run” modes that are designed to address this exact problem.


When you press the “hold” button on your thermostat, the current setting will be locked into place and any normal programmable settings will be ignored. So if you know you are going to be home for the day, you can press the hold button in the morning and keep your home comfortable all day long. As soon as you want your home to go back to its normal programmed settings, you simply hit the “run” setting and everything will go back to normal.


When are a programmable thermostat’s hold and run modes useful?



If you have any questions about programmable thermostat hold and run modes, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Charles, MO, air conditioning contractor. We provide service all over the St. Louis area, including towns like St. Paul, St. Peters and Town and Country, MO.


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