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What Does Hold & Run Mean on a Thermostat?

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Knowing how to use your thermostat is the key to controlling your home’s climate. One of the main issues with thermostats is that homeowners often get confused about the “hold” and “run” settings. As part of our air conditioning services, the Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Cooling team has created a guide on navigating your thermostat.

What Is a Programmable Thermostat?

A programmable thermostat’s main feature is that it allows you to set the temperature based on a timed schedule. Unlike traditional thermostats, programmable thermostats don’t require manually changing the temperature.

By using an internal clock, you can set the temperature to change at a specific time. Whether you want to ensure your home stays warm during the day or cools during the night, a programmable thermostat allows you to ensure the temperature is perfect at any time.

What Does Hold & Run Mean on a Thermostat?

If you decide to install a programmable thermostat, it’s important to understand the terminology surrounding your system. Specifically, you should know what “hold” and “run” mean.


The idea of a thermostat that sets itself sounds amazing, right? While it’s usually convenient, there will be times when you want to change your temperature. In these cases, you’ll use the thermostat’s “hold” feature.

The “hold” feature will override the current set temperature but won’t ruin your preset schedule. To use this feature, press the “hold” button, set your new temperature, and then release the button. With that, your temporary temperature is set. The temperature you set with the “hold” button won’t change until you adjust it again.


The “run” feature is the opposite of the “hold” feature. When you use it, you tell your system to revert to the programmed schedule. If your thermostat schedule or room temperature changes from your desired setting, the “run” button will fix that.

While you use the “run” button to keep the system on schedule, you can also use it to quickly change a room’s temperature. Rather than waiting for the system to turn on naturally, the “run” button will immediately start the system, bringing your room to comfortable levels.

How Do These Buttons Save You Money?

Both features can allow you to save money on your energy bill. For example, the “hold” button can help you set the temperature to an energy-efficient level if you’re out of the house for a few hours. On the other hand, the “run” button allows you to ensure that your scheduled temperatures remain energy-efficient.

The best way to save money is by combining both. The “run” feature lets you preset the temperature when you’re not home to prevent wasting money on cooling or heating an empty home. Meanwhile, the “hold” button lets you change the room’s temperature without changing your energy-saving, preset schedule.

Contact Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Cooling Today

Programmable thermostats are great options for efficient, money-saving cooling. The “hold” and “run” buttons make setting your desired temperatures easy while reducing costs.

When it comes to programmable thermostats, you need a trusted partner. This is where our team at Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Cooling comes into the picture. Since 1988, we’ve helped customers remain comfortable in their homes.

Call to schedule a programmable thermostat installation appointment with Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Cooling today.

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