Picture of the Honeywell RTH9580WF thermostat displaying its -Home- page, with the -Permanent Hold, Press for More Options- button circled.

How to Set Permanent Hold on Honeywell Thermostat

Here, we cover how to set permanent hold on a typical Honeywell thermostat.  Now the permanent hold feature on many programmable thermostats allows the user to override scheduled temperature settings for an indefinite period.  In permanent hold, you can set the temperature manually, and have that setting remain until you release the hold.  On the other hand, when a thermostat is following its schedule, it is not on hold.  Thus, it changes its set temperature to what its program says at times of day, also dictated by the program.  Permanent hold basically lets you suspend the thermostat’s program schedule for as long as you want.





So why would you ever want to put a programmable thermostat on permanent hold?  Because perhaps, your home gets too chilly on extra cold winter nights.  So you’d like to stop your pre-scheduled temperature lowering just for that night.  Or, maybe you don’t like the temperatures set by the current program, but don’t know how to edit the program.  Thus you must wait for your tech savvy child’s next visit to get that done.  In cases like these, using permanent hold is a handy solution.

How to Set Permanent Hold on Honeywell Thermostat

We show here how to set the permanent hold function to ON, on our Honeywell RTH9580WF smart thermostat.  In this demo, we start off with our thermostat set to Following Schedule. But this same procedure works when temporary hold is in effect.  It’s just the name of the Hold button that changes.

1. Go to the Honeywell Thermostat’s  Home  Screen

Here’s a shot of our t-stat’s  Home  page shown next.  Note that our Honeywell thermostat says that it’s following its schedule, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of a typical Honeywell thermostat displaying its -Home- page with the -Following Schedule- status message circled.
A typical Honeywell thermostat displaying its -Home- page with the -Following Schedule- status message circled.

Also note the temperature setting buttons on the right side of the screen, as circled in the next picture.

Picture of a common Honeywell thermostat, displaying its Home screen, with the temperature adjustment buttons circled.
A common Honeywell thermostat displaying Its -Home- screen, with the temperature adjustment buttons circled.

2. Tap Either the UP or DOWN Temperature Buttons

Tapping either of these buttons brings up the  Hold Options  screen, as shown in the next picture.

Then, continue tapping these buttons repeatedly until the temperature you want to keep in effect during permanent hold appears. In our example, we set our permanent hold temperature to 77 degrees.

After you set the new temperature, the Hold Options screen looks something like the following.

Picture of a typical Honeywell thermostat displaying its -Hold Options- screen, with the -Switch to Permanent Hold- button highlighted.
A typical Honeywell thermostat displaying its -Hold Options- screen, with the -Switch to Permanent Hold- button highlighted.

3. Tap the  Switch to Permanent Hold  Button

When you touch the  Switch to Permanent Hold  button, pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture above, the thermostat screen changes to something like the next picture.





Note that the button that now appears just beneath the large indoor temperature numbers in the center of the screen, says “Switch to Temporary Hold”.  When it says this, then you know that the thermostat is indeed currently in Permanent Hold mode.

Picture of a common Honeywell thermostat, displaying its -Hold Options- screen, in -Permanent Hold- mode, with the -Done- button highlighted.
A common Honeywell thermostat, displaying its -Hold Options- screen, in -Permanent Hold- mode, with the -Done- button highlighted.

4. Finally, Tap the Green Done Button

Then, the thermostat returns to the Home screen, as shown next.  But notice now that the Following Schedule status no longer appears.  Instead, we see a button in its place, that says “Permanent Hold (press for options)”.  In our demo here, the Honeywell thermostat has now been placed in permanent hold, with the temperature set to 77 degrees.

Picture of a typical Honeywell thermostat, displaying its -Home- screen, with the -Permanent Hold- button highlighted.
A typical Honeywell thermostat, displaying its -Home- screen, with the -Permanent Hold- button highlighted.

5. Done with How to Set Permanent Hold on Honeywell Thermostat !

You’ve now learned how to set permanent hold to ON, on a Honeywell smart thermostat.

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References for How to Set Permanent Hold on Honeywell Thermostat

  1. What is a Temporary Hold on a Honeywell Thermostat?   at AlarmGrid.com

Log of Revisions

  • 2021-09-09: Revised the tags and internal links lists.
  • 2020-06-20: First released.
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