How to Use the Override on a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats help you save money and energy by using only the energy required to heat and cool your home when you're there. When you're away, the house may be warmer or cooler, depending on the season, according to the programmable thermostat schedule you set. There are times, however, when you will need to temporarily adjust the programmable schedule to make your home more comfortable. Learn to use the override on a digital programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature as you see fit.

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Temporary Override

Step 1

Press the "Up" or "Down" arrows to adjust the temperature to your desired setting.

Step 2

Leave the thermostat alone if you want the temperature to automatically return to its programming schedule during the next scheduling period.

Step 3

Use the "Up" or "Down" arrows next to the "Time" key to set the desired time you want the thermostat to remain at the new temperature. When that time expires, the thermostat will return to its programming schedule.

Permanent Override

Step 1

Press the "Hold" key on your thermostat to indicate that you want to hold the new temperature until further notice. You do not need to complete the steps in the "Temporary Override" section before you do this.

Step 2

Use the "Up" and "Down" arrow keys next to the "Temperature" to adjust the temperature as desired.

Step 3

Select the "Cancel" key at any time and your programming schedule will resume.

Vacation Override

Step 1

Press the "Up" or "Down" arrows to adjust the temperature to your desired setting.

Step 2

Select the "Hold" key twice. Your screen should display "Hold Temperature Until."

Step 3

Use the "Up" or "Down" arrows to set the number of days you want the vacation override to stay in effect.