How To Set Honeywell Thermostat Temperature? (For All Models)

Last updated on April 12th, 2024

Honeywell thermostats are famous for their ease of use. They can be used to regulate heating and cooling throughout your house. Once the setup process is complete, you can set the Honeywell thermostat temperature.

You can select a specific temperature and keep it constant or schedule different temperatures for different times of the day and even for different days of the week.

But how to set the Honeywell thermostat temperature? We will discuss that in detail in this article.

But before that, it is important to know what type of thermostat you own because the process to set Honeywell thermostat temperature is different for different types of thermostats.

Identify the type of Honeywell thermostat

Basically, there are three types of Honeywell thermostats.

  1. Non-Programmable Thermostats
  2. Programmable Thermostats
  3. Wi-Fi Thermostats

Non-Programmable Thermostats

Non-programmable thermostat models

Non-programmable thermostats only have the option to increase or decrease the temperature. You cannot set a daily or weekly schedule or program them to follow a pattern.

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostat models

Programmable thermostats, on the other hand, can be programmed to follow a set schedule. You can set a lower temperature during the day when it is hot and a higher temperature at night when it gets cold. You can even set the air-conditioning to turn off in the afternoon if no one is home.

Wi-Fi Thermostats

Wi-Fi thermostat models

Wi-Fi thermostats are the easiest to set temperature with. They come with a mobile app – Total Connect Comfort. So you can set Honeywell thermostat temperature remotely. It gives you the perfect opportunity to warm up your house before you get there by turning on the heat remotely.

You can set schedules similar to the programmable thermostats by using the Total Connect Comfort app or on the device itself. These can also be integrated with IFTTT to set up geofencing. So the thermostat will automatically turn off the cooling/heating when you step out of the house and turn it back on when you return.

P.S. Some of the programmable and Wi-Fi thermostats by Honeywell have a touchscreen.

Setting thermostat temperature

Now that you know the different types of thermostats, let’s move on to the main part – how to set Honeywell thermostat temperature. In the coming sections, we are discussing the detailed procedures for different types of thermostats.

1. For a non-programmable model

Setting the temperature of a non-programmable Honeywell thermostat is very simple. You have to use the increase and decrease buttons on the device to change the temperature. Press either of the buttons until you see the temperature you want displayed on the screen. It will remain constant until you again press these buttons and change the temperature.

2. For a programmable model

Setting the temperature on a programmable thermostat
Setting the temperature on a programmable thermostat

In a programmable Honeywell thermostat, there are more options to set a custom cooling and heating schedule. You can set different temperatures for different times of the day and even set temperatures for different days of the week. And how can you set the temperature on a programmable Honeywell thermostat? Here’s how:

Step 1: On the thermostat, press the ‘Menu’ button and then select ‘Schedule.’

Step 2: Select the day(s) that you want to set the thermostat for.

Step 3: Use the ‘Plus’ and ‘Minus’ buttons to set the time.

Note: on a single press of the ‘Plus’ button, time only increases by 15 minutes. And on pressing the ‘Minus’ button, it decreases by 15 minutes.

Step 4: Select the ‘Temperature’ tab and set the desired temperature.

Step 5: Press and hold the ‘Select’ button until the screen reads ‘Done.’

Step 6: Press the ‘Select’ button again, but only once, to save the new temperature.

That is how to set a schedule for the Honeywell thermostat and change the temperature using the programmable buttons.

3. For a Wi-Fi-enabled model

Set temperature on Wi-Fi enableed thermostat
Setting the temperature on wi-fi enabled thermostat

Wi-Fi thermostats have a similar system to the programmable thermostats. The only difference is these can be controlled with the Total Connect Comfort app.

There are two ways to set the temperature of the Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat – 1) With the buttons on the device and 2) With the Total Connect Comfort app.

The procedure for setting the temperature on a Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat using the buttons on the device is almost similar to the one for programmable thermostats. If the thermostat has a touch screen, you will find similar buttons on the screen. To change the temperature using the app, here’s a detailed procedure:

Step 1: Open the Total Connect Comfort app.

Step 2: Tap on the ‘Schedule’ button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Tap on the ‘Guide me through scheduling’ button to start scheduling. You get to set 4 different temperatures in a single day.

Step 4: Select the days of the week that you want to apply this schedule and then click on the ‘Next’ button.

Step 5: The app asks you whether or not someone is usually home all day. Select the choice that applies to you and click on the ‘Next’ button.

Step 6: Set the heating or cooling temperature for four different times of the day. And finally, click on the ‘Next’ button.

These times are:

1) When the first person wakes up

2)When the last person leaves the house

3) When the first person comes back home

4) When the last person sleeps

Step 7: If you want to create one more schedule for other days of the week, do so by adding a schedule.

Step 8: Check whether all the schedules are correct, and lastly, tap on the ‘Submit’ button.

You have successfully set a temperature for different times of the day and different days of the week on your Honeywell thermostat.

Can you override the Honeywell thermostat temperature schedule?

Yes, you can override the Honeywell thermostat temperature schedule. Suppose you have unexpected guests during the day or you plan to spend the day out when you are supposed to be home; you will need to override the set schedule.

This can be done easily with just a few simple steps. You can either temporarily override the schedule or bypass it permanently. How to do both of these things? Let’s discuss.

Temporary override

To temporarily override the Honeywell thermostat temperature, press the increase or decrease temperature buttons to select the desired temperature. Once that is done, the new temperature will be applied. The indication will be displayed on the thermostat screen where the word ‘Temporary’ will appear.

This temperature will hold until the next part of the schedule kicks in. In case you want to resume the schedule before the next part begins, press the ‘Run’ button.

Sometimes, when you change the temperature suddenly the thermostat could go on ‘Wait’ or the Cool On light could turn on. But it will stop blinking in a while. If not, you can refer to our guide.

Permanent override (Bypass Honeywell thermostat)

To permanently override the Honeywell thermostat temperature, select the desired temperature using the increase and decrease buttons as you did above. But after you do that, press the ‘Hold’ button. This will hold the new temperature until to change it. The word ‘Hold’ will be displayed on the screen to indicate the change. If you want to restart your schedule, press the ‘Run’ button.

Best thermostat temperatures for summer and winter

You can’t just randomly set Honeywell thermostat temperature to any value. It should be ideal to match the outside atmosphere so you don’t feel a drastic temperature difference when you step out of the house. At the same time, it should be comfortable for you so you don’t feel too warm or cold.

There’s no specific temperature as the ideal temperature for a thermostat. It varies depending on the season and the region you live in. The table below is a compilation of what temperature people in different regions of the world prefer in different seasons.

You don’t necessarily have to follow this table, but it should give you a rough idea about what temperature you should set your thermostat on.

North America77 to 82°F64 to 72°F
Europe70 to 77°F64 to 68°F
Asia73 to 77°F64 to 72°F
South America75 to 79°F66 to 70°F
Australia72 to 75°F63 to 66°F
Ideal thermostat temperatures in different regions


Now you know how to set Honeywell thermostat temperature. With a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat, the procedure is a bit complex, but the customization options are great.

You can override the set schedule anytime you want and even hold the new temperature for as long as you desire. You can also change the temperature schedule anytime you want by repeating the same procedure you used for setting the schedule in the first place.


What happens if I leave my Honeywell thermostat in override mode?

Leaving your thermostat in override mode is set to a specific temperature throughout the day. Your energy consumption will increase as you are not switching off the system. This is also unhealthy for the entire system as it will run continuously at a single temperature.

When should I change the temperature of my Honeywell thermostat?

Whenever you feel like the house is getting warm and humid due to the heating, you can tune down the heating temperature or turn up the cooling. Or if you feel the house is getting colder, you can change the temperature on your Honeywell thermostat. It’s all up to you when; there’s no specified time.

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Sarah Williams

I love writing stuff that's easy to read and fun to learn from. Beaches are my happy place—I just can't get enough of the sand, the waves, and the salty breeze. And you know what else? I'm totally into smart home gadgets! They're like magic tricks that make life easier at home.

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